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Tuesday
Nov292011

WE ARE THE 99%! WE ARE THE 99%! WE ARE THE 99%! WE ARE THE 99%! WE ARE NOT THE 99%!

By Jeff Johnson

Are we the 99%? Not really. It’s a catchy slogan, and it’s fun to chant, but it’s not accurate. Occupy has been getting a lot of support lately, but on our best day, it’s nothing near 99% support.

Nor do we represent the 99%, as much as we would like to think so. Many of the 99% (for example “the 53 percenters”) are offended when we claim to speak for them.

An Occupy KC sign

Ok, so we are working for the economic betterment of the 99%, right? No, that doesn’t fly either because, assuming that the 1% represents a minimum income of $300,000, then that would mean that the Occupation Movement is working for a person’s benefit if they make $290k, but not if they earn $310k. Arbitrary, isn’t it?

Besides, its not the 1% that have the real power. It’s more like one half of 1%, and arguably it’s even far fewer people than that. Really, it’s the one-tenth of 1%. These percentages don’t roll off the tongue, though.

Accuracy in political branding does matter. A Movement shouldn’t be discredited by its own label. So how about something that refers to us as citizens, and that we are united on the single issue of getting money out of politics. “We are Citizens United!” Oh, darn. That one’s already taken.