Hundreds of thousands of common citizens participated in Germany in actions against the G20. They were enthusiastic because so many people had become active. But there were hardly any positive results. And many activists but also many police-officers, all belonging to the 99%, were damaged while the political leaders in the G20-meeting were not at all disturbed by the actions.
The actions were not part of a movement. Movements that want real changes should have many (small) successes. But in these actions the Golden Rule for Actions was violated. There was a lot of damage for the 99% while pressure on the 1% did not increase. “Welcome to Hell” did not send to G20-leaders to hell. I am not against the use of violence in actions but that violence should only hurt top-people and not our own people. Also barricading some roads did not disturb G20-leaders who were too well protected. These not very successful actions not really attacked on the top of the world.
There were a few nice actions as the burning down of tens of Ferraris and other luxury cars. The power of top-people is based on their surplus of money, and actions that prevent they use very expensive objects are nice. When they cannot spend anymore their money to get more exclusive goods – and more on money based power – change will come nearer. But most activists only demonstrated. That is only nice because you can discuss with many unknown people. But there is hardly any success, leaders do not listen to the 99%.
The past has shown that big political actions hardly ever forced people in higher social spheres to take a different kind of decisions. Big political actions – as these anti-G20 actions – cannot be organised often. It takes a lot of time and money to organise such actions. Action leaders have a too great influence on the kind of actions that are carried out. Individual actions are overwhelmed by the time that is necessary to organise one big action. And such actions hardly pressure any political leader.
We are many small people and we may carry out many small actions with many small successes in the private living sphere of top-people. That gives a long series of small victories that inspires unknown other members of the 99% to carry out their own small actions.
Top-leaders think extensively how they can increase their control over the 99%. We should start to think how we can control the 1%. Only when we continuously pressure decisions-takers they will listen to us. Actions should directly intrude in the private life of the 1%, just as they are controlling us by intruding in our private life. That does not happen when we only fight the police or plunder shops. Only many independent small actions will give positive results. Then we get a better world.
Read chapter 22. “Actions of the past have not changed the world. Out-dated actions gave hardly change and damaged too much the 99%” via http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis/Revolution22.htm.
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