You are wondering who is out there occupying the Wall Street? Media coverage has been very low so far and what has been written is rather critical: They call them anti-capitalist, frustrated young people and a disorganized movement.
But what do they call themselves? It is simple: the other 99%. They introduce themselves with the following words: “We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.”
But actually, what we are really seeing is something bigger. Not just Americans protesting. Let us remember the Arab Spring and the Indignados in Spain. The M 15 movement, how the movement in Spain is sometimes refered to, is spreading out of the country. In Berlin for example, Germans are doing protests too now.
Maybe we are finally seeing what intellectuals love to call Global Public Sphere. What is behind that term? In short we can define it as a democratic and inclusive meeting point for all human beings to discuss the direction politics and our world in general should take.
Back to the Wallstreet. If you have not yet heard about it. It is not just happening in New York. The movement has spread to all major cities of the US. David Graeber from the Guardian tries to explain what is happening in the US: “We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated.”
It is hard to describe what is happening. But the important thing in my view is that something is happening.