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I have not been paying too much attention to the Occupy Wall Street ‘movement’. It’s been going on since September 17th, and has now picked up a bit of steam in the States. There are now over 200 events scheduled across the US, and Canada.

I ask, what the hell is it going to do? In my opinion. Nothing.

Here’s why…

The mass demonstrations haven’t changed any material thing in the US. Or in Canada. The left wing movement is dead, or in hiding. lol. When people get upset in North America and protest, it becomes an excuse for the media to take pictures of the most radical looking of the protesters, and then focus on a few more violent activists and try to brush it off as hooliganism. A bunch of Anarchists trying to make problems.

 

Protesters peacefully gathered

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Not much has changed in 20 years here. All the anti-racist rallies that I was apart of in the 90s, and student protests ended going no where too. The rock throwing, balaclava masked protesters would try to incite the police, and some of them would be dragged off. Honestly, I think that some of those type of protesters were police.

 

No change can be made if the people don’t have effective leaders and ones that can run the country. The union movements of 30 years ago were effective in improving working conditions, wages, benefits, and improved families standards of living. Slowly, but surely, wages have fallen, benefits reduced, pensions cuts, and the gap between rich and poor has increased. The last 20 years has been especially hard for working families.

I get that there are lots of angry, upset, and desperate people out there. But, right now as a society we are allowing our tax dollars to bail out private corporations(giving money away), massive banks foreclosing on people’s homes, banks getting bailouts, and at no time are the ultra rich paying any taxes. To top it off, the executives of these companies are getting record bonuses.

The other day I was listening to the CBC, and the federal government was threatening to enact back to work legislation on the flight attendants of Air Canada. WTF? How are flight attendants such an essential service that you take away their bargaining powers?

Every strike nowadays results in the government either forcing the workers back to work without a contract, or breaking the contract themselves(good old Gordon Campbell, our ex-premier of BC). I truly believe that if workers and families lose the ability or right to collectively speak up and affect change, eventually the pot boils over.

Unfortunately, the left wing pro-union movement of the 80s have been decimated. Radical changes need to happen before our standard of living improves again. It’s just not going to happen with the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. Too random, no leadership, and no direction towards improving our lives. The rich can just look down on us and laugh their way to the bank.

Daily Kos: Occupy Wall Street: List and map of over 200 U.S. solidarity events and Facebook pages.

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