Here We Are.

You might or might not have heard about it, but the world is about to change. The current occupation of the Wall Street might just as well be the beginning of something good.

You are wondering who is out there occupying the Wall Street? Media coverage has been very low so far and what has been written is rather critical: They call them anti-capitalist, frustrated young people and a disorganized movement.

But what do they call themselves? It is simple: the other 99%. They introduce themselves with the following words: “We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.”

But actually, what we are really seeing is something bigger. Not just Americans protesting. Let us remember the Arab Spring and the Indignados in Spain. The M 15 movement, how the movement in Spain is sometimes refered to, is spreading out of the country. In Berlin for example, Germans are doing protests too now.

Maybe we are finally seeing what intellectuals love to call Global Public Sphere. What is behind that term? In short we can define it as a democratic and inclusive meeting point for all human beings to discuss the direction politics and our world in general should take.

Back to the Wallstreet. If you have not yet heard about it. It is not just happening in New York. The movement has spread to all major cities of the US. David Graeber from the Guardian tries to explain what is happening in the US: “We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated.”

You want to know more? Read this Open Letter by Arun Gupta to learn more. Many more big names are supporting the movement, for example Noam Chomsky.

It is hard to describe what is happening. But the important thing in my view is that something is happening.

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2 thoughts on “Here We Are.

  1. The picture you posted reminded me of the Rage Against The Machine song “Wake Up” that was used in The Matrix soundtrack. America is waking up to corporate manipulation. For years American corporations have taken unfair advantage of people in other countries. American people have known this but standing up to the abuse would interfere with the convenience and inexpensive junk that everyone craves. Finally now Americans are beginning to realize that all this time our corporations have also been manipulating and mistreating us. We are finally understanding that convenient may not be best, and cheap purchase price may not reflect the true high cost. We no longer wish to focus on profit; it is time to focus on people. Corporations will not like this. Politicians who receive huge donations from corporations will not like this either. But many people are seeing the truth and are finding their voice. Some people protest corporate bad ethics, others corporate greed, others protest corporate pollution, and the list goes on. People are angry for many reasons. There is not one large protest, there are many small ones. Corporations are everywhere, corporations have manipulated all Americans, so there are protests in many places. I hope that not just people but businesses too will wake up, and they will sharply examine and redefine their ethics and processes.

    • I really enjoyed this comment! If this…

      “We are finally understanding that convenient may not be best, and cheap purchase price may not reflect the true high cost. We no longer wish to focus on profit; it is time to focus on people.”

      … is true than I am seriously happy to be living right here and right now. I think we all know that things are bad. It is about time that we do not accept it anymore.

      Let’s see what happens!

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