Let #OWS Be #OWS
Occupy Wall Street has been criticized a little from the Left for not having an agenda or a list of things that can be done right now. I think that's a bit misplaced. What #OWS has done is raise the awareness of people across the world about the fundamental unfairness of systems that operate in the interest of the top 1%. It seems to me that it’s up to the rest of us, especially the political class, to make the connection to specific policies and arguments.
In New York, we're trying to do that by making the case for a millionaire's tax that's connected to a jobs program.
I made that argument in Monday's Daily News and the feedback has been strong. It's even come from constituencies that aren't naturally drawn to the tax dispute, who want a transportation infrastructure program and bond act to get it done. It could be an interesting coalition.
I suspect that this kind of outgrowth of the #OWS agitation will replicate on a number of progressive issues. In the meantime, let #OWS be #OWS and let the political class do its job and things could get better.