Why Occupy Melbourne Failed
Firstly, I have to apologise. It isn’t nice to hear someone say they think you’ve failed, and I can take that – it isn’t nice to hear that your efforts are doomed, again, sorry – and I can take that. Yet, is it just me that seems to think that you are all missing something?
Australia, is not America.
You have no real rights for freedom of expression. You have no constitution designed to protect those rights (shit, not even all the states are even in the original constitution). You also have very little concept of living within a country whose ideals are founded on the principle of liberation – as you have never been liberated, or had to be liberated, from oppression, and then forged an entire, 250 year old, 300 million nation of people on that principle.
Occupy Melbourne is a great idea, but it wont work if you are following in the footsteps of the ideals started in Occupy Wall Street – and you got a taste of the reality of the situation, and how different it is last week. If you support it, and you want it to work, you have to make it Australian – and use that to your advantage.
Put all those other issues that you all believe you are fighting for to the side for a moment- your individual ideals and political leanings, your pet peeves and social awareness campaigns. Forget why you are involved and forget your placards complaining about every little issue under the sun.
It wont work here.
What is happening in the US, where differing people are complaining about all of those things in unity, will not work here, and the shame of it is that too many of you don’t realise it. You see, the Americans fought for the right to do this all those years ago – they are able to not care about the bigger picture, because they already have something that you don’t. They have already fought one of their major battles, and we have never even seen fit to even commit to a true skirmish.
You have a Queen on your coin. You have a constitution that leaves little consideration for anything beyond political infrastructure and arrangements! You have no law that really guarantees your freedom – and you have never bothered to really even consider the concept that you should be considering, because of your often anti-American sentiments, your wish to "not follow like a lapdog" and your blind following of your mates when they sit there and go "fucking Americans" and you trot out your latest treatise on how they are the evil nation of corporate greed, how they start wars, how you feel like this culture is being invaded by them and how the "Seppos" are hardly a model of honesty, wisdom and leadership.
But, see, they have something that you don’t – which is why Occupy Wall street may have a real chance of affecting real change – they have it in their guts, in their learning’s, and all throughout their culture. They already fought for it, they already got it, they are now fighting to keep it.
You? You haven’t even been fucked considering it. "No worries mate" you say. You are apathetic, you only vote because otherwise you’ll get a fine, you have no -real- choice in parties, any one could cut a deal to undermine their own ethos at any time, or to try and gain just a tiny bit of leverage. Their philosophies? Well, whatevers good on the day, or is in direct opposition to the other …
So, sorry. Your mismatched agendas wont work. Your separate angst and your protest wont work. It will solve nothing, and will just go down as "that time all those unemployed people from Brunswick got arrested down on Swanston st". It wont work, because you don’t have anything that really honesty binds you together – mateship is such an ephemeral and luminous thing that it doesn’t apply to you – it cant relly help you - because you are not under any real trial. You have running water? You are not crippled by taxes. You have power. Every single one of you has the internet! You have a social security system that, if you dont spend it on booze and smack, allows you to survive better than most places. You have a public transport system, that is second to none – believe me, I’ve been to parts of the US that are a million times worse – you are NOT IN A RECESSION.
You protesters are all arguing about the wrong thing. You’re all divided, a majority of you are still so apathetic (you realise that half your numbers are there just for the spectacle of it, right?) that, ultimately, it is a little pathetic. Thats how the majority look on you – you know? thats how the 99% look towards it right now – because, I hate to say this, you are, right now, the 1% – the 1% of people who actually took a step forward, but who wont make any gains because everyone is looking on you and going "what’s really so wrong with their lives, and what exactly are THEY fighting for?"
Maybe if you fought that first battle, it would work. Maybe if you were brave enough to unite under something that the US Occupy people *already have* it will work. Maybe if you did that, the rest of the 99% would think you are just unemployed weirdos handing out pamphlets from the socialist party.
Tell you what – when you all sit back, and can agree that you need to actually band together under something bigger than all your own personal agendas, give me a buzz. I’ll come down, I’ll shout with you all, I’ll waves my arms and get arrested and tell my mates of the injustice of it all right alongside you. Hell, if enough of you can show it, I’ll walk at the front of the protest line, and I’ll hold a great big fucking sign above my head, and scream from the top of my lungs to proclaiming it to the world.
My sign would read "Liberty" – and you’d all be welcome to shout it with me, I hope one day I will, but until you get your shit together, I’ll sit over here, on this fence – coz you know what?
She’ll be right.