#Occupy: The true motivations

#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?

Black Students Campaign in Manchester

After a somewhat sufficiently stressful day, I found myself busy scurrying through lectures and meetings. After a 20 minute wait on the phone and £15 wasted constantly topping up, student finance has become the bane of my life. What followed on was quite the contrast.  The Black Students Campaign at Manchester University. Some of you may think what sort of affiliation I have with this organisation, but it represents so much more. It is an empowering term, one with a political and civil movement behind it, with roots from anti-racist and civil rights movements from the Black Panthers to Guerrilla forces across the land.

Whilst originally referring to people of African and Caribbean descent, the word has come to encompass both Asian and Arab people, seeing commonalities in their shared suffering. It is a voice for ethnic minorities in this downtrodden world.

Being an independent organisation is a wonderful thing, one run by politically motivated students is even better. The Campaign seeks to empower, enthuse and educate those who have felt under-represented in the social spectrum, and use our togetherness and inspiring united front to make a positive impact within the community.

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of the great Malcolm X, will be giving talks across the U.K on his upcoming tour, which beautifully ties in with Black history Month, and the Black Students Campaign are planning to host a symbolic event which ties to all things: Black and Beautiful. The resurgency of such group is refreshing in this pessimistic world, and their attitude and vision can hopefully inspire many afar. Keep watching their space to find out more!