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Defining the Occupy Movement

As stated in the Occupy Vancouver’s mission statement, “the strength of Occupy… lies in the ambiguity of its mission”. While I agree with that statement, I don’t think that is a good thing. Imagine Stephen Harper as the prime minister, but no one in Canada knows what his political views are. Would you be comfortable following him if you didn’t know what he was thinking? This is the same situation now with a group of people demanding change, but not specifying what it is. What if the government decides to increase taxes and cut healthcare spending? Technically that is change so according to the mission statement, the Occupy Movement is a success right? It’s like those be careful what you wish for because you might just get it lessons we experience.

Ok in all seriousness let’s say politicians finally give in to the protesters’ demands. Exactly what changes will take place then? Everyone wants change, but different people want different things and you can’t satisfy everybody. Can you justify gathering a mass number of supporters who believe in a blind cause, knowing that at the end, not all those people will get what they want?

So what have the Occupy protesters accomplished so far? As far as I know, they haven’t done much, if not anything. There are many events such as the Keystone Pipeline project that may be attributed with the protesters simply because they are correlated. However that is a fallacy because the first rule of statistics is that correlation does not imply causation. For example how can you attribute Obama’s decision to reject the project due to the Occupy movement or the upcoming 2012 presidential election?

I do believe there is an increase in discussion about political, economic, social issues due to the Occupy movement. However as Tyler had mentioned, people have always talked about these injustices thanks to a wonderful invention called the Internet. I attended a discussion session about Occupy a couple of months ago. I met a few Occupy Vancouver protestors and asked them now that they have everyone’s attention, what is the next step? Their response was to continue gathering supporters and hold discussions about various global issues which tells me the movement still doesn’t have a plan of action. Considering the number of supporters, I would expect there to be someone who could at least devise and implement a plan to improve Occupy Vancouver’s position.

Sunlight, although ubiquitous, shining by itself on grass will not start a fire. However if a lens is placed on top, one can get a fire going. Just as the lens focuses sunlight into a specific point to start a fire, Occupy protestors must focus their energy on clearly defined goals if they wish to achieve the change they seek.

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  1. January 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    They still haven’t impressed me…

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