Last night someone spray painted this on a wall downtown:
Until the last capitalist is hung by the entrails of the last bureaucrat.
Really? Who shall we describe as a capitalist? The elderly couple living on the husband’s pension, money that arrives every month because other money has been invested and yields monthly dividends? Oops, yes, their income, money that pays their rent and buys them the small amount of food they can afford, is a result of, gulp, capitalism. And if that money goes away? Are you ready to step up to the plate and pay that rent, buy that food? And who exactly is a bureaucrat? The man who works overtime downtown, putting in longer hours than he is paid for, shuffling papers so that low-income folks can get housing? Yes, he serves as a bureaucrat. Are you going to slice his guts, make sure that no one is housed? There are good capitalists, bad capitalists, communists who really do share, communists who could care less about others, bureaucrats who work for the greater good, and those who rob the bank. Nothing, nothing, can be explained by simple dualism. It's all shaded and resonant, conf
Slogans are slogans, often too simplistic to have much meaning. That particular slogan blasted thoughtlessly onto a wall makes it rather clear those midnight marauders are not interested in REAL change; they want instead to stop change, to stay well away from potential solution.
Sadly, these provocateurs, more interested in shutting the movement down, may have recruited some fuzzy thinkers from within the movement to do their dirty work, convinced these confused yet rightfully angry young people that violence is necessary. Worse yet, the provocateurs, whoever they are, will (no doubt) be shielded; the fuzzy thinkers unmasked.
Come on, people, Occupy your mind, Think Responsibly. We want change, not wholesale destruction. We need to care for one another.
Yesterday's thousands of protesters were incredibly peaceful, determined, well-informed, and respectful of each other and of the property of all small business owners downtown. They were courageous. The small handful of violent self-declared 'anarchists' who came out after dark wearing masks were cowards or employed by those who want desperately to discredit the Occupy movement, to continue the status quo.
This morning, the legitimate Occupy protesters were back on the streets scrubbing out negative slogans, cleaning up the messes left by agitators. The ILWU invited protesters who had slept at the Port to breakfast and expressed support for what they have been saying and working for . . . Except for a few, most understand the violence as a separate issue, quite unrelated to those ideas and suggestions posited by the majority of the peaceful demonstrators.
Power to the people.
A million workers working for nothing
You better give 'em what they really own
We got to put you down
When we come into town
*** True, true, but How? By . . .***
Singing power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people
Power to the people, right on
Speak clearly, demonstrate peaceably, ignore the provocateurs, or better yet . . . find out who hired them to wreak mayhem.
Thank you Gandhi.
Thank you Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you John Lennon.