What do they want? The wealthy-owned media will ask.
Well, what do they want?
A problem is that the old Marxist ‘revolution’ model is dead. A ‘revolution’ which does not involve democracy, i.e., one which is created by a few imposing their will through military means, will inevitably create a dictatorship of some stripe. Democracy and capitalism are historically (before 20 years ago), entirely linked, and even today, it is my take that China (whose capitalism began with democratic, British-run Hong Kong), will become more democratic as a result of capitalism spreading there. Thus, one cannot be rid of capitalism; as the chairman of the London Stock Exchange said yesterday, “it is self-evident that capitalism is the best way to produce wealth for the many.” And this is true. What this same chairman also said is also true: the main way to ‘fix’ capitalism is to regulate it, so that it creates the most wealth for the most people. That’s the key now. The key is to figure out how, and what, is feasible.
Part of the reason the protesters seem to have ‘no message’ is because we now know that sloganism doesn’t work, that quick fixes don’t work. What we want, as someone said, is no longer the basics, but the right to a solid middle-class existence. And that has been written out of US life over the past 10 years. While the internet boom was on, on one noticed; while their house values were steadily inflating, no one minded that they had to work more and more hours, and that their health plans, and retirement plans were being dismantled by an ultra-pro business government. But now that the next bust cycle has sprung (which is inevitable in capitalism), everyone realizes that the safety nets they put in place in the 1930s are not just ‘for crybabies’ but in fact the only thing that stands between the average person and a bread line.
But, even lefties are realizing that too much social security breeds complacency. While the right-owned media is very happy to tell us that teachers and everyone else needs to have a ‘highly competative’ job atmosphere to maximize productivity – you should have no job security they argue, or else you will become a lazy, bad teacher. And the problem is, they are somewhat right.
So, we need to realize that the happy medium is what is needed. Duh!!!! How hard is it for a pundit to say, gosh, we need a balance between too much and too little social security? You never hear _anyone_ say that. I guess it doesn’t sell papers or ads or something, and/or, really of course much of it is the private ownership of the media, which encourages sensationalism (vs. the so much more balanced, and sane, BBC, CBC, and PBS.).
History is now teaching us that it is legislation which creates the middle class. The middle class has to protect itself, or else, it will not exist. Big business does not want or need a middle class, per se; not in a globalizing world. How do we legislate a middle class?
A) Have a happy medium bewteen competition and job security and quality of life.
B) Don’t be afraid of globalization. Many jobs will stay right here despite the migration of manufacturing.
C) Elect legislators on a specific platform of ‘maximizing opportunity, happiness, and wealth for the middle class.’ Why can’t we do that? Well, we can.
D) Agitate until those legislators can work freely, without their hands tied by a supreme court which is entirely pro-business, and lobbyists, and campaign donation laws which entirely favour a rich few. (This is precisely what the ‘occupy’ people are doing.
E) Realize that we have to lower population, so that land is cheaper, and housing is cheaper, and so that we can all have our god-given right to property, space, fresh air, sunlight, and a decent slice of earth’s resources, for free, or for very little, like it used to be until the 1950s, about the time that earth reached 2 billion people. This is the only way to have the middle classes guaranteed a share. (more…)