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Can we dare to hope?

Occupations are spreading across the globe. People everywhere, fed up with business as usual, are taking to the streets to vent their anger with a system that delivers poverty and war to the many and more and more riches to the few.

We want a say. We want the rich to pay. It’s a simple message and that is why it has caught on around the world – the anger has been given voice.

And the one percent and their popinjays in the media are dumbfounded. They do not understand. 

Where are our leaders they bleat? We are all leaders.

Where are our demands they sneer?  Our demands are simple. You, the rich, the one percent, you should pay for the crises you create. Not us. You.

Enough is enough.

This is the start of an awakening, of a realisation that the old ways of doing things cannot go on. We are going to end business as usual, we are going to end your crony capitalism and your pally politics.

Our demands for democracy, real, vibrant democracy in which we all participate and have a voice, and our calls for an end to their greed and the inequality it creates, threaten the very structures of capitalist power, whether we realise it or not.

Freedom and food, justice and jobs – these are the words the one percent fear. They cannot give us what we want. That will become clear as our movement grows and our demands become a liberty chorus ringing in the ears of the tone deaf elite.

The silent singers, the men and women who daily make the wealth the rich purloin, are finding their voice. There lies our hope.

While the one percent and their puppets scratch their heads in bemusement or bewilderment or both, we take to the streets.

We announce our presence. We are not going away. We are going to grow and challenge you.

It is the beginning. The road will be long. But we can, we must, hope. 

A terrible beauty is being born – terrible to them but joyous and vibrant and new and liberating to us.

We have planted the seeds. Hope blooms again.  

We have a world to win.

Yes, we can.



Comment from Debate blog – Julio
Time October 9, 2011 at 11:07 am

Well, these words very encouraged. I think the world is awakening to new era where the rules of the game put the people and not the capitalist world that their only mission is to make money at the expense of others’ lives.

Comment from Ross
Time October 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Let’shope John that enough people do wake up in time.Let’s hope that elites do not use war as their escape from justice.

Don’t let them try to blame it all on Wall St.It is also the Central Banksters of the USA and Europe who are stealing from us via contrived debt.They control Congress since they create all the money.Thus they also control the UN,the launching pad for their NEW WORLD ORDER.Bob Brown is all for ‘Global Goverance’.I wonder if he really understands the consequences.

Comment from MarianK
Time October 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Until February this year, there was a country that embodied most of the realities that these Wall Street protestors can only dream of. That country was Libya.

Yet progressives, left-wingers and anti-war groups right across the US – the very groups who applaud and promote these Occupy Wall Street protests – became a unified sycophantic chorus of cheerleaders egging on NATO’s brutal destruction of a country that already had free health and education, a nationalised banking system, no fiscal debt and a commitment to pan-African independence.

These very cheerleaders who rabbit on about media lies completely bought into the Western propganda machine that demonised Gaddafi as a brutal tyrant whose time had come – without first checking whether ordinary working class Libyans felt the same way.

I’d like to believe that this OWC protest is the beginning of a people’s movement towards making the rich accountable etc etc etc. Before Libya, I would definitely have believed it, but not now. The readiness of the Western working class to applaud the destruction and mass murder of the people of Libya is just another example of what history has repeatedly shown – that the masses are just too plain gullible.

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Comment from Dally M
Time October 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

“Hope springs eternal” takes on new meaning when I read this stuff. And I’m sure the ACTU has no axe to grind in touting those statistics either. Liberal democracies are extremely unlikely to collapse into anarchy any time soon. Failed states tend not to fall into that category unless someone can point out one or two examples for me. Failing a revolt that spontaneously overthrows established democratic governance systems you really need to accept that the “hope” you have is illusory and somewhat undergraduate. Ho hum.

Comment from John
Time October 10, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Ho hum, another reactionary troll.

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