|Occupy Vancouver Day One|
Occupy Vancouver Turning off Its Power Source
Impossible demands, conspiracy theories alienating broad range of supporters.
Tuesday November 8, 2011
By Bill Tieleman
"The revolution will not be televised."
-We demand an independent investigation into 9-11 which will examine all evidence including that which would support a false-flag explanation.
-We demand that prostitution be legalized and regulated as it is in New Zealand.
-We demand -- as Bertrand Russell suggested -- there be two police forces -- one to prove your guilt and another to prove your innocence. We demand lawyers be required to work in pairs so that a lack of resources won't be a factor in deciding a case. (Alternative: We demand increased funding for legal aid.)
-We demand the repeal of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. All synthetic drugs and hard drugs (including cocaine and heroin) must be distributed by prescription through a pharmacist.
-We demand that all harmless people be protected in the constitution. If a new law is written and a new set of people are to be criminalized, the burden of proof will now be on the government to provide evidence that this new group of criminals is inherently harmful to others. This will end scapegoating.
-We demand the release of all non-violent prisoners