David Marris has a post at Forbes where he describes his not-very-scientific-but-interesting-nonetheless survey of 50 of the 1000 protesters at the Occupy Wall Street protest. He was responding to the frequent criticism that they seem aimless and without goals.
There has been a lot said about the lack of vision, lack of specific demands, and a disparity of beliefs and goals among the Occupy Wall Street protesters in the media in the past several weeks. A survey of the protestors shows that none of these criticisms are true.
In an effort to find out what, if any, unifying ideas the Occupy Wall Street participants have, I conducted a survey of protesters to see what they believe and what they want from the protest – something that perhaps has not yet been done by either the mainstream media reporting on the protesters or even the Occupy Wall Street organizers themselves.
We have already seen some of their demands, but lately the leaders of the protest have been walking back from specific proposals.
Admin note: This is not an official list of demands. This is a forum post submitted by a single user and hyped by irresponsible news/commentary agencies like Fox News and Mises.org. This content was not published by the OccupyWallSt.org collective, nor was it ever proposed or agreed to on a consensus basis with the NYC General Assembly. There is NO official list of demands.
This is no doubt because when they say what they really want, it becomes obvious that they are fools. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” And so they are more quiet than before about the specifics of the protest. Mr. Marris asked them what they wanted in person.
Here is what our survey of the Occupy Wall Street protesters found:
- 80% of those polled said that the rich should pay higher taxes and that it’s fair that approximately the top 10% of tax payers pay more than 70% of the taxes in the US and about 40% of employed people pay no income tax.
- 93% say that student loan debt should be forgiven
- 98% believe that health care should be free
- 98% believe that Insurance companies make too much money and some of their profits should be taken to pay for more healthcare for others
- 95% believe that drug prices should be controlled
- 93% believe that communications like cell phone and internet access be a right and not just reserved for the rich and we should have free internet and cell phone service as a national goal.
- 84% said they think that if a bank decides to implement a $5 debit card fee, the government should not allow it, while 16% said let them do what they want – customers can move.
- 70% of those responding see this ending in a dramatic fashion, like Greece.
Do you see the pattern? They want free stuff paid for by other people. What a perfect example of the greed they complain so bitterly about.