It’s going down in Oakland. Occupiers and police clash and things are not looking so good. Last night’s protests got especially violent and the scene looked like something straight out of Lybia.
Yet, even though the world is watching, our own domestic coverage of these events is sporadic and that keeps people like me from fully and completely understanding what’s all the protesting about.
I mean, I know what I hear, taxes, corporate wa-la wa-la, but… When I say “understanding” it’s not just about the reasons for the protest, or even the process of the protest itself, but rather what is the outcome of all this? I can’t comprehend what happens after the protests.
Okay, so you burn down all the banks in the country. Then what? You still will have zero in your bank account and your student loans will still be outstanding. The worst, is that now they will cancel your ATM card and you won’t be able to overdraw your account so that you can buy food. Of course, this is an extreme example, but the idea is the same.
I agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said that every generation needs a revolution, but I also believe that revolution needs to have a clearly defined outcome. When Martin Luther King marched, there was a clear goal to be reached. Nonetheless, most likely is my ignorance and lack of knowledge on the Occupy Movement, but I can’t clearly see what is the end goal from this events.
What I don’t like to see is for people risking their lives and getting hurt for an undefined goal. Either I need to do more research or Occupy needs to Organize – and I’m afraid it’s a bit of both.
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