If You Haven’t “Occupied” Yet, You Should

I went to the Occupy Edmonton event today with Mick, and if you haven’t gotten out there and participated in this movement yet – it would be worth your time to do so. And no, it didn’t “unjade” me. I still believe that even a large and growing group of concerned, thoughtful people are not a match for the corporate/political machine that currently runs the world, and therefore, controls our existences.

But it warms the soul a bit to see that the kind of innocence and enthusiasm that sparked great social upheaval and change in days gone by can still manifest in young people. Not enough to save us … not yet … but maybe a start.

6 responses to “If You Haven’t “Occupied” Yet, You Should

  1. I’ve been through ours a few times. I haven’t sat down or spent any real time there. It’s encouraging, and I admire their pluck.
    But I do wonder what will come of it.

  2. I have been encouraged by some of the recent media coverage of the various Occupy participants. I watched one news show where every participant they interviewed was an adult, working class person with a home, a job and a deep fear of losing both in the coming year. My hope is that the more they cover the protesters who are not bored college students, but are lower-middle to middle class citizens, the more viewers will be enlightened that this is not just the problem of the lazy or fiscally inept. My husband and I work our asses off to support ourselves and our kids, but my income depends entirely on what discretionary income my target market has to spend, and with DH in construction, he could be laid off any day … And we are already paycheck to paycheck.

    I have believed for a long time that the growing terror the working class lives with every day would eventually erupt in some manner. This is not what I expected it to be, but I hope those who are still living confortably will take note that it is their friends, families and neighbors who are living in fear every day of how we are going to feed our kids next month. And that the incumbent-annihilation that some political pundits are predicting for next year comes to pass.

  3. I’m going to Occupy Quad Cities Saturday~ your cousin Joe had a pity quote, can’t remember what it was now, but if you googled him, you might find it. I’m sure you can imagine his general message anyway.

    • Yeah, I can imagine.

      Enjoy the Occupying. I am not sure if I believe that Occupy is regarded by those who actually vote and swing elections as much more than disgruntled young people – yet. We shall see. I don’t think they should wait until next July for their “Continental Congress”, it’s too late. Congress recesses for the whole of August and the POTUS cycle is too far gone. At any rate, I have a suspicion that the next downturn in the economy will have come, settled to its bottom and will be a game changer long before July 4th.

  4. i share your ‘jaded/encouraged’ point of view…

    although it took awhile, putting flowers into the rifle barrels of national guardsmen eventually helped bring an end to a war…

    • Do you think? I tend to think that it wasn’t the Baby Boomers but their parents alarm over the situation that evolved in the late 60’s that persuaded politicians do something about making the war less noticeable. They didn’t really end the war but the draft. The war continued on until 1975 and we basically lost it. If you want to be cold-eyed about it, it’s nearly always when the middle-aged/middle-class types finally taking noticing enough to register dissatisfaction that things change. Civil Rights finally happened when the media finally let those outside the South see what was going on and they reacted with horror. It didn’t end racism though. Women’s liberation really came about when corporate America realized that a two parent working family was more profitable for them than the traditional family model. We are pretending to exit Iraq b/c the masses are finally fed up. We are paying attention to Occupy only b/c the mainstream media had to cover the mass arrests at the Brooklyn Bridge.

      I read a post by James Howard Kunstler today where he points out that nothing is changing but that the growing “mobs” will make it easy for riots to occur when the next collapse happens sometime in the coming year. Because there will be a next collapse. The comfy still employed, not foreclosed on and able to still buy on credit have not yet “woken up” from their consuming, reality tv complacency. The next collapse should shake most of them too even if they don’t go under, but they need to be worried enough to question as opposed to just nod and grumble.

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