Is this interesting? Isn’t this really interesting? Six college students show up near Wall Street a few weeks ago and announce they are going :Occupy Wall Street”. Ha, ha, another one of those dumb college kid ideas. It will never work! Well, hold on. Today, the movement spread around the world, with thousands of people demonstrating in London, Rome, Madrid, South America and other places. By some estimates, 1,800 demonstrations took place over the globe.
Okay, lets break down some of what this means:
1. The very insistent and excessively argumentative Republicans on Capitoil Hill, especially in the House, deserve to be congratulated. Yeah, fellows, you woke up the world by insisting again and again that the rich need more tax breaks, that we can’t pay for anything we really need and then threatening to shutdown the government if you didn’t get your way. Big congratulations.
2. I know of no case in world history where spontaneous demonstrations have erupted around the world. Never. This shows several things. One, the depth of unhappiness brought about by the banks taking over and then nearly destroying the world economy and, two, the sudden realization by people around the world that they can, right now, make a difference. People might sleep through several decades, but when they wake up, watch out. Or maybe, go hide.
3. This movement will not end with cold weather in the US and Europe. In fact, the coming chill of November will likely give people a chance to reflect and plan ahead for March, April and May.
4. The police, in New York and elsewhere, had better be very, very careful, because if they crackdown hard, it could set off a spark that could spread across the US and around the world in a matter of hours. This time, the whole world really will be watching.
5. Making actual change, as oppsed to marching or chanting, is going to be very, very difficult. It would require the necessity for change to be imposed on governments and corporations around the world. If the movement can grow and double in size and then double again, there should be hope for significant change.
6. This makes anything the tea party groups ever did look like small beer. When they held their first demonstration in DC in March of 2009, a few thousand people showed up. The media, gradually awakening to the idea that the tea party groups might be more than just a fringe element, then went overboard in attributing vast power to the tea party groups. With hundreds of millions of dollar poured into outside campaign groups to influence last year’s elections, the myth of the tea party was set in everyone’s mind. How will the media react now to this rising movement? Chances are, they will continue to downplay it until it becomes clear that it won’t go away.
7. The world wide Occupy movement is happening without vast corporate funds. As things build, it would be natural for large donars to come into play, but so far this thing has been about as spontaneous on every level as you could get.