In all countries, including the USA, Greece, and Spain, there are considerable portion of the population of each generation that might be labeled as the “Half-wayers”. These are the unsuccessful but still they are grateful and defendant of the socio-economic system in place. They are mostly of older ages, but still you can find them in less ambitious youth.
The Half-wayers are middle-classers who feel indebted to the unjust and corrupt system because deep in their hearts and minds they believe that they have achieved and acquired more than what they fairly and normally deserve. This kind of people might not be corrupt; but they assume that without such system they would have been ruined and abject losers. This is the only reason why they defend the system meekly and brutally; or at least fear and reject any movement that might bring possible change.
The Half-wayers put their conscience on indefinite leave upon unspoken orders from their rich employers or sponsors. They always look for other unhealthy means to release their internal frustrations, disrespect, and disgust. These vents might include: eating; sex; violent sports; consumption; or peer socializing.
The relationship between the Half-wayers and their employers or sponsors is opportunistic and does not include appreciation or regard. Those rich investors who make the socio-economic system own the tools; and the Half-wayers are among these tools. They must do their jobs but cannot join the elites, with very limited exceptions to lure them to keep going and fantasizing.
Any mass movement that is struggling to bring social, political, and economic real changes, like the current Occupy Wall Street, will have considerable difficulties in dealing with the Half-wayers. Despite that such movements care and defend the rights of these groups but at the same time you will find the Half-wayers are rejecting any medicines and even acting to worsen their conditions.
The Half-wayers while are victims they stand on the wrong side of the fight; they are present in every field: unions; police; judiciary; political parties; media; public service; entrepreneurs; sex workers, and even the unemployed. This complicates the struggle to bring meaningful changes while avoiding shooting yourself in the foot.
The Half-wayers must realize that they are not spoiled kids or insane patients. They must know that they are much safer, prosperous, and dignified with the new system in the making. The Half-wayers do not need to sip free Champaign from the balconies or manhandle protesters in Wall Street while their masters are pulling their strings.
Comments on: "Wall Street “Half-wayers” of Generations" (3)
This is on the money… a great analysis… If we could convinced these people that they only have what they have because the system needs their support in times of crisis then the momentum would swing in the other direction…
i wrote something along these lines about how capitalism is stealing human potential that could be a good companion piece to this…
Thanks for this great analysis.
The main mission is to re-design democracy to make the system immune from Capitalism Theft Of Human Potential.
Another example of such theft is given here:
Occupy Wall Street and Ron Paul are different but together they are the only hopes for the US and the World right now. Obama must go!