Is there any parallel between the Occupy movement and the Tea Party? Is it a drum circle of students who should be doing something more productive with their time? Both are relevant questions to ask when attempting to make any sense at all of the current “Occupy – insert name of city being occupied here” movement. For a week, haggard individuals from all over the region have camped out on the Rose Kennedy Greenway protesting corporate greed and economic inequality.
The proud thunderous proclamations of the protesters “wanting to show people what a real democracy looks like” are washed away when those very same voices say, “its not so much about the demands, but using a real democratic process,” whatever that actually means. The Teaparty grew out of similar discord with the status quo of government activity, yet the Occupy participants seem to be less organized, live where they protest, rely on outside and non participating supporters to assist them in basic hygiene, but are arguably just as frustrated and angry. Further, the Teaparty has an organized and cohesive response to demanding policies of responsible (low) taxation, as well as limit the power and size of government (the group is organized to the extent that they elected representatives to high office). The Occupy Movement preaches tax increases and the tenets of how corporations and rich people are inherently evil. Sounds messy, it is.
Therefore are these protesters drum-beating hipster students or are they something more? A good place to start would be at Northeastern University with the recent 12PM “walk-out” last week. Roughly 100 students from the university met on the Centennial Lawn to voice their grievances. One of the participants was quoted saying, “I am a typical Northeastern student,” as the press statement released from the walkout had numerous grammatical and spelling errors. One of the many mysteries revealed as to why they could be worried about their economic future.
From someone who currently is and will be employed after grdaution allow me to address some of my fellow peers comments and concerns. To Victoria Porell, no, students don’t have lobbyists, but when you work for a company, most likely that company will. If your economic interests are tied to the company you work for, and that company is competitive, chances are you will be represented just fine. In response to Alyssa the “I am a typical Northeastern student,” (no you are not), and your ‘How am I supposed to afford to live off of that?’ You went to college to get an education, acquire a talent or skill, and then seek an employer that would be able to afford investing in your ability to make the company succeed; how are you suppose to afford living off that mentality?
Lastly, to the future and fellow Political Scientist, Jon Pheonix’s, “College was supposed to be the be all, end all. The place where no matter how crazy your background, you go into college, you come out and you’re supposed to be guaranteed entry into the middle class.” The be all and end all is you, not college and certainly not how “crazy” your background in college was for the past four years, whatever you might have been doing. Ultimately, if the United States of America is to have another century of a strong and prosperous future, for all of its citizens, its youth must abandon resorting to its fears rather than its strengths in a time of calling and of crisis.