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Death of occupy

By Alejandro Rodriguez
On February 21, 2012

 

Do you remember a couple months ago when all we could talk about was the ‘Occupy' movement? It was on everyone's mind and for the first time in a long time people were questioning authority. It was unlike anything I had seen before, because for once the people who were opposing the government weren't treated like complete loons.
 
Although not all of America agreed with the movement, there was something to be admired about the protests.
Then the police started to bust down camps and eventually things went back to normal. It all came at the right time, too. Christmas was around the corner and people were ready to buy things that they couldn't afford en masse. 
 
It took about a month for everyone to forget what the big deal was. Something about the poor or paying the proper amount of taxes or something, I don't really remember at this point. 
(And they say this generation gives up too easily…)
 
I don't want to openly express my dismay with the death of the Occupy Wall Street movement, because I'm still hoping that things will turn around. 
 
I'm hoping that in a few months every person who has been beaten down and mistreated by the government will take a stand against the Wall Street goons and their political puppets. However, my cynicism won't allow me to do that. 
I once talked about breaking the shackles of oppression and as a single unit coming together to create real change in the western world, but that feels like an eternity ago and news stations stopped caring about Occupy Wall Street a long time ago. (M.I.A. did flip the camera off at the Super Bowl, though. That was pretty exciting…) 
 
I know I shouldn't let the dwindling coverage get to me, but I feel like a lot of people have just given up. Seeing that just gets to me and I can't help but also give up with the rest of them.
 
What was I expecting? Did I really think that the Occupy Wall Street movement would change anything? It was nice to see so many like minded people come together with the idea of change in mind, but I think too many of us are scared of real change. No one said it would be easy and I think that's why Occupy Wall Street eventually failed, because change isn't easy. 
 
This all may be because all the protesters were docile. If there was one thing I learned from the Arab Spring, it's that sometimes violence brings people together. When police were beating protesters it got more people in the cause. 
I know we like to pretend that we're better than that, that violence won't solve anything, but those in power are okay with that. As long as they don't feel threatened, nothing will change. 
 
If you think I sound like a lunatic, maybe you're right. Who am I to talk about fighting back? I don't even push people back in a mosh pit. 

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