Thursday, October 13, 2011

Occupy Wall Street? Not me. I have to work.

We've hosted this image before here on PTU. But what does it really mean?

I think it's the proper image for this movement, but for the wrong reasons: The bull is still strongly raging as if the ballerina atop it isn't even there. She's graceful, but enigmatic and inconsequential.

The basic premise for the Occupy Wall Street Movement is that things aren't economically "fair".

I think George Orwell said it best in Animal Farm: All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

Let's not forget that social structures are not based on the idea that everyone should start off with the same things, rather that everyone is entitled to the same things given their contribution to that said society. For example: The country of Japan owes me nothing because I'm not a part of their "society". That is to say that for one, I don't pay taxes (participate) to Japan. In effect, I'm not entitled to the same rights a Japanese citizen in Japan would have. In fact, I'm most likely not entitled to any.

That being said, these people are not fighting for rights, per-se. Their fighting for what they believe are their rights - for what they believe they deserve as a consequence of just plainly existing. They're fighting for something that was never theirs in the first place.

Sometimes I hear things like: "Man! AmEx won't cut me a break on my credit card bill." Well, guess what? AmEx didn't force you to charge (not buy) a round of PatrĂ³n shots for your buddy's birthday. Some of these protesters seem to want to have their cake and eat it too. This is of course a generalization, but it's my belief that it's a mild assertion at most.

Look, I get it. Even I think that some high level corporate officers should be in jail. I'm not called the Motown Marxist for nothing. Sure, I would like to take a private Jet to Monaco every weekend where I can then drive my Maserati down the coast with my supermodel [wife]. And sometimes it sucks to think that a dude living 2 miles away actually does this. But that's never been the life I was sold/given/knew I had to adopt. Maybe my social status and personal handicaps taught me at an early age that fair isn't about getting what everyone else gets, fair is about given the opportunity to fight for what everyone else gets.

So when you do finally NEED to fight, have a good reason with purpose. It would also help if your actions didn't contradict your motives. That is, you don't actively participate in the very behavior you're rallying against. For causes like these it helps to be selfless... when it's sincere.


  1. Did they buy you too????

  2. spot on sir. my thinking is that the protesting isnt going to change anything. yea you said your peace, now move on. unless the protesters plan on changing the way things are done. no for-profit business is there to serve or represent the people, that's the government's job so no company has to listen or change anything. they made a profit, they cheated the system and got away with it. it has happened before and it will happen again. do they really expect some ceo to come down and say they're sorry and they wont do it again? no it will never happen why because they dont serve the people. theyre there to sell a product or to provide a service and everyone is buying.

    i see like this. the people just got their lunch money stolen by the school bully and now the people are asking the bully to give it back. i wouldnt ask for it back, i'd go into the school parking lot, steal the bully's car and sell it to a junkyard. now i got my lunch money back and then some.

    -end rant-


  4. OWS is about economic frustration. It's about insolvent banking corporations that were created to make money being bailed out by our government. It's about the corporate lobbyists buying out our Congress thereby polluting our laws. If government doesn't make some drastic changes, we are screwed. Check out some of the videos I've posted on my fb. I cannot so eloquently convey my thoughts as can others.