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These are the People of Occupy Wall Street (POWS). And yes, they are legion. Butt not in a good way. There are a million stories in their naked, smelly city. Here are a few more of them.
Today’s theme #1: I can’t believe someone is getting more favorable treatment than me! That’s not fair!:
“I had to transfer to a tech school because I couldn’t afford $30k a year for tuition.” Congratulations! It’s not fair, butt you learned more in one year than many have after 7 years and $200k in loans. As a bonus, you’ll actually be able to find a job with your technical degree.
Beginning with Theme# 2, we enter what I call “The gallery of the damned.” They see the struggle and not only do they not want to get down with it, they choose to submit – before the fight even gets underway. Not really exemplary of the good old American can-do spirit now, is it?
Theme #2: I’m so unaccustomed to disappointment that I just can’t deal; I’m giving up:
“I’m scared I’ll lose my apartment my girlfriend, our pets EVERYTHING. I’ve always dreamed of owning my own house but they’re crushing my Dream.” Hey dude, Martin Luther King Jr. had a DREAM, what you’ve got is a “want” list. If you are America’s future, I’m scared too.
Even those who have nothing to worry about – yet - are consumed with negativity in this group:
Theme #3: We’re all going to die!
You might want to investigate Glen Beck’s emergency gourmet food supply. You seem like a good candidate for catastrophe preparedness.
OK, I give up: where DO you want to raise your kids? Cuba? Venezuela? Canada’s good, butt pray America repeals Obamacare: in case your kid needs medical care and you don’t want to wait 9 months to get it. On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t raise kids.
Theme #4: Preemptively giving up:
“I’ll never find another job”
“I’ll never have children”
“I’ll never retire”
“I’ll never succeed”
“I’ll never find a job”
“I am the lost generation.” No argument there. Try buying a clue to get yourself out of the maze. Or at least call 911.
“I’ll never realize my dreams”
This week’s winner of the “preemptively smashing the most dreams in one post” sweepstakes. And she’s not even out of high school yet! BTW, your “dream” will only be unrealistic if you become a self-fulfilling-loser. Careful, you’re on that track.
The bottom line of all the messages from the POWS today: The greed and corporation of banks and corporations have made life unfair. And it should be – fair, that is. Collectivism, as Doctor-in-waiting Marcos explains below, is apparently the only answer:
“We declare: That we will make a collective network of all our particular struggles and resistances. An intercontinental network of resistance against neoliberalism, an intercontinental network of resistance for humanity.
This intercontinental network of resistance, recognizing differences and acknowledging similarities, will search to find itself with other resistances around the world.
This intercontinental network of resistance is not an organizing structure; it doesn’t have a central head or decision maker; it has no central command or hierarchies. We are the network, all of us who resist.”
I agree: the world definitely needs more resistors. And capacitors too:
“Resistance” by Lenny and Meriel Lenfestey
Or as professional resistor and broadcast specialist, Al Sharpton, would say: “Resist we much.” (with sincere apologies to Walt Whitman)