DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Occupy the 1%!
25. 99% versus the 1% is not a left issue
-- June 9 2012 --
99% against the 1% is not a left issue.
Power is the prime issue and not inequality
of wealth. Power is that some people can do what they
like to do without considering what happens to other people. An
egoistic, selfish and despicable attitude. Because power and money are
interrelated I propose to replace the pivotal role of money in decisions
by the idea that all people have the same status.
It is a question of cause and effect. Why have people more money? Because they have more power. Of course you cannot completely separate the two items but power is the central point, having more money is the consequence of having power. Because power is a vague idea and very difficult to attack, we should concentrate in actions on the money aspect. Not because it creates inequality but because it gives power that is abused – in the first place to secure a better living for power-bearers than for people without power. By replacing the inequality aspect by the idea that all people have the same status, the struggle is elevated to a higher plane that exceeds the left-right contradiction.
all people have the same status the nearly ten million kids that die
each year before they are five years old have also a right to live.
That is not about inequality, that is about
having a decent human life. All people have the right on
decent food, education, housing, medical care, in general on a decent
life. That is now not the case, first the extravagant life of the
powerful is secured then the left-overs are for the people without
power. Many 99% do not have a decent life. They work hard in an often
bad environment and are just able to survive.
That is not about inequality, that is about human dignity.
99% can undermine power by putting pressure on the principal reason why
the 1% have power, to have an extravagant and privileged life. Leftists
look at the consequences of power, the inequality without challenging
the power aspect. Occupy should consider why some people want to have
much more money – to have a different life than common citizens, to have
a life that is only expressed in money-terms. It is the idea that when
you have power you have right on more, you are better than the 99, you
have a higher status.
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