Easy Occupation II

So easy, so easy. Canadian politicians lining up to support the “Occupy (name your city)” protesters. Peggy Nash of the New Democratic Party–and the party’s Finance Critic, no less, saying that “I think what the Occupation movement is expressing is what we’ve been saying in the House of Commons every single day in Question Period. So, in terms of the goals of the Occupation movement, we are completely on the same wavelength.” Bob Rae, the Interim Leader of the Liberal Party, no less, saying that “(They) didn’t have an axe to grind, didn’t have a particular ideology to talk about. They just wanted to express their concern about what was happening in the economy and their sense that a Canada where people really cared about each other was slipping through their fingers.”

I may be missing something, but in a free a democratic society, this is why we have a permit process for public demonstrations. People have a right to protest publicly, but not in a manner that distrupts the lives of others, which includes the right to enjoy urban public parks, free of overnight campers.

I know a lot of people have no time for Kevin O’Leary, based on his perceived arrogance, general insensitivity or otherwise. However, when he was in Ottawa, promoting his autobiography, he made a constructive suggestion as to how those in the “Occupation Movement” might better channel their energies: start a corporation. What I take him to mean is that if you don’t like the current business model, change it by committing individual or collective capital (including the millions of dollars available in union or union-sponsored investment funds) to develop competing businesses, where profit maximization is not the penultimate objective. That’s how the credit union movement started; why not in other areas?

Democratically-elected politicians who support the “Occupation Movement” show a basic contempt or lack of appreciation for the power of democratic change, in my view. Again, relative to Easy Occupation: how many in the “Occupation Movement” actually voted, let alone contributed their time to a political campaign?

Instead, For the first time since the Second World War, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London has had to cancel its Sunday services. It is also concerned that it may have to cancel its Remembrance Day Service.

Legacy of the excessively privileged. Been there before, with the 60s and early 70s demonstrations. The politicians were out there as well, sympathizing with the “counterculture”. At that time, Eric Burdon was referred to as a “psychedelic sucker”, for good reason. He wasn’t alone, then or now:

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1 Response to Easy Occupation II

  1. Perhaps people are protesting the end of the “American dream”, that everyone will be guaranteed a “good life” either through social welfare, or the ability to get ahead through their own efforts.

    As someone who participated in the start-up of 3 entrepreneurial companies in my 20s and 30s, I am inclined to think Kevin O’Leary is right. He often is though often brutally so. I became an entrepreneur because there were few opportunities for someone with a Masters Degree in Social Psychology. It was a recession, just like now. I learned to sell life insurance, and then advertising. I ended up an owner in the adverising company, and then a partner in an HR Consulting company, doing mostly training programs.

    Suddenly, there were lots of opportunities, and we did well, because we worked hard, turned out to be competent, and most of our customers appreciated our products and services.

    If the “American” or “Canadian” dream is dead, it’s because people haven’t learned how to get ahead without governmental help. If you choose to depend on others, don’t be surprised if they don’t depend as much on you. And remember that you choose, and that you’re responsible for your choice.

    As for the politicians who want to suck up… What else is new?

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