6 thoughts on “Food for Thought

  1. Although the Occupy protests have garnered a lot of support across the country, I don't think that Capitalism has any real possibility of being overthrown. The Capitalist system is so deeply entrenched in society that it would take an ideological occupation of each secondary association to actually prove its power of change. Capitalism has enabled the working class to have just enough to get by and participate in the consumer society, therefore making the working class as a whole not want to revolutionize because they feel okay enough. And, even though a lot of working class are protesting, not enough has changed to create a problem for the bourgeoisie, and if it had, they would just hire the next cheapest people to take their place. So, although I think it would be incredible for the wealth of the United States to be better distributed, I think that the movement will need to grow so much that it threatens the wealth of the power elite, or else it will have little effect. And following this image, Capitalism has appeased the working class just enough that they are considerably better off than those in third world counties, which is seemingly wonderful, but really should inspire a global strive toward more evenly distributed wealth. That being said, I think that is a far larger feat than trying to overthrow capitalism– which is really quite depressing.

  2. This just goes to show how thankless a nation we have become. Regardless of how we feel the wealth is "uneven" in this country and how some of these theorists say we're brainwashed into thinking we have it good; the fact of the matter is that we DO. We still have much better lives that millions on this planet. With all the criticism of the Capitalist system by these protesters and all the "Occupy" cities agenda, I've yet to hear any alternatives as to what kind of nation we should become economically. Do these people suggest we be Socialist and just distribute all the wealth of the rich people evenly across the entire nation? If so, there are a vast number of problems with that. Jobs come from and are created by these wealthy people who invest their money back into the economy and pay all of our wages. Though some of rich have "old" money that has been passes on for generations in their families, there are those who have worked hard to make it to their positions in society and it really isn't fair to tax them heavily just for being rich. Isn't that what why most of us are in school? To get an education that will someday allow us to get a good job that pays well? We just all need to be a little more thankful for what we have and not complain so much. (I'm by no means rich at all by the way)

  3. You're right, you and I are lucky. Lucky to be here, lucky to have the opportunities that we have had. And while many of the people protesting may have had similar opportunities, they are also speaking for the millions of people that haven't had those opportunities: that couldn't go to school or have to work 2 jobs just to get by and are still below the poverty line. This protest is about drawing attention to the major discrepancy of wealth between the 99% and the 1%. And just because we are lucky as a nation to have what we have, that doesn't mean that we should stay silent when these things are going on.

    I am not suggesting that we tax the rich more and redistribute wealth, because you're right, that wouldn't be fair. But it also isn't fair that there are hundreds of ways for the rich to get out of paying taxes at all.

    Everyone is going to have a slightly different reason for getting involved in this fight. Some might be more "just" than others, but it isn't up to me to judge why people are doing what they are doing. I only care about people standing up and fighting for equality because there are plenty of people in this country who can't. Who don't have "the good life" and will probably never have it because of the institutional racism and inequalities in place.

    Many rich do have old money, and many rich do also have jobs and work hard. But so does the single mom who has 2 jobs to support her children and is still just scraping by. Why does that work matter less? Or rather, why do we see her as less deserving than the rich just because we would rather be the rich?

    I totally agree that we need to be thankful for what we have and that simply taking the wealth away from the rich isn't a solution. But I don't think we ever need to stop questioning and drawing attention to inequalities that exist in our society.

  4. Its also interesting to know that the top 1% has always had the majority of the wealth in the US. However this has never been a hot topic as it is today because of the people that were being affected by it. Working class-people of color have constantly complained about the economic inequalities but our voices have never been heard. But once middle class white folks start getting affected, then the protests begin. So even within our own country, classism is clearly occurring.

    • I think that you make a very interesting point that all of the sudden it seems that white middle class people are being affected and its creating masses of opposition but lower class minorities have been struggling since the beginnings of America. I also like how this picture sets up these photos to be compared and it truly shows how disgusting it is that people complain about particular things when their are children in America and abroad who are literally starving to death.

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