Revolution. It happens when the rich get too rich, when governments become too corrupt, when the virus of greed kills off too much of the host.Â Â Our government has been aware of a revolution brewing for years now and has attempted several preemptive attacks.Â Bush sowed the seeds of fear and mistrust, while setting up massive spying on Americans under the guise of protecting the country from domestic terrorism. The idea was to use technology to find the leaders of any potential movement and short circuit the revolution.
But, that plan has failed, because, like the Internet, the Occupy movement is decentralized. Almost everyone is fed up. We are working hard and our money is disappearing down a bottomless war hole.Â If the tide of discontent will continue to rise, however, we could actually reach a point where the illusory democracy run by the military industrial complex is replaced with some mechanism to implement the real will of the people.Â Interesting times. Revolutionary times!
I believe there are cycles of order and chaos in every civilization. Chaos is born of excessive order.Â We have so many rules now, so many laws, so much structure, so much organization, perhaps more than ever in the history of humanity… and I believe it is driving us mad.
See the posts I have labeled over the years with a “control freaks” tag. IÂ watch for these signs with the Order/Chaos cycle in mind. Yes, we need laws. Organization is helpful and structure makes us productive… all to a point, and then something about the Universe dictates that the entire system must fall apart and reconfigure itself in order to evolve.
What does the Occupy movement want as an outcome? I don’t know. There is much discontent, that’s clear.
My requests are simple:
- – Let me decide how my taxes are spent.Â Let everyone decide.
- – Make all voting software transparent and open source. Same with the counting process.
- – Close gitmo and all the secret prisons, stop torture, and end illegal detentions without trials.
- -Â Fix my credit score which is 91 points lower than it should be because I was the victim of predatory lending.
- – Let everyone vote on things that matter, like what nationwide projects we will fund (alternative energy, promoting peace, ending hunger, etc.)
- – Hire people for those projects. Lots of people. Everyone who needs a job and can work should be working.
- – Plug the leaks. Why is everyone broke? Where is our money going?
What do you want? Post a comment and let us all know.
Bob Burnett has this to say on the topic of OWS as the prelude to revolution.
OWS is eerily reminiscent of the run up to the American revolutionary war. Three ingredients fueled the original American Revolution. The first was egregious British taxation policy exacerbated by the fact that the colonies had no representation in Parliament. The second was the growth of liberalism and its concepts of natural rights and the social contract. Finally, Americans embraced the values of “republicanism” — in its original form – which criticized both British corruption and the power of the English aristocracy. … – huffpost
Well, I’d rather the whole thing be done peacefully, with everyone standing up at once and calmly, non-violently, insisting on real change for a change.
I can see tents from my office. OWS is still spreading, still growing.
Several thousand demonstrators have marched across New York’s Brooklyn Bridge on a day of protest that saw solidarity rallies across the US. At least 300 people were arrested just in New York, many of them as trouble flared near the stock exchange.
Occupy Wall Street activists started the day by marching through the city’s financial district and later rallied at subway stations during rush hour. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said five police officers had been injured.
Thursday’s nationwide protests were seen as a test of Occupy Wall Street’s momentum, as the grassroots movement against economic inequality marked two months since it began.
It was planned before demonstrators were swept two days ago from New York’s Zuccotti Park, where they had camped since mid-September.
As darkness fell on Thursday evening, protesters – their numbers swelled by union activists – moved on to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Police arrested 65 of them who walked on to the bridge roadway, but otherwise let them pass. Demonstrators massed earlier nearby in lower Manhattan’s Foley Square, where their chants boomed off the surrounding government buildings.
Police tried to pen the protesters using barricades, but without success.
“This is a critical moment,” demonstrator Paul Knick, a software engineer, told AP news agency. “It seems like there’s a concerted effort to stop the movement, and I’m here to make sure that doesn’t happen.”