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2011 Protests: Yes to Democracy, No to Greed
in the news: 2011 has been the year people around the world protested. As the year began, "Arab Spring" uprisings dominated the news, while the "Occupy Wall Street" (OWS) movement has blossomed in the last few months. Both can be seen as pro democracy. In the USA, OWS was inspired back in July by an anti-consumerism, anti-multinational corporation magazine's call for "Democracy, not Corporatocracy". By late October, an The Economist magazine cover story was depicting this as nearly a worldwide movement with a "Capitalism and Its Critics: Rage Against the Machine" headline.
commentary and analysis (by Stephen P. Cook, founder and manager,
project Worldview, www.projectworldview.org): While
Arab Spring protestors were challenging authoritarian, brutal regimes, OWS
folks have been faulted for lacking focus. Some might summarize their
protests as challenging the dominating authority that big corporations
--especially big banks and financial institutions-- have over their lives,
or challenging the unfairness of the whole capitalist system. Others have
expressed what OWS is about in much simpler terms. Writing
in early October in a posting on the Common Dreams website, Donna
Smith pointed the finger at greed and argued that OWS protests are saying
"Enough is enough" in that regard.
The Worldview of an Imaginary, Representative OWS Protestor
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