The public should realize that "generational warfare" is an agenda that was deliberately designed by the 1 percent to distract the rest of us from the class war that they have been successfully waging over the last three decades.
The Occupy Wall Street movement has already made the concentration of wealth at the top of this society a central issue in American politics. Now, it promises to do something similar when it comes to the realities of poverty in this country.
If President Obama is true to his recent words sympathizing with Occupy Wall Street, he will join President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel in supporting the Financial Transactions Tax at the G20 this week.
While whacking our parents and grandparents with a big cut in Social Security benefits apparently draws bipartisan support, the supercommittee will not even score a plan to tax Wall Street financial speculation.
I believe that corruption hurts both the (populist) Left and the (populist) Right. And because I believe it hurts both of us populists, I believe there is a reason to try to engage with people I otherwise disagree with.
I do not know how political sage Niccolo Machiavelli, author of The Prince, would have estimated the OWS prospects of success. However I am certain of the warning he would be giving the ruling class, the one-percenters: they are pushing the people too far.
I'm a former banker, a one percenter, and I'm mad as hell too. Beyond my anger is a real concern for democracy, for America, for the people of the world, for the planet upon which we all depend, and for my children's future.