Jordan was one of my Professors at JFKU… he has a way of eloquently breaking down, what sometimes appear as conundrums. From loaded subjects like Phenomenology, POST-metaphysics, and the current state of the Occupy Movement.
As with God, So with Money? Luftig reminds us that Modern Revolutionaries dethroned the fear [the “rule”] of God, in its place came Capitalism. Inquisitions, [Monarchies], Holy Wars—the Founding Fathers had enough. In the New World would be free markets, [the demise of serfdom], and the rise of free minds.
There was a total rejection of a system of living—although elements of God and religion remain—but not with the omnipresent oppressive power of late.
Jordon closes the article with a rejoinder to criticisms that the Occupy Movement lacks direction and purpose. As with the Founding Fathers, so with the Millennials (et.al):
The Occupy movement has made a point of operating independent of existing institutions of power because it protests our entire institutionalized way of life. It rejects the materialistic values and the coldhearted, self-interested, you’re-either-a-winner-or-a-loser culture of business, politics, modern life. Period.
That the Occupiers have made no demands has prompted observers to criticize the movement for failing to offer a new vision. The confusion is understandable, and the critics can be forgiven. No demand is big enough for the Occupiers’ intention. The Occupiers envision a true revolution. Their movement has a mission: dethrone the corporate kings of modernity. Give birth to a new, post-modern age of humanity.
This is the real, incredible, unfolding story.