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Why Are We Striking?

Or to put it another way – what’s wrong with the world?

DANIEL GOODMAN

Why are we striking? Or to put it another way – what’s wrong with the world?

Of course, most of us know what’s wrong with the world. We know about the poverty, war, violence and disease. We’re conscious of the injustice, but not fully conscious of it, because frankly, we have enough to worry about in our own lives. As such, we’ve come to accept these injustices as simple facts of life – prepackaged side effects of the human condition, as natural and intertwined with our existence as water to a stream, beyond our capacity to effect in any significant way. This collective sense of powerlessness and default apathy is why we’re striking.

Our growing sense of isolation and disconnection, whether from ourselves, from those next door to us, or from those producing our food and products halfway across the globe, is why we’re striking. Our forced support of perpetual war waged for and by the 1% - whether explicitly with speech, or implicitly with inaction and tax dollars - without ever paying mind to the true causes and motives behind it, is why we’re striking. Our failure uptil now to connect the dots and realize that the benefits of a cheap iPod, lovely as it may be, would be far outweighed by the benefits of a truly just world free of exploitation, is why we’re striking.

The fact that most of us are too busy being exploited to realize we’re being exploited – too busy greasing the cogs of our economic system to notice how the fruits of our labor never fail to float up and out of our reach - is why we’re striking, as is the fact that most aren’t able to do anything about this exploitation even when we do notice it. While some of us are lucky enough to have jobs and careers that give real meaning to our lives, allowing us to take full advantage of our talents and fulfill our destiny, most of us have jobs devoid of meaning and dignity, yet full of the feeling that we are fulfilling someone else’s destiny. Our recognition that the ruling class’s seat at the top of the pyramid is prepared and propped up by the working class is why we’re striking. Our knowledge that it’s actually the CEO who is the most dependent among us, and that the ones truly indispensable to our society are not bankers, lobbyists and politicians, but workers, teachers and engineers, is why we’re striking.

Indeed, the fact that we have an economic system which functions in the same manner as a virus is why we’re striking. Just as a virus’s only reason for existence is to expand, without regard or awareness of the effect of its expansion on its host body, our economic system pursues its infinite expansion without regard or awareness of its effect on human welfare or the environment. Though the earth is finite, it is sustainable, so we reject, in the words of Michael Nagler, “the inherent contradiction of an economy based on indefinitely increasing wants – instead of on human needs that the planet has ample resources to fulfill.”

We’re striking because we also reject the notion that selfishness must be the driving force in our world. We believe, contrary to propaganda, that most people in our world are not selfish, and would rather work together than constantly compete against each other. We believe that the only people who really care about things like power, corporate monopolies and global dominance only make up, say, 1% of the population, making it seem only logical that we should have an economic system which reflects the values of the 99% of us who don’t care about such things. The fact that most of the decisions which have a profound impact on how we go about our daily lives are made by folks in Washington or Wall Street, rather than in our communities by the people actually affected by those decisions, is why we’re striking. The fact that power rests only with those who lust after it is why we’re striking.

We’re striking because another notion we don’t buy into is the presumption that the profit motive can have no outcome other than the best possible one. We understand that the success of McDonald’s has nothing to do with having the best burger, and everything to do with having the most cutthroat business plan. We understand that building prisons, waging wars, polluting the environment, and paying employees inadequate wages are actually quite profitable. Sustainability, economic justice and true equality? Not so much. We understand that being ruthless and unscrupulous is an economic advantage, and being truthful and virtuous is an economic disadvantage. We understand that money is treated as more natural and inviolable as nature itself, and that too often our place and perceived value in society is determined solely by how much of it we make, or how much of it we make for someone else. We understand that, whether or not you believe in climate change, our ability to adequately address it or any other pressing issue is greatly compromised when our shortsighted need for profit skews our vision of the whole. We’re striking to suggest new motives and new values going forward.

