“Our democracy is increasingly being taken over by big money and that’s wrong …We need to occupy democracy.” – Robert Reich, former U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Money in politics results in a corrupt government who give the rich that fund them more power than the rest of the population. Do our Governments in the West represent us or just those who already have power and money?
Big money in politics makes it impossible for the voices of average human to break through because you need money to be heard. So if there is one message that the occupiers wish to deliver, it’s that money in politics is a serious threat to our democracies.
The Occupy protests have spread to every major city in the United States and have gone global with protests occurring from London to Madrid. They were inspired by the Arab Spring and protests in Spain over high unemployment which pushed protesters to camp out in Madrid’s central square.
Protestors can’t agree on “one aim” because there is no single magical solution that would fix everything but they want to push to the forefront of our minds the issues of inequality across society and a lack of opportunity for those from certain backgrounds focusing on the influence that financial institutions/corporations/ rich individuals have particularly when it comes to politics – They do this in the hope of lighting the fires of change in our society but have they triggered any changes so far? Or is “people power” something that was left in the 60’s/70’s?