Why the #occupywallstreet movement will eventually fail #1

It is disorganized. Take a look at what the liberal hippy people did in Boston over the weekend

WHEREAS, those participating in “Occupy Boston” acknowledge that the United States of America is a colonial country, and that we are guests upon stolen indigenous land that has already been occupied for centuries, Boston being the ancestral land of the Massachusett people; and

That we seek the involvement of the First Nations in the rebuilding of a new society on their ancestral land; and

As a signal to the national “Occupy” movement and to members of First Nations who have felt excluded by the colonialist language used to name this movement, it shall be declared that “Occupy Boston” aspires to “Decolonize Boston” with the guidance and participation of First Nations Peoples; and

Read the rest. I’m not saying I agree or disagree, but popular movements which tackle too many woes will fizzle. There will be no national consensus over things like this, unlike the original consensus which held to the fact that Corporations have too much power in the country. Now, it is going in different directions which will cause friction with other groups while removing the focus on the movement to begin with. What made the Tea Party so popular is that it stuck with one message: “Barack Obama = All that is Wrong with America.” Boom! When you retake the power from the Corporations, do with it as you will. Until then, they must remain focused.

But alas, they aren’t.

So, enjoy – because if the Occupy X movement continues to go this way, it will be done by Reformation Day.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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7 thoughts on “Why the #occupywallstreet movement will eventually fail #1

  1. “There will be no national consensus over things like this, unlike the original consensus which held to the fact that Corporations have too much power in the country. Now, it is going in different directions which will cause friction with other groups while removing the focus on the movement to begin with.”

    Right, the corporations have too much power. As in, people are sick and tired of the inequality in this country. People want a system that’s going to work, not just a quick fix half-assed solution. No government built on inequality is built to last. Capitalism is inherently unequal. And if we don’t recognize the systemic racism in this country then we’re going to end up right back in this mess again. I think it’s really telling that you don’t see returning the power back to the people and returning power back to the Native Americans as the same issue. To quote Stephen Colbert, “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

  2. You’re right, though. It’s a protest movement, not a letter to Santa. It’s not the time for every interest group to get its fondest wish. Find one issue that pretty much everyone in the movement can agree needs fixing, and table the rest for later.

  3. Riiiight, because no protest movement that begins with a central message then splits into different factions *ever* lasts. Happy, um, Reformation Day. Two other, somewhat contradictory, points. One, the Tea Party lacked a central message until professional operators shifted the focus to taxes and big gov’t, which did not happen in the first month. Two, who says OccupyWS intends to have a single, organizing cause to push anyway? Maybe there is a reason for the diversity of views. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/youre-creating-a-vision-of-the-sort-of-society-you-want-to-have-in-miniature/2011/08/25/gIQAXVg7HL_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein

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