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I am an artist. I am 57 years old. I am broke and in debt. (insert fucked-up story here, replete with unemployment and inability to pay for medical care) I am not a joiner and have never been much interested in politics (perhaps because I have sensed it was all a sham and have given in to cynicism) yet seeing this movement has excited me. It is the first genuine thing in politics that I have seen in 40 years!
I would like to address the “1%”: Greed is NOT good. Ambition is good- and there will always be inequality- viva la differance. Greed=Fear. Greed is the irrational hoarding of wealth in the face of fear. The reason you are afraid is that we are seeing a shift in the economic paradigm- such as has happened throughout history. We are also facing environmental catastrophe on a scale never seen before. The tectonic plates of economy are shifting from the old oil/consumerist/imperialist model of capitalism towards something else. It’s not that we don’t need energy and goods- but we’ve got to get smarter, better and more equitable than ever before. We are moving towards an increasingly intellectual, autonomous and creative phase. You will kill yourselves trying to preserve that which must die. The smarter of you will indeed profit from change, and I, for one, would not deny that to you- but the only way to preserve that which must be preserved (i.e., the planet (Earth, remember?)) is for us all to profit, sustainably. We have so much potential- more amazingly creative human resource than ever, but we must all grow together as a species. We must abandon irrational modes of governance and planning that is based upon fear! This whole question of “socialism vs. capitalism” is bullshit!! Things like medical care and internet (like education, roads, postal) could/should be moved into the realm of “infrastructure” to fuel a new, diverse, locally rooted yet global economy that can increase “profits” on a scale never seen previously. for all. The govt. is currently subsidizing outmoded and harmful industries but the movement of life on this planet is shifting- GWTP! (get with the program)
I am not lazy. I am impatient to work. I am not depressed. The economy is, dummy! I am excited. I am hopeful. I must try to do what I can, however seemingly insignificant.
the 99%. -eyesection