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The claims made by most media coverage of the movement use the term ‘anti-capitalist’ as a blanket term for the movement. But to fully understand the Occupy movement is to know that every single person who is partaking has had a different life experience and has a different world view, and a different perspective on how far the movement needs to go. Some believe that the implementation of a Robin Hood tax and pressuring the bankers into being more ethical with their lending and spending are powerful enough changes to spur on the equality they feel we all deserve. Others feel that our current capitalist society will continue, in however many different costumes, until the people revolt, reject and reform society to meet the needs of the many. Either way the movement as a whole has united a whole subset of people, usually dissatisfied with society. David Cameron recently said that the occupations aren’t “constructive”. From the perspective of someone who has observed the Occupation at St. Paul’s I can say categorically that; if the movement is anything, it is constructive. People are experiencing their own democracy and finding their own voice, working together. The Occupy movement is bridging the gaps between us all that modern society and the ‘work more, earn more’ culture creates, reconnecting people with power and community.
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