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Income Inequality and Social Justice

Posted on Jan. 6, 2012, 8:19 p.m. EST by Joe_Zephstollen

The Occupy movement is about social justice. In capitalist countries such as the United States, a person who works her whole life in a less-valued profession, such as freelance script editing, can barely make ends meet, while another person, such as an engineer who invents new products, earns much more than he needs. What right does he have to earn more money, just because more people want to pay him for what he produces? Are not the freelance script editor's feelings just as valuable, if not more so, than the inventions of an engineer? Should not consumers be forced to pay her one dollar for every dollar they pay the engineer?

We at the #Occupy movement believe that income inequality must stop. The Occupy movement is committed to achieving the only fair level of income: the exact arithmetic average between our incomes and those of our more productive neighbors.

The interests of the most productive 1% must be made subservient to those of the people as a whole. It is only the greed of the 1% that makes them believe their property should be protected from the will of the majority. In a democracy, if a majority of the people believe that wealth should be taken from a minority, then that should happen. We are the majority.


The secret protocols of the 1%

Posted on Dec. 24, 2011, 7:15 p.m. EST by Ada_Fittler

Most people, especially our friends at Occupy Wall Street, know that "the one percent" care about money more than anything. But most people outside the #Occupy movement do not realize that world finance and international capitalism are secretly controlled by "the one percent" for their interests. We in the movement know that "the one percent" use their wiles to trick us out of the money which we honestly received from the government. They do this in many ways, such as selling us overpriced products, when they should sell them at the price we choose (my new iPhone 4S cost $199; my opinion, as an artist, is that it should be around $50, or maybe $40). Or they charge us interest on our credit card purchases, or they demand that we pay our medical bills after they give us medical treatment, or they decline to buy our #paintings even though they're really good and it shouldn't matter that it doesn't look like a forest scene because it's the effort that counts.

For all of these reasons, it's clear that we must unite to fix the system. All of these problems that all of us are having can be traced to one group: "the one percent." The Occupy movement believes that "the one percent" are the ones really to blame for the world's problems, just as they have been throughout history.

For too long, "the one percent" have pulled the strings of international capitalism, keeping us down. When we have occupied Poland, we will redistribute the wealth of "the one percent," for the social justice of the people as a whole. Join the Occupy movement now and help us defeat the international conspiracy of the 1%!


International Solidarity

Posted on Dec. 20, 2011, 3:25 p.m. EST by Joe_Zephstollen

#Occupy Poland is proud to operate with the tacit support of these similar organizations:
With their tacit support, we know we can change the face of Europe forever.


The #future of the movement

Posted on Dec. 11, 2011, 7:15 p.m. EST by Ada_Fittler

The #occupy movement's proven history of success in achieving its goals has been, in large part, thanks to our use of #technology. The media has repeatedly reported on this unprecedented employment of #technology in our protests. From putting up #web pages, to sending text messages, the world has come to realize that #occupy members form the cutting edge of human scientific innovation.

But one #occupier has made a quantum leap in #occupation technology by creating an #occupy robot. The central technological breakthrough is in the field of #purchasing a toy robot, and then #affixing a sign to it. It is this level of technological know-how that separates the #99% from the 1%.

Some bourgeois agitators have pointed out that #line 2 of the sign attempts to assign a value to a function, meaning that out of two lines of #code, one is a #syntax error. But these are just the kinds of #challenges mankind faces as the #occupy movement pushes the #bounds of human technological capability.

Also, we're on Twitter.


Highlights of the #D12 West Coast Port Shutdown

Posted on Dec. 7, 2011, 12:36 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

oakland shuts down the port

Literally dozens of our supporters proudly marched, asserting their basic human right to #occupy any land, whether public or private, and to shut down businesses for the good of the 99% and the #economy.



#MC12 - Discuss how we can stop the mining corporations from exploiting their workers at an all-day Mine Reform Conference. Sign up now for Mine Conf. 2012!

Posted 14 hours ago on Jan. 6, 2012, 6:12 a.m. EST by OccupyWallSt

Historic Feature-- Thomas Edison: great American, or selfish, greedy capitalist?

Posted on Dec. 4, 2011, 2:30 p.m. EST by Joe_Zephstollen

Thomas Edison is well known for inventing the light bulb. But little coverage is given in the Capitalist history books to the fact that he actually didn't help anyone with his inventions. Because there was no income tax at that time, and Edison did little philanthropy, none of the profits from the invention went to society. Thus, because of Edison's selfishness, the light bulb did not benefit mankind. Instead, Edison kept the profits from manufacturing light bulbs, and even reinvested them in his electricity-distribution business to make more profits!

This sort of antisocial behavior should have been completely unacceptable, when so many were without basic human rights such as clean water and electricity. Not only that, but sales of the light bulb caused hard-working middle-class workers in the oil lamp and candle industries to lose their jobs. In a more responsible, progressive society, the profits from the light bulb would have been used to subsidize the struggling oil lamp and candle businesses, creating jobs. Instead, because of the antiquated free-market ideas in vogue at the time, Edison was allowed to use his profits as he wished, and society at large had no voice in how this social surplus was distributed. It goes without saying that Edison did not distribute these profits fairly. Instead, he used them to build his own electric distribution business!

This should serve as a lesson to the modern Occupy movement: the 1% will always act in their own interest, and will even rewrite the history books afterward to make it seem as if this produced good results. But we know the truth: the only truly good results historically come from seizing the excessive wealth of those who have more than they need, for the benefit of the people. How much better would America be now, if Edison's shameful profits had been used to help the 99% by subsidizing struggling oil lamp businesses? And, lest anyone think that Edison was an isolated example of this disease on the capitalist world, consider that the following companies all make products only for profit, and therefore provide no benefit to society:

Intel, AMD - computer processors
Motorola - cell phones
Boeing - passenger aircraft
Alcoa - aluminum
Bechtel - skyscrapers, bridges, tunnels
Ford, Toyota - cars
Bank of America, Citibank - checking, savings, and investment accounts
Merck, Pfizer - medicine

This is only a small list, and as we identify more companies which make profits we will post them. These companies must be held accountable for taking large profits while giving nothing back to society.


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