For those who wonder what exactly the Occupy Movement is demanding, look no further. The answer is simple – a new moral agenda, a moral democracy that radically opposes and hopes to alter the role of government and corporations, that is, the selfish, small-minded autocracy that has ruled to date, and that has seriously hindered and interfered with the lives and progress of Americans.
It’s a tall order, but the revolution has begun and is sweeping under its wings not only the government we now have in place in this country, but those on Wall Street and around the globe for whom the buck, rather than human interests, have taken priority. There is a new world order on the rise, and it will encompass even the small minds of our politicians.
Morality, as you may have gathered, is very different for progressives than it is for conservatives. We progressives have a head start in what it means to be moral. We care more about people’s needs, their jobs, education, health care, pensions and futures. We will not, for example, support an agenda that aims to provide tax breaks for the rich at the expense of most Americans.
So, if you think anarchy is a part of this vision, you would also be right. Anarchy is. Anarchy means disrupting the current world order and that is what is required for a new moral order to move forward. Dadaism came before Surrealism. So must the Occupy Movement disrupt before America blossoms.
However, as you may have also gathered, the disruption of the current social and political order has all along in the Occupy movement in America been simultaneous to the presentation of peaceful and constructive ideas and approaches. It is helpful to provide a library of truth to people, as was done in Zuccotti Park. It is helpful to have all members of a society, however big or small, working together toward common goals that benefit everyone. This was also true of Zuccotti Park. It is helpful to have medical care and support systems of every variety for the people of a nation, again, as Zuccotti Park demonstrated.
The Occupy Movement has changed the terms of the debate over who owns public space in America. Artists, union workers, the retired, the young, middle-aged and unemployed all have a say in this debate and are making themselves heard loud and clear across America. If you live here, you are a part of this debate and have a say in it. If you are a citizen of this country, you have a right to question your government’s failings and present a new agenda to the powers that be. Occupy, discuss, debate, transform; these are all words that reflect what is happening in the Occupy Movement. Americans can join the revolution of consciousness that it represents or become part of a silent minority.