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I have been following the Occupy Wall Street progress over the last few weeks like many.
It has been pointed out by people more in the know than I that this protest is different from all the others whereby people protested and went home, however this time they’re not.
I have read many reports, newspapers, seen YouTube clips, heard speeches, etc and have come to the conclusion that the people who criticise the OWS are the ones that myopically are in the wrong. They are, or they support the 1%.
One of the main criticisms is that the leaderless OWS doesn’t have an agenda, a list of demands. I find this quite correct; they don’t need a list of demands, a specified agenda to say that something (in this case many things) are seriously wrong.
The 1%, inc government, inc president, inc etc… know what is wrong. They don’t need a bloody agenda to tell them, they know already, and have known for decades.
OWS is the people simply saying “Fix it!”
The unwritten, unsaid rider is, “Because, if you don’t we will!”
And I do believe the time has come that OWS will; and it won’t be pretty.
The 1% at fault, inc et al, should be quaking in their boots. They should be frothing at bung, their sphincters should be quivering 90 to the minute and they should be sweating as the noose tightens.
Because this is not going to ‘go away.’ The 1% think they are bullet proof because they own the government and the government will be the cavalry that wade in to save the day. But when push comes to shove, the 99% are greater than all the forces the government can muster. Oh, they will try, it will be bloody, but necks will be stretched until the last of the 1% piss their pants on the scaffold of justice.
This is not just America, this is becoming global. In fact this didn’t even start in America, this OWS started in Tunisia and Egypt as the Arab Spring and spread. Even here in Brazil 16 capital cities saw mass protests over corruption this weekend, are we also seeing the beginning of a Latin Spring?
The people do not need to announce an agenda nor a list of demands. The people who are in the wrong already know what’s wrong. The people who can fix it, already know how to fix it. But the big question is, will they?
From what I have seen and read, the OWS is the government, they are the politicians, they are trying to rescue their lot as best they can, because the elected morons are too busy squabbling over their seats to worry about the people.
My view of the global political arena is that it can be compared to a circus… why? Because it’s full of freakin’ clowns!
Indian activists have dared the head of the country’s planning body to live on half a dollar a day to test his claim that it is an adequate sum to survive.
Last week the Planning Commission said the amount is “adequate” for a villager to spend on food, education and health.
But prominent campaigners Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander asked the panel chief, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and members to either withdraw the figure or resign.
Officially, 37% of India’s 1.21bn people live below the poverty line.
But there are various estimates of the exact number of poor in India and one suggests the true figure could be as high as 77%.
But the Planning Commission recently told India’s Supreme Court that an individual income of 25 rupees (52 cents) a day would help provide for adequate “private expenditure on food, education and health” in the villages. In the cities, it said, individual earnings of 32 rupees a day (65 cents) were adequate.
Critics say this amount is extremely low and aimed at “artificially” reducing the number of poor. They argue that this will deprive millions of state benefits they would otherwise be entitled to.
“The right to food campaign challenges you and all the members of the Planning Commission to live on 25 rupees or 32 rupees a day till such time that you are able to explain to the public in simple words the basis of the statement that this amount is ‘normatively adequate’,” an open letter to the commission signed by Ms Roy, Mr Mander and various other activists said.
“If it cannot be explained then the affidavit [filed by the commission stating the figures] should be withdrawn or else you should resign.”
Source: BBC News Read more
As with India, it is with Brazil. The politicians are so out of touch with reality that they need to accept that it can’t be done.
In Brazil the salário minimo (minimum wage) is about $R600 (USD350) per month. This is so out of touch with reality, but there are people who have to survive on this; or less in the case of many rural self employed.
Politicians should be made to live for three months at this level without access to their bank accounts. Then see if they could survive.
Give each member of the Indian Planning Commission 32 rupees (65 cents) a day for a week, and then ask them if they are hungry. The people have to support a family on this, not just one person.
I am sure this happens in many other parts of the world too, all politicians are tarred with the same brush.