I was very excited to hear about occupy Wall Street. This really seemed to me to be the kind of thing we needed. At least here we would see peaceful protestors making demands that should be made. At least here we would see the grassroots taking matters into their own hands. This sounded like the kind of movement that could make a difference. Somehow, however, I managed to remain uninformed on what was going on with it. It was more than just the blackout by the corporate mainstream media that caused this, it was my ignorance toward looking it up for myself. As I heard more and more about it, particularly the police brutality aspect, I decided to look into it on my own.
I must say, I am happy to see people finally getting involved. I'm glad to see them realize that voting one big government party to replace another big government party is not going to solve any problem. I'm glad to see the anger directed in what I would consider the right direction, toward the corporations and banks that shield the established power elite. I'm glad to see my advice being taken (albeit also the advice of several far more famous historical figures) and the protests remaining peaceful. I'm glad to see the violence of the state being exposed, but saddened to see the victims of that violence suffer.
What I've observed happening validates what I've been saying for quite sometime now, in a way. I've been making the claim that more and more of the common folk have been waking up. More and more people have been coming to the conclusion that something is very wrong with the system. I noticed this long, long ago, but only really started to worry and do something about it in the last six or seven years. It takes others a little longer to get active. It takes them awhile to jump in the pool, so to speak, and many people have to see others crowding the pool before they decide to test the waters. What started out as a small gathering of people camping in a private park in order to protest the power of Wall Street has blossomed into large marches and protests and a full blown movement.
Perhaps that's why the corporate mainstream media decided to ignore this situation at first. In my opinion, they are continuing to under report this event. This could be perhaps one of the biggest stories of the day, perhaps the opening salvo in an attempt to peacefully reign in the uncontrolled power of unprecedented wealth in the hands of a very few people, in the hands of those who control the printing of fiat money. Perhaps this is the first step toward empowering the common folk and the individual once again. The corporate media certainly wouldn't want to let the common folk know that such a movement was gaining steam in this nation. They wouldn't want the masses of sheeple sympathizing with those protesting.
Since these people look so normal, and are so diverse, the corporate media would find it hard to spin this event as it unfolds. Here is further evidence that the media is colluding with the power elite, as I have been saying for years. Yet even this seems to be changing as we get reports (like this one) that chastise the police. There have been many reports of police misbehavior during this protest, but it seems to me that one still has to look to the Internet for sources such as RT and the live feed from Global Revolution for the best information regarding these protests. While it seems the corporate mainstream media only reports on these events when they feel they have to in order to remain relevant, the alternative sources sniff out these important events to gain relevance and to expose the public to a more truthful perspective.
The diversity of people protesting is astounding. This shows the melting pot aspect of the American nation. This is not a protest like one would see in the 1960s when one group or another was demanding rights for a specific group of people. It is not a group of black people demanding equal rights under the law or a group of hippies demanding an end to the Vietnam War, it's a diverse group of individuals demanding justice and an end to the unjust privileges garnered by the corporate elite, particularly those privileges that are paid for by taxing the middle class. These people provide a cross section of the population here in the United States of America that the vast majority of people can relate to in one way or another.
The variety of people and political opinions taking part in the Occupy Wall Street movement is both a strength and a weakness. The whole thing is rather nebulous. It's rather difficult to pin down exactly what changes the protestors would like to see enacted. Like a cloud, it can be in the shape of a dragon one minute, the next it's looking like a kitten. It's difficult to know whether or not you wish to get involved or get behind something when you're not exactly sure what solutions are being offered.
At the same time it's hard not to agree with complaints against corporate greed, corporate power and influence, the bailouts, the undo influence of the international mega-banks in our government structure, and the unchecked, secretive powers of private central banks that are supposed to be responsible for our economic well being. There seems to be real discussions occurring now on the streets of New York and elsewhere, open and transparent discussions amongst the masses of humanity. This is a great example of the open marketplace of ideas which can be tried out if government just lifts the restrictions that ban these ideas from competing with established institutions that have utterly failed.
It's good to see people complaining, and it's good to see them trying to hold those at the top of the heap accountable for their fraudulent practices. Personally, I don't like government solutions as there always seems to be unforeseen consequences to making laws prohibiting certain voluntary human interactions. One size fits all solutions will not work and are inherently unfair.
I hope that this discussion leads to people coming to the same conclusions I've reached. I hope they can come to see the wisdom in limiting government powers. I hope they come to understand that government will overstep it's limits any chance it gets if we do not remain vigilant. I hope they come to understand that by allowing government and their corporate, Wall Street buddies to regulate their own affairs through fiat rather than through a free market they have taken power from a working class that could vote with its dollars and given power to the few who have managed to gain a monopoly or cartelized privilege. With understanding comes the realization that with power comes corruption and the only way to tame that corruption is to take power away.
It seems to me that what is happening is almost as spiritual as it is emotional. Mankind seems to be evolving. The economic hardships we have suffered from recently seem to be teaching us something. We have hopefully learned that we cannot depend on government. We have hopefully learned that collectivism is not fair. We have hopefully learned that socialism leads to economic ruin. I hope we will all soon be ready to accept freedom and individualism and to give free markets a chance to work.
We are hopefully starting to learn that there must be a better way than through the institutions that have failed us utterly. I'm thinking that we will soon learn that those at the top will remain there until we take matters into our own hands. Yet how can we do that and still remain peaceful? What would be the best way to hold these institutions accountable if they do nothing when so many march in protest? Look at all those people on the street and ask yourself what would happen if they decided to withhold their money from the institutions they so distain? What would happen if we all decided not to pay taxes? What would happen if you starved the beast of your wealth and support? What would happen if we all simply decided to ignore their dictates and simply live our lives as free people, each individual deciding for themselves what is best for them? I wonder.
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