For the movement that has supposedly gripped the nation and has the whole world watching (and snickering), you would think the goal to have student debt eliminated (pure fantasy, of course) would have hundreds of thousands of the indebted rushing to sign up, right?
Uh, not exactly.
Over the past three months, as Occupy Wall Street has pitched a tent in the American consciousness, doubters have had the same refrain: “But what do they want?” Mothers, uncles, family friends, family of friends, they’ve all asked me—their token 20-something—some version of this. They argued that a movement was not a movement just because it wanted to move somewhere. It also needed to know exactly how it was going to get there. Apparently, all revolutions must now come with a built-in GPS.
A month ago, Occupy Wall Street made a demand. Or, as is the way in the nested hierarchy of OWS, a subcommittee of a committee of the movement made a demand. They want all student debt in the country forgiven. All $1 trillion of it. And if the government would be so kind, they’d appreciate if it would pay for higher education from here on out, as well.
So this is what they—or at least some of they—want. But what has happened with this proposal, this great demand that we’ve all been waiting for?
Hardly anybody has cared.
The number cited in the story is slightly lower than what current is on the site, currently at 2,719. ...