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.