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One day all of this could be yours

Tahrir SquareDoes anyone need to ask why a few dozen people have set up camp outside a cathedral in London in the middle of October?

Does anyone need to question their goals, their demands, who they are, where they come from or what solutions they have to all of the world’s problems?

If those occupying a small segment of a financial district cannot provide the answers to the questions you ask, or provide answers that you find satisfactory, does that mean they shouldn’t be there?

When the British government and so many others are willfully using a financial crisis that they created to attack and worsen the day-to-day lives of citizens who had nothing to do with it, should we sit at home and watch telly?

When profitable corporations are finding every which way possible to avoid paying the tax they owe to the countries that they employ people in, sell goods and services in, environmentally degrade and lobby for changes in the law of, should we just ignore it and carry on shopping?

When the police attack you as you exercise your freedom, should you shrug your shoulders and let them take it away from you?

When an invading army kills an innocent bystander, should you carry on playing Call of Duty?

When the politicians that you elected ignore you, should you stay passively annoyed for five years and hope your next chosen candidate pays attention?

When the media lie to you and tell you it’s all your fault, should you carry on wanking over Page 3?

When your boss talks down to you and disrespects you, should you come back to work the next day?

When 70 million people own 42 percent of the world’s wealth, and 6,930 million share the other 58 per cent, should we cross our fingers and play the lottery?

Or should we occupy, protest, demonstrate, riot, march, dissent, disobey, rebel and plot against the people who are to blame for these problems, those governments, corporations, agencies, forces and corrupt individuals who stand in the way of universal freedom, equality and human rights?

The bottom line is this: If you are not prepared to do any of the latter, you have no right to disparage those who are.

We don’t have to justify an occupation outside a popular tourist attraction, or a strike, or a protest. We don’t have to have all of the solutions the world needs. We just have to show in any way we physically can that we are not prepared to accept what those in power, the one percent, are doing to further degrade life on this planet.

So should we ogle the occupiers in bemusement and chide their motives, or should we buy a tent?

You decide.


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