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The Anti-Corporation Movement Around the World.

In America, we are starting to see a large citizen push-back to the wealthiest corporations and individuals in the world. On a larger scale, these types of protests and movements are popping up all over the free world. We see similar movements in Australia, Greece, and all over Europe for that matter. A recent call to arms released by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement said this:

"We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent."

Simple and profound, this statement documents the beginning of what can be described as a revolution. Class-warfare is brewing. This movement is catching steam quickly.

Questions to guide the debate:
1 - Is this the beginning to true social reform?
2 - What can this type of protest and movement achieve?
3 - Is "class-warfare" a reality or fabricated?
4 - Is this an anti-capitalism movement?
5 - What are the consequences of challenging establishments like Wall Street?

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    Oct 6 2011: 1 - Is this the beginning to true social reform?
    I would say it will become a movement of true social reform as it matures. If we can continue the trend of making it more difficult to white-wash the information that people are receiving and hold each other responsible to objectivity of communicating information, we can begin to get the the source of corruption that goes on behind closed doors.
    2 - What can this type of protest and movement achieve?
    To me, it depends upon the overall perception of the movement. One wild card can indelibly damage the reputation of such a movement. Much like Muslim extremists have been a plague to millions of peaceful and loving Muslim people around the world.
    3 - Is "class-warfare" a reality or fabricated?
    It seems to be fabricated in part, but it needs that kind of hyperbole to cut through the din of media and distractions being put into the average citizens mind.
    4 - Is this an anti-capitalism movement?
    Not anti-capitalism, but maybe any materialism. I see it as refocusing the lens of society onto the human and the virtuous rather than the dollar sign and the profit margin.
    5 - What are the consequences of challenging establishments like Wall Street?
    I would say that economic dynamism and overall power as a country will plummet, as it should in my opinion.

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