Saturday, 8 October 2011

Naomi Clein on "Occupy Wall Street"

It's always a pleasure for the mind to read Naomi! Her writting is scary, moving, touching.
Here is her latest article on the Guardian.

She writes " If there is one thing I know, it's that the 1% loves a crisis. When people are panicked and desperate, that is the ideal time to push through their wishlist of pro-corporate policies: privatising education and social security, slashing public services, getting rid of the last constraints on corporate power. Amidst the economic crisis, this is happening the world over.
There is only one thing that can block this tactic, and fortunately, it's a very big thing: the 99%. And that 99% is taking to the streets from Madison to Madrid to say: "No. We will not pay for your crisis."
That slogan began in Italy in 2008. It ricocheted to Greece and France and Ireland and finally it has made its way to the square mile where the crisis began.
Many people have drawn parallels between Occupy Wall Street and the so-called anti-globalisation protests that came to world attention in Seattle in 1999. That was the last time a global, youth-led, decentralised movement took direct aim at corporate power. And I am proud to have been part of what we called "the movement of movements".
But there are important differences too. We chose summits as our targets: the World Trade Organisation, the IMF, the G8. Summits are transient, they only last a week. That made us transient too. And in the frenzy of hyper-patriotism and militarism that followed 9/11, it was easy to sweep us away completely, at least in North America.
Occupy Wall Street, on the other hand, has chosen a fixed target. And no end date. This is wise. Only when you stay put can you grow roots. This is crucial. It is a fact of the information age that too many movements spring up like beautiful flowers but quickly die off. It's because they don't have roots. And they don't have long term plans for how they are going to sustain themselves. So when storms come, they get washed away."

izabet's comment
how can we make these movements to grow roots in a fragmented and scared society as Greece is today?
Media are scaring people...
Politicians are scaring people...
and when people are panicked...they just hide away...
I am afraid that there is no way out of this downward spiral...
Unless, something miraculous happen...But, what?

from Paul Krugman

or in musical terms

1 comment:

Yannis Zabetakis said...

Εδώ που έχουν φτάσει τα πράγματα, οι επιλογές για τις Ελληνίδες και τους Ελληνες δεν είναι πολλές. Δεν πρέπει να αφήσουμε να μας παρασύρει η πίκρα, η απογοήτευση και ο θυμός για τους ανίκανους πολιτικούς που κατέστρεψαν την πατρίδα μας. Πρέπει να παλέψουμε για την Ελλάδα, για τα παιδιά μας, για τους εαυτούς μας. Και μέχρι να τα καταφέρουμε πρέπει να γνωρίζουμε ότι το κόστος και οι απώλειες για τον καθένα μας θα είναι ακόμα μεγαλύτερες. Όπως και να ‘χει, να θυμάστε δύο πράγματα:

- Οι πολιτικοί που δημιούργησαν τα μύρια προβλήματα στον ελληνικό λαό, δεν έχουν τις ικανότητες που απαιτούνται για να τα επιλύσουν, και

- Δεν είναι δυνατόν, οι λύσεις για τη χώρα μας να είναι μόνο αυτές, που προτείνουν οι δανειστές μας…