Occupying

October 17, 2011 § Leave a comment

We live in a ‘one percent’ region of the country. A place where people pay for multi-million dollar homes in cash, drive Teslas and hybrid (SUVs) and bargain on prices of fresh local produce at the Farmers’ Market. Because, you know, if Costco sells organic apples at $2.99 a pound, why can’t you, small-farmer-from-the-Central-Valley do the same?

I have a love-hate relationship with this place. The climate is one of the best around and the quality of produce available is just second to none. But the arrogance that comes with this wealth is just appalling. The self-centeredness, of thinking that the world can go to hell as long as I have my tax deductions and billion-dollar asset base is simply unbelievable.

I’ve been following the Occupy protests with great interest because I do think it was only a matter of time before something like this happened. Given the entrenched problems in this country, it was a wonder that it took so long for people to speak up and really fight against a system that’s been screwing them for so many years. It isn’t just about the financial industry, although their sub-prime shenanigans were the perfect catalyst, but about a weak government that is, for all its grand promises, really run by Corporate America. I don’t know if the movement is going to get anywhere constructive in the absence of a specific agenda, but I hope they do. I hope that something more than just hashtags and media reports of massive turnouts result from all this protesting because, really, it’s about bloody time.

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