Staying in someone's home is a precious experience. You see them in the morning before they are glossed for the day. You eat breakfast and dinner together. And if you break the "company is like fish" rule, you get to see a few of the subplots in their lives develop. Thanks again to my friends and patient hosts if you are reading, I really do appreciate the chance to step into the middle of your homes and your lives for a few days. OWS was a minor subplot for my friend/host who put us up in Ann Arbor. He's a true Michigander, so explaining economic implosion and populist movements comes as naturally to him as grilling bratwurst. I asked him what OWS was demanding, and he said that OWS wasn't demanding anything. He hinted that demanding nothing was kind of the point. He got me thinking about OWS, and then I started reading a bit more. Here's what I think so far:
- The Michigander was right. The underlying economic disparity is real, and can only be perceived by "the 99%" unjust. Here is the article that I think is the best synopsis of the facts, selectively biased to represent OWS.
- Occupy Wall Street is a meta-movement. They aren't out to make demands, win concessions, or change you. They are out to change what we perceive as just and unjust. Up until now, based on the way wealth has been concentrated, we have all tacitly agreed that wealth concentration is just fine. OWS is slapping us in the face. That's it. I think the real impact will be the way other groups, organizations, and movements internalize the message.