Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The 99%

I had a conversation with a friend the other day about how revolutionary stories are always a little disappointing to them, because the author builds a world and then starts destroying it immediately, and they like the world-building much better because anarchy is always the same.

And that's what I thought of when I saw Occupy Seattle featured on the Seattle news. It's a brethren-organization to Occupy Wall Street, which is kind of sort of affiliated with We Are The 99 Percent, a photo-journal of stories submitted by discontented people around the US.

There are protests being staged and organized in several cities across the US, some, like the one in New York, culminating in arrests. But the protests don't have clear demands. They are calling for the economy to be better, for the American Dream to deliver as promised or at least not to lie to them.

It's the kind of unrest that demonstrates how a world, a culture work. It's an illustration of unrest without tearing down the world and making everyone start from scratch.

At least at this point. It's getting too cold here in the Northern Hemisphere for properly enraged civil disobedience. We'll see where we are in the spring.

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