"But is the "Occupy Wherever" movement really the answer."
-- it is a start! most concessions throughout the ages were only made because of mass protests. fdr didn't implement the new deal because he was just a swell guy; he did it because the entire country was experiencing general strikes and mass protests on a level that has not been seen to this day. he did it because he and "most his closest advisers believed that the aim of the New Deal was to save the capitalist system from the unreconstructed capitalists." ** and most resistance movements of the past have started out small and vague - it's just basic historical knowledge.
check out what is happening in chile. first the students protested en masse (and still are after 5 months) against the rotten education system that was left over from allende the dictator... then it spread and the majority coalesced around the student populist movement and created national strikes that basically shut down the country for two days. because of their brave ACTIONS of taking it to the street, these people have actually advanced their agenda beyond anybody's wildest dreams. if they would have sat around being prudent, cautious and apathetic and believing that the rigged system would eventually get them the reforms they desperately needed they wouldn't be gaining the huge advances that they have recently made. they are in the beginning stages of creating a new chile that is governed by democracy and social justice. kudos to them!
and kudos to the brave people in this country who are now endangering their lives by going to these movements, who risk being beaten and pepper-sprayed by police and throw in jail, to fight for the 99% of us. their fighting for democracy and justice! who could be against that!?!?! the prudent and cautious ones of course will sit there and denounce this as wrong-headed. the partisan political pundits will denounce this and defend their corporate paychecks. these prudent and cautious ones must still naively think their cautious and calculated ways will eventually get the reforms they need - maybe in hundred years - so don't rock the boat... eventually obama will bring in the change he promised, right?
"I think Washington is just as culpable in this mess as Wallstreet, if not more."
-- nobody is saying otherwise. but if washington was bought by wall street and the corporations then why not go after both? and they are!
"You can't just fleece the Corporations and expect the disperity of wealth in the world to suddenly become more equitable."
-- why not? many (not all!) of the corporations and most of the big wall street banks have fleeced the people of the world to create the inequality in the first place. what? they can fuck us in the ass on daily basis, but we can't fight back. wonderful logic...
"I would suggest that the question is how do we untangle Wallstreet and Washington so that large Corporations are not as big an influence in the way that elected officials govern."
-- i believe that is part of their agenda. an agenda that was admittedly a bit vague in the beginning, but is now beginning to coalesce around a wonderful set of demands - "A solution to the jobs crisis, corporate money out of politics, fairer tax rates, and policies that work for 99% of Americans instead of the 1% at the top.” this coalition is also gaining strength because of the different movements who are joining in solidarity with this one. thank god for that! because if I hear one more moronic partisan fucking hack tell me it's because of the democrats, or vice versa, i am going to start losing my lunch everytime - on them.
check this out to get a sense of who is joining this movement:
We Are the 99 Percent
"For that matter, I'd also like to see the influence of Unions diminished in Washington...they wag around as many dollars for politicians as anyone."
-- right... cuz the working class and their unions in this country are making such wonderful strides.
** quoted from Sheldon Wollin's book "Democracy Inc. Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism"