Forum Post: Great speech that summarizes the movement
Posted 11 years ago on Oct. 21, 2011, 5:01 p.m. EST by yasminec001
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"We Americans tend to see class status as a function of individual effort. Some have “made good,” so you assume that anybody can. That view is simplistic and naive. It assumes that everyone has equal opportunity, when in fact, in America just as in Mexico, the rich and powerful strive and contrive to hold on to their money and their power and to increase it.
They do so by systematically eliminating competition, by institutionally minimizing true opportunity, and by collectively controlling the flow and the growth of wealth.
This they accomplish through all manner of devices, from unfair labor practices which exploit the masses of the world’s poor to good-old-boy network competitive practices which minimize (and all but destroy) a newcomer’s chances of entering the Inner Circle of the successful.
They then seek to control public policy and governmental programs around the world to further ensure that the masses of people remain regulated, controlled, and subservient.
In most cases it isn’t rich individuals who do it; it’s the social systems and institutions they represent. Those systems and institutions were created by the rich and powerful—and it is the rich and powerful who continue to support them.
By standing behind such social systems and institutions, individuals can wash their hands of any personal responsibility for the conditions which oppress the masses while favoring the rich and powerful.
The point is that it is the rich and powerful who support such social structures and staunchly resist any real effort to change them. They stand against any political or economic approach which seeks to provide true opportunity and genuine dignity to all people.
Most of the rich and powerful, taken individually, are certainly nice enough people, with as much compassion and sympathy as anyone. But mention a concept as threatening to them as yearly income limits (even ridiculously high limits, such as $25 million annually), and they start whining about usurpation of individual rights, erosion of the “American way,” and “lost incentives.”
Yet what about the right of all people to live in minimally decent surroundings, with enough food to keep from starving, enough clothing to stay warm? What about the right of people everywhere to have adequate health care—the right not to have to suffer or die from relatively minor medical complications which those with money overcome with the snap of a finger?
The resources of your planet—including the fruits of the labors of the masses of the indescribably poor who are continually and systematically exploited—belong to all the world’s people, not just those who are rich and powerful enough to do the exploiting.
And here is how the exploitation works: Your rich industrialists go into a country or an area where there is no work at all, where the people are destitute, where there is abject poverty. The rich set up a factory there, offering those poor people jobs—sometimes 10-, 12-, and 14-hour-a-day jobs—at substandard, if not to say subhuman, wages. Not enough, mind you, to allow those workers to escape their rat-infested villages, but just enough to let them live that way, as opposed to having no food or shelter at all.
And when they are called on it, these capitalists say, “Hey, they’ve got it better than before, don’t they? We’ve improved their lot! The people are taking the jobs, aren’t they? Why, we’ve brought them opportunity! And we’re taking all the risk!”
Yet how much risk is there in paying people 75 cents an hour to manufacture sneakers which are going to sell for $125 a pair?
Is this risk-taking or exploitation, pure and simple?
Such a system of rank obscenity could exist only in a world motivated by greed, where profit margin, not human dignity, is the first consideration.
Those who say that “relative to the standards in their society, those peasants are doing wonderfully!” are hypocrites of the first order. They would throw a drowning man a rope, but refuse to pull him to shore. Then they would brag that a rope is better than a rock.
Rather than raising the people to true dignity, these “haves” give the world’s “have-nots” just enough to make them dependent—but not enough to ever make them truly powerful. For people of true economic power have the ability to then impact, and not merely be subject to, “the system.” And that’s the last thing the creators of the system want!
So the conspiracy continues. And for most of the rich and powerful it is not a conspiracy of action, but a conspiracy of silence.
So go now—go your way—and by all means say nothing about the obscenity of a socioeconomic system which rewards a corporate executive with a 70-million-dollar bonus for increasing sales of a soft drink, while 70 million people can’t afford the luxury of drinking the stuff—much less eating enough to stay healthy.
Don’t see the obscenity of it. Call this the world’s Free Market Economy, and tell everyone how proud you are of it.
Agreed, and I particularly like the statement -- "they would throw a drowning man a rope, but refuse to pull him to shore" -- so perhaps you would consider our group's proposal of an alternative online direct democracy of business and government at http://getsatisfaction.com/americanselect/topics/on_strategically_weighted_policies_organizational_operating_structures_tactical_investment_procedures-448eo and then direct questions or comments to our group's 19 members committed to that plan at: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/StrategicInternationalSystems/
would this work ? http://occupywallst.org/forum/how-to-take-down-wall-street-nonviolently-and-with/
That is definitely a good starting place. If people are willing to do it, we should also encourage those who are in support of the movement to stop paying their bills, stop paying for products, stop paying for credit card bills and gas, etc.
No chance for progress in America
The media pundits keep telling Americans on TV that we must have globalization, we must only elect Republicans and Democrats, we shouldn't have a class war, we should keep letting the politicians take bribes on the record and kickback favors for those bribes, and the list is a bottomless pit of stupidity,
Only people in a deep trance would be irrational. Americans are so arrogant and hypocritical that they'd prefer being destroyed by the pundits who use propaganda to keep them in a trance around the clock.
Obama has lied about everything he promised us. I don't care what color the president is if he's making decisions that will benefit all Americans with good job opportunities, fair taxation, and a great energy plan.
Interesting blog. I read through it. You got it right. We are in a very deep trance, in all manners of speaking.
However, I think most of the world is waking up.
Thanks for the compliment, but what sign do you see that anybody but us is waking up?
We're not waking up, we aren't in the trance. Please spread my blog to all your email addresses. Let's work together to try to suggest that people are being self destructive, not because they are stupid, they are in the media propaganda trance.
People are too arrogant to admit they are being manipulated.
Well, not the older generations. But remember, our newer generations-mine and the following-are aware of these things. They are young, open-minded, and full of opinions. But they see the world and how our predecessors have fucked it up. They are important.
And I agree with you on the arrogance, as well. I will spread your blog as much as I can, brother.
We need leaders. We need a strategy. Please end the 1st phase. That was a giant win. Now we need to get to work on phase 2.
If we don't nominate candidates to win elections, the entire effort will be wasted.
They didn't brainwash the older generation, they brainwashed the entire country including short people, tall people, etc.
The thing to remember is that where the older generation took it up the ass, the new generations will not stand for it. And yes, it is a generalization, but it's mostly accurate.
OK I won't argue the point. I'm 69 and I haven't taken up the ass yet.
The younger generation is very uninformed. Before you get angry at that read my book.
I am sorry to have offended you. I should pay more attention to my words. I guess, in this fight, age is irrelevant. There are those who are old and young who are aware.
And, yes, the younger generation is like a small window of opportunity. We can nurture them with objective information of the world's corruption when the window is open, or let them assimilate into a corporate drone with their love of technology.
You didn't offend me. You couldn't if you tried. We see this differently and that's OK with me.
Keep examining the facts. I see no deficient group. They fucked everybody the same. The 1% privileged is controlling all groups. I see no young groups who are informed at all.
Yet it is written:
If thou wilt be perfect,
go and sell what thou hast, and give to the poor,
and thou shalt have treasure in heaven.
But when the young man heard this, he went away,
for he had great possessions."