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Freddy vs. Jason. The OWS Story

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 by in Political | 6 comments

 

Freddy Vs. Jason the OWS story

A nightmare tied in with all the arguments for and against the OWS protest; a predominant perception; an epic battle brews between Capitalism and Communism/Socialism.

I’d think Freddy to be communist. Tempting with dreams of utopia, only to dismember you in a fiendish, otherworldly gulag.

Jason on the other hand, seems more capitalist. A purposeful, indomitable and unfeeling monstrosity. Leading unlucky victims to an ill-fated destination.

Really though? Is it really about that?

Be they glorified by ‘Atlas Shrugged’ (on my fav list) or ‘The Communist Manifesto’, both these ideologies are relatively new to human history. At least in their recent implementations, if not in a broader sense.

In the past few decades we saw communism fail. I think we are now seeing capitalism doing the same, if not being thoroughly tested.

It’s obvious that something is wrong. In the financial Titanic the Europeans seem to be sailing on, the protests in streets across the globe, and the pain of the jobless and destitute in many western nations. Even the BRIC countries are bracing for an expected slowdown. Brazil has cut it’s interest rates today, and China could lose 70% of its jobs tomorrow.

You may think the OWS movement an incoherent hippie, as is the stock market these days. However, one cannot deny that there is a palpable negativity directed against the financial system.

The OWS movement is growing in strength, spreading. The reactions of a previously skeptical chemist, the artwork of ad creatives, are all testament to a yearning for change. Technology abets the spread, creating a perfect storm to bring that change about.

Occupy Wallstreet- Infographic on Dollar Bill

Infographic on dollar bill – see ‘ad creatives’ link above for more

Anybody who is buying or selling anything should be well advised to pay attention. Especially those who are selling, better recognize the undercurrents lest they continue peddling sugar water to the morbidly obese.

Which brings me to the digital marketing circles I often associate within. Though posts by Aaron Beibert and Eugene Farber show a tad too much affinity for Jason Voorhees, at least they are speaking outside the Klout-decked, online marketing echo chamber; part of the debate. Of course, as Americans they can be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about them conservatives vs. democrats. Here too there is hope, however slim, the twain shall come together, as Barry Ritholtz opines brilliantly.

I think neither capitalism nor communism to be infallible. If there is room for these ideologies to evolve, NOW is the time. That, can really come about, only if all of us are part of the process and debate.

Is OWS about the right and the left? Some conspiracy funded by George Soros and Spanish communists? Whining of the lazy? Is lynching industry and innovation the answer? Socialism? OR Is there something going on that we all can work together for.

After all, the only thing that can now keep people away from the streets are jobs. You see that coming in Greece, Spain or even the US? The longer this financial drama goes on, the worse it gets globally.

Our best option seems to be to shape the debate and the inevitable change. Maybe not on the streets or a makeshift tent, like the more passionate ones. Have your say here, on your blogs or wherever.

If not, the danger is real; nubile teens will fall to Freddy as Jason loses ground.

So. What do YOU think?

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Jacob,

    Thanks for the mention!

    I wasn’t trying to make this into a conversation between Republicans and Democrats. I don’t label myself as either one. Although I do think there is a strong leftist skew to these protests.

    I was merely making an observation of what I saw, albeit with a bias of my perspective.

    I think the underlying issue is that many people see wealth building as a zero-sum game. For someone to win, someone else has to lose. And this is simply not the case.

    I do think that change needs to happen. I just don’t think its going to happen like this, or as a result of these protests.

    And I think if some of these people spent their time working to build a future of their own instead of trying to be handed one, they would be much better off (and happier).

    A lot of unhappiness stems from not working for something and expecting it to be handed to you. But it’s oh so much sweeter when you earn it yourself!

    These are the people I take issue with…the ones that refuse to take responsibility for themselves.

    Yes, the government is screwed up. Yes Wall Street has taken advantage of the laws in order to do a lot of things most would consider immoral.