The fact that you might not have known why we’re striking, and you didn’t get and maybe still don’t get what Occupy Wall Street is about, is why we’re striking. And who can blame you? Just like you don’t have the time or energy to really do anything about the world’s problems, you probably don’t have the time or energy to do the deep digging required to get your news from any source other than the corporate outlets conveniently floating on the surface. It’s understandable that you wouldn’t see the inherent conflict of interest of a handful of for-profit corporations with their own interests telling the world’s story to the majority of people in this country. The fact that it’s so hard to be truly informed, and that it’s in the 1%’s interest for the majority of us to be uninformed, is why we’re striking. The fact that it’s entirely possible you could go about your day today and not hear a thing about the general strike, is why we’re striking.

To counter the charge that it’s unrealistic, and overly idealistic, to want to bring about real change in our world, as well as the trusty “life isn’t fair” rationale always used to justify injustice, is why we’re striking. We didn’t accept that line of reasoning during the civil rights movement, and we don’t accept it now. We think it’s far more unrealistic to think that a small cadre of elites will be able to keep up their never-ending pursuit of power consolidation and mass manipulation without waking us up in the process. We think it’s far more unlikely that in 1000 years, humanity will still be playing this game of perpetual one-upmanship, instead of picking up the far more efficient and beneficial manner of interacting with each other in honesty, cooperation and genuine respect.

Perhaps the biggest reason we’re striking is to simply exercise that ever-cherished American value of freedom. Just as our business leaders are free to use every means at their disposal to maximize profit, we are free to use every means at our disposal to maximize the realization of whatever objective we feel is worth pursuing. And by the way, even if you don’t support the Occupy movement, whatever you think the Occupy movement is about, we respect your view, because another reason we’re striking has to do with our political system – the way it thrives and prospers by pitting us against ourselves, encouraging us to demonize each other while discouraging us from disagreeing civilly.

The fact that this post is completely and utterly inadequate in expressing why we’re striking, is why we’re striking. But that’s OK, because like May 1st, this post is just the beginning.

Happy striking!

Mike David is an occupier in San Francisco. He blogs at www.primitivetimes.com.

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Anonymous

So, it's not Wall Street you're angry at, it's Washington. Why don't you protest the people who are actually committing the offenses you find so egregious?

Wall Street and Washington are one and the same. If you're going to go after one, you have to go after the other.

Anonymous

ONE-AT-A-TIME?

You seem to have this the wrong way round. Since Wall Street and Washington ARE one and the same, let's first have a go at Wall St - the correct target!

Anonymous

i was going to say that was lame but when I think of people dying without health care and living in tents in the winter because the banksters absolutely stole the homes of millions of people with criminal activity... which they could do because they also run what was the government.,... "Lame" is far from what you are.

Just another sociopath trolling for victims is more like it.

Anonymous

So, you're planning to camp out in a park and, maybe, shut down a tunnel for ten minutes?

How will any of that help a single person who doesn't have health care or who lost their house in a foreclosure?

You're not doing this for anybody but yourselves. Admit it or not, it's your own self-satisfaction that is most important to you. Nothing more, nothing less.

Anonymous

No, i believe that what they do is for a reason. Maybe they won't be helping someone directly but that is what protesting is about, making a change so significant that its impact can benefit all of society.

Anonymous

Good morning and good wishes to your family and friends.

We hope this finds everyone well, in good spirit and having a good day.
In Sydney, Australia at the Town Hall on the 17/03/2011 a group of us had a rally about the Zionists Banksters who control the world by causing all the wars between religions namely between Israel and Iran at this moment in time.
My friends and I wish to live in peace and promote life not death like the insane Zionists Banksters who out there want to murder, kill and destroy.
Like their Father Satan, the devil they will not stop till Father in Heaven stops them for good.
It is our Father in Heaven (I AM) who will and desires us all to cancel all debts to all men and restores His Laws in the year 2012 for the Jubilee.
It is up to you and me to get off our backsides and promote the Jubilee before it is too late. Do not sit on the fence and watch the world go by and souls go to hell.

