A view from an occupier #7

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“My name is Henry. I am 18 years old. I am a university student in Wales. I speak only for myself, I do not represent the camp.

I stay here part of the time, commuting from Wales and my university commitments there. I am here because I want to oppose the uneven distribution of wealth and freedom in our society. There is one law for powerful corporations, banks and the elite 1% while the rest of us have little say or legal redress. Everyone knows the globalized financial system is run by billionaires who have got away with theft on an unimaginable scale, but not only have they escaped prison, their placemen are being put in charge of countries like Greece and Italy. This globalisation of criminality also means that we are all forced to live at the expense of poor people in the Third World who are working in slave/sweatshop conditions. This power elite that controls our lives is also degrading the natural sustainability of the earth we rely upon, with their selfishness and greed. I believe a better world is possible and am prepared to work hard to create it.”

Occupation is an idea, a tactic. It cannot be intimidated or evicted.

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5 Responses to A view from an occupier #7

  1. Kevin says:

    I think it’s great people are taking an interest in this huge issue that controls all our lives. It’s constantly there in the background but we are usually not aware of it.

    The fact that the crash of 2008 has exposed the workings of this system to everyone is a good thing as the more we all know about it the less likely it is for people to abuse it in the future.

    I would argue that Banking is not a bad thing, it has allowed all the progress of civilization throughout the last few hundred years. And it is mainly in the last decade that banking has become corrupted. As Banking works on two key premises; managing risk and trust.

    And it is these two fundamentals that where corrupted mainly by state intervention back in 2002 when President Bush demanded that and so the state started to underwrite mortgages to people who could not afford them. Then the trust was broken by a small number of bankers disguising these bad loans as good loans and selling them on.

    So does that making Banking the problem? I would argue good banking makes the world economy work, bad banking brings us to the brink of economic collapse as we are in today.

    So what we need is good people working in these institutions. I would argue that all of you motivated to protest should think about the next step. Go and work in these banks and change them from within, one person at a time!

  2. john smith says:

    if as you claim were all going to hell in a hand cart unless your protests succeeds then nothing else is important stop playing and show the public you mean it and occupy rather than pop in from time to time and then go home to your warm beds in the evenings

  3. occupybristol says:

    You know, I wish people would make up their minds whether we’re benefit scrounging professional protestors, or middle class part-timers, and which one is bad. Or is everything bad?

    John, are you saying that unless one devotes one’s entire life to one thing, without doing anything else, you’re not allowed an opinion? That sounds like a pretty unsustainable model of civic engagement to me.

    Some people are in a position to devote most of their time to the occupy camp. Some are just in a position to take part for a day a week. Or to just stop by and wish us luck, and give us a bag of apples. They are all helping and they are all part of occupy Bristol, in some way. From each according to their abilities…

    Personally I don’t see the problem with that.

  4. john smith says:

    university commitments?? if you feel that strongly give up uni and occupy full time or are you only playing at revolution ??

    • Frank Kelly says:

      Well Henry, I commend you for taking ‘some’ time to do ‘something’ – you cannot put your life on hold and just ‘occupy’ – you have to live up to your other commitments as well – which you are obviously doing.

      You on the other hand John, ‘seem’ to be one of those people who are only too willing to let everyone else do the hard work, whilst you sit around doing nothing, accepting the situation as a ‘fait accompli’ and criticising those that are trying their best.

      Well done Henry. John you should get a life – or shut up moaning.

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