Occupy the 1%!

  68. The 1% rules already too long

-- June 5 2013 --

The 1% rules already too long

“Vice, crime and the misuse of wealth has reached such a peak that it is impossible NOT to write satire but, since it is dangerous to attack powerful men in their lifetime, I will take my examples from the past”. These words were two thousand years ago used by Juvenal, Decimus Iunius Juvenalis, a poet and satirist who lived at the end of the 1st century in Rome.

Not much has changed in the last 2000 years. The powerful 1% still rule for their own benefit.  It is time that we directly target these powerful people.
 Most actions in the past and the present did not succeed in bringing fundamental changes. Actions hardly comply to the golden rule that damage to the 99% should be minimal and pressure on the 1% maximal.
Demonstrations in town centres, petitions or even taking part in elections hardly influence the behaviour of the 1%. The real power lives elsewhere. The Arab Spring and the actions in Turkey cause too much damage to the 99% while the 1% continue to live undisturbed in their mansions in exclusive quarters.

After two thousand years it is time to stop complaining and crying out about politicians but to start targeting the real power, the 1%, with fundamentally different action methods.

See also my blog article “We need a new kind of actions” http://downwithelite.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/we-need-a-new-kind-of-actions/

Joost van Steenis (downwithelite@gmail.com)

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