This past weekend saw thousands of protest demonstrations occur all over the world in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street.
People worldwide are identifying with the OWS protests started a month ago because they too are dealing the adverse effects of the globalized financial system that serves the big moneyed interests in league with the political sycophants they underwrite, foist fiscal austerity measures on the backs of the people while rescuing the banksters without holding them accountable for the hardship they caused.
That basic unfairness and injustice, so readily identified with, reflects legitimate, long standing grievances first expressed by the OWS protesters, has become the catalyst for thousands to rally around and take to the streets in America and now around the world. They are breaking free of their feelings of powerlessness and confronting those institutions and their greedy perpetrators with demands that are in essence saying, "We are here, we will be heard and we are not going to take it anymore. The jig is up, you are responsible for creating the terrible economic hardship and struggles we face; that you got bailed out with our money and now harsh austerity measures are placed on our backs while you get off scot free and not held accountable".
That phrase sort of encapsulates the myriad number of different signs held aloft along with the chants expressed i.e. "We are the 99%, we got sold out, banks got bailed out, all day, all week, occupy Wall Street, corporations are not people, get money out of politics, et al.
I believe these protests are saying to the corporatists and the politicos they bankroll and control, "You are on notice; we will occupy and remain in the streets as long as necessary until we are heard and heeded. For what we are saying is the truth.
Yes some of the demonstrations Saturday took on a violent tinge when they were infiltrated by a few breaking windows and setting cars ablaze in Rome. But that violence was confined to Italy and is an aberration rather than the norm. The overwhelming majority of protesters in the occupy movement reject violence and have taken a vow of non-violence even in the face of authorities over-reacting against peaceful protesters with pepper spray and arrests.
With worldwide instant communication and connectedness being the norm, what happens on Occupy Wall Street, Tehrir Square in Cairo or Auckland New Zealand is instantly communicated and known by people everywhere.
The people of the world are uniting in ways that seemed unimaginable just a few short years ago.
It is the people of the world that are changing the world, confronting the globalized, multinational corporations and their political henchmen who have acted with arrogance and impunity to control everything including the people.
All the corporate oligarchs and their political opportunists do is destroy livelihoods and force unfair austerity measures on the people. But now the people are feeling empowered, beginning to recognize it is only they who are capable of changing the world for the better.
As war can result in unpredictable consequences, the same can be said of the occupy movement.
I believe it is revolutionary and ultimately for the better. For it is real, un-lead, people driven and inspired.