This year marks the 7th anniversary of this Wall Street social and economic movement. Occupy Wall Street or OWS was born in 2011 while US was under financial crisis. This movement has brought serious discussion to table. With the anniversary, US citizens start to look at how this movement has become.
The Influence of OWS
Bringing up many critical issues like inequality in salary, job vacancies, and many other social and economic issues, OWS has spread some progressive and positive energy to the society. This energy is very welcoming, very intoxicating for people’s emotional side, and organically grassroots.
The influence is very positive as well. It encourages people to voice what is unheard before. As an effect, these issues are on the table of discussions on the highest level of the country. The win of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shares the same theme of this movement. From this side, we find positive effects from this movement.
The Irony of OWS
Everyone needs to agree that this movement voice out issues like money out of politics and income inequality. Yet, this movement has flaws. Despite its positive influence, OWS doesn’t have an organization to manage the movement and to direct it better. It is also lack of hierarchy which makes this movement weaker.
Without making specific demand during the protest, OWS doesn’t perform ultimately as they are potentially be. It doesn’t make the system changes fast and big enough. Of course, it is something they can fix, and these flaws aren’t failures.
OWS held an anniversary event in September 17 this year in Zucotti Park. For the last seven years, this movement inspired other social and economic movements, and brought positive impact to the people. Yet, if they don’t fix the irony, it is just a matter of time before this movement remains a history.