I’ve been supportive, I’ve dropped off food and tarps, I’ve attended some rallies, but my enthusiasm is waning and public support for Occupy Vancouver is fading.
Last night #occupy protestors interrupted a debate on homelessness and made asses of themselves. This is not what democracy looks like. Screaming over other people so they can’t talk is what a dictatorship looks like.
The people attending the homelessness debate were likely sympathetic to the #occupy movement. Well, not anymore. Over the next few days, #occupy will be evicted from the steps of the art gallery, but don’t expect the masses to rally to their cause. They’ve managed to alienate most of their sympathizers.
I still agree with many of the sentiments expressed by the #occupy protestors, I just think the movement (at least here in Vancouver) has jumped the shark. It’s too bad, it had lots of promise.
The economic system treats me well – I have a good-paying job, I’m debt-free, and 95% of my net-worth is invested in mutual funds. But our economic system is showing cracks.
- The gap between the rich and the poor is growing, and surprisingly growing faster in Canada than in the U.S..
- The extreme wealthy have a disproportionate amount of political power and are sheltered from paying taxes. You know the system is unbalanced when people like Bill Gates, his father, and Warren Buffett want more taxes for the rich.
- Our economic system is based on exponential growth, fuelled by conspicuous consumption, and it’s destroying our environment.
But that’s just my opinion. If you want some others, go to We are the 99% on Tumblr or this insightful analysis. I recommend listening to Arcade Fire’s Suburbs album while scrolling through the images. I’m officially nominating that album as the soundtrack to the occupy protests – especially Ready to Start.
The #OccupyWallStreet movement has been criticized for not having direction or solutions, but I think that has been its strength. That vacuum has started a conversation that has allowed for some insightful ideas.
Those conversations have lead to suggestions like specific bank regulations, maximum wages for CEOs, and a robin hood tax on financial transactions.
I’m not sure what to expect today (hopefully no violence), but I’ll be joining the protestors at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I’m not bringing a tent or witty sign.
Image by Esther Lee.