Could it really have come to this? Not just a whopping majority, not even 90% or 95%, but 99%? If we are talking about class warfare, we are talking of the likes of French and American revolutions magnitude, of throwing off monarchy magnitude, of the very separation of democracy from it's feeblest beginnings. Democracy was tried briefly in Athens 2000 and some years ago, and only reappeared at the pre-dawn of the 19th century. Here we go, at the dawn of the 21st century, still struggling with the concept. Why has it been so difficult for people to share power throughout the ages? The reason is simple - we as a species are extremely competitive with each other, out of biological necessity. We have really just not risen far out of our biological, natural roots, regardless of what either religion or science has to say about it. We have managed huge strides in science, to be sure, but we are much further behind in the humanities. Artists and philosophers have always suffered from how poorly most people appreciate beauty and reason, but now students and workers of every field are finding themselves educated for no reason, with no prospects for work out there. People are finding themselves saddled with debt, losing their health or their homes (or both), etc., and then literally paralyzed within a social fabric which is too rigid to move through, and too easily fallen out of. Political power is one's only weapon, and it has proven itself capable of throwing off monarchies and aristocracies, and has led to greater pride in our political systems when civil society finds itself empowered and middle classes have been allowed to prosper. When the middle class doesn't share in even the basic rewards that the upper class are afforded, or when the lower class is persecuted, there is unrest, there is a popular sense of injustice in the social order, and an energy and motivation builds up within the aggreived group. More often than not this motivation fails to lead to any useful adaptations in our behavior, and as most mutations are maladaptive, so is most behavior of individuals not properly exposed to the culture of their ecological niche. This seems to apply to the most social and political levels of our human experience as well as to the biological level. Surely democracy is among the least mature, finely-honed adaptation natural creatures have yet expressed. Culture may move faster than biology in leaps and bounds, but it doesn't perfect itself that fast. Science is virtually indubitable, because it has proven itself to be accurate to the highest levels known to man, which, epistemologically-speaking, is vast. Politics, philosophy, the humanities, these all remain securely in their dark ages. I think all of you here on Nexus must agree to the fact that religion overwhelmes men's minds to an absurd degree. Bad ideas of every sort exist out there in absurd degrees. Surely it stands to reason that our political systems are as grotesquely infected as our knowledge of the natural world? Our baby boomer generation grew up wealthier and better-educated than we did, but they left us a mess because they saw nothing wrong with a system which led to their wild "successes". They got fat and happy and didn't realize they were abdicating all of their social responsibilities, and standing by while the greedy individuals in society devised new ways to be sneaky and successful in their exploitation of the ecological niche. Ayn Rand Libertarians will tell you that being greedy and sneaky are always positive, adaptive traits because they are performed egoistically, with the individual himself the only standard by which value is measured - the self is the only standard of value, and the experiences of others do not even come into consideration. Apparently, the 1% are quite good at rationalizing their strategy, and stick with their jaws shut around their prey even in death. And look, I don't even want to be a 99th %tilers; I wouldn't care nearly so much about the interests of the absolute worst kinds of people out there as I do about the rights of virtually everyone in society (although perhaps I should be, if I were to be utterly fierce in my desire for justice, honor and loyalty). This is certainly because I belong to the group composed of virtually everyone, while I do not belong to the other group. In any case, there is certainly a power struggle, so Obama is correct that there is a class war going on between the middle and upper class. He still remains clueless as to how to manage that war, and he seems like he does not even belong to the movement, that he supports it only because he thinks it will be advantageous to him somehow.
As for organizing around a political message, Dylan Ratigan already has 130k + signatures on his petition to introduce a constitutional amendment getting the money out of politics, and though he needed only 100k to do so, he is trying to get as many people as possible signing it so he can go to Congress and show immense support for this policy change. I think this is the central message of the Occupy Wall St. protests, and I think it is a powerful message that can be used to really get people on the left organized politically. Eventually the movement has to emerge in a highly organized way, around a highly coherent message, and getting the money out of politics is the basic message and is something that can be pushed for by this President and Congress, or the 2012 elections can be a referendum on which politicians support the protest movement, whether that is Obama or whichever Republican comes out of that mess they call a primary. Whichever President gets elected, if they don't support it we (I obviously include myself with the movement) would have a major platform with which to form a major third party. I think we are all talking about Socialism here, honestly, so I don't think we should try to mince words either. Capitalistic democracy quickly turns into the capitalists/bankers plutocracy. We need to turn left, and that means continuing to work on developing our society to provide for more people. Ayn Rand libertarians will tell you that society shouldn't provide for its individual members, that they should all provide for themselves or, in society's eyes, they should all be shrugged and shaken off. Leave caring for them up to the same communities which have set them up to begin with. Above all, MAKE NO EFFORT TO ORGANIZE WITH EACH OTHER THROUGH GOVERNMENT. Government is for us rich boys, all the rest of you weaklings can wait outside and maybe we'll let you have our sloppy seconds. Well, I'm tired of getting treated shabbily by our society and then having no recourse, no way of fighting back against the system which is neglectful of us, no voice in the community which failed us. Let's get the money out of politics first, as DR says, and then we can at least begin to have our voices heard over the bullhorn of the greedy leader.