While the world has proclaimed the Occupy Wall Street movement as dead and passe, the ideas that inspired the movement are on the threshold of causing another grassroots uprising.
Inequality has now reached record breaking levels. Though the economy is improving and the stock market has been bullish through 2013, all the wealth has been going disproportionately to the top 10 percent while the middle class are struggling for some trickle down benefits. So while incomes for the top 1 percent have soared with the booming stock market, wages for the poor and middle class have stagnated, more jobs are becoming part time, and costs for food, energy and rent have gone up.
The only thing missing is a major financial crises. The banks continue to make their money grow at the peoples' expense and then putting that money towards rich executive salaries.As long as there is no catastrophy all seems quiet among the American people. The Federal Reserve's Quantitative Easing program was meant to stimulate the economy of Main Street but has all gone into Wall Street. The banks are not putting this money into the real economy to help the middle class buy homes or start businesses. Banks no longer need to depend on the lending business. They can now all invest on Wall Street. This has changed the game for the middle class.
The result is that it is now harder for the middle class to move up the social ladder. It has also become easy for the middle class to drop into the poorer classes. Now the American people can wait ten years for things to get so bad that they would have to take to violent revolution. Or they can start protesting for change now.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is poised to be the voice of the people who want to make change in 2014.