With all this talk about the “Great Recession” in our class and after having just read “Globalization from Below” I thought of an article that I saw on CNBC.com today that talk about a group called Occupy Wall Street. About a week ago this leaderless group asked followers to bring beds, chairs and whatever they would need in order to occupy Wall Street for a month. It’s supposed to be a peaceful gathering of protesters. They hope this gathering will open people’s eyes, not only the big banks who are still handing out millions of dollars of bonuses, but also our government. They hope there will be some sort of intervention to get us out of the recession that never seems to end.
I believe this movement is hugely interesting, because if one looks at the attention that protesters are given in the United States it usually surrounds social issues like gay marriage. Little attention has been given to protestors that want to stand up to The Street and say this is where our problems are stemming from. This movement to stand up to the business tycoons and plead our government to intervene could be stemmed from the protests that have been occurring all throughout Europe these past few months. Regardless what the motivation or start of this was I think it is important for more Americans to voice their opinions on things like this that truly matter and will affect our country for years to come. I hope the big banks and business of Wall Street will also stand up and realize that in order for employment to increase and jobs to be created it needs to come from them.