Thanks. I stopped writing because I got tired of being shouted down, having my life threatened and because I didn’t think that I was actually converting anyone. If you read my “Unteachable” piece, it describes how I think that these people will never switch sides. It’s almost as if they are in their own bubble where any opinions opposing theirs will be quickly rejected. It’s similar to rooting for their home team. They will fight and shout with others, because they have a strong belief that their team is the best and have a strong altruism when it comes to being on a team. I don’t see these violent occupy movements any different from sports riots.
I do want to update on my life. I started day trading, because it seems like people who invest become richer. I wanted to test out the theory that if you move money around, you end up making money. The idea was to make money from money without much manual labor. The rich get richer as they say. It turns out that it was true in a way. In my first day of trading, I converted $50,000 into $53,000. All I had to do was click “Buy” on my browser and “Sell” a few hours later. It was amazing how easy it was to make money. But then later on, I made a bad trade, and lost a lot of money, too. So, now I do a ton of research before I make trades. This research amounts to mental labor, so there really isn’t something called “Free” money. You still have to make the right decisions to make money. Whether or not you consider making decisions work is questionable. But I think that having the right people make the right decisions is the key to a thriving economy. And any research you do should be considered work. So even though the manual labor behind day trading is as simple as pressing a button, the mental labor is intense. The stress level is pretty high when you’re watching yourself lose money. Almost anyone can become a day trader. So I don’t even see this as a privilege that only rich people can do. Therefore I don’t see why people should Occupy Wall St. I think that those who are against Wall St. don’t really understand how it works.
I suggest people watch this video before they complain about Wall St. again:
You see? Without Wall St and corporations, there would be way less jobs and manufacturing available. There probably wouldn’t even be a computer for you guys to type on.