Here’s another analysis of Occupy demands from my perspective.
Many libertarians and conservatives have been criticizing Occupy based on a list of proposed demands that has not been approved which is all about big government economic proposals only.
This list is more official:
A Message From Occupied Wall Street (Day Five)
Published 2011-09-22 07:51:42 UTC by OccupyWallSt
p] I’ll highlight the demands I agree with and explain where I differ:
On September 21st, 2011, Troy Davis, an innocent man, was murdered by the state of Georgia. Troy Davis was one of the 99 percent.
Ending capital punishment is our one demand.
p) I agree!
On September 21st, 2011, four of our members were arrested on baseless charges.
Ending police intimidation is our one demand.
p] I agree!
On September 21st, 2011, the richest 400 Americans owned more than half of the country’s population.
Ending wealth inequality is our one demand.
p] I sort of agree. My belief is that right now government taxes and regulations serve to preserve entrenched privilege and keep poor people down. I don’t support forced wealth redistribution schemes by the government (or looting mobs), but I do believe a truly freed market would serve to redistribute wealth more evenly because it would be more turbulent, with fewer people sticking to the top and bottom, and for shorter lengths of time.
On September 21st, 2011, we determined that Yahoo lied about occupywallst.org being in spam filters.
Ending corporate censorship is our one demand.
p] I disagree with government (or looting mobs) forcing owners of websites to convey information they do not wish to convey. However, I do believe that in a truly freed market, without all the ways government currently tilts the playing field towards the big established players, news and information exchange sources that do anything akin to what yahoo did in this case would find themselves displaced so fast that it would not be long before any sane organization trying to remain either profitable or relevant would not even think about it.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly eighty percent of Americans thought the country was on the wrong track.
Ending the modern gilded age is our one demand.
p] Hard to interpret. There are many ways in which the country is on the wrong track. See discussions above and below for more specifics.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly 15% of Americans approved of the job Congress was doing.
Ending political corruption is our one demand.
p] I agree!
And some, but not most, protesters would agree with me that the only real way to end political corruption is to reduce the power of politicians.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of Americans did not have work.
Ending joblessness is our one demand.
p] I oppose government make work programs. In the USSR we had full employment (by law) and the 99% lived in shared misery. However, I do believe that in a truly free market, there would be such an explosion of economic creativity that involuntary joblessness would be a thing of the past. It would also mean an explosion in immigration of people from all parts of the world, so racists and cultural homogeneists wouldn’t be happy. I don’t see that as a bad thing.
On September 21st, 2011, roughly one sixth of America lived in poverty.
Ending poverty is our one demand.
p] See points above regarding joblessness and
On September 21st, 2011, roughly fifty million Americans were without health insurance.
Ending health-profiteering is our one demand.
p] See detailed answer at
On September 21st, 2011, America had military bases in around one hundred and thirty out of one hundred and sixty-five countries.
Ending American imperialism is our one demand.
p] I agree!
On September 21st, 2011, America was at war with the world.
Ending war is our one demand.
p] I agree!