Occupy Wall Street in England began more than a year ago with university students occupying buildings on their university campuses and on their city’s high streets. They were part of a movement that has now become louder and global and joined by people of all ages and all social levels who have gathered in
front of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Without leadership and without an articulate plan, Occupy Wall Street in England nevertheless appears to be a social movement that is enabling people to vent their frustration and anger at what they perceive to be an unfair economic system that worships big business at the expense of the public good. Beginning in the early part of the twenty-first century, this idolization of big business by the coalition government eventually brought about disastrous results for the majority of England’s population, allowing private banks to increase debts until the bubble burst, the economy broke down, and there was massive unemployment.
The people occupying the parks, streets and squares in England and indeed all over the world are crying out for social change. In October thousands of protesters occupied the area in front of the London Stock Exchange to let the government know that they want an alternative to the corporate inequality and greed that they believe brought about the current economic disaster.
The protestors have harsh words for the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury who they see as supporting corporate greed and of putting the interest of money before peoples’ welfare.
Media reports have hinted that the world’s leaders ignore these anti-greed protests at their own peril, because they do not appear to be diminishing but rather they are getting stronger. China has suggested that perhaps it is time to reflect on how to encourage economic growth without negatively affecting the welfare of the majority of the population.