Comment: Why Occupy Wall Street never caught on.

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Why Occupy Wall Street never caught on.

Because nobody wanted to admit, even to themselves, that they weren't in the top 1%.

Anybody remember the old line from the Prairie Home Companion?

"Where the women are strong, the men are good looking and the children are all above average."

Its comedy - but NOBODY ever wants to think that they are anything but superior.

Back when I was learning to do Social Research in college - I was taught that when you ask for information in a survey - you should always include a category under "Income" that nobody will likely use. For instance "Total Household Income - $0 - $10,000".

NOBODY with a real household has income between $0 and $10,000, but if you don't put that category in and instead start with say "$20,000 to $50,000" people will lie and bump themsleves up a category because nobody wants to think of themselves as the lowest. Your results will come back skewed that EVERYBODY makes more than $50,000 and your data will be garbage.

Likewise, when we heard of Occupy Wall Street - the tendency was to bump ourselves up and into the 1% and figure "Those people want to take something AWAY from me!" The organizers did their best to advertise "WE are the 99%" but most people weren't buying it. They really wanted to consider themselves in the 1% and therefore to side WITH the 1% and against those dirty people on the street.

But the fact is that the 1% make $344,000 per year and I doubt that ANY of us here do. Certainly none of us want to admit we don't.*

I had an argument in this very forum with some guy a couple weeks ago - who clearly considered himself to be one of the 1%. He bragged that he made $165,000 per year.

Thats fine. Maybe he did. But even DOUBLE that income wouldn't have put him in the top 1%

So stop thinking of the bottom 99% as skum. There is a 99% chance that YOU are ONE OF US.

Correction: Since there are at times 300 to 500 people active on this website, assuming that a fair distribution of income is represented by our number (and I have no information that suggests otherwise) - then there my be 3 to 5 people here who ARE in the top 1% out of 300 to 500. Thats according to what the definition of "1%" is. But it certainly is still not the majority.