A lot of major events in everybody’s lives and those of the world happen many years before the actual date everybody commemorates or remembers its significance.  For example, people mark anniversaries for somebody who has been divorced during the time the papers may have been signed by both parties or during when the judge has finally handed down the decision.  World War 2 is remembered as having been started during the official date when nations belonging to NATO officially declared war against the Nazis or the Axis powers. But for both instances, the reasons leading up to these events had its gestation many years before.  A husband and wife must have minor differences that over a period of years, could have led to less communication, more silence, less talks and more arguments finally leading to either of them citing the most abused clause—”due to irreconcilable differences.” Some consider Japan to have started WW 2 in 1931 when it invaded Manchuria en route to its imperialistic march to China with the intention to secure more resources, among others.  This was years before tensions boiled in 1935 where several European countries have finally joined the fray. It is no different with the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  It was years in the making and came to a crescendo at Lower Manhattan’s Zuccoti Park, a few months ago.  There are many reasons for the Occupy Wall Street Movement but the biggest one that cuts across all ideologies is the one that says America isn’t America anymore. Companies like these attempt to keep wages high, but most companies are lagging behind. “The world has rewarded the 1% beyond what they deserve . . . and to top it all they cannot understand why they have to bail the other 99% out of their greediness . . . using ‘too big to fail’ as one of the many reasons why they can’t let them.”


Occupy Wall Street Movement has to be a generation in the making because it is a confluence of many elements.  It is not confined to the financial corridors of Wall Street, rather it has many faces—the slow decline in generally accepted moral standards like the changing view on fairness, too much consumerism (i.e. I can buy anything with good credit on my side), building on leverage without seeing tangible products, the feeling that this party is never going to end, not enough long-term builders but more on takers.

I mean, think about it. How much do psychologists make? There is no debate that over the decades, there is a slide in morality.  People took more than their fair share of the pie.  Any civilization in order to sustain, thrive and develop further must have citizens who took only what they put in and deserve.  When a few start thinking that they deserve so much more than the rest because they have been thrust into positions of power, it is easy for power to have a corrupting effect on them.

The responsibility to spread the wealth accordingly to highest tenets of meritocracy starts to be replaced by a narrow view to reward themselves.  When this spirals out of control everybody see a few leaders in America’s top multinationals get rewarded by stratospheric compensation and benefits packages that are not worthy (sometimes) of their performance in the organization.

When the moral compass isn’t working, it disables these leaders’ ability to equitably distribute the wealth, something that effectively erodes the very foundation that makes the U.S. strong. The Wall St. executives laugh their way to the bank while all of the roofing contractors leeds are stuck in the same financial rut as always.

Too much consumerism and a love for material things is also one of the major reasons for the occupy Wall Street Movement.  Since this is something that seems to be common among Americans (but not confined to them), it seems to suggest that the 99% also contributed why people camped at Zuccoti park.  People’s propensity to accumulate possessions drove lawmakers, banks, shopping malls, to name a few, to build policies that make it easy to buy on credit, leverage on their equity (wherever they might be).  People wake up one day with debt that will take many years to pay (unless they use, simultaneously cursing the banks who wrote credit cards’ fine print declaring that the writing were done in fonts too fine to read.


Somebody should have told the people that the party is too good to last and will have to end at some point.  Maybe there were a few party poopers who said it will end soon and such will have a very bad ending with an equally bad financial hangover.  But the stocks kept rising, there was easy money and credit all over, new houses were being built without regard to bulging inventories. Antique dining chairs were being bought on layaway with nothing to contribute on the latter end when payment time came. Who cares, right?  Everybody was all on a roll.

Perhaps the major reason for the occupy Wall Street movement is staring everyone at the mirror.  Did anybody ever ask the one 1% why they evolved into such creatures?  Maybe it is the 99% who made them to what they are today.  Everybody probably deserves them.

The people took out student loans beyond their capacity to pay because they want to end up in universities that would give them access to the biggest financial institutions that would open up opportunities to work, make money like the rest of the 1% superstars.  Who was it who said that the slaves of today can become the tyrants of tomorrow?

If Shakespeare was alive today and asked for an opinion as to the reasons for the Occupy Wall Street movement, maybe he will say that the fault my dear Brutus is not in the stars but in the 99%.

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A ticket broker does business by selling second hand tickets to different events like concerts, sports matches, shows, and other events. They are considered a second market for tickets based on the concept of buying and reselling tickets at higher prices. Ticket brokerage is a fast-moving industry. Having the right amount of knowledge, strategy, and skills are needed to succeed in this type of business.

How do you start?

The job of a ticket broker is simple: all they have to do is buy tickets for an upcoming event and they resell those tickets at higher prices. It is a lucrative job only if you know what you are doing. You have to be good at marketing and advertising your tickets. Also, there are lots of things to be taken consideration of like laws, which vary in different from states and municipalities. If you plan take a career as a ticket broker, you may want to start by familiarizing yourself with the legalities involved in the business.

Laws and Licensing

Licensing, professional fees, and laws vary by location. Different states have different laws about brokerage. Certain states, for example, have laws regulating the amount tickets sold for events such as NFL and there are also laws with price regulations. If you plan to market your tickets online, some states have laws that regulate your website policies and so on.

So if you are planning to start in this business, it is essential to familiarize and educate yourself with the different laws. And also, if you plan to sell tickets in other states, it is important to know their individual laws.

You should also join associations to build your network and to gain knowledge about ticket brokering. The National Association of Ticket brokers can help you find opportunities in this kind of business. Ticket brokering licenses are expensive and thus, you may need to avail of cash loans to make sure you’ll stay in the black before you open your doors.

How to Start your Business

After checking the laws connected to brokering, do your own research. Brokerage is marketing, so it is very important to know every aspect of the business that includes your niche. Know what tickets you should sell. Will you sell sports tickets or concerts? Baseball or football? Finding the best sports tickets isn’t like finding the best softball bats or the best baseball gloves–it’s not an exact science and there is much luck involved. Also, you should consider the type of platforms for your selling such as a website or an online portal.

How to get Tickets

Establish your network. You should know where to buy them or who to contact when you need these tickets. Also know your primary sources of tickets. You can also buy them online or you can buy them first-hand from dealers.

Selling the Tickets

Once you have bought the tickets, find a customer. There a lot places to sell them. You can create your own website or you can also sell them to other brokers. Find your own method in selling. Timing is also very crucial. You have to know the best time to sell them. Should you sell them a day before the event? Or should you sell your tickets right after it sells out in the primary market? Invest in the proper email marketing software to spread your business as widely as possible. This will help boost sales.

Also review and observe the market. Being keen and attentive of the competition can help you know the value of your tickets.