To all of you who are spending your weekends and valuable time protesting as part of the "occupy movement," I want to thank you. But you guys can help me. If you wouldn't mind, can I ask you for a few favors? As a small business owner?
There's something inherently wrong with a political economy where those in power sell the people a bag of goods: Tax cuts for the rich and corporations; deregulation; "free trade" bills; wars and excessive military spending; slashing social programs.
On the face of it there is nothing wrong with the Democratic Party expressing support for the protesters. In light of their actual economic policies, however, that support can be characterized only as hypocritical.
For Christians, supporting the Occupy America protests should be clear-cut. The protesters are lifting up principles of compassion, justice and love. These principles are central to the Christian faith.
Occupy Wall Street is a nascent phenomenon, whose future relevance to American politics, if any, is unknown. But it's already served as a useful window into the psychology of much of our gatekeeper media.
Britain and the United States have suffered for the last 30 years from the effects of uncontrolled deregulation, with a brutal loss of jobs and a turning away from core civic values in the pursuit of profit.
This lack of need to see into the future, to have "goals" as defined by pundits, seems no real hindrance to those who are part of the demonstration. This is something different. This is the active creation of community.