People may say that your stance on the protesters has little to do with your political leanings but that is not true. Although you can never entirely generalise it would seem that the more liberal amongst us tend to be cheering Occupy on whilst the more right wing just want them to go away
However, it is easy to see why some question Occupy's motives. Have the protesters simply jumped on the 2011 protest bandwagon? Are they politically motivated? Are they mainly rent-a mob? Why are they focused on what they call corporate greed and fat cats when others in our society live off the fat of the land?
Well for what it is worth here is my humble opinion.
Of course my stance is persuaded by the fact that I live in the UK and am a Brit born and breed. Here in my beloved Great Britain social inequalities are as rife as ever. On the whole ordinary people are better off than say when I was a child, many moons ago but inequalities exist. "Working Class" people do have more opportunities to learn and prosper but far less than is fitting for the 21st Century.
In the past it was easy to keep people towing the line. Education also taught people to accept that they had betters and to put up with their earthly lot. After all the "meek would inherit the earth" or so the bible told them. You may say well it is up to people to work hard and "get on" but that is quite frankly nuts. People have different capabilities and there are only so many lucrative positions. The world will always need cleaners, sewer workers and the like, so it is fair to say that fighting your way to the top for some will be impossible.
Then of course in the UK there is the old boy network. The jobs for the boys, or the girls. The priviledged few that will be able to succeed with minimum effort. Perhaps their life will be mapped out in controlling the purse strings of the nation? Let's face it with a track record like theirs they should be kept as far away from the Treasury as possible.
There are many people who are overpaid in the modern world, such as some sports men and women, celebrities, film stars and the like. Just because Occupy is concentrating on fat cats does not mean that these ridiculous payments are fitting. However some will view these people as giving more than they recive by way of entertainment or pleasure. What angers people about corporations and their greed is the power that they wield over the little man or woman. The control they have over increasing their own wealth whilst depleting that of others. The fact that they can run a business into the ground but still award themselves a huge bonus payment, whilst offering their employees a pay freeze or the sack. It is all about manipulation.
Personally I feel that fat cats are being targeted as they are in so many ways resposible for the current financial crisis, yet they continue to prosper. The world economy and the European Union is in a financial mess right now. Yet those who mainly have the power to change this are politicians and corporations who have a bad track record. Occupy may have no clear mandate but perhaps in the UK at least, Occupy has sent out a message that simply expecting the ordinary man or woman on the street to tighten their belt further, when it has nowhere left to go, is unacceptable.