NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- As an investor, you have got to leave your political and social convictions at the door. It took me a long time to learn this. Here's a confession: I used to be a socially conscious investor. I'm no longer exactly sure what that means, after finding out that most socially responsible funds hold everything from Starbucks ( SBUX) to Walmart ( WMT) to McDonald's ( MCD). Needless to say, prospectuses for "green" mutual funds no longer litter my desk.
They did not blame Wall Street. That's almost as pointless as blaming Canada. If I was inclined to become an Occupy protester, I would do one of two things: Waste my time fighting the movement itself so it could stand a chance of having an impact or move on with my life and try to make it better. Use the structures that are in place to improve your position in life; from there, you might actually be able to achieve something for somebody else.