Occupy's 2nd Anniversary: Let's Never Forget That We're the Majority, 99 to 1
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It’s been two years since years of hard work, dedication and frustration finally erupted into mass protests that swept across the globe on an unprecedented scale, and briefly awakened the propagandized masses. Our unjust economic system and the corrupt forces on Wall Street and in Washington were exposed in grand fashion. For once, the people became too powerful to ignore. We finally crashed through the corporate gates of the colossus mainstream media. We penetrated the very leviathan that had divided, isolated and enslaved us. Those robotic, teleprompter reading, paid off propagandist talking heads had no choice, they finally had to acknowledge us. A contagious sense of empowerment, legitimate community and true freedom rose up from the ashes. An inspiring people-powered uprising had begun. Then, all too quickly, the burst of life, freedom and reality that momentarily flashed in and out of people’s living rooms and throughout cities everywhere, was extinguished by brutal police state force.
The famed 99% meme that the movement blazed into mainstream consciousness still lives on in the mass mind, like a festering infected thorn in the side of Goliath. As that mysterious and mystical being once said, “You can’t kill an idea.” As for the movement, it is presently a chasm of unfulfilled potential, temporarily infiltrated and infested with saboteurs, tamed by the forces of centralization and co-option, fractured by factionalism and ego-driven agendas. Yet, it still glimmers on the periphery, just over the horizon. Beneath the calm surface, there is a vast ecosystem of latent energy ready to erupt once again.
You can slow down decentralized movements, but as long as repressive conditions persist, you cannot stop them. By their nature, decentralized movements toward freedom ebb and flow like waves, shape-shifting and growing increasingly effective in achieving their goals, while weeding out and exposing saboteurs, egos and shortsighted agendas along the way. Decentralized movements are forces much bigger than anyone can wrap their hands around and control; like trying to grasp flowing water or control the mighty seas. These are lessons the Anonymous Gods have reminded us of. They are poetic lessons, while centralizing forces have been off on a fool’s errand, the autonomous actions that built this movement are once again self-organizing and organically evolving, imaginal cells ready to take flight and unleash another wave of action, a tsunami of freedom.
Exactly when it will wash ashore again, nobody knows. You can feel it building though; you can sense it, it’s in the air. All we need to do is align with it and find our role within it. We’ve had two more years to plan, gain wisdom, adapt and evolve, having learned significantly from the previous experience. The first time around, we planted the seeds of empowerment and transformation. Beyond that, however, we just charged in without an exit strategy, like Bush into Iraq. This time around, we have extensive plans and various exit strategies. Now, even our plans have plans. All we need is a spark, in the right place, at the right time, and the whole movement will be reignited.
The Downward Spiral Continues
The repressive conditions that inspired the movement in the first place, have become even more repressive. If you take a good look around, you will see “what’s goin’ down.” The downward spiral that the 99% have been on continues at quickened pace. The latest economic data shows that the income gap between the top 1% and the 99% has just hit an all-time high. Since 2009, the top 1% has taken in 95% of all income gains. To make matters even worse, the Too Big To Fail / Jail banks are bigger than ever. In fact, the five biggest banks are a stunning 30% bigger now than they were at the height of the crisis. They’re growing like radiated dinosaurs in the days after the meteor hit. Amazing what buying off politicians, getting away with trillions of dollars in fraud and a never-ending supply of free money from the Federal Reserve can do for ya. Go figure.