Comparison Of Occupy Wall Street And The Boston Tea Party

579 Words3 Pages

Occupy Wall Street and the Boston Tea Party: the two most powerful organized protests against unjust and corrupt economies of their time periods, both fought for similar reasons, while using different approaches. Composed of men and women tired of being part of a majority, oppressed, and kept in check by an extremely small minority that held all the power, these two groups took action against their oppressors, showing that they would not sit idly by while others took advantage of them. The Boston Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street were dedicated to bridging the power gap between the bourgeois and the proletariat and reclaiming the rights they both felt they believed that all humans were born with. However, these two groups, both took different …show more content…

Believing, only 1% of the world’s population possesses the majority of the wealth around the world and is therefore able to dictate the state of the global economy. The result is an unbalanced and stagnate situation for any individuals looking to improve their station in life. The cost of living and minimum wage are disproportionate to one another with the minimum wage rising at an exponentially smaller rate than the cost of living. Senator Baldwin stated, “We know that because of this loophole that the are many hedge fund and Wall Street millionaires that pay a lower tax rate than truck drivers, nurses, and teachers” (Washington Post). Occupy Wall Street is a subset of the global occupy movement, which most notably attempts to use occupation as its main method of protest. Setting up a camp in a public area, essentially making it impossible to ignore simply because of where they are. The protests were not always peaceful; activist such as Cecily McMillian spent fifty-eight days in jail after assaulting a police officer. She later stated, “What we had there were people that experienced the emoticon of what the 99% was” (CNN). Eventually, the police used force against the Occupy Wall Street protesters, similar to the force used against the colonists during the Boston Tea Party. Ultimately, Occupy Wall Street and the Boston Tea Party were never focused on political parties, but on the rights of the citizens. Samuel Adams

Show More
Open Document