    But it is the people standing around protesting to have their college tuition paid off that I don’t like. I had to pay it off myself…and it didn’t feel good to pay all that money to a government I disagree with in one fell swoop.

    By the way, this is my first time at your blog, and I love your writing style!

    • Hey Eugene,
      Glad you like the writing…something of a wip. As it is for most of us.

      Also glad you agree that change needs to happen. However, I don’t think it will transpire because of the people you take issue with. There will always be that segment. If you really look into it, the discontent affects a larger swath of the populace across the globe. Not just those protesting college tuition.

      That is what is fueling these protests. The easier access to shaping public opinion is another factor. If you look past your borders, into Europe for example, you will see that there is no easy solution that can include just people going back to working harder.

      Thanks for chipping in. Much appreciated!

      • The problem is, at least from what I saw, is that the “hand-out” people make up a very significant portion of the protesters there.

        It may not be about college tuition, it may be about something else. How about mortgages? Why not! But that’s just another hand-out.

        A lot of people feel that just because they banks got bail-outs they should too. Two wrongs don’t make a right. It just makes things worse.

        The kind of change a lot of these people want leads to the kind of situation that happened in Greece. I’m not ignoring Europe or the world at large by any means.

        Bringing back REAL CAPITALISM would be a step in the right direction. Wall Street and the government are way too closely intertwined – to the point that this really isn’t capitalism any more, but rather they are two branches of the same entity.

        I feel like a lot of the anger is misguided. People, of course, have the right to be angry. But they’re angry about EVERYTHING.

        John Stossel (who I am a huge fan of), recently went down there to film what’s going on and almost got torn to pieces. People were yelling at him at the top of their lungs calling him a liar just because he words for Fox.

        First of all, I don’t think Fox lies more than any other network. They all give opinions.

        But one guy in particular yelled over and over “you lie, all the time, I see you lie”. But clearly he has never watched a single minute of Stossel’s show because he is a libertarian and would actually agree with some of the protester’s points.

        There’s definitely a lot of brainwashing going on. Anything funded by the unions I am VERY wary of.

        • The “handout” people, the jobless and students are probably going to make a bulk of the protesters. It’s only logical that people who have nothing to do or have scant hope are going to be the ones with the time to be out there. Does not change the fact that their numbers are too big to ignore. It would not matter as much if it were just a few “handout” hippies that could not connect to the wider sentiment. However the anger at EVERYTHING is going to grow if people like you stay out of it. The only voices that will be heard will be the ones that WILL be angry at everything. Brainwashed.

          The debate and the protests have to be reshaped. That will only happen if the many on the sidelines engage with those nosily calling for communism redux. Then, all sides need to compromise on their stands.

          Doing nothing is not an option anymore; for the state, the people or you and me.

          p.s: You think unemp numbers are bad in the US at around 9%? How about 16% in Greece? OR 22-25% in Spain? Joblessness or protest…easy choice.

  2. Hi Jacob,

    I appreciate the support for my writing a non-Klout based post. I thought the post was well written.

    So what do you think might be a good evolution for capitalism? I agree, it’s not great, but the alternatives seem worse to me.

    Any ideas?

    • Hi Aaron,
      I was not picking on you for writing about Klout, though I think tantalizing preoccupation in our circles. Undeserved imo…but you know we agree to disagree on that :) .

      Solution? The problem is too huge for someone of my caliber, which is why I imply that ALL of us have to work at it together. If you read that piece by Barry Ritholtz, he suggests these 3 demands:
      1. No more bailouts: Bring back real capitalism
      2. End TBTF banks
      3. Get Wall Street Money out of legislative process

      Now, even this is probably appicable only to the US and not without pain. If you look at Greece today, the politicians are doing what is their only option right now. It will not go down well with the people though.

      The point of my short essay was that IF we do not work together at shaping the debate, we may not have a say in the results. The movement is reaching a stage of momentum that could be irreversible. If you read close enough, I’m not a big fan of Freddy either.

      Thanks for stopping by. Are you doing that followup piece you were intending to?

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