Tag: Occupy Wall Street

Connecting the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street

The Arab Spring has come to America, and its banner flies under the name Occupy Wall Street and its many Occupy offspring around the country. This year, 2011, may become known as the Year of the Masses.

Most in America cheered in the Spring as people in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria rose up against the powers that had suppressed them. Some of those people who cheered the Arab Spring are not cheering Occupy. We can be thankful the American version has not turned violent, but we can thank our democratic form of government for that.

The reality is that people will be pushed down for only so long, then they rise up. Those who think they can accumulate power and wealth without responsibility for those who do not have power and wealth live in a world of delusion.

Umair Hague, writing in the Harvard Business Review, has made the connection between these various upheavals.

Something big is happening

(Originally posted on Facebook. Comments below.)

Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring are part of something much bigger. Like it or not, we are in the midst of something big. How will we respond?


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· Share · October 18 at 12:56pm

    • Laura OwenJames and I have been having these discussions – our kids are having these discussions at college. I do think it is much bigger and most people don’t even begin to understand because they are only getting what the news feeds them. It can be very dangerous…..

      October 18 at 3:00pm ·
    • James OwenIts about injustice. It is a “different” injustice from culture to culture, but make no mistake this movement is about injustice.

      October 18 at 8:19pm ·