Filed under: Politics, Social commentators | Tags: american election, american election 2012, current-events, emotional speeches, obama, political marketing, politics
Now I’m the first to admit that I’m a bit of an Obamaphile. I love him. I understand and appreciate that what some see as “rhetoric”, is also perceived by others as visionary waffle that set expectations too high. I understand that the very right, very white Americans can be concerned about what they see as a “socialist” attitude (although last time I looked socialism was an economic system characterised by social ownership and co-operative management of the economy, but let’s not get caught up in the detail. I watched some of the debates, I watched the election results and resulting speeches of victory and concession (didn’t Romney pitch his speech just one step above ungracious loser..) and two things struck me: (more…)
Filed under: Community, Politics, Social commentators, social entrepreneurs | Tags: tumblr campaign, we are the 1 percent, we are the 99 percent
Rich people cop a lot of flak, sometimes for good reason but right now there’s a bunch of rich kids who are standing up for the unwashed masses in the Occupy Wall St peanut gallery and wait for it, they’re blogging about it.
Their blog is called We are the 1 percent and it extends the idea of We are the 99 percent which basically presents the many and varied human faces that have been touched by the US economic situation. It is pointedly directed at the financial industry and government in light of the more difficult situations post- GFC, recession and housing crash that occurred as a result. The main campaign idea is focused around the redistribution of wealth to support income equality to enable ordinary everyday Americans access to food, housing, education and healthcare. It’s a great pictorial campaign, the phrase “We are the 99 percent” was coined by Tumblr, and it’s growing fast.
Conversely, the 1 percenter blog is made up of posts from the super rich. Those rich kids who inherited money, did nothing for it and basically live the life that many Americans could barely imagine. They’ve banded together to show their support for the rest of the country and ask the government to tax them more. The site hosts a number of images and stories from these super rich kids asking the government to take the lead with a more radical distribution of wealth by implementing more progressive tax policies.
As unlikely as it may seem at time when everyone is struggling, it looks like the younger generation of rich kids might just use their wealth for something good. I wonder what it will take to bring these idea campaigns out of the blogosphere and into the government arena.