It's hardly the usual crowd -- the Occupy Burque demonstration going on right now is full of 20somethings and hipster UNM students seemingly lamenting a lack of economic opportunity and the growing inequality in our country.
The signs they held marching along Central read:
"I am not your serf."
"Money for people's needs, not war."
"Banks too big to fail. People the right size?"
"My tax dollars paid for those tasers."
Here are a few photos I snapped this afternoon. Video by cosmomow below...
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There are several interesting things about this protest against Wall Street worth noting. The first thing is that it is directed at Wall Street and not at Congress, the President or Washington. The feeling at root is that the financial geniuses, who caretake investments for every small bank and credit union through huge aggregated transactions, have proved themselves capable of unbelievable stupidity.
Really what is probably at the bottom of it may be that the complexity of the national financial infrastructure, interwoven as it is with the whole international system, is beyond the capactiy of the Cro Magnon brainbox. The thousands of people on Wall Street and elsewhere who have been operating as if they were above ordinary mortals can no longer be trusted to be. They screw up and whole populations and nations suffer terrible consequences.
What policies are needed to create a proper balance between government regulation and free market capitalism? That question will be argued out probably for a very long time to come.
Meanwhile the protests, while inscrutably passionate in addressing existential angst (and not specifics,) are expressing a valid and important sense that somewhere, somehow, something we used to take for granted as basic to our world has gone into a horrible TILT mode. This can't be ignored and we cannot assume that business as usual offers the right solutions. The grip those who created our economic tilting on the brink have on the system seems dangerous.
We are probably talking less about this year's political quick fixes and more about the near term in the evolution of human society. Not a simple issue.
Someone has to start somewhere.
I don't know if it's true that "liberals generally do not like different opinions," but they certainly can't be worse than your tone deafness in this thread and others. Of course, I can speak for myself, and I can say that I follow a variety of sources, which include your afore mentioned Rush and other right-wing talkies. And that's the problem I alluded to in an earlier post: most of your talking points are pasted and copied from those right-wing types, which makes it very difficult to "discuss" anything with you here, because any time anybody brings up something that would require you to go off the script to respond, you default to painting everyone who doesn't fall in line with you as this bizarre characterture of hippies and freeloaders.
And before you claim to know me, I should point out that I agree with some of the criticisms leveled at these protests. Unfortunately, nowadays it's becoming more and more difficult to have a nuanced perspective, which means it's becoming near impossible to actually talk about real solutions.