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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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No message, no solutions

Ninety-nine percent of Americans live in some sort of poverty-stricken mess, while the top 1 percent of citizens are ultra-rich oligarchs whose only goal in life is to make more money and step on the backs of the poor, exploited 99 percent.

This is the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Or is it? To be honest, it's difficult to decipher any sort of clear message coming from the mass of left-leaning 20-somethings who compose this new effort. From the beginning, the protesters who camped out on Wall Street in New York City seemed to only be following some sort of liberal call of the wild: a desire to protest, no matter the reason — no, minus the reason.

Now that the "Occupation" of Wall Street has entered its third week and has spread to cities all over the country, the rhetoric from the movement has become something of a mixing bowl. It's a hodgepodge of Democratic talking points, liberal ideology, and quasi-socialism that would make many of our professors and TAs proud.

The movement, of course, has spread to Iowa City. Protesters are now "Occupying" College Green Park for an indefinite amount of time. I thought this was about corporate greed and the oppressed working class. Why are they bringing swing sets and squirrels into it? At any rate, the Occupy Iowa City protesters, like the rest of the nationwide movement, lack any coherent message. I've seen signs urging the end of the Federal Reserve to sidewalk chalk telling me to investigate 9/11 conspiracy theories. The group's Facebook page contains some of the same jumbo about corporations and percentages.

And like the people occupying Wall Street, the Iowa City protesters offer the same number of solutions to the problems they are apt to point out: Zero.

Derek Wagenhofer
UI junior


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