Occupy Movement Will Not be “Arrested”
October 24, 2011 Leave a comment
The Occupy Movement will not be “arrested” – meaning stopped. The 1% has gone too far. People, especially young people, are too wise.
It reminds me of when I was arrested outside the gubernatorial debate a year ago. The private security guard told me, “You don’t belong here.” That was not the magic phrase to get me to move. Yes, as a Green Party candidate for Governor, I did belong there, and we of the Occupy Movement do belong here.
My crime was “trespassing at a private party.” Perfect. That’s what our democracy had become, a private party. This year people are arrested for disturbing the peace, but as Daniel Ellsberg said, what we’re doing is disturbing the wars.
All the oligarchy is doing with their arrests is to firm up our resolve to keep going. We won’t stop. Even if the movement seems to falter or stall, there’s no need to waste our time and energy wondering if it will continue. It will. We’ll use our time and energy (while maintaining our health and happiness!) to do everything we can to pull out from the oligarchy and their corporations pushing junk and destruction, and we’ll create another way.
Power of a Good Example – that the Oligarchy Does Not Want Us to Believe
There are precedents for the kind of positive change we can achieve in the U.S. Of course the oligarchy has lied to us about good examples. And of course the good examples are not perfect! But just this morning I heard another South American president who was not the U.S. first choice got re-elected. This is excerpted from the British newspaper The Guardian, link:
Since [Cristina Kirchner] and her predecessor as president, her husband Néstor Kirchner, first moved into Argentina’s presidential palace in 2003, the income gap between the country’s rich and poor has been reduced by nearly half. Meanwhile, according to the International Monetary Fund’s numbers for 2002-2011, Argentina’s real GDP has grown 94%, the fastest in the western hemisphere and about twice the rate of Brazil, which has also grown substantially, the economist Mark Weisbrot said.
People Power Formula – that the Oligarchy Hates
In a future blog I will write about the formula for positive change most hated by the oligarchy: People Power = Social Movement + Electoral Movement. Latin America has changed in ways not expected 13 years ago. People most responsible for positive change were formerly disengaged from both the electoral process and social activism. Ironically, they understood the problems of the system the best, because they were the ones hurt by it. Then the breaking points occurred and things began to change for the better. People took to the streets, and began to vote for people and proposals that were not corporate-and-oligarchy backed.
The Occupy Movement will not stop. We will create a new way, and achieve the people power needed to keep it growing into the future.