The ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which has now grown globally, is starting to generate a lot of heat – and confrontations. Sit-ins, Live-ins, Occupations, are happening all over the place, and the authorities are getting grumpy. They have been tolerated for a couple of days, maybe even for a couple of weeks, but then they just become an unsightly nuisance for the various local body authorities. who now want them to move on, just go away.
There is a complete lack or understanding happening here – two sides that live in completely different worlds.
The whole ethos and philosophy of the Occupy movement is that the protest is permanent. The protesters are staying – come hell or high water – until ‘The-Powers-That-Be’ are swept away (or they actually pay attention and are responsive to the will of “The People” – haa, yeah right…).
But the modern day aristocrats simply DO NOT GET IT.
They are prepared to humor the protest fringe element – for a while. But hey, these are just the usual Rent-A-Crowd, right… they don’t really matter. And the important people, the ones that do matter, aren’t going to care if the Bully-Boys are brought in to clear out the rabble when it all gets too tiresome…
Except – maybe not.
Maybe this is a completely different dynamic from what the bureaucratic pinheads are used to. This isn’t JUST the looney lefties, these ARE also your genuine Joe-Average voter (and more) – who will shitcan your arse you pompous self-righteous “civil servants”.
Not only are they more, and a wider cross section than you think they are, they have also been pushed to the stage where they aren’t just going to wave a banner of an afternoon any more, shout a couple of slogans then go home – they are going to take a stand and not be moved. This is a genuine revolt and revolution.
Wake up councils and mayors (what you think is just a small scale thing is actually the first waves of a Tsunami), or you are going to be seriously on the wrong side of history. At best you are going to get voted out (due to backing the wrong horse), at worst you are going to end up on the Guillotine.
This “Occupy” movement didn’t blow into town out of nowhere (only to blow out again with the next change of breeze). This is birthed from long standing grievances, and the longer that the conditions that created it in the first place continue to exist, the bigger it is going to grow. Well guess what, nothing has changed – ergo, this is just getting started. However small and pathetic it looks now, it isn’t going to stay that way.
And the more you bully and assault it, the more you prove exactly what it claims to be true. That the Status-quo is set up to protect the advantages of the rich and powerful – to the detriment of EVERYONE else.
The absolute shit that comes out of the mouths of the authorities is staggering also. The Arrogance, Hypocrisy and Condescension is an outright red rag, and they can’t even see it. All they see is that the rabble should be moved on (Why are they still there Len?).
Hmmm… or maybe the Protesters and Occupiers can and will endure and stay, because they really are the vanguard of “We the People”. I guess we will find out over the next days, weeks and months. Because one side is definitely going to lose this fight. I think it is shaping up to be an all-or-nothing deathmatch, the two sides have just got such completely different world views – and one side is going to be DEAD wrong.
…politicians and civil authorities in some cities have begun to lose patience. Riot squads in Oakland, California, broke up an occupation there. Similar treatment was dished out in Melbourne last week.
..in Wellington, occupiers have begun practising to defend such an assault.
However, in Auckland Mayor Len Brown was a little more forthcoming about Aotea Square. “We are trying to work out a negotiated departure,” he says. “They are certainly not going to stay there for a long period of time.”
In Dunedin, the council is also looking at its legal options.
…one protestor in Wellington described the occupation as “fluid”. While the mayor [there] hasn’t declared her position, a council spokesman told 3 News they don’t have permission to be there and won’t be for much longer… (link)
Sorry Len and co. this isn’t going to be about winning battles (no doubt you will win a few, by having your jackbooted storm troopers clear the odd park). This is about the Long-War. You are just too wrapped up in your bubble of privilege, comfort and status-quo bias to see it. Your patience wearing thin for “Occupy” protesters doesn’t begin to compare to how thin our patience for you is getting. And completely fails to appreciate the whole concept of “Occupy”. It is direct democracy. But more, it is about claiming(back) a space and being prepared to stand and fight for it (for as long as it takes). Physically, it is a(any) block of land, but symbolically it’s the whole political/economic system.
The Banksters and their Crony Political friends don’t get to call all the shots unopposed any more – this is in reality, modern day class-warfare.
Could get bloody.
Depends how hard everyone is prepared to fight I guess.
But you, the 99%, had better think long and hard about what you are prepared to stand for, or you will end on your knees. first they come for the “other” – the “terrorist”, the brown person, the Muslim, the outsider; then they come for you
more from Karl, and from where #Occupy started.