Wise Words (or Something) from Occupiers

Mark Schatzker of The Globe and Mail recently wrote a hilarious article commemorating the one-week anniversary of Occupy Toronto.  Gathering quotes from protesters he conversed with, Schatzker compiled them into an absolute classic work of satire.  See the link above for the entire article, but here are some of my favorites.

“The day after Occupy, I used an ATM and the same old message came up saying you will be charged $1 for this transaction or whatever. But it felt different, somehow. You could tell the ATM felt embarrassed, that it knew it was just another pawn in this charade we call capitalism. I felt sorry for my robot brother.” Alex, 23

“Why are there more people at the reunion than were at the actual protest? That’s just such total BS, man.” – Russell, 26

“We have these amazing commemorative Occupy shirts for sale. The minimum order was 250, so there will be extras if anyone wants one.” – Dave, 23

“It’s weird protesting on Bay Street. You get there at 9 a.m. and the rich bankers who you want to hurl insults at and change their worldview have been at work for two hours already. And then when it’s time to go, they’re still there. I guess that’s why they call them the one per cent. I mean, who wants to work those kinds of hours? That’s the power of greed.” – Jeremy, 38

Even those who try to remain sympathetic to their cause must note that this is a movement that still needs to define itself more clearly.  If the Occupiers cannot offer more than whining and complete misstatements about capitalism, they will either be finally hijacked into far leftist politics or they will join the ranks of other flash-in-the-pan movements – probably near the “Save the Spotted Owl Society.”

The real enemy is corporatism, where corporations and government marry and wreak havoc on the people, particularly the poor and middle class.  If the Occupy movement realized that government is not the answer, but part of the problem, their message would resonate with many more Americans.


2 thoughts on “Wise Words (or Something) from Occupiers

  1. Really? No direction? This is what you’ve got to say about this? Wow. This is people speaking up for the poor, for the decimated middle class. There is data for days to back all this up. And you know it. Or you should.
    The irony is, the Occupy movement’s inherent ideals are far closer to those of Jesus than anything the would-be Religious Right (including you, apparently) is spewing these days. Truly gross and shameful.

  2. Jonah, let’s back up a bit. I did not disparage speaking up for the poor or middle class. I never have and I did not here. So, please don’t make such assumptions and then call me a “Religious Right” hypocrite when I am being neither. Caring for the poor is a teaching of Jesus that I fully believe and did not criticize the Occupiers for.

    But, for the record, I do not think we should care for the poor through the government. Jesus never taught that this was government’s job. It belongs to the people and to the Church. If the government takes care of the poor in the way many in the Occupy movement suggest, it only amounts in heavier taxes, i.e. taking money from other people. Government taking more than half of people’s money is far from a biblical teaching.

    Now, I do agree with you that I should not have said “no direction.” I edited this as a result, so thank you for pointing it out. What I meant to say, and have said in other writings, is that the Occupy movement has held some contradictory positions which makes their ideas impossible to follow.

    Many of the Occupiers are victims of their own government, so criticizing corporations and calling on more government intervention would not help. Government linked with the corporations is the problem (corporatism, not capitalism). That’s the point I’ve tried to stress before. If you want an idea of what I mean, and have been warning about since early in this movement, read “Hippies in Tri-Cornered Hats

    You can also see, in articles I have republished, that I am anything but unsympathetic towards the movement, though I disagree with some things they are saying. See here, here

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