From The National Post:
The Occupy Toronto movement continued Monday with a handful of protesters gathering outside the Toronto Stock Exchange, and with more joining an afternoon march to Ryerson University.
The goal of the afternoon event is to reach out to students during the university’s social justice week, participants say.
Occupy the Nation
We are the 99 Percent
So far it hasn’t been violent or dangerous. But, I’m expecting that to change any time. I’m glad to be away from Toronto and just watching through the news coverage.
This new Occupy Movement seems to have no real, solid goal, at least not something anyone can really pin down. I listened to them talking today while they protested in downtown Toronto. “Social injustice” is not defined enough to rate a protest. They also claim they are doing this ‘for the people’ (also generic) and doing this with love. Well, I’m a person and I’m not loving this at all. It’s a gathering rebel mob waiting for a cause.
People are starting to use this cause as a way to market and make money. A public relations firm is beginning to represent them, for free. (Why not, it’s giving them massive free promotion of their business and viral marketing as well). You can buy T-shirts and posters, start your collection of Occupy and 99% merchandise now. Someone is making money from all of this. As a protest against capitalism it is already off track.
Fighting capitalism is not going to work. Capitalism is an economic theory. Pure capitalism does not exist. Just as pure communism never worked, it became muted, changed to suit the reality. I’ve read the 99 Percent site, seen the people who are in financial trouble, desperate. Most are educated, have spent thousands of dollars on university degrees and now they work in a job that doesn’t pay the money they expected to be making. As if having an education is a promise you are set for life and will automatically have a job with prestige and a big pay cheque.
If the cause of the Occupy Movement is “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer” they are foolish. What do they think will be changed? People with a job won’t give it up to someone else. People who have a ‘rich’ lifestyle should not be expected to donate all they have to people who don’t have that same lifestyle. If they have been lucky, inherited or just plain worked their butt off why shouldn’t they have the rewards, the profits? There are always going to be people who have more and people who have less. This isn’t about fair. Don’t be so childish as to think everything has to be fair and equal.
Some change would be lovely, if it could be worked out. It would be great if we could have better health care here in Canada. We pay taxes and have mostly free health care but just try to get a family doctor to start all that health care with. Anyway, yes, things are not perfect. But, who should give up what they have for someone else? It’s like the smoking and non-smoking issue. One person has to stop smoking, to give up their right to pollute (yes, I’m anti-smoking) in order for there to be non-smoking for those who want the right to have no cigarette smoking. This Occupy plan is much the same. Who is going to give up their rights so other people can have what they want?
I’m the 99 Percent and I hope this protest dissipates before it grows larger and more dangerous.