The 99%

Totally different type of post today.

If you haven't done so already, I'd recommend checking out the "We Are the 99%" tumblr blog ( Say what you will about the Occupy Wall Street movement (and I'm a banker, so I certainly have had the opportunity to be critical), but there is some really sad/depressing content there. What's striking is that the postings have none of the sort of calls for revolution, or the political leanings of any of the protest movements of the '60s. Instead, people are really just posting about how helpless they feel. Having to choose between eating or paying the rent. Getting sick, not having healthcare, and then losing their jobs. Being scared. It's not about fighting for a huge change, it's about not feeling like being totally eff'd.

There is a very popular meme in American politics that says that the people without the work are lazy, spoiled, or entitled (e.g. Herman Cain). And that if these people just applied themselves a little bit more, then they wouldn't have these problems. If you believe that, then I would strongly recommend that you take a look at this blog, and let me know what you think about it afterwards.


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