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Monday, October 3, 2011

Why I Will Attend "Occupy Indianapolis"

1. Because I'm pretty sure the laid back cops of Indy will be unlikely to pepper-spray me.
2. Because I feel like I should at least add to a voice, despite that voice lacking a harmony of message, to indicate my disgust with the following:

a. How our political system has turned into a beauty contest of talking heads, who do a lot of talking from their asses. We need to get monetary influence out of congress sure, but that's unlikely to happen completely and that frankly is not the only problem. More than that, we need to completely remake congress - these 'rules' of the game are obviously broken. End the filibustering sound bites. I no longer want to vote, not because I ever thought my marginal vote added much, but because I used to think that it was a social obligation toward a social good. I now feel otherwise.

b. How our major media outlets have grown weak and complacent. You know there is something wrong with Jon Stewart provides more information than Fox News. I for one think that the main reason that many persons my age are turning to independent bloggers and certain foreign media is because ours have simply turned into an extension of our politics. See above.

c. How our mainstream economics has been allowed to be taught and function with assumptions that have no basis in reality. The collective 'we' have brainwashed generations that our markets operate smoothly, and when they don't it's just a brief thing that we can overcome with a little spending here or there. Ignore how crazy 'money' and 'finance' has gotten, ignore how certain banks and investment managers can cause a crisis and then profit from it (see a above as well). I for one don't think everything that happens on Wall St. is bad. Particularly since our policies reward those that have bad behavior. We need to blame the teachers of the faulty doctrine, not the followers.

I may be only person with an economics background in attendance. I like to think that this will add a level of diversity. I can't relate at all to hippies, in fact, they scare the shit out of me. But I can relate to the generally discontented per my points above. And it will be those with whom I will stand.

I only wish I could stay indefinitely... but then, I must earn a living... and like most Americans, I only care so much.... I think that says something about my weakness... and I think it says something about our country's

Occupy - if but for a time.

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