Did the 99% forget to vote?
Through zero demands, a demonstration of solidarity is being made. No single view offers a complete solution. Neither should it. This is a protest about a problem. The problem is Wall St.
The rest of us work to live. Our adult lives are spent in the pursuit of money. But this is because it’s an accepted norm. It’s a path to freedom.
With pockets full, our people find power to exercise other freedoms. We can spend time in pursuit of happiness.
This is our capitalist system. An unfettered free market yields productivity to bring individual earning and then shape time.
Our pursuit of capital gives apparent meaning to the modern civilization.
But there’s a problem with placing the pursuit of capital first. The free market lost it’s freedom. And somehow we sold our democracy.
Imagine if you will, an idea being born. The funding cycle gives credit. And with debt comes leverage. And then on the back of this leverage our currencies are issued.
The sum of these currencies is now far in excess of any original loan. And far beyond the scope of that original idea.
Our people now hedge funds the size of continents against atypical risk. And inside the eye of those storm, furious high frequency trading strategies move money in and out of the index as fast as it takes to secure a quick return. All in the blink of an eye, we pretend we got richer.
The true wealth of civilisations however, is built at a slower pace. Time is a much deeper investment. Our bodies need rest and nutrition. Our people need health and education. Their environment needs care and maintenance. As we raise our families we grow stewarding standards for the next generation.
But this generation finds a broken world. Our time is too shackled with debt to make structural change. The economy lies consumed with an autistic self-interest.
The 99% voted. But now they’re angry that their votes have been sold. The policy makers they elected reward priests of high finance with deregulation in the belief that financial spread betting brings jobs and wealth. In truth, only a sliver of that new capital is used for real 99% investments. The rest fuels a predatory economics that dangerously speculates with the destiny of the world and 99% of its people.
What’s the solution?
Dialogue and consensus. With collective agreement we can change anything. We can design our economy. We can positively affect it’s impact on our lives. We can change any system.
The dialogue is crucial. That’s the feedback loop for improvement. It exists but it’s not mainstream or interactive enough for this generation. Discussion of the runaway effects often drowned in the ether or sidelined into the stand. We need to separate the noise from the signal.
Two things need be key points of focus for demanding current change.
1.) Slow down the speculation. Introduce a robin hood tax on high frequency trading.
2.) Bring debt into the sun. Demand 100% transparency from central banking institutions.
The second point is not just a rebellion on private debts transforming into public debts. This is also the new potential.
Collectively we want an economy that improves standards of life. We want to employ our debt and credit cycles to re-imagine our lives. Whether we can elect it or not, this generation wants an economic system designed for people. We want a system less prone to indebtedness, war, corruption & pollution. We don’t want private bankers running the system. We want a more social economy with a rich open interface. One that we can use to back better ideas for our communities.
We want to evolve our entire economic dialogue from debt into imagination. We don’t need 99% consensus.
We need an economy designed for more than just 1%.
Occupy and Re-imagine.