“After a couple of years dominated by birthers, death panels and debt ceilings, the nation owes a huge debt of gratitude to the We Are the 99% movement for forcing our attention back on the most fundamental questions of our day: Who does our economy work for? Who does our democracy work for? Why is our country broken and how can we fix it?
Its critics have savaged the 99% movement (also known as Occupy Wall Street) for lacking a clear goal, but that’s not true. The whole point of “occupying” New York or Washington or London is to physically re-assert our proper place in the public sphere. To the bankers, the billionaires and the bureaucrats, the 99% are loudly and persistently declaring that this is our economy, too. We are not leaving. …
But the overarching complaint of the 99% movement is that our economy works only for the 1% who already have the most.
We don’t begrudge the winners of a fair fight. But everyone knows the game is fixed.
How can we level the playing field so that everyone has an equal opportunity? How can we make our political economy fair? How can we minimize the risk that the 1% will drive the economy back into the ditch and stick us with the bill?
I’d suggest that there are two big things we must absolutely do to create an economy that works for all of us: Eliminate too-big-to-fail banking and get money out of politics.”