The anti-war protests of the 60's, which gave birth to the hippie movement, taught future generations of protesters the concept of the enemy as "The Man." The Man, in general, is the person, group of people or entity with power - economic, political, or both. The protesters are the people, angry with the power entity for corrupt, dangerous, or disingenuous or otherwise disagreeable behavior.
So, when Occupy Wall Street - and their blind allegiance minions - took to the streets in New York, they merely filled in the blanks in the protest template. Like a game of Mad Libs, the veracity of their statements was irrelevant. They (the people) were opposed to the crooked dealings between Wall Street (banking industry) and Government (see Republicans, because when the OWS crowd realizes that Obama is just a shill for Wall Street they will crap their pants, not police cars!)
They are protesting the bailouts, the way Wall Street puts profits ahead of people (a still unprovable thesis) and how they manipulate money to keep rich people rich and poor people poor (a still unprovable thesis.)
Protesting bank bailouts is fine. It is also smart. Most Americans view bailouts in general unfavorably. Why is it that government is in the game of picking winners and losers? So-called "winners" aren't always - or ever - the most solvent, smartest, best-for-the-people investments; just look at Solyndra! The free market should be the only factor to determine whether a business succeeds or fails - not government. Government involvement in these decisions is just wrong. This is the Tea Party thesis, and has been advocated by the millions of Tea Party members across the nation for over two years.
Who is backing Occupy Wall Street? We've seen the outpouring of support from Leftist Hollywood -Michael Moore , Roseanne Barr, Susan Sarandon have all shown their love for the movement. A basic Google search of "hollywood supports occupy wall street" brings an article that has even more Hollywood people - Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Yoko Ono, Penn Bagdley, Alec Baldwin and music mogul Russell Simmons - supporting the cause of viciously attacks on those who work on Wall Street (and increasingly, Main Street) by those who don't work at all. (The very next article highlighted that George Clooney also supports OWS, just proving that there is no lack of star-power support.)
Who else supports OWS? Democrats who desperately want to be integral to the movement. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently stated, "Well,I support the message to the establishment - whether it's Wall Street or the political establishment and the rest - that change has to happen." She also stated, "God bless them....it's young....it's spontaneous." Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) supports the OWS crowd(even though he was not allowed to speak at a OWS rally in Atlanta).
The DCCC (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee) has a petition on its
President Obama has voiced - clearly - his support for OWS, stating:
"The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works..."
Support of Hollywood? Support of leaders in Washington? Support of the Democratic Party? Support of the President? That is The Man - and The Man loves Occupy Wall Street! The protesters aren't fighting The Man (or the system,) they are legitimizing it. They are allowing themselves to be co-opted by the forces that make, in their eyes, too many decisions. The controlling forces of Hollywood and government - both of whom are financed by the banking industry! - are now working hard to control Occupy Wall Street, and OWS is more than happy to let them in (with the notable exception of Rep. Lewis....racism, anyone?)
While the protesters in Manhattan, Los Angeles and other cities may think they are fighting The Man, the truth is they are in love with The Man, and The Man is in love with them. Their protest isn't a protest, then, but rather a needed vehicle of the Democrat party and the Progressive movement to bring some excitement to a political party and a political ideology that has been cast aside by Americans in the run up to the 2012 elections. Maybe one day they'll realize this, and then be able to answer the question - why are you here?
Until then, the protesters and The Man are in mad crazy love. They are registered at the local Apple store, because some corporations are still ok by (most of) them. A wedding date hasn't been confirmed.