I told some friends last week that the first person to see through the ideological panoply present in both the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movements, and grab hold of their essentially identical core issues – that of government corruption in the form of taxpayer money being diverted to both government and corporate special interests (which are increasingly becoming one and the same), that person wins. And by “win,” I mean that “collaborative seeker of common ground” can lead a real movement against the establishment powers that are diverting monies to corporations that should have gone under in a truly capitalist system, and to government programs that need to be revamped or eliminated, but are not reformed out of fear of losing the support of a particular block of voters.
The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movements should merge. Could you imagine the change that could bring?
Whoever can say to the Tea Party and the Occupy crowds, “Look, we know you have many complaints and diverse ideological interests from opposite ends of the spectrum, but your core concerns are the same. Let’s unite together on this one issue – government corruption – and make a real change.” – that person will lead the revolution.
Perhaps Lawrence Lessig is that person. Because if the people of these two parties can see past their vast differences and come together to address the central issue of corruption, then there’s no reason why the representatives they elected can’t do the same.
For more, read the open culture blog. (Joseph Stiglitz teaches at the Columbia Business School and Columbia’s Department of Economics and, of course, won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. Lawrence Lessig founded Creative Commons and recently moved from Stanford (where he worked in digital copyright law) to Harvard, where he now focuses on government corruption.)