Nothing ever improves unless people get passionate.
On the other hand, both those movements have been mostly irrational and incoherent. Especially Occupy.
Here’s the first list of complaints I can understand:
• a failure to price public goods (clean air, water, etc.) effectively
• high levels of inequality
• “the provision and distribution of medical care”
• undervaluing of “the welfare of unborn generations”
• financial crises
Those are from Economist Kenneth Rogoff.
Rogoff, not surprisingly, feels that free market Capitalism is the best solution for each:
… I am often asked if the recent global financial crisis marks the beginning of the end of modern capitalism. It is a curious question, because it seems to presume that there is a viable replacement waiting in the wings. The truth of the matter is that, for now at least, the only serious alternatives to today’s dominant Anglo-American paradigm are other forms of capitalism. …
Government regulatory reform is needed, not any experiment with Communism.
Why are the USA, Iceland, Ireland, Greece and Italy — to name a few — so much worse off than their economic neighbours?
That’s the question.