the occupy movement has its ups and downs. In my opinion, it has some very valid arguments, such as that banks should not be too big to fail, and that the income distribution is dangerously one sided. Some of their methods for bringing about the changes however, i feel are doomed to be ineffective. The reason why these methods are doomed, is because they do not target the REAL problem, which is lack of consumer power. Companies are learning(maybe) the hard way again the power of consumer confidence. Wall mart is having the worst performance in years because its customers either can no longer afford to shop there, or no longer want to shop there. Wall mart has a huge, expensive infrastructure, that requires a lot of money to maintain. They can not survive a medium term decline in business. this is why we should focus on consumers. The fact that wall mart, an organization with a supply chain bigger then the US post office, and more efficient then military logistics is failing due to loss of customers is telling. It reveals the weaknesses of large companies, that they NEED customers in order to survive, and the bigger the customers, the MORE that they need. It is not they who control our destiny, but WE who control theirs. If this is so obvious, then why do shitty banks, with shitty service still survive? I believe part of the problem, is consumers no longer are aware of their rights and options. Which is why we need a long term consumer protection op. one that: keeps a data base of state consumer protection laws keeps a data base of violations of those laws informs consumers of their rights and options. An operation like this would have to be long term, but if done correctly, would be devastating. This is certainly something we should think over.