Have the 99 percent become the one percent?
It seems that the organizers of the movement are working hard to protect their belongings, as well as their stash of food from freeloaders, at least according to an article by Harry Siegel in Monday’s Daily News.
“Organizers, who have already cut kitchen hours and taken other steps to discourage freeloading, are hoping that the winter cold will help clear out hangers-on and give the active participants time to … refine their structures (including a bid to shift some power from the general assembly comprised of the semi-random group of people who show up on the Broadway steps each evening to the working group members who have invested time and effort in the occupation).”
What’s that shift — power from the many to the few?
So now the organizers are acting like the organizations they despise so much.
Yes, just like the Wall Street corporations, who, by the way, have invested time and effort in amassing what they have, the members of the movement are making sure the Johnny-come-latelies who are only interested in getting a free ride don’t take advantage of them.
I’ll call it what it is: the heads of Occupy Wall Street are excluding the haves from the have-nots, protecting their belongings from those who would take it.
Not that I blame them.
Every person that owns something wants to protect it, hold on to it, and have it for a rainy day. I’m not saying that CEO’s aren’t extremely greedy, but it’s the nature of the beast. In a way, we are all greedy, whether little or big — self-preservation is the name of the game. Wanting more and saving is hot-wired into our psyche.
So is the protest working? Nah. The occupation of Zuccotti Park is just a re-enactment of the larger issue. The haves want to keep it for their hard work and effort and not give it away for free to the freeloaders that just want it because the haves have it.
The communist movement wanted all the haves and have-nots to be equal. It wanted the one percent to share the wealth with the 99 percent who didn’t have much. That party was built on the principal, “All for one, and one for all.”
And we all saw how grand that movement turned out: the one percent had it all, they kept the 99 percent at bay with intimidation, torture, imprisonment and denial. No one was allowed to speak their peace.
It’s fundamentally the difference between this country where the 99 percent have the right to free speech, the right to protest without any fear of reprisal, where their family members aren’t carted off in the middle of the night and never heard from or seen again.
Not for Nuthin, buy maybe it’s time for the 99 percent to admit that what gives them their rights is exactly what gives the one percent the right to keep what they have worked for. Socialism, communism, and too much government hand outs just doesn’t work.
Jdelbuono@cnglocal.comColumnist Joanna DelBuono's "Not For Nuthin'" appears every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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