I'm particularly interested in it because this could potentially be history, the catalyst to a very different period in american or even global society. Occupations have been perhaps the most significant fusion of this new age of social media and viral information with civil and political issues, led by a mass of people with no polar leadership who are unsatisfied with our economic situation.
When visiting the occupy oakland main protest, I was amazed at the organization and seemingly organic ordering of a micro community in this main plaza in the city of Oakland. There was tent for laptops and electrical outlets powered by a bike machine who's use was encouraged. I observed a library, information centers, a first aid post, and even a corner for children to occupy with crayons and toys. There seemed to be quite a good system of how to self sustain this movement.
To dive deeper into this movement in perhaps a more political and philosophical angle however I also observed a lot. First is the actual movement itself, where I saw it as a puddle that drops of water kept trickling in on, slowly growing and growing. I noticed however that this puddle was still shapeable, it's just a force and I am waiting to see what the funnel will be for this water, in a sense what will the message be? If you needed to write what exactly it is that the occupiers demanded, I think it would take a quite a while.
What is clear however, is that there is a respectable and powerful number of people who are not satisfied with what has been occurring over the past few years, and are willing to take action to show their support for this cause. To some extent I agree, capitalism as I before have contemplated is perhaps not the perfect and best form of economy. I'm not saying I agree with equal distribution of wealth (which I don't think I am) but I do think that capitalism on paper is good, but has many fundamental flaws that have been exploited by the corporate and financial world. So in a way I've drawn the conclusion that capitalism really is sort of immature, and it's self destructive. The real problem I see is the six billion people that occupy the earth and how are we going to provide for everyone. Problems I think many people have idealistic approaches to solving.
I believe in this movement though, I believe that their is great power in the masses. More and more people will inevitably join this movement and perhaps a significant shift in the culture and paradigm of society will occur at some point. This is a very serious situation however, and I think it can't expand too rapidly. I keep thinking of that thin line between progressive non violence and peaceful assembly and the beheadings of the king and queen in the French Revolution. A council member in the occupation was handing out flyers warning that the police and protesters might clash later at some point during the evening and said to me "bring your cameras.".