are the successes of the Movement?
-- June 2 2012 --
past movements thrived because of great ideas and remarkable successes.
Without original actions there will be no success. Demonstrations and
awareness actions are not sufficient to alleviate the plight of the 99%.
The same people who take away our freedom remain on top. We need
Women’s Liberation Movement
achieved lasting successes improving the role of women in society (with
the help of part of the 1%). But more is needed.
The Squatters Movement
had temporarily successes securing in The Netherlands tens of thousands
of houses for common people. But the laws changed and it is now fairly
difficult to squat though the need for cheap houses is still big.
The Anti-Establishment Movement
had temporarily successes in the sixties (in
the Provo-Movement) but the authoritative leaders returned.
had less successes and the wealth distribution has not been disturbed by
their actions, the greedy rich have become still richer. The membership
and the influence of trade-unions has gone down.
Most of these successes have been achieved within the framework of the
present society. There is still a 1% (with their puppets) who restrict
the freedom of the 99% and reserve most money for the own group. The 1%
prevent that the 99% get another society where all people have the same
In the present society more money for the Happy Few
reigns all decisions.
are the successes of the Occupy Movement?
Occupy targets the Financial Powers, the 1%. Therefore all actions
should comply with the simple rule that damage to the 99% is minimal and
pressure on the 1% maximal. Most actions do not comply with this rule.
Occupy had some success in the beginning with the Occupations of
thousands of squares world-wide.
The enthusiasm of the 99% rose fast. But actions against the 1% remained
scarce and the 1% have hardly been put under pressure while they
continue to restrict and disturb our life. We can restrict their life by
disturbing their privileged and comfortable living situation.
When they feel the pressure of the 99% they will react and we will
experience that as
successes that increase the enthusiasm of the 99%.
Joost van Steenis (firstname.lastname@example.org)