Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 18, 2012, 3:57 p.m. EST by corazonroto
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I admire the efforts of the entire Occupy movement so far. I was part of marches in Oakland (before smashing things became popular). All of the busy "side" projects that this movement has spawned at individual, local and regional levels, along with the occasional collective actions like OccupySandy are all valid and admirable causes.
But what happened to taking on those that oppress the 99%? It is like fighting a magical dragon who keeps growing back two new heads each time you succeed at cutting off one. They just multiple and grow. We fight and fight. On and on it goes. There are too many banks and corporations globally to ever hope to take on one by one. I am still not sure what attacking them gains the 99% at the end of the day with all the smoking remains left behind.
No matter how big Occupy/Anon is (centralized or decentralized), how can you/we ever take on every single corporation and bank globally forever? You might be successful despite heavy losses like the essentially "unbeatable by military options" Taliban has been against mighty foe after foe? People like them in that part of the world and elsewhere have been at war from greedy outside interests for centuries. Nothing seems to change for them nor us.
Anyone see any signs that this will slow down or stop with the way the world is being RUN now? That is because it is run by stupid and corrupt governments who are not thinking of the other 99% of the world. Only themselves and their media, banker and corporate buddies. They do not represent you and me anymore (if ever). Most people who end up in high levels of government are so far removed for our day to day reality that it should be criminal (their ignorance). They FUEL the FIGHT. They WANT CONFLICT. It's good BUSINESS.
You can fight an endless guerrilla war, with battle after battle against a much larger and better "equipped" foe. Fight, run, hide, fight, run, hide, REPEAT. Win a few, lose too much. REPEAT.
But at what price? You think the fighters or the people of these lands like living in rubble and are afraid being either arrested/tortured or bombed from the sky day and night? This goes on forever because the core problems are ignored. It is easier to kill and bomb and fight and run from the problem forever. Back and forth. Both sides. Argue. Fight. Kill. Destroy. REPEAT.
With Occupy, after a very big initial surge, "it seems" that in-fighting, lack of consensus, arrests, investigations, accusations, public disapproval of looting tactics, media ignorance/distractions and massive decentralization into perhaps more successful/accessible smaller/local/regional initiatives, have affected the LARGER GOAL of Occupy that has been side-lined and now become almost unattainable in its present "form"? 99% vs 1% seems like pretty good odds. How come we are losing the fight? Why have we not started the REAL fight yet?
Why not CONCENTRATE Efforts against the Government? Let's face it: banks and corporations get to do what they do because of the broken government system, lobbying, paid for elections, public corruption, incompetence, abuse of authority and malfeasance in office. Banks and corporations caused a massive worldwide financial disaster: What has changed since then? What has happened to those in charge?
How many arrests so far? How many convictions? How many work for the FED and TREASURY now? How many ADVISE government officials STILL? How many STILL influence the highest levels of government? The government listens to THEM FIRST before US. We are still at the end of the line. That's backwards isn't it? Aren't you tired of sitting at the "little kids table" in this "democracy", being told by the "adults" what to do and what is best for US?
The people that caused the financial meltdown still run banks, corporations and most importantly they are the ones STILL making the laws and regulations that CONTINUE to DO NOTHING to CHANGE ANYTHING. Are they thinking about you today and your problems? I doubt it.
Despite MUCH pubic COMPLAINT and PROTEST, the government essentially has done jack squat in the last few years to fix a damn thing and everyone knows it. Maybe that's why it is so easy to distract us: create a problem so big and so bad, that we would rather focus on what was going on in a few general's underpants while the Fiscal Cliff talks go on in the DARK, than deal with anything so huge. Everyone HIDES out at home glued to the "distraction screen". Who can blame them? They were tricked into blaming each other and they worship the distractions day and night to keep from going MAD don't they? We should be OUTSIDE and TALKING TO EACH OTHER. It is the GOVERNMENT that has helped to keep us AFRAID, in the DARK and AT EACH OTHERS THROATS for too many years.
If OCCUPY would concentrate its FOCUS on the SOURCE of the problems, OUR INEFFECTIVE AND WASTEFUL GOVERNMENT, then it might be more effective. That is not saying that what the many offshoots are working on should be dropped or stopped. By all means let the "grassroots" Occupy movements FLOURISH. But, the government is the PROBLEM. THE SOURCE OF PROBLEMS. THE ONES WHO DON'T FIX THE PROBLEMS. THE ONES WHO MAKE PROBLEMS WORSE AND WORSE. It is good business for them and their corporate, banker and media FRIENDS.
If you can get EVERYONE TOGETHER and OccupyGovernment, to stop the incredible incompetence, waste, harm, denial , fraud, corruption, abuse of authority and malfeasance in office that POLLUTES our once great nation, then WE can CHOKE the corporations and banks. Take away their POWER in the ELECTION PROCESS, through LOBBYING and in CONGRESS, and then they won't be able to cause so much DAMAGE to the rest of us 99%..
Occupy should try to put millions of people in the STREETS, nationwide and globally, against the wasteful and corrupt government, TOGETHER as one voice for CHANGE, and the MEDIA will finally pay attention. Don't SMASH anything, and the PUBLIC will join you all.
Sounds simple right?