Ok, so we have all heard of occupy now – peaceful demonstrations in most cities – violent in some (although I do believe the Rome violence had nothing to do with occupy)
What is it – who are they – what do they want ?
What and who are fairly self evident – a group of normal people who are against capitalism and the greed of the modern world.
What do they want – that’s a tough one.
They have no leaders, they have no political sponsors, they have no spokes people, they have no agenda.
At this moment in time they are a curiosity – something the press can use as page fillers when there is nothing else to show.
So my point (or the reason for this post) is – what’s the point ?
In the middle east people demonstrated against governments, and escalated the demonstrations and requests until they were either beaten down, or got what they wanted – they had an aim – to change their current environment.
They will sit in financial centers, outside churches, wherever, from now until doomsday and achieve absolutely nothing, because they have no direction – no point.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree with some of what the general idea is – the financial system needs changing, we need to change to walk away from the greed culture – but parking in front of a church is not the way to do it.
To get what you want you have to make demands, you have to back those demands up with threats ( sorry yes, threats ). Threats to stop the country, to interrupt the system, to cause an inconvenience.
And to continue doing those things, and where necessary escalating them, until someone listens and you can enter into a discussion about your requests.
As it stands occupy is doomed to be a nothing, a curiosity that will live in the history books as the greatest world non event.