Post-A-Day: Day 3
I’ve been tracking the Occupy Wall Street movement from its planning stages and haven’t been sure what to make of it. One thing that’s clear is it’s not going away quickly. Here are a couple of quick videos which I think capture the general feeling of the effort:
Student & Iraq War Veteran Ryan Cahill explains Occupy Boston
Dr. Cornel West addresses the Occupy Wall St crowd
(The title of this post came from Dr. West’s impromptu speech.)
Social movements are a type of group action. They are large informal groupings of individuals and/or organizations focused on specific political or social issues, in other words, on carrying out, resisting or undoing a social change.
While the specific issues are known, the demands are still coalescing. Regardless, political leaders are on notice. The movement has a long way to go to hold its momentum through the 2012 election cycle, but if it can, we may have a much-needed counterbalance to the Tea Party.
We’re all fed up with the political direction in the U.S. Let’s start working towards change that benefits the common good.
When Seth Godin writes about a revolution, you have to wonder what’s afoot.
The forever recession (and the coming revolution)
There are actually two recessions:
The first is the cyclical one, the one that inevitably comes and then inevitably goes. There’s plenty of evidence that intervention can shorten it, and also indications that overdoing a response to it is a waste or even harmful.
The other recession, though, the one with the loss of “good factory jobs” and systemic unemployment–I fear that this recession is here forever.
(Read Seth’s full post here: http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/09/the-forever-recession.html)