A message of profound hope…

Oct 3, 2011 by

This article is dedicated to Brian Redcrow, a phenomenal man who lived under great duress for most of his life, but still gently reminded people they were too pissed off and too unhappy and that life is hard for everyone and the best we can do is help each other out.

 

To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convienent solutions;  both dispense with the necessity of reflection. – HENRI POINCARE

 

I’ve received many responses to my last post, some quite critical. First off, I want to state, again, that I hope that this movement of occupying Wall Street can continue its momentum, and I too believe that we live in an unjust society with corporate tyrants making more and more money and becoming greedier by the second.

 In this I think we can all agree.

If I and others have a dissenting opinion as to how the movement is being organized and executed, and are in our own way trying point out reasons why this movement may fail, it is meant to be a helpful critique, not a damning of the whole affair.

There is a vast difference between wishing for the movement to fail and criticising the organization of it. Unfortunately the responses have shown the incredible level of ignorance that some out there have.

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I have been called an imperialist, a capitalist pig, and the list goes on. I wonder how anyone could have gotten that from my writing so far.  It would seem that with some of these people if you write the word “Red” they will read “Green” and if by chance further on you write the word “Green” they will read “Red”. It is worrisome; if these people are the face of the movement you can’t help but understand why it is failing spectacularly.

I have been talking about these issues for years, and most particularly since the last financial meltdown. Many people I spoke with were just ambivalent about the whole affair. So it is great that this movement has woken something up in some of you – I respect that. What I find very hard to respect is that many of you who have commented act as if you have been championing the rights of the left all of your lives, when in I know that if anything, for as long as I have known you, you have in fact worked the system to your own financial advantage with the opinion that “everyone else does it so I may as well too.”

The New Bottom Line’s call to arms and stated objective was  “express a feeling of mass injustice”, and I stand behind my words: it is just too wishy-washy to resonate with the masses.

Romantic adults and children are easily swayed by emotive words crafted with the sole purpose of mustering some basic human emotion. If you want to bring in the people who can actually push this through all the way to the end you need to attract the intellectuals as well, and to attract intellectuals you need to be led by intellectuals who craft clearly stated objectives which the group works to satisfy and achieve one at a time, one day at a time.

Do you romantics actually think that the Berlin wall just suddenly came tumbling down? This movement has ill-defined objectives with no direct route to ameliorating any clearly defined injustices, and there are many to choose from!

Unfortunately basic human emotion is only half the battle – the rest needs to be orchestrated by skillful people who know the system well and can therefore expose its weak points.  The rattling of sabres, banging of drums, and emotive language can only get us so far.

I and other bloggers who actually are champions of the left, are actively being criticized and are on the defensive needlessly. I was saddened today to see so many of us in the same position; spending more time defending ourselves, our ideas and last but not least our characters.

All because we dared to criticize the execution of a movement whose just and noble ideas few of us are critical of!

It is my opinion and that of many others that this monumental chance was lost by this exact type of thinking. You are all so fired up and passionate that you actually start to attack those who are in fact on your side – only because we are not “far enough” on your side. It is as if you are trying to create a cult and not a movement for a just and equitable society.

We are hardly retreating. The more people expose their own ignorance, the harder we will push back! It may be necessary to weed out those who are so dogmatic and blazingly fired up that they jeopardize the entire movement with their polemic oratory. How dare anyone question anything they do! It all sounds a little dictatorial to me.

Someone posted a link to this column by Chris Hedges on the website truthdig.

Mr. Hedges needs a fact checker – this column has as many inaccuracies as a sleazy lawyer’s summation. The most glaring of the inaccuracies is this; “Speculation in the 17th century was a crime. Speculators were hanged.

A tulip, known as “the Viceroy”, displayed in a 1637 Dutch catalog. Its bulb cost between 3000 and 4200 florins depending on size. A skilled craftsman at the time earned about 300 florins a year.

Please note the “Tulip Mania”  in 1637. If anything Mr. Hedges could have used an honest, or at least factually correct take on history to buttress his position further. For myself and many other readers every single, glaring inaccuracy that someone didn’t bother to take the time to check takes away from the value of the rest. The rest is very beautifully written and makes a profound statement – but again it is so fired up it will lose all but those on the side of the movement already.  In the end it just ends up being a speech by the preacher to the congregation.

We need to use language that will bring all of those that are leaning Right closer to center. Why isn’t this enough for you as a first step?

 It is like you are spoiled children that stomp around having a fit because you can’t have everything the way you want it – right now today!

Mr. Hedges’ writing is very good and I can only hope as the months and years pass that I too can craft such elegant prose. That being said, Mr. Hedges, like most proponents of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, has filled his article to the brim with inciting, passionate language and very little information, except what we already know.

I was actually surprised to see he is a man in his late forties or early fifties. His words, though eloquent and thoughtful, have the same ideological, dogmatic approach that scares off all the moderates and those who may not yet be convinced of the validity of this movement’s beliefs, however poorly defined they are.

I want to point out again, for fear of being burned at the stake, that I am and will be always behind a just and equitable society for us all. I would be a fool not to be as I am far away from being in the top 1%. We own no property or savings, lots of debt, and a dying newspaper distribution business. We have lost most of what we had for our future, struggling with an unknown disease that has tormented my body for almost fifteen years now. Most days while I write I’m covered head to toe in sweat and I need to keep stacks of towels next to me so as not to soak my shirt. My head is often swimming, I’m dizzy and sick to my stomach. Yet I spend hours a day crafting these, in the hope that I’m doing my small part to make a better world for tomorrow.

What exactly do the rest of you critics do?

Erin, my wife, works with some of the poorest working people there are – these people get up at 2:00 in the morning to deliver newspapers for four hours. When you get out of bed they are already showering and getting ready to go to work another eight hours! I never hear them complain, yet in less than five minutes with most of you I’ll hear how tough your lives are.

If you want to know what struggle and heartache is come out and see a 60-year-old man, with cancer, whose wife just had two strokes, who refuses to or maybe just can’t stop working.

Many of you hobnob around with the people who in fact are directly causing our neighbourhoods to become only for the rich and well off. You spout off about the perils of gentrification but hang out with the very speculators and developers who are driving the value of all of the homes in our neighborhoods all across the world through the roof. There will be reckoning here as well – economists say that by the second quarter of 2012 most housing and property across the world will see 20% drop in value. It is about time that these outrageous speculative prices are brought back to earth.

For many of you it seems your feelings of injustice are couched in numerous caveats.

I will call you activists of the least possible pain to yourselves variety; you are activists as long as it doesn’t get in the way of your sailing, vacations and million dollar properties!

 

1 Comment

  1. Arrabi

    Thank you very much for the very good writeup. By the way, how can we communicate?

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