Why I Disagre with the Occupy Movement
The above quote is taken from their comments re: Black Friday.
Originally Posted by Occupy Spokestalker
And it exposes why I fundamentally disagree with them.
First, companies cannot vote, only people can. As such, WE are 100% responsible if we choose to vote in a way consistent with corporatocracy. Yes, donations from both companies and unions (and other groups) are influential, but WE do not hold our politicians to any standards about it, WE do not vote for third parties and WE keep electing the same (S) and (D) candidates over and over again. Thats on US, not on Best Buy.
Second, no corporation "blatantly dictates" my actions, or anyone elses actions. NO one is coming to your home today with a gun to hold to your head, to force you to go shopping, live beyond your means, or spend money. YOU may chaoose to, but thats on YOU, not on Best Buy for having a sale and trying to both fill a consumer desire and make a profit for it;s shareholders and employees. If you allow your actions to be "dictated" by others, thats on you.
It's exactly this kind of rampany abandonment of the idea of personal responsabillity that makes suppoting OWS impossible for me. In the broader sense, the entire movement is one of "not my fault, my whole life is controlled by companies and there is nothing I can do to stop them, so don't blame me!" It's a horrible and dishonest position, frankly, speaking more to the ignorance and laziness of the position holder than the truth.
We the people allow the powers that be to do what they do, and we could stop them...if we cared enough to do it, stoped playing two-party-only politics, and actully educated ourselves on the issues (regardless of the opinion you wind up with on the issue) and actively participated in the process.
Instead, we have what, a 30% voting participation, an almost totally uninformed and detached electorate, the same 99.000% domination by the same two party system we've always had......and people wonder why we never get any "change"? Why companies have such influence?
Perhaps one day the blame pointers will turn their fingers around, and point the blame where it belongs. On us. We have all the power in our system of Governance, but we'd have to care enough to use it, and then hold those we elect to it.
And I have no faith we the people will ever do that in modern America. When they write the Rise and Fall of the United States one day, a key cause will be ascribed to the loss of personal responsabillity throughout the society.