Essay on The Occupy Wall Street Movement

2077 Words Dec 13th, 2016 9 Pages
The Occupy Wall Street movement can be analyzed through the lens of Karl Marx and David Harvey. Harvey critiques the idea of self-regulating markets, or neoliberalism, because not everyone has an equal opportunity in the market and without any state intervention it becomes unfair to those stuck at the bottom. Marx writes about the class struggles between the proletariat and the bourgeois. The bourgeois have purchased the labor of the proletariat at a minimal price and therefore have alienated the proletariat from their own work, but they have also given the proletariat the knowledge of how to work the means of production, so Marx predicted a social revolution would happen where the proletariat will gain power. Well, that did not happen, but with the start of the Occupy Wall Street movement, it may be beginning. The 1% have used neoliberalism to reach the top and control the market themselves. Now, it is them against the 99%, or the proletariat. The 99% are not getting the wages they deserve and because of neoliberalism they do not have the power to change that. Therefore, they are taking a stand against the 1% and demanding more. OWS marks the beginning of the working class social revolution that Marx predicted because of heavy class division caused by the effects of neoliberalism. Occupy Wall Street all began with a tweet which said “Dear Americans, this July 4th, dream of insurrection against corporate rule #occupywallstreet” (Sharlet). It spread across social media…

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