Please see this video and spread it all over to assist with getting the US Jubilee flyers distributed:-
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEV60rNDg40
Links to the printable Jubilee flyers are:
UK version: http://kvisit.com/Sl-rXAQ
US Proclaim Liberty version: http://kvisit.com/SmerXAQ
US Jubilee Kick-off version: http://kvisit.com/So-rXAQ

The official webpage for the Nazi Banksters Crimes Ripple Effect where the film can be viewed and an ISO downloaded to make copies: http://jforjustice.co.UK/banksters

Please do your utmost as its now almost Spring of 2012 and time is very much of the essence with everything the Synagogue has planned for the year.

Thanks all.
www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=z50ebdZNxiw#!
This video isn't insulting to the Native American people...it is a blatant disregard to the American way of life and I entirely agree with it's message. America was not founded on anything that devout history revisionists make it out to be. America was founded on murder, rape and theft...and anyone who gives a damn about the truth can research and find out. No, this video isn't funny...and it's actually meant not to be. It's made to wake people up to the truth - we stole this land.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YD8u3WroL4&context=C2d464ADOEgsToPDskIt0W4hDcOEDUNPVakA_Ofi
Hey mockers, educated much? Keep mocking while you pay half your salary to the government, so they can pay interest to private bankers who have no constitutional right to print money. In the meantime, OWS will remember the great presidents of the past, such as JFK, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, etc.. OWS will remember how the congress used to create money for the American people INTEREST FREE.
http://jforjustice.co.uk/banksters
Released: 5th of November, 2011. Muad'Dib's latest hard-hitting documentary about the innumerable crimes of the Ashke-Nazi Banksters.
From their historical origins down to their planned genocidal future, Muad'Dib tracks who THEY* are, how THEY operate, and most importantly, how to get rid of them once and for all.
Muad'Dib is calling on millions of people to peacefully surround the Houses of Parliament in London, England -- on the 5th of November, 2012 -- to clean it of corruption and treason, making it a day that present and future generations will never forget.
After being wrongfully arrested and falsely and maliciously imprisoned for making His "7/7 Ripple Effect" film and defending innocent people, Muad'Dib is back with no mercy for those who've shown none to others.
Cutting to the root of the problem, with the only solution. Come and be part of it.
* The Hierarchy Enslaving You – THEY.
With regards
Anonymous
Muad'Dib / John Hill discusses his release, 7/7 and other loose end
www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjbbRYdYTqg

Anonymous

The poor folks living in tents in winter are not the Oocupiers who camped in public parks let summer. Those people in the parks had porta-potties and bottled water trucked in. Folks who point out the obvious aren't trolls. Sociopaths, who form somewhere between 1% and 5% of our society, have an extra gene that real people don't have. These mutants are not only anti-social, they manipulative and coercive. Sound familiar? Look in a mirror. Multinational corporations test for sociopaths and, when they find them, put them executive fast-tracks. Perhaps Occupiers are failed one-percenters?

Anonymous

Why are we REALLY striking?,

Because we are children grown up whom don`t want us or anyone else to think that it is cool to scam someone else into working for free, or going to school with no educational and/or real world preparing vocational programs in them to prepare our children for the real world.

Instead, the one who said in their post that
" we are spoiled children and aging hippies who think it's cool to scam a day off from work or school and annoy people, just because we can. " would think that I am just someone who is only wasting my days talking a whole bunch of nothing.

If capitalism serves something or someone more than themselves or itself, them I`m all for capitalism.

With that said, When is the next and NEW Conservative Christian Constitutional Cultsucking Con Job gonna be created, so that at least we can say that we all have SOME kind of a job, and that's bribery and blindly robbing other people of what they have?

On second thought, I`ll take the high road and pass on that.

At least an iPhone can be a better example of how to GET A HEART by putting others above yourself.

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