Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Thoughts on occupation.

Like any thing popular, once something gets a following, people want to harness that energy for their own purposes. It is one of the most fundamental parts of our society. Artists don't create screen plays so commercials can play in the intermissions, but it is a fact of life.

My understanding of the occupation protests was basically that it targeted the universal apathy in the political system towards the issues the public cares about. What do progressives, libertarians, conservatives, socialists, environmentalists and a host of other social entities all have in common? None of us are getting heard on capital hill. If you read my posts about red vs blue and wedge issues voting, then you probably understand a bit about my views on this.

What has happened since, from my perspective, is the division of a movement with great promise into many small efforts with good causes. Sure, many of the action groups that have splintered off of GA's are fighting for things I agree with, but weather they have been intentionally co-opted or if it is just like minded people supporting one another, they are missing the point.

A rising tide lifts all boats. If we remind our selves that this is not a political movement, but an empowering one, we might be able to put aside our causes (no matter how worthy they may be) and fight the real battle of bringing our country back into a representative democracy rather than a for sale to the highest bidder kleptocracy. Once all americans have an equal voice again, those causes with the most support cannot help but be redeemed.

I think most of us will agree that the founding fathers would weep if they saw what has become of their ideals. It is time to build on what we do agree on, and not let our differences divide us any longer, we can save that battle for when it really counts, when we can actually make a difference.

1 comment:

  1. Well said my friend, I think this speaks to the heart of OUR discontent. Not that everyone else is to blame, but that we don't have a commonality to bond with. If chemistry and physics had taught us anything it is that dissonance breaks bonds. Sure enough new ones can be formed but does the atom bomb exist so that we might rebuild society? Your eloquence has made its marcq and I think it is high time we stop focusing on voting and start focusing on learning how to love each other.