High-Frequency Stock Trading Catches Regulators’ Eyes - NYTimes.com
I guess high-frequency trading and the like is exactly what the Occupy Wall Street is protesting. But I think the real issue goes much deeper. I still maintain we need to have a real insight into how humanity is moving into the future. I think the real answer is in technological and epistemological breakthroughs that will leave us on lucid and safer high ground. Somehow the protesters' ambiguous aims show they are just as clueless as most of us. More to the point is my perception that we are at a crossroads where the pressure of eons of our species searching for answers is bearing down on us all. Perhaps the real importance of Orwell's 1984 novel is to give us a sense of the gravity of this futuristic pressure, forcing us to enlist a rational and empirical overview, countering existential fallacies. The problem with existentialism is that it is escapist, and encourages us to relieve our anxieties by compromising our integrity by giving up on trying to find a life of reason meaningful. Reality has a rational cosmic order as it's cornerstone, and if we don't know this we wrongly assess things in psychosis.
Rationalism and empiricism are really important tools to understand things clearly, and are stepping stones to transcend the drudgery of the modern day with a positivist outlook. Sure the people on Wall Street are guilty to some degree of unethical and illegal activities, but in the larger picture they are really more like masters of the universe, moving as a masses/vanguard in a rational mainstream!