I wrote in an earlier post that the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street had an important message to tell, namely, the need to reform Wall Street and its banking practices. In keeping with that message, I suggested that Reform Wall Street would be a better name.
As often happens, the protest movement has taken a life of its own, with protests and occupations in many cities around the world, including my own, Montreal. It has also drawn both professional protesters and agitators, as well as anarchists and anti-Semitics (see here, here and here), who view all the world's problems, financial and otherwise, a result of a world Jewish cabal. The anti-capitalists and Marxists have jumped in, seeing this as an opportunity. In addition, there are also homeless individuals who drift in and out of these makeshift shelters, or camps, temporary villages within cities. This is the expected outcome when you decide to set up camp.
There has also been an unfortunate death. In Vancouver, Ashlie Gough, a 23-year-old woman from Victoria, British Columbia, died from an apparent drug overdose (see here, here and here). It's true that she might have died elsewhere, regardless of where she was situated. Yet, it's not the message that Occupy Wall Street and its copycat spinoffs want to send to the powers and government leaders.
The protest movement's message has been heard (see here). It's time to now work within the system to reform it through the democratic institutions that are now in place. A occupation is not the same as a protest. A long-term stay will likely dilute the message and actually hurt the cause of banking and economic reform. So, it's time to break camp and end Occupy Wall Street.
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