Well Mark, I guess what I want to know is why you (like countless millions) find the need to be any different on the internet then in real life? If you prefer we use your real first name, then why not use it in your screen name? BTW, yes my real first name is Jeffrey, prefer Jeff but meh....
I don't really see where Snowolf is attacking you personally, just your ideals, and being uninformed about what is really going on in the world around you. While I agree the manner in which the OWS protests have been (un) organised to this point are hurting the message that needs to get out. It is still the right of every person in this country to stand up for themselves. Somehow people like you have been lead to believe that just because someone doesn't have a college education that they didn't bust their ass to get things in life. If fact, I see the opposite, I worked my ass off every summer for the last 3 years of high school at my uncles construction company (50+ hrs a week) I went straight into a factory after graduation, again 40-50 hrs a week. I always viewed the kids that went to college as lazy little fucks that just wanted to fuck off for another 4-8 years without getting a real job. Even though over the years I worked with idiots that had engineering degrees who know much less about actually building anything, I still gained some respect for those peoples opinions.
At the same time, I watched things slip bit by bit into where we are today. People thought I was nuts when I told them Reagan was a puppet, come on now, how could no one see it. An actor with the former head of the CIA as vice president? How is that not obvious? Then that same former head of the CIA becomes president? Then his idiot son? Those 2 morons opening trade (slave) relations with China? Start connecting the dots yet? Throw Clinton into the mix with NAFTA tossed in there, and you start to see the lack of separation of the parties. They all used the smokescreen of relatively novel social issues to blindside the american public. Do you honestly think our country is going to hell if gay's have rights? Or if women get abortions? The whole time behind the scenes the money men on wall street were pulling the strings, making themselves obscenely wealthy with out actually producing anything towards our gross national product. We go into a system where we produce less and borrow more to make the ones at the top more money, and with that came more power. Then to cover our debt's we simply print more money, since it is based on nothing. The dollar is the world reserve note, we can make as many as we want and they are just accepted. If you look at other developed countries, say Germany, in order for them to buy oil, they don't use the Deutsche mark, first they have to convert those into dollars, then use dollars to buy oil. In that way they cannot spend more then they produce, same with other countries, and this is part of how Russia was ran bankrupt in the 80's. Other countries are losing faith in the dollar, and talking about switching to the Yen or yeuon(sp? currency of China), meaning we will no longer be number one, in fact it will collapse our economy completely. We operate almost completely on loans, what happens if our creditors no longer accept the dollars we use to pay our debts?
Why would anyone want to do this, first of all, America is not well liked in the world, we have used our advantage since WW2 to manipulate governments and economies all over the globe. Somewhere along the line we developed a delusion that the rest of the world should be a democracy, when in fact that was only a ploy to try and get cheap (slave) labor out of undeveloped countries. Take a look at the depression of the 30's, it was caused by robber barons in industry (not going to explain how, look it up if you want) during that time do you think that the extremely wealthy ever stood in a bread line? Sure they lost a few bucks, but at the end of it all they still had their wealth. The exact same thing is happening today, if you look at the trends in the stock market between 1936-1942, and 2005-2011 the graphs line up almost to the percentile. Now you may be asking why the hell would anyone in America want to engineer the collapse of our own economy? Because they will not lose anything. Take a look into the psychology of megalomania. Why would the Romans want to take over the world? Why would Hitler want to take over the world? The thing is, we have a pack of megalomaniacs running things behind the scenes. We breed them like bunnies in this country, after generations of being wealthy they have become drunk with power. There is only so many multi million dollar mansions, yachts, ect they can buy before they are no longer satisfied, so they play a new game.
I really could go on and on and on, but I won't. Do I think that common people are aware of all this, or even see the connections I do? No not at all, the only thing people know is that shit is fucked up, and who is to blame. As far as I'm concerned these protests are about 20 years late, and it's more than an uphill battle. It puts a hairline sliver of my faith back in humanity to see people actually start to wake up and realize how fucked up humanity is. Things have been this way through out recorded human history, the big difference is we now have the ability to communicate openly with anyone, anywhere. I have people from all over the world on my IM lists that I chat with, this gives me an insight into what it is really like to be in those places.