While the Occupy movement may be an outlet for frustration for some, it regrettably antagonizes others and sometimes hurts those it seeks to champion. Although it succeeds as a lightening rod for the already converted, it is not alleviating the division in our country. We need to be focusing on the problems that underly our national dysfunction. Wall Street is a manifestation and a symbol. But we also need to look at oursleves and the changes we need to be making. We cannot ignore our receptivity to fear-based appeals from the PR spin doctors, voter apathy, money as speech, schizophrenic priorities, acceptance of our media’s profit-conflicted inept journalism, and the other issues raised in America Adrift, the book.

We need to be doing more than occupying things; we need to focus on concrete actions that result in positive change. We need to stop buying in to negative campaigning from those ill-equipped to serve and stop accepting empty critique that offers no solutions. We need to demand accountability from our press and our politicians. And we need to change our priorities.

What we need to occupy is ourselves- with positive, focused action.

3 Responses so far.

  1. Mark says:

    I get this, but I think it is somewhat wrong. Occupy Wall Street has already done a good job changing the conversation. As your own reference to Frank Luntz points out, the Occupy movement is doing a good job of getting people to think of inequalities. The Overton Window is shifting.

    While I agree there are some negatives, I think intellectuals like yourself are missing something important when you criticize OWS. Instead of complaining about what OWS is not, you should use your energy and ideas to fill the void yourself.

  2. admin says:

    Mark- Thank you for your comment, for caring and being involved. I guess if you want to label me, “intellectual” is better than some of the limiting descriptors out there. Those who know me from personal experience, or who have read the book, might choose a lengthier, perhaps more “real world” descrIption, though.

    I thought I did give Occupy credit for what they have done and continue to do. They have raised consciousness, served as a lightening rod to get people involved and have rattled a few cages that needed rattling. At the same time I don’t think it is “complaining” to point out how Occupy could be more constructive.. As to the void you refer to, I commend you to the book. It is why I wrote it. Best to you!

  3. Athena says:

    You have a youtube channel?