Thursday, October 6, 2011

Occupation, Baby

Just in case you have no clue what is going on with this whole Occupy Wall Street movement, and it's branch off movements, here is a rundown.

From CNN's Douglas Rushkoff - "Think Occupy Wall St. is a phase? You don't get it"

In fact, we are witnessing America's first true Internet-era movement, which -- unlike civil rights protests, labor marches, or even the Obama campaign -- does not take its cue from a charismatic leader, express itself in bumper-sticker-length goals and understand itself as having a particular endpoint.
Yes, there are a wide array of complaints, demands, and goals from the Wall Street protesters: the collapsing environment, labor standards, housing policy, government corruption, World Bank lending practices, unemployment, increasing wealth disparity and so on. Different people have been affected by different aspects of the same system -- and they believe they are symptoms of the same core problem.

 The Wikepedia article states that:
The participants of the event are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns. Adbusters states that, "Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America." The protest's organizers hope that the protesters themselves will formulate their own specific demands, expecting them to be focused on "taking to task the people who perpetrated the economic meltdown."

By October 1, similar demonstrations had been held in Washington, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Portland, Maine, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, and Denver
And honestly, that pretty much sums it up... What do I think of the whole thing? I'm an anti-capitalist at heart, to tell you the truth. I'm a libertarian socialist (look it up) who thinks it's time to dismantle the industrial capitalist machine. I'm for small-scale communal living and sustainable production.

Yes, I blog. Yes, I use Facebook. Yes, I use Twitter and send text messages and bought my computer from a big box store. But, you know what? I'm using the tools of the enemy to take the enemy down. The enemy is corporate greed and political dishonesty. If I could sequester myself on some piece of land with others who think like myself, and a garden, and some livestock, well, that would be awesome. I'd love to live off the grid and not pander to the broken system we have in place.

And maybe I could, but it wouldn't be right, not now. There are too many people being harmed by the system right now, who don't have a way out, for a multitude of reasons. So I play the game, because it means I might help them, by taking the game out from the inside.

This is my Straylight Run.

Wooden Bird

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