It should be noted that the Arab Spring flared in America on September 24, 2011 and has since burned brightly, lighting downtown New York City while singeing Chicago, Denver, and Los Angles. This global revolution has taken the form Occupy Wall Street here in America. They campaign for ethical reforms for majority of the population, which are needed to combat the unconstitutional and immoral actions of the richest 1% of the population. In the words of Michael Moore, “Something has Started.” This is the beginning of the Second American Revolution.
What are the Occupy Wall Street Protestors Moving to Accomplish?
They want to enact economic and judicial reforms on a national scale.
They are campaigning against a broad range of failings that have hurt the American public. Several important issues are combating corporate greed, unshackling union’s collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin, and overturning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a Supreme Court Decision that gave corporations the right to invest unlimited funds in political campaigns. Many demonstrators believe the financial sector, embodied by the Wall Street Stock exchange, to be at the heart of these problems. This is why ground zero for Occupy Wall Street is in New York City; they really just want their voices to be heard in the increasingly polarized and glaringly corporate political battleground.
Will They Be Successful?
Their protest is the American manifestation of the Arab Spring, which has uniformly been unstoppable. The trend with this sociopolitical titan has been that nations either meet the demands of the populace or inevitably fall to rebellion. These protests will be historically noted as the beginning of either one or the other in America.
The Arab Spring has already been felt around the world, from the revolting Arab nations successfully completing revolutions, British looting of London, and Greek riots spreading anarchy. Everywhere people are revolting against the same issues, only the names and places are different. It is likely historians will it call the Jasmine Revolution, after its original name with the fiery startup in Tunisia.
These initial protests may not be successful, perhaps doing little more than slowing a few investors commute. What is significant is that Americans are mobilizing not against any specific issue, but instead against the decaying economic order. They are protesting the schism between the astounding wealthy and the numerous poor. This is similar to other “Jasmine Revolutions.”
How Does Occupy Wall Street Resemble the Arab Spring?
Occupy Wall Street, which can be identified as a public organization for economic reform, bears striking similarities to the origins of most Arab Spring revolutions.
The Tunisians, the first pioneer of the Arab Spring, say their revolution was sparked by “unbalanced economic growth” as well. Egyptians revolted due to, “rising food prices, high unemployment, and the corruption that pervades economic life in the region.” Yemen is on the verge of a regime change, because of a widely corrupt government and major “economic grievances.” With the exception of the corruption, all of these concerns are prevalent in every region of the United States. The maldistribuiton of wealth and resources in America parallels those of the revolting Arab States; it was only a matter of time before distraught and jobless citizens took action.
Why Has There Been Police Brutality?
I would like to make note that while there have been a few occasions, including one incident involving dangerous use of pepper spray and others where police aggressively arrested unruly protesters, on the whole Occupy Wall Street has not suffered from unexpected amounts of police brutality. This is a large-scale, well covered protest; incidents of this nature happen during such demonstrations. It could be much worse and much more violent. These cases of controversial police aggression are regrettable results from the patriotic activism of the protesters going beyond conventional terms of engagement. These protesters knew the risks when they decided to stand up for what they believed in. The policemen are simply doing their jobs; I would not judge them too critically lest they desert our popular cause entirely. Everybody knows they did wrong, all we can hope is that incidents do not persist.