A note to Nelson D. Schwartz and Eric Dash of The New York Times. If you are going to put this in your article, put it in quotes and attribute it properly or keep it out of the news section of the paper:
Without a coherent message, the crowds will ultimately thin out, Wall Street types insist — especially when the weather turns colder. They see the protesters as an entertaining sideshow, little more than flash mobs of slackers, seeking to lock arms with Kanye West or get a whiff of the antiestablishment politics that defined their parents’ generation.
I don't think it is incumbent on #OWS to have a coherent message. They are people who feel that their freedoms are being constricted due to the corruptness of others. They are joining together to push back against that feeling. They win just by showing up and eschewing violence. If the NYPD and branch managers at Citibank can't figure that out and stop dehumanizing the protestors, then #OWS will win even more.
There are plenty of policy changes that could satisfy the protestors, even if they are not articulating them themselves. I can only speak for myself. At a gut level, I would like policy makers to:
There hasn't been much occasion to test #1 and #2 as of late, so I would need to see more politicians take the pledge on #3. In terms of specific reforms, I would like to see policy makers enact the key ideas of the Squam Lake Report:
If the FSOC or the Congress had the guts to do this, the "Wall Street types" wouldn't have to rely so much on colder weather to clear out the protestors.