I wasn’t sure if even wanted to weigh in on this here but I decided to after I watched people bitch and moan and complain about police brutality and the big bad greed of corporations.
First, greedy corporations? Is this something new? Our country has been set up to let these corporations flourish, it is called capitalism. Every mom and pop store that exists wants to make money, I am dying to meet the homegrown business that goes. “Whoa, we are making enough money, lets stop now.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand some companies break laws, and do some shitty things, but think of yourself. How many of us have skirted laws, whether it be car insurance, talking on the cell phone while driving, taxes, etc? Anything to save us a few bucks and make our life easier. Corporations do what we do on a larger level. Why? Because corporations are not some entity, corporations are run by people, and people skirt laws.
What really, REALLY irks me about occupiers is they don’t know how to protest. Here are the rules….
1. Have your demands clearly written and stated.
2. A successful protest must involve sacrifices by protestors to show the public the suffering they are willing to endure to get what they want. Drum circles, and mic checks are not sacrifices.
3. You cannot use the items of the opressor to enhance your protest. It shows that as a protestor you are not willing to give up that luxury so why should anyone?
4. Making life harder for the general public will not get them on your side.
That is basically it. Having drum circles while tweeting on your iPhone about how bad corporations are is the equivalent of complaining about how long a ski lift takes to get to the top of the mountain.
If you want to bring down corporations who’s power is fueled by money, you stop feeding them money and they lose power. However if you continue to buy and use their products you are only feeding the beast. That is like feeding a lion cub and wondering why it is growing into a lion.
Hey shithead, you are giving it food, so it is growing.
Next, police brutality.
No one in the Occupy Wall Street has been a true victim of police brutality. Here are some examples….
This is not Police Brutality, this is police being taunted by spoiled kids and then doing their job when said kids won’t respond. The best is the d-bag filming with his iPad.
People for some reason, think they can taunt police and hurl insults at them. That is incredibly disrespectful. If you are breaking the law or occupying a spot you shouldn’t be and you refuse to listen to the request of policemen then EXPECT to be forcefully removed.
If I was protesting, and standing in the street, and the police told me to move. I would probably be passionate enough about the issue to not move, but I would also expect to be reacted to with force.
By the way, pepper spray is not force. I have been the collateral damage in a pepper spraying, and it was not that bad. Uncomfortable yes, but not brutal. “Police brutality” is the only reason these heehaws have any media attention, so they should be thankful.
But if you want true recognition, protest like you mean it….
You do not react with words, you do not react with violence, you take it, and you do not react, then the people and the world will be behind you….
Have we learned nothing from Gandhi and the salt mines?
Now if you were really passionate, and you really wanted the world’s eyes on you, then you go the Buddhist Monk route….
This is, without a doubt, the most POWERFUL protest I have ever seen. Watch the people, protestors and police alike stop everything they are doing…your eyes will well up, and you will feel a tightness in your chest by the end of this video.
These people are making ZERO sacrifices, so they will get ZERO respect.
I am in the 99%, I am not wealthy, nor will I ever be. But you know what? I have been to developing countries where people truly have it bad. Even our homeless here have it much better than people in developing countries. Hell our prisoners have it much better than people in other countries.
So if you can afford an iPhone and a data plan, STOP FUCKING BITCHING!