Occupy Wall Street (OWS) now has $500k in the bank. According to the New York Post, the organizers are already having problems to manage the money and the groups within. Aha...here we go again! Capitalism — you can't live with it, you can't live without it!
 
So far, I have not seen any written agenda from the organizers of OWS. I don't even know the names of the organizers, let alone any specific leader. What I have gathered from the media is mainly a grievance against Wall Street or capitalism and the institutions that support it. They also complain about the greed — people before profit! They talk about redistribution of profit.
 
The problems have been arisen in Zuccotti Park are the very same problems they are complaining about! What an irony that is! Tensions are growing among themselves because of the distribution discrepancy. Problem with distribution of wealth! Haven't we heard this before? The finance committee, the CEOs (?) are in charge of distributing the money among the sub-groups, such as Pulse Group, Comfort Group, Kitchen Group, etc. just like different departments in a corporation. There are about 30 groups in the park now that have to go through the Finance Committee, which is under General Assembly (board?). According to the Post, a request of $8,000 by the Pulse Group to replace some destroyed drums had been rejected by the committee and they are not happy about it at all.
 
Every group has to fill out paper work in order to request funding. Paperwork? Bureaucracy in Zuccotti Park? No! What's next? Some private jets for the organizers? Some members are very frustrated already and are threatening to splinter off. Really? Revolution within the revolution? That does not sound very good!
 
They also put up a big flat-screen TV in the park for a movie night. A pajama party with popcorn! Aha - greed - greed - greed! I see greed! I object! Pajama parties while a revolution in progress? What's that? Have you seen this in the history of revolution of the world?
 
Calm down! Greed is part of life. And it's OK to have greed.
 
Greed is the term that is working like a magic nowadays. Some people are using this word without even understanding it. There is absolutely nothing wrong having greed. Greed is the mantra of capitalism. Selling a big flat-screen TV is a result of greed: profit making. Buying and then watching a movie on that TV is also greed. Both parties have full filled their needs of greed. Problem with greed is not knowing how much to have. There is no formula to quantify it. Either you know it or you don't. It's like catching fish. You must know about the baits — what and how much to put in the hook. You never put too much bait on the hook to catch fish. It does not work.
 
The woes of Occupy Wall Street in the park are growing and will keep growing until it dies out eventually. Turmoil in the bank industry, about ten percent  unemployment rate, or a huge real estate market crash doesn't really call for a revolution. Well, not in the U.S. at least! We are too spoiled to jump into a revolution. We want a movie night. We want a flat-screen TV made by a corporation. We want popcorn with butter distributed by a big corporation. We want a corrupted bank to keep our money. Revolution? Whatever this may be certainly is not a revolution! The structure in the country and the lifestyle of the people are nowhere near a revolution to take place in the US. And there is no reason for one — at least not yet!  
 
Creating some noise, maybe. Or, simply a mockery of revolution!
 
Relax! We are practicing capitalism to fight against capitalism!
 
Summary: The woes of OWS (Occupy Wall Street) in the park are growing, and will keep growing until it dies out eventually.
 
(Was Published in viewshound.com in September, 2011)

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Kumar Ghosh

Kumar Ghosh

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