Did ya miss them, those spunky little Occupiers with their squatting in public parks, their assaults, drug use, rapes?
And that was just one camp.
Last fall across North America we saw this allegedly grassroots movement, funded by big labour and advocating international socialism, take up positions in city after city.
The consensus media told you that the demands of the protesters were vague, that we didn’t know what they were about. I told you differently because I read what they published, I listened to what they said.
At its core the Occupy movement is an attempt to resurrect the international socialist movement that largely fell apart after the fall of the Iron Curtain.
Do you think it’s a coincidence that they chose May 1st to come back?
May Day has been associated with the international socialist movement for more than a century. Same with the fist raised up in defiance that shows up on so much of their propaganda whether in Toronto or Vancouver, New York or Madrid.
Take a look at another piece of imagery, this one from the Ottawa rally. It shows the monopoly man, the symbol of bankers and capitalism being pulled down off his pedestal.
What on earth are they trying to say?
Do you think it’s that they don’t like monocles and top hats? Could that be it, because we all know bankers dress like this still. I passed four guys like this on my way to work today.
No – this is symbolism.
They want rid of capitalism, they want to yank it down, overthrow the system.
Well that’s my view but I’m just a crazy conspiracy theorist.
Occupy came from the bright minds at Adbusters, some truly smart people who know all about branding, marketing and tearing down the capitalist system. Here’s a quote from an article called The Fight Against Capitalism, it talks about the Occupy movement and it’s need to go further this spring than it did last fall.
“There can be no movement of communes if protest is merely an extracurricular activity of wage-earners: workers will have to choose whether they stand with the communes or with the bosses and administrators.” – Daniel Marcus
Stand with the communes or the bosses. Karl Marx couldn’t have said it better.
The folks at OccupyWallStreet.org have also looked to the past with their call for a general strike in 115 cities including several Canadian ones. They even link themselves to the Quebec tuition protesters.
Along with the protests these folks promised disruption and they have already delivered – banks and offices in Manhattan were shut down – even the uber-progressive Wells Fargo that funds all the right causes with big donations was targeted. Several banks received envelopes with threatening notes and white powder – which turnedout to be inert but not before scaring the workers in those banks and of course last night in Oakland and San Fransisco they celebrated May Day early by wrecking the place – smashing shop windows and cars.
Did you miss them?
I told you Occupy, backed by big labour and international socialism would be back. Well now they are here and you can expect them to stay throughout what could be a summer of great discontent.
And that’s the Byline.