The Real Enemy of the 99%
I have been following the Occupy movement closely, as much as I possibly can since it began in September. I rejoiced at the hundreds of people in the streets in NYC, and loved seeing it grow and grow. Before not too long occupations were popping up in cities across the US. In my own city, the occupation began. While there is much to be said in praise of this movement, I think there is one criticism that needs to be said.
Many in this movement are progressive. Many consider themselves on the left side of the political spectrum. But there are some really confused elements that hang around this movement, and there are a lot of misconceptions floating around.
One of these aforementioned problems are political groups that do not support the aims of the 99%. These include the neo-fascist LaRouche group, Ron Paul drones, not to mention some religious nuts. LaRouche, it shouldn’t even have to be said, is a fascist cult that never has and never will do a damn thing, and certainly nothing that will benefit the working classes of the US, let alone the world. Ron Paul is a shill for the corporations, he would destroy all regulation, all checks on corporations, all worker’s rights, in short, everything this movement does not want in the least. While even some weakminded liberals are wooed by the so called anti-establishment cred of Ron Paul, do not be fooled. He is very rich, a member of congress, and most certainly a member of the 1% who does not care about the 99%. In a recent debate he even refrained from saying a sick man with no insurance should get health care. Is that what we the 99% want? Do we want more of a country where the corps get what they want, no health and safety regulations, no standards of working conditions, no taxes; all while the poor can’t even get health care, can’t get even simple care if they have no money for insurance? That is not what we, I think, are fighting for at all. We are fighting for economic equality. We are fighting for social justice. We are fighting for a better world. And that is not going to come through some ill defined democracy, where we think that the capitalism that has raped our world and enslaved its people is going to finally play nice. If we are fighting for all these progressive ideas of economic equality, social justice and a better life for all, then we are fighting for socialism. I know some in the movement might not like that. Some are obsessed with the “no labels” bullshit idea, some with the beauty of the movement, but have no idea how the movement should progress, some are still convinced that capitalism isn’t at the source of this economic crises that is shaking the world. To them I say, start paying attention. Capitalism means that workers don’t receive the value of their labor, that the ruling class will continue to go about making decisions that benefit the 1% at our expense. It means continued war, racism, oppression and poverty. The only way that this movement is going to be a success, is if the people involved start realizing the core problem, the virus at the center of the festering sore we call our economy and politics. It is capitalism. We need to abolish capitalism, and replace it with democracy. You all have SEEN what capitalism does to democracy, the tea baggers admit their hate for democracy. Put two and two together. The 1% doesn’t want you to have real democracy, they want you to go back to sleep, and back to pretending like you have a voice in government. Socialism is not only democracy, it is economic democracy. The workers decide, the workers benefit from their labor. All humans are regarded with respect and dignity from their government. Don’t believe the lies, this is simple. They want to continue their predatory capitalism, we want a government of the working class. We want socialism. And don’t be afraid to say it.