I guess you've named yourselves "Occupy Toronto" to associate yourselves with "Occupy Wall Street". So first, I'd like to suggest you change your name to something like "Take Back Toronto". By calling yourselves "occupiers", you're encouraging a subtext that suggests you're a foreign force, invaders perhaps, admitting you have no right to be where you are.
I'm an outsider to all this, but I was under the impression that the "Occupy" movement was formed after people finally got fed up with the fact their countries have been taken away from them. American citizens are now nothing more than serfs, owned and traded by a kleptocratic ruling class: by "occupying" Wall Street, they wanted to bring attention to this and start taking their country back.
That's what I thought, anyway.
But I think calling yourselves "occupiers", you're involuntarily suggesting you have no legal right to your country. Calling yourselves "Take Back..." carries a better subtext, which suggests you have had your rights to your own country taken from you, and you are now demanding your country back.
After all, even "Wall Street" shouldn't be the enemy of the people. In an ideal world, "Wall Street" would raise funding for the businesses that you work for, invest the pension plans that are supposed to support you, and give you somewhere to put your own earned savings so that you can provide more for yourselves and your families. It should, ideally, give enough people jobs that they can pay the taxes that fund the provision of government services to the people. The problem is, "Wall Street" has been taken away from the people, by a kleptocratic ruling class that has now completely captured the government that, in a democracy, should have the people's best interests as its only concern.
Now I know Canada's nowhere nearly as kleptocratic as the USA. But we do still have our own ruling families who purchase government for their own ends. Our new Conservative government is working with Sun Media and various Canadian Republican pundits to try to defund and dismantle the CBC. And Ontario's "Liberal" government even went so far as to pass a secret law (Regulation 233/10) to suspend all civil liberties during the G20 summit in Toronto, probably under the direction of the kleptocratic ruling elite at the summit who oppose any attempt by any country's citizens to voice their opinions in the view of the world media.
Calling yourselves "occupiers" thus further suggests to me that you're the same bunch of York University Marxists that purports to speak for "the people" at every event they control. I have no problem with York University Marxists exercising their right to speak and protest; but I have a tremendous problem with them purporting to speak for me. I vote for a country where York Marxists are allowed to exist; I don't vote for a country where York Marxists rule over me.
That might suggest why there's this big debate within the "Occupy..." movement around that famous press question, "what is your one demand?" You don't know what your "one demand" is, because you're blinded by your individual political positions. The press always see this and conclude you're an amorphous mass that has no idea what it wants.
Well, in an ideal world, you would be an amorphous mass. (By the way: Anonymous has absolutely no interest, in any circumstances, in "collective action through consensus-building". That is their strength. The point of Anonymous is, anyone who decides to join in on an action does so in their own way. Anyone who's not interested in that action, they are free to take part in some other action. "Consensus-building" is an invention of Marxist fascists - the "consensus" reached is always theirs, they make sure of it. That's how I know you have nothing whatsoever to do with Anonymous. Fakers.)
But whatever individual demands the various factions within the "Occupy..." movement have, you do all have one thing in common. You want to take back your country. I'm amazed you haven't realized it yet!
So imagine if the press were coming up to you and asking "what is your one demand?" and you could simply reply: "We want to take back our country." Look at what that accomplishes:
- That begs for a whole ream of clarification questions from the press: you're now awarded more than a 10-second sound bite. You might even get documentaries aired about you.
- Every individual voice within that movement can now give their own explanation of how their country has been taken from them: now you have a real democratic movement, instead of some Marxist plutocrat-controlled movement.
- There is no way for any politician to co-opt your movement: the only way for anyone to placate you will be for them to give you back your country.
- Everyone watching will be on your side. Because you're not "occupiers", you're just helping the people "take back" what should be theirs.
- Anyone who stands against you (e.g. the police) will thus identify themselves instantly as an enemy of the democratic masses.
- Best of all, all the people of this country who are watching this go on will be introduced to that most revolutionary and dangerous idea of all: that the people actually have the right to rule their own country, not simply to be serfs ruled by a kleptocratic elite.