Map of life expectancy at birth from Global Education Project.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We're mad as hell and we aren't going to take it any more

I'm not the world's biggest fan of Matthew Yglesias, but He gets my endorsement for this. This Occupy Wall Street theatrical production that's going on right now is just absurd. Yes, it's good that we're seeing some folks out protesting who are mad about some of the right things and aren't demanding that the federal government keep its hand off of Medicare.

On the other hand, even if they're ridiculous when they aren't offensive, teabagger demands actually exist. The protesters down in New York obviously don't like to see parasites suck up billions while good honest folk can't get a job. I'm with them on that. So what do they want to do about it? Maybe if they just got some giant puppets or Wavy Gravy showed up it would all make more sense. Or maybe not.

Yes, we need a movement in this country. We need people to channel their anger into political action. We need to wrestle politics away from the billionaires behind the curtain and their Jesus talking marionettes. But that means people have to come together around an agenda for real change. The only concrete demand that's come out of this action is that a New York City police inspector be investigated for gratuitously pepper spraying some people. I'm for that, but it wasn't the original problem.

3 comments:

robin andrea said...

We need to wrestle politics away from the billionaires behind the curtain and their Jesus talking marionettes... that would be such a funny line, if it weren't so horribly true.

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