It moves! And as long as it keeps moving it is a movement.
Looking at what is being said in the media it remains unclear what the movement is all about. Which makes sense because people are in the streets for various reasons. It seems as if politicians and media people want to paint another black&white picture, good vs. evil etc.. But that doesn’t make any sense. Personally, I don’t like the way how things are presented, be it from the protesters, the media, the politicians, the various other groups.
Soundbytes and videos which are cut in the same manner like one has condemned for so long are not what is going to help the cause(s) or find your voice. Not talking about starting a serious discussion or initiatives. That means that it does not help to condemn policemen, bankers, investors, politicians or whomever as a whole.
Sure the Occupiers do not have all the answers and that is why I thought they may want to have the better questions. The mess we are in seems to be rooted in very complex and deliberately intransparent political and economical systems and a lack of education. I think it makes sense to find out first what has happened, what the exact situation is, who is responsible for what and go from there.
Quite clear is that political parties from every side have enabled a financial system over the last 30 years which seems to collapse now. Also, some people made some nice profits.
Now the 99 questions, the initial ones below, which may be completed by anyone who feels like it. Just my 99 cents.
1. How did the income distribution change over the last 30 years in terms of private and corporate income and taxes/social insurance?
2. How is wealth distributed in terms of geographical and socioeconomic criteria?
3. How did the amount of money in circulation change over the last 30 years by currency?
4. Where did the increase in that amount go to?
5. How does the job migration (e.g. jobs being moved overseas) look like exactly?
6. Is there a list of lobbyists and a transparent way of looking at the interests they pursue?
7. Is there a transparent way of looking at the income of our politicians? Is it transparent which assignments for organisations other than their political party they pursue?
8. Is it true that the US puts pressure on those countries who do not agree to sell their oil in dollars?
9. Who are those “Financial Markets”? Who are the individuals investing in which bonds, countries, corporations, derivatives etc.? Is there a way of making these 99 % transparent?
10. What are the risks exactly the commercial and the federal banks do have on their balance sheets or in offshore entities? Is there a way to make these 99 % transparent? Including all the complex “financial products/innovations”.
11. Is it true that the “Financial Market” is 4 times bigger than the “real economy”?
12. Is it true making profits on interest differences, bets, credit default swaps and the like is 40 times bigger (in terms of turnover) than the investment in real businesses?
13. Is all this bail-out-money and the dramatic increase of the money in circulation over the last 30 years now leading to a hyperinflation and currency reforms?
14. Should banks be able to create money like they used to?
15. Should hedgefunds be allowed?
16. Should salaries/bonuses be capped?
17. Is there a report by the UN/IMF/WTO/OSCE/Worldbank that shows clearly what happened in all those incidents and crisis they were involved with? Especially in terms of currency value development, investments, GDP and unemployment development, local production and privatization, here: to whom assets were sold, how this was financed and at which price as opposed to the pre-crisis value.
18. Is there a report by the a.m. organization showing the impact of subsidies on competitiveness of local producers in developing countries?
19. Are there plans in detail, country by country, to shut down tax havens?
20. Is there a better way to organize the economy without interest and interest on interest? Is interest the timebomb making the whole thing blow up regularly?