Globalisation has had a significant impact on all classes of society, including the rich, the middle class, the poor, and the disadvantaged. Everyone has to change their lifestyle depending on the changes taking place in the market and the way the market enforces the change of conduct on citizens in their daily routine and making it difficult for them to keep doing the things in the same way as they have been doing it since years. With this comes severe unequal distribution of income, social benefits, healthcare, education, and the most important one, justice. Occupy is a social movement that has gathered pace specially formed to address the rising inequalities in social and economic distribution. Its primary idea is to reduce the vertical hierarchies of governance and make it more horizontally distributed so that the benefits are more equally distributed and everyone gets their right that they are entitled to.
This essay will establish some theory and evidences that make the existence and the progress of the Occupy movement a necessity. Further, it will discuss and analyse the movement’s primary ideas and their purpose of existence.
Occupy movement started from the after effects of the global financial crisis of 2008 when the tuition fees were hiked, teaching staff were cut down, and budget was cut down in the California University. This is where the actual Occupy movement emerged with the slogan ‘Occupy Everything, Demand Nothing’ by the students (Bady and Konczal, 2012). The movement was aimed at the injustice done by the tuition fee hiked because of an external calamity of the recession which had its impact on the university. Later, the movement caught the eyes of the protestors of the Wall Street where they started protesting with the slogan of ‘Occupy Everything, Demand Nothing’ at the Wall Street againstlarge corporations who were seen as the biggest contributors of the market crash and the recession(Lessig, 2011).