In my opinion, the occupation movement has not been very successful. When you look at the lofty goals that the occupation movement set out to achieve, and what it has actually managed to achieve a few years down the line, you just have to conclude that the movement hasn’t been so successful. It is noteworthy, for instance, that the occupy movement hasn’t really achieved much in terms of actually improving social justice in the world. Neither has the occupy movement really achieved much in terms of actually improving economic justice in the world. These things pain me, as an avowed supporter of the occupy movement. And it is this pain that has pushed me into deep contemplation, as I try to figure out why the occupation movement has not been very successful.
It is occurring to me that the first reason as to why the occupation movement has not been very successful is because it has failed to explain (and sell) itself well to the masses. Thus, you find that the masses, whose interests the occupy movement is fighting for, don’t even know what it is all about. You have to understand that most of the people you see around are folks who are living in blissful ignorance. Most of them don’t even know what is wrong with the world they operate it. They found things the way they are, and they don’t know that a better reality is possible. The occupation movement should therefore have made a point of explaining itself and its goals to the masses well, before even starting its actual campaigns.
It is also occurring to me that the second reason as to why the occupation movement has not been very successful is because the goals it set out to achieve are way too lofty. In my opinion, rather than setting out to correct the social and economic injustices in the world, the occupation movement should (at least initially) have set out to simply create awareness about the social and economic injustices. Once the awareness was there universally, it could then embark on the more onerous task of correcting the injustices.
Further, it is occurring to me that the third reason as to why the occupation movement has not been very successful is because the methods it opted to use are not very effective. Indeed, some of the methods it uses set it up for ridicule, even from the masses whose interests it is fighting for. The way the psychology of the common man works is such that as long as he has some work to do, and he is able to cash checks at, say, www.bankofamerica.com/checks on payday, he has no further concerns. He is content with his ‘simple life’. He doesn’t know that he is a victim of social and economic injustices. And when he comes across of people conducting a ‘sit in’ to protest against social and economic injustices, he is actually inclined to ridicule them. That is because, given his level of understanding, he has no inkling as to what the whole thing is all about! You can’t blame him.