John Colson: Hit and Run
Aspen Times Weekly
Aspen, CO Colorado
Occupy everything for the New Year. The movement clearly is working, because it has awakened a new conversation the world over about the nature of human society.
Wait not for the hero or the leader, but occupy everything with gusto and determination.
Settle not for the manifesto or the long-winded expert testimony, believe not in the rising tide of negativity aimed at usurping our right to Occupy that which offends our sense of right and wrong.
While surfing the Web for Occupy news today, I noticed an interesting phenomenon. Every time I tried to click on a news link about the Occupy Movement, my machine crashed.
Now, the more conspiracy-theory minded among us might immediately jump to the conclusion that there is an attempt afoot to sabotage all things Occupational, at least in terms of access to the great Information Highway.
And truth to tell, I wouldn’t put it past the shadowy guardians of the status quo to set such machinery in motion.
It would be simple to do so, I imagine, though I lack the tech-xpertise to say how it could be done. Lodging cookies in the codes that forge the links between sites might do it, I guess. Or a more forceful assault, such as hacking into the Web itself to rewrite the codes into a self-destructive loop.
Of course, it may simply be that my aging iBook G4 is experiencing some kind of internal breakdown, and needs to be sent on holiday, for a rest cure to restore its sensibilities.
Interestingly enough, I was able to link to an article about how the Tea Party is joining in efforts to disrupt a strategy to Occupy the Rose Parade.
The Occupiers are targeting the corporatist framework of the New Year’s Day parade, in particular the fact that some of the very banks who plunged the nation into the Great Recession will have gargantuan, happy-faced floats in the parade.
The teabaggers, according to comments attributed to TEAPAC president Michael Alexander, are upset because “they (the Occupiers) object to everything. They object to American society.”
The teabaggers also say they object to the “politicization” of the event, which prompted the organizer of the Occupy Rose Parade plan, Pete Thottam, to shoot back, “Politicizing? This is a militarized corporatized event.”
Apparently the Pasadena police are trying to keep the conflict from becoming a donnybrook, and the teabaggers are said to have backed off their own counter-demonstration upon learning that the Occupiers will not be an official part of the parade.
Can’t wait to see how it turns out.
But, all that aside, and ignoring the fact that I can’t check the latest observation and commentaries on the Occupy Movement, the movement obviously is still going strong.
And it is still growing.
Wikipedia now lists the Occupy Movement as “an international movement that is primarily directed against economic and social inequality.” Notable, however, is the disclaimer at the top of the Wikipedia page that declares, “The neutrality of this article is disputed.”
Apparently, the Occupiers, their supporters and their detractors are locked in a web-based wrestling match over the statements made in the article. And so it goes,even as many insist that the Occupy Movement has no discernible goals, no focus, which is a lot of hogwash.
In my aborted search for information on the current status of the movement, I ran across an article by one Brad King, who has one word for the focus of the Movement – and that word is, “corporatocracy.” That is the quasi-institutional tendency of corporations to ensure that the nation’s wealth remains largely in the hands of the 1 Percent and the corporations run by the 1 Percent.
From that simple premise comes a host of related concerns, demands, objections and suggestions about how things are being run and how they should be run.
Anyone who really wants to know what the Occupy Movement is about has only to think about it for a little while.
But the plain truth is, those who despise the movement don’t really want to know what it’s about. They are soldiers of the status quo.
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