Why the Occupy ethos will kick capitalism in the balls, with or without St Pauls

28 02 2012

So, Occupy London was evicted last night from the St Paul’s camp, tis a sad day indeed, but somehow I feel this moment is more the end of the beginning than it is the beginning of the end, so the question on my mind is this, what next for the Occupy movement?

Until now I have refrained from passing judgement or making comment on this blog about what has been going on at St Paul’s,

The eviction of St Paul's Occupiers passed pretty peacefully but they cannot remove the idea from the heads of the protesters

mainly for the reason that I have not been down to the camp (a fact I am somewhat ashamed of) and therefore don’t feel totally qualified to discuss the movement. Having said that I feel a certain affinity with the Occupy protesters and have followed them from afar via twitter, Facebook and YouTube (God knows the news hasn’t been great for Occupy coverage) and given last night’s eviction of the St Paul’s site I feel now is a good time to offer up my point of view.

Firstly and most importantly, you cannot evict an idea like the Occupy movement, over the last 6 months it has planted a seed in the hearts and minds of many that has taken root inside a new collective consciousness which places freedom, liberty and justice for all at its centre. Now that is a hugely powerful idea, one that once at home in an individual’s mind, cannot be removed by the eviction of a campsite in central London. This is not like a dot-com or housing bubble, there’s no short-term thinking involved here so you can’t burst it so easily.

Capitalism has had a pretty easy time of it since the Baroness broke the working classes of Britain in the 80s and Nixon broke the spirit of the Vietnam war protestors. In my lifetime (I was born in 86) I have seen very little unrest in the western world and I have seen my country and other countries potter about the planet destroying every society that has a natural resource we like in the name of ‘democracy’. Make no mistake, this is generation fucked’s Vietnam, and we feel pretty strongly about the whole thing but we’re willing to bide our time.

Occupy is intriguing on many levels, but I think the most fascinating element, and indeed the one that shows its true power lies in the lack of leadership or manifesto. How does something seemingly so unorganised survive ten minutes, let alone 6 months (Occupy Wall Street)? It is a remarkable thing and one that is hard to understand from the context of an individual living in a hierarchical society.

Most would say its lack of direction is the major weakness of the Occupy movement but I see something different. I see large groups of people living together all over the world in major urban sprawls without rigid structures and hierarchies for long periods of time without killing each other and seemingly thriving in the presence of other open-minded, free thinking individuals. Occupy seems in part to have become a centre for learning and communicating great thoughts, that’s why it attracts people and that is why it has survived without an agenda. It is a haven, the antidote to the big city life that swallows up so many people, it is overwhelmingly a good thing and I’m gutted I didn’t pop in while I had the chance.

To put it into context, since the 17th September 2011 and the start of “Occupy Wall Street”, Occupy protests have sprung up in 70 countries in over 250 cities ranging from Mumbai to London to Buenos Aires. That is a remarkable thing whatever way you look at it, I’ve had a look around and I am struggling to find anything from written human history that has represented such a massive and sudden shift in collective thinking on a global scale. Sure the various religions did it with great success but it took quite a long time and quite a lot of brutal murder and land grabbing for that to happen, where as Occupy has had 6 months and is yet to try to kill anyone, I will agree it is perplexing.

I don’t know where Occupy will go from here in the UK, if anyone is looking for a suggestion I was on the Waterloo and City line for the first time last night (the one that goes between Bank and Waterloo) and it could do with a few more friendly faces if you ask me. The truth is that those at the heart of Occupy itself probably do not know where to go next, but I think that is ok, if you read a previous blog of mine on dreams you’ll understand why I think this way.

The thing is, Occupy isn’t like the Church, it does not need to survive to bask in the glory of its victory, it has done what it set out to do. Two ideas have been planted in the minds of millions of people, even those who are against it have the seeds of doubt and of new possibility lying there, for some it will lay dormant and for others it will grow and somewhere in-between you might get a major paradigm shift.

Think of it this way, a major artist unveils an incredible new sculpture, everyone is blown away by its beauty and the intricacy of the

A rude awakening for capitalism?

craftsmanship, but a couple of days after the unveiling a young teenager on a school field trip suddenly notices that out of the corner of your eye it looks remarkably like an erect penis, he points this out to a couple of friends and suddenly they see the penis too!! Within moments you have a class full of kids rolling around with laughter at the oversized schlong that has appeared before them. Yes some will be grown up about it and try to point out the beauty of the work, but even they will be unable to deny that they now see a cock every time they look at this so-called masterpiece.

That is what Occupy has done, shown us all that Capitalism is basically a large phallus, and once you have seen that you are never going to see it as anything else. If something only wants one thing (and penis’ only want one thing I assure you), chances are you’re going to be less likely to fall for its good looks and fancy cars, because after all, most of us are after something more than a one night stand, especially if you go to bed with a filly and wake up with a mare. So move over capitalism, you old war-horse you, its time someone put you out of your misery…

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