Thursday, October 27, 2011
Occupy Oakland and the Power of Peaceful Protest
The backlash against the Occupy Movement has begun.
With this assault on Occupied Oakland...
And tonight the wounded protester in that video, Veterans for Peace activist Scott Olsen, is in critical condition in hospital.
And here in Canada, the writing is on the wall.
So it's important to remember this: if the police are ordered to clear a campground, the protesters must remain peaceful. So any violence inflicted on the occupiers, will reflect badly on those responsible.
And for every person arrested TWO will take their place.
For we will appear more human than them.
And...um... so will our pets...
And the more peaceful our protest remains, the more powerful it will become. The more they hurt us, the more they will hurt themselves.
The occupiers should also remember that if they get kicked out of one space, they can always occupy another, and keep taking their message to the streets.
The message that more and more people are getting.
The people involved share one belief: that the currently dominant “neo-liberal” or “free market” version of capitalism is not working for the vast majority of people. While it creates wealth for some, it is also the destructive global engine behind massive and growing inequality, the current fiscal and economic crisis, and climate change and environmental collapse.
Even if some of the talking heads like Andrew Coyne still don't:
Asked whether the rallies currently sweeping the globe could bring about real change in Canada, Coyne could barely contain himself:
“Even in the U.S. where people have far more problems to actually worry about, it’s not clear that these people represent anybody other than themselves,” he frothed. “There’s always a constituency that doesn’t like capitalism (or) rich people … They just decided to get together and shout about it some more.”
Can you believe it eh? Andrew Coyne, the son of a former Bank of Governor, yapping away on the Con Broadcasting Corporation. With a silver spoon in his mouth.
Yup. Rest easy my gentle occupiers. All we have to fear is fear itself.
All we want is a better world.
Today the forces of darkness threaten us.
But tomorrow will be brighter...