#Occupy has circulated through the depths of the world from New York to Athens to Frankfurt and London. This dynamic cohort has certainly grabbed our imaginations to foment the revolutionary fervour deep within. “Death to Capitalism, Freedom to the people” are what some protesters bellow out in the Bosnian city of Sarajevo, as hundreds walk the streets of their respective financial cities worldwide, including Geneva, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Zurich and Melbourne. The motivations and intentions sweeping over #Occupy is ambiguous to say the least as you’ll commonly find veteran leftists, anarchists, student protesters and a cohort of celebrities escalating the scale and upward momentum which had initially begun just over a month ago.
The true meaning of #Occupy was a distorted message by our
ever-present mainstream media (took them a while to notice this though didn’t
it?) over a series’ of questions regarding issues not associated with the true essence;
for example, in America where various media channels typically assumed the
mantra of beefing up rhetoric in regard to Obama’s ratings approval. Presently,
these are futile and impotent questions. Politics of the executive and legal
order have disenchanted the masses from active participation and igniting a
real change in real issues such as economic inequality, social housing,
austerity cuts for much-needed public services and many more. Mainstream
politics has winded up the anchor and left the people bereft of opportunity and
hope. Which leads me onto the diversity of reasons for #Occupy; if you ask 30
people why they’re here-whether that be in Syntagma Square or Madrid- you will
get 30 different answers. It is this collision of reasons and attributes of
different social groups that make the outcome of #Occupy all the more
The pervasion of protests throughout the international sphere and blogosphere have led to a concept of “Thinking Globally”; unlike those in 1931 when Globalisation 1.0 had collapsed and many nationalist protests arose, but only dwelled within national borders. The marginalized class of 2011 will not disappoint whatever its virtues and demands as an out-of-sorts, disjointed group have now formed cohesive strategies in order to uphold its cause for the near-future.
The determination is however more lucid to your commentator; this is much bigger than a single cause or campaign. This international movement’s primary aim is to limit the power of financial capital and corporate greed which has grown from neoliberal principles from the mid-1970s. They strive to build a more equal society, while rejecting the hierarchical methods of the parties that once claimed to do so. The rise of welfare inequality and deregulation in financial markets since the Thatcher-Reagan regimes has played its cataclysmic role in prohibiting those masses segregated in class warfare. This movement is a replacement social democracy; run by the people, of the people, for the people.
Occupy Everywhere, then, is the kind of movement you get when people start to believe mainstream politicians have lost their principles, or are trapped by vested interest lobby groups who have seamlessly governed our state’s ideological egos for decades gone by. The elimination of middle government and its replacement with interest-group lobbying has brought chaos to health, education and planning reform. When David Cameron said that lobbyists were “the next big scandal waiting to happen,” he was right. Ironically of course, this speech was before his government came to power.
Those on the streets facilitating #Occupy have never been more disenchanted with mainstream politics and governing effective change. As the euro crisis grips the abiding nations and splurges onto neighbouring countries, the people can do more than opine their maligned state; they’ve produced platform to voice their needs and impact upon the stranglehold of government by lobby groups and maligned interests, to provoke the awakening of slumber of the marginalized communities in society. To break social norms and overcome those force at work who have restricting their freedom for far too long is an override determination which is now being converted to reality and people’s mindsets. It is only by listening to the people and watching the movement in its essence will the true motivations be comprehended.
p.s. If I obtain a lowly mark in my Political Philosophy essay due to lack of engagement with the reading, then this is the reason. So
when I rant about my inability to achieve a First/Second Class in my essay in a couple of weeks time, please refer me back to this article. But if I sacrificed this article for an
essay, I wouldn’t be a very good wannabe-journalist now would I?