How long it grows or how far it goes is anyone's guess. But the fact that people are organizing at all in such a way as having street protests is ominous for the powers that be. Because the people marching and occupying are not the usual black-masked vandals who frequent every protest, they are ordinary people who want to make it known that they are dissatisfied with the status quo. So the way things have been going one can only ask, what did they expect?
A recent poll showed that the general public thinks these protests will do no good by about 60%. Yet the movement is expanding. The Middle East, Africa, Europe, South and North America are having spontaneous demonstrations. Corporate greed and government corruption seem to be the igniting factors.
We are told that 99% of the world's wealth is held by 1% of the people. And those people who are supposedly in charge, are only looking out for themselves. And flaunting their power and position in an unequal world. We ARE one step away from anarchy.
The worst thing in the world next to anarchy is government. — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887); American preacher, speaker, and writer.
And yet there are those who believe that anarchy is an important step in the forward movement by governments towards the so called New World Order. And these people with that agenda relish the prospect of bringing order to the unruly crowds, but need to allow that populace to become unruly first. Some even predict Martial Law in America within the next 3 years!
Yes, and what did these powerful and influential one percent expect?
Today corporations run the governments. So called Free Trade Agreements stopped a small town in Mexico from preventing the dumping of American nuclear waste in their region. It over-ruled the Mexican government and the people's health concerns. And the WTO riots show that people are catching on to the deception. Freedom and democracy is suspended by trade agreements!
Some believe that the US Government Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has hired pharmaceutical executives to run it. With drugs being approved because they will aid huge profits! Listen to those ads on CNN for drugs and their side effects! An extensive study published in the reputable Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 106,000 people die each year in American hospitals from medication side effects! Warner-Lambert, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and many others have all been involved in lawsuits exposing their practices in selling drugs. Yet it goes on and on.
Monsanto is deciding which genetically manipulated Frankenfoods you will eat, after bullying farmers in the USA and South America for years! Even charging them and putting them out of business because their seeds blew into the farm property! Can growth hormones and chemical additives harm the human species? The fish farms are about to start 'manufacturing' a genetically engineered salmon fish four times larger than normal! People subjected to these growth hormones for years in their food in America are beginning to produce huge abnormal children!
Is the British Petroleum oil rig still spilling crude into the Gulf? Many think they are and we have no way of looking at it because the BP Corporation will not let anyone near it! The US Navy should have taken charge of that whole disaster! Yet the oil company can shield its operations from scrutiny, even after been caught lying! It is being rumored right now that the Gulf Stream which warms Western Europe is no longer flowing north and across the Atlantic, and that the 'dead spot' in the Gulf of Mexico is growing exponentially!
And did you know that Exxon has still not paid the fines imposed on them in their spill of 1989! Inspite of billion dollar profits every year! Who allows these transgressions? The powers that be.
The Enron scandal case was coincidentally ended when World Trade Center Building 7 conveniently fell down and all the FBI investigative evidence was contained in that building. The Bush family allowed certain Saudis to fly out of America DURING the evening of the 9/11 disaster, when everything else was grounded and Saudis were already suspect in the event! And Dick Cheney and his connections with Haliburton are hardly talked about. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency used Blackwater private troops to deter desperate people at gunpoint trying to flee to safety during the Hurricane Katrina flood aftermath instead of helping them.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac gave contributions to lawmakers sitting on committees that primarily regulate their industry! The House Financial Services Committee; the Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee; or the Senate Finance Committee. Others have seats on the powerful Appropriations or Ways & Means committees or are members of the congressional leadership or have even run for president. While common people lost their dreams. No one has ever been charged in those cases!
Automobile companies who received tax payer's dollars as a bail out, arrogantly still gave their incompetent executives who put them in the position of NEEDING a bailout still got huge million dollar bonuses, spitting in the people's faces!
Banks can show a billion dollars profit per QUARTER with virtually NO research or developement of anything but ways to take cash out of your pocket! And no one ever criticizes these insolent executives, calling them instead 'job providers' and other nonsensical catch words. The Federal Reserve in America duped the public for years into thinking they were an arm of the American government looking after you, and instead were nothing but a private financial business insuring their own profits.
The CIA are suspected of fostering the growth of the heroin industry in Afghanistan and elsewhere in South East Asia! For secret profits! While brave young men are killed while thinking they are helping their country! People believe that the NSA, National Security Agency is involved with a secret agenda , and they no longer trust their local police. Instead fear them. Drug dealers work with impunity on our street corners. The criminality in cities is rampant and separating law abiding citizens from their own communities.
Drug cartels are in the midst of actually taking over the whole of Mexico! Columbian cocain continues year after year to flow steadily into the North America.
Your media reports on little of significance. You listen to cat and dog stories every night at 6 while the important events are allowed to pass into oblivion because certain people close to political contacts control almost the whole of media today. In Iraq, there have been over 100 independent war corespondents and reporters killed since troops went there. While 'embedded' reporters tell you what they are told to tell you! Who is killing these free reporters from Rueters and other respected news sources? Someone who doesn't want them telling you what is happening. An insidious suppression of truth.
So again, what did these arrogant manipulating people in power expect?
They were charged with the duty of protecting a way of life. With running corporations with ethics, and governments with honesty. And they have failed miserably. We see that the pendulum of democracy has swung way wide of the mark.
The protests are now worldwide. Against corporations, organizations and governments that have no regard for people and their families. The public feels helpless. All they can do is protest, peacefully at first, but when unheard and frustrated, and feeling helpless and looking at a bleak future, they begin busting things. It is fear of the future. It is hope being extinguished. And the busting might be the democracy everyone talks about as being so much better than anything else.
Yet if that democracy is seen by the 99% as serving only the one percent .... Are you still angry at WikiLeaks?
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
Just what did they expect?
Second thoughts - - - it seems the Vancouver 'protesters' are not knowledgeable about the worldwide efforts by others to bring attention to government corruptions and corporate greed. The Vancouver people now occupying the Art Gallery lawns with pitched tents, when interviewed by news media, seem to have a misunderstanding of why they are there, and put forth a rhetoric that betrays them as the same old protesters who turn out to any event. These people, legitimately or not, are turned off by society but make no effort to work at solving problems except to cry about not getting anything. It is a sad situation here as opposed to people around the world who have deep concern about what we wrote about above. Time for them to be removed.