DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Occupy the 1%!
39. A long series of small victories
-- November 14 2012 --
A long series of small victories
Movement only thrives when there are successes. Activists become
disappointed when they are not inspired by a long series of victories.
It is a victory when powerful people take different decisions
as before the Movement to put pressure on them. It is also encouraging
when powerful people explain in the media why they take decisions that
obviously do not benefit all people (giving benefits to men over women).
With powerful people I do not mean politicians who are used to tell lies
to the media but mostly unknown members of the 1%. When the 1% feel the
pressure of the Movement they want to defend themselves.
Successes were rare in the first year of Occupy
and the number of supporters in demonstrations and other mass actions
went down. The enthusiasm was a little bit boosted by blocking
foreclosures, helping poor people in neighbourhoods and after
The 1% rules the world so a movement who wants to promote People’s Power
should direct itself against the 1%.
It is a victory when some of the 1% move out of their castles, travel in
a cheaper way, do not go so often to their exclusive clubs, restaurants
and hotels, change their elitist behaviour, change even their job. Or
react in the media about the predicament that their life has become less
agreeable because some people from down under creatively disturb their
safe and cosy life. It is a victory when they take decisions that do not
benefit in the first place their own group, decisions they should never
have taken when their was no pressure on their private situation. It are
the first signs that the 1% is annoyed, that they are not as certain and
secure as before, that their power pyramid starts to crumble.
One of the pressure methods is
isolating a special 1% from their
family, friends, acquaintances and associates.
They will turn away from him when they fear that the pressure on him
will also disturb their private life. By creatively disturbing his
private life, he will live and learn to understand that his own life
will be disturbed when he takes decisions that disturb the life of the
99%. Because other 1% are afraid to help him, he will search support in
the media or take decisions in which the interest of the 1% becomes
inferior to his own interest to get his cosy life back.
Such actions take some time but soon activists will
notice signs that the culprit is disturbed and they will have fun. The
pressure builds up till suddenly the culprit comes in the open to defend
his life. It is a small step in undermining the top of the power pyramid
that keeps our society together. When after a long strike the wages of
the workers increase a little, the power structure remains unchanged.
Only when the power pyramid
disintegrates we can take the road to a new Humane World
in which not money but the well-being of all people is the pivotal point
in all decisions.
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