Occupy Wall Street, to me, is about distributive justice. It all starts with labor and how the value derived from our efforts gets distributed . Consider this, all the resources of Earth are free. but to gather and use these resources requires labor. All wealth comes from this labor. The value of a toaster, say, comes not from the minerals from which it is made, but from the mining, drilling, refining, forging, fabricating, designing, building, shipping, marketing and selling which brought that toaster to your table. The fractional value of everyones labor is stored up in the toaster.
A simpler example: I weave a basket and my labor is stored up in it. You grow apples and your labor is stored up in your crops. I can then trade my basket (my labor) for some of your apples (your labor). How we come to agree on the number of apples my basket is worth is a market negotiation. As long as your scales are honest and you haven't some how forced me to only buy apples from you, an honest exchange can happen. That's how it works. So distributive justice is all about the fair exchange of stored up labor.
Money is also stored labor, or "potential" labor. I convert it to actual labor when I pay you to cut the grass. Or I can exchange it for that toaster, my stored up labor for the fractional labor of everyone who helped produce it. It is a short hop from seeing money as stored labor to seeing Wall Street investment houses and the market as higher order labor exchanges. The problem we face now is that we no longer have a fair labor exchange in America. We work harder, produce more and get paid less than we did 40 years ago because the market place has been rigged against those who labor.
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