You can’t keep a good thing down. Nobody ever has been able to, especially when the good thing is people’s independence of spirit and lust for recognition of their rights. Not so long ago Egypt set the world on fire. Well it set my heart on fire, that’s for sure.
Up till then revolutions had always been about violence and an upsurge of frustration and anger. I think most of the world has come to see rebellion as having to be a violent thing because it only seems to happen when people have been so abused for so long that their pent-up rage just explodes.
Not in Egypt though. I had hoped it would be an example for everybody else in the world to see – there’s such huge power in numbers that violence doesn’t have to be used. Those numbers have to be engaged somehow but I thought that with social media it would be a breeze. It hasn’t happened, though.
Which means those Egyptians are really something else. But maybe the Occupy Wall Street movement is the US version of the Egyptian Revolution. It started at grass roots, just ordinary people gathering because they’d had enough of abuse of power. And since power in the US is wherever the money is, that’s where the abuse is.
In Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, protesters weren’t taken seriously either. In fact, in every revolution that’s ever happened, leaders stay in denial for as long as they possibly can. Don’t any of them read history books? Apparently not. They arrest protestors, try to disrupt or destroy rebellion. They use injustice, violence. When that doesn’t work they sulk, use more violence.
Eventually they go down. It’s inevitable. And I think the Occupy Wall Street movement’s outcome is inevitable, too. Protesters are getting arrested now, but for absolutely trivial reasons. 14 people were taken away for violating a midnight curfew – by sitting in a waterless fountain in Washington Square Park. In Minneapolis 150 protesters were camped out outside City Hall at night and police took away their tents.
Other arrests have been made in Denver, Seattle and San Diego, but reports of violence have been rare. This is a peaceful movement, but it has power. I’ve seen a few commentators make fairly derisive comments about it because it’s “unorganized” but I smiled to myself. Just wait and see. A couple of unions have pledged their support – the United Auto Workers and the United Federation of Teachers.
Pretty soon celebs with deep pockets and a wide reach will adding their voices. America needs a revolution. According to Wiki at the end of 2001 10% owned 71% of the wealth and the top 1% owned 38%. Now the top 20% holds more than 80% of the wealth. Financial gains over the last decade have mostly been made at the top of the economic food chain as more and more people fall out of the middle class.
Something’s gotta give. It drives me utterly demented every time I see a wealthy capitalist bitch about paying better taxes. They wouldn’t even notice the money was gone out of their purses. And for this greed and idiocy a whole country must be sacrificed? A whole global economy? Because it isn’t just in America, it’s all over the place.
Well, Occupy Wall Street is spreading around the world. It could become the first global and peaceful revolution in the history of mankind. Now that would be progress. Where do I sign up?
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