It’s been a little more than two months since the Occupy Wall Street movement started in New York this fall, becoming a nationwide phenomenon and spreading in cities all across America. Not surprisingly it has been subject of praise as well as criticism. Along with the Republican primaries, the Occupy protests have been a continuous topic among the mainstream media and an issue of debate in public and private discussions. On one hand many well-respected academic intellectuals, artists and social critics like Slavoj Zizek, Cornel West, Noam Chomsky…etc have given their support to the protesters and have participated in rallies as well. On the other hand, the movement and the protesters have been demonized by conservative as well as liberal political and public figures who have accused the protesters of participating in violent left-wing extremism. The conservative critique of the Occupy movement is a somewhat neo-Mccarthyist one; “they are against democracy, against American liberalism…”. However, the liberal critique of the Occupy movement concentrates on the idea that none of the protesters offer empirical solutions to a well-known crisis ; “they do not know what they want, what is their goal?…etc. Although I agree with liberals when they say that the Occupy movement is not a single issue movement and doesn’t have a concrete goal, but I believe that it is precisely what makes it an important movement and should remain in that way. No, the movement doesn’t have a manifesto with solid demands and specific solutions…and it shouldn’t! We (and by we I mean the “99 percenters” who are participating in the movement) have already achieved something that I think is very interesting, something perhaps even the very same protesters don’t realize: we have broken the taboo of questioning American liberal democratic capitalism as a whole. Until now, the twentieth century have been inundated with single-issue protests that have been focused on changes: for more immigrant rights, for ecological protection, for universal health care, for re-distribution of wealth through welfare-state, against racism, against poverty…etc but always remaining within the current political and economical space. What if all of the issues listed above, are not possible to fix within the current political and financial establishment? Now we find ourselves confronting a bigger monster, a monster called democracy. Now you are probably thinking that I am some kind of Bolshevik totalitarian nut, but all I am really saying is something very simple: we shouldn’t be afraid of questioning our democratic system as a whole. For a very long time, we have been blindly attached to the ideal that democracy and capitalism mean the same thing. I think that the link between capitalism and democracy is coming to a certain end, they will no longer be synonyms. Of course now the big question rises among the 99%: “If we know that our political and our economic system is failing what will we replace it with?”. Nobody seems to know. The people certainly don’t know, the politicians don’t know, economists have no idea what is going on and intellectuals who say they have a solution are undoubtedly lying. We can’t really imagine the end of capitalism, we have an easier time imagining the end of the world than we do imagining the end of this “post-Berlin Wall” utopia called Western democratic capitalism. That is why there is hard work and hard thinking ahead of us and that is why I suggest everyone (or at least the 99% ) should support the Occupy movement. Let’s make noise! Let’s ask questions (the right questions) and let’s not fall into the trap of becoming simply a harmless, non-violent political statement. Let’s face it, there is no such thing as a “convenient protest”. Let us be violent! Of course not physically violent but metaphysically violent instead. Violent in the sense of trying to disrupt an entire system and not just make little changes here and there. Violent in the same way that Mahatma Gandhi was violent. Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Zizek said it best when he said we should have the courage to do nothing: “Sometimes, doing nothing is the most violent thing to do”. But of course, “doing nothing” here means in the sense of non-dialogue and non-violence, not in the sense of non-action. When two opposing forces are pressing against each other, the first force will fall on itself if the second suddenly stops pressing. Freedom is at stake. It’s no secret that mayors across the nation are now loosing their patience, they are being pressured by the top 1% to get rid of the protesters who are “doing nothing” in the parks and squares of many American cities nationwide. And in result we have seen numerous park evictions in the past weeks. Plutocrats and oligarchs are desperately demanding an answer from us. We shouldn’t answer. Let them figure it out. They will try to dilute it in the same way they diluted Obama’s universal health care platform. A space has been opened, a vacuum has been created, let’s not fill it in too quickly. Every bad decision comes from lack of thinking. We should think before we act and accept that the twentieth century is over and that solid empirical solutions have never worked out without a hard and long thinking process. I truly believe we are now beginning this process.