Demonstrators dressed as zombies to protest against the New York Stock
Exchange against the power of the financial industry.
When it has been in the U.S. recently? For three weeks New Yorkers
protest against the power of hedge funds and speculators, it is mainly
young people who look as if they were directly stumbled from the heart
of postmodern coolness, from the trendy cafés and retro club, on the
road . But amazingly this is not rebellion, it's there, but that he
breaks out only now. For a long time since the American dream has
faded, and the U.S. have the highest poverty rate of all
industrialized countries, almost one in six Americans - and there are
46 million people - live below the poverty line, every seventh applies
for food stamps. Some poking around in the garbage, get the other
nine-figure compensation when they have put their company in the sand.
Amazingly, however, that not philosophers or social scientists are the
mentors of the new protest movement, but economists - those guilds
that are reliable from the soixante was as "lackeys of capital,"
booed. Paul Krugman is also one of the Zitierzeugen the anti-Wall
Street's movement, such as Simon Johnson, former chief economist of
the International Monetary Fund. Johnson does not mince his words. For
him, the financial oligarchy, the true power in the state, and
therefore one must "break" the influence of Wall Street. The
protesters say there is hardly different: "Occupy the Wall Street"!
The hero of the movement is of Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. On
Sunday, the famous economist, calculated from the protesters that the
top one percent of the population owns forty percent of total assets.
"America operates world-class inequality." However, money is power,
political power at the same time. "Almost all the decision makers for
trade and economic policies are from the top one percent." Now,
Stiglitz may feel vindicated by the protests. Recently, yet he had
asked himself in Vanity Fair, why the rebellious spark was not long
ago by the Arab world have jumped onto his land.
Yet even an abysmal historical disillusionment lies in the fact that
economists take on the role of leftist intellectuals. Back in the
sixties, dreamed the mastermind of the student revolt of post-material
happiness, the "end of unnecessary self-denial" (Herbert Marcuse) and
from the other side of the market logic. The revolutionaries wanted
the "wholly other" and at best like a new system. Today, however, the
hope has become small and humble. The courageous New York protesters
call for "more justice", some want to raise taxes to undo, others are
in a good mood at a loss. A program is not yet in sight. The utopian
desire is limited to the claim that capitalist excesses would finally
stop and eat all the citizens have enough. Poor Little Rich America.