We are the 99%. We are people.
Logically there is a 1% that is different, they are the target. They are also people. The struggle for a better world is about people not about systems. That is new with Occupy.Any system can be used by leaders for their own benefit. The 1% pull the strings (of the political puppets) to get more (money) for themselves. To build a beautiful and exclusive world for the Happy Few. Another system with a new 1% will restore the same situation. That is the lesson from many revolutions where the old 1% was defeated by the 99% under the leadership of a group that later became a new 1%. Never have the 99% learned to independently chase a 1% away. Always they were under the spell of leaders who told them what to do. After tens of years when the situation became again unbearable, the 99% again had to learn how to oust a greedy 1%. A society must not be frozen by systems controlled by a few leaders but must continue to move, a process that involves many autonomous people.
The 99% have always been forced by leaders to direct their actions on the systems and the institutions that are used by the 1% to rule and not on who use these systems for their own benefit. That is strange because in arts and sports all attention is drawn towards the toppers, towards the players who lead the teams to excellence. People are important, not the system. Eusebio, Pele, Cruyff, Maradona, Messi – people want to see the stars, want to see individual people but in politics they direct themselves against institutions and systems, not against persons.
The 99% remain subordinated to the people at the top. They exist only as numbers in a file, as soldiers who have to fight other soldiers by the orders of the generals. When the 99% become self-confident because they know they can defeat any greedy leader, the system will also change. The other way around is not true. Another system does not produce different people. In a new system the 99% should continuously control leaders.
Too many 99%-ers stick to the old idea that improvement comes when the system changes and not when people change. They demand that the FED is abolished, that some new laws are installed, that corruption of elected representatives is wiped out. Demonstrations are in front of buildings or institutions where the 1% works, not in the neighbourhoods where the 1% lives. The 1% is not disturbed by a demonstration in front of their working place, that risk is part of the work. They are only disturbed when something happens in their living situation. Then they start to think why people attack them.
The old way of protesting reacts on the consequences of the existence of a 1%, not on the deeper reason, on the fact that there is a separate living 1% who decide everything because of money and not because of the well-being of all people, the idea that all people have the same status.
How a new Humane World will be organised will be the task of the people who live then. We cannot predict how the world will look like with a self-confident 99% who know they can destroy any irregularity, disparity, greed or corruption. It will be a world in which living people and not dead systems take first place.
Joost van Steenis
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