Wednesday, October 26, 2011
On February 11, 2011, I wrote the following letter in response to the revolution in Egypt. Given the events now with #OccupyWallStreet and the evolving #OccupyEverywhere going global, this bears a re-posting:
A missive from the future:
Looking back, it was 2011 that cemented in place a new collective nervous system in the world. Twitter, Facebook and the whole internet brought about solidarity, not just of one people in one country, but of many people in many countries of the world. The aspirations of freedom and democracy, fairness and social justice for all people, everywhere was borne out of the events in Tunisia and then Egypt, causing the world to wake up to the fact that the time had truly come when people could take power over governments, when the old tactics of intimidation, censorship and brute force, no longer caused fear, or had any effect to stop the revolution. With transparency and the new empowerment of people fueled by the internet, and their shared attention to uprooting injustice, a whole host of problems facing the world could be addressed. Governments could no longer hide behind propagandist facades of “protecting the people.” Dictators could no longer be propped up by foreign aid while their people suffered immeasurable social injustice. Oligarchs could no longer get away with robbing countries of wealth through tax giveaways to the rich while blaming public employees for drained funds. Plutocrats could no longer get away with hiding out in mountainous Swiss enclaves, planning how to maintain their control of the world while the majority of people suffered in hunger and lived on cents a day. Corporations could no longer stifle action against the threats of global warming. The global revolution in consciousness came about, charged in large part by the collective power gained through this new nervous system: the internet, social media and the simple fact that most people around the world want peace, freedom, a fair and honest democratic system of government, and attention to issues like poverty, education, joblessness and global warming that face all of us. So to all of you oligarchs, plutocrats, dictators, corporate bosses and corrupt governments quaking in your boots, know this: Your. Days. Are. Numbered. (So just evolve, will you? Join the rest of us and give up your greedy, immoral, rapacious ways.)
Monday, October 10, 2011
It can't come soon enough for the fate of all of our futures: the waking up of the 99%. A Wall Street phenomenon spreading to all major cities in the U.S. and now going global. BRILLIANT! May this be the beginning of the end of the immoral, rapacious greed and criminality that has overrun democracy in favor of the 1% plutocratic overlords...
Issue #2 'The Occupied Wall Street Journal' to read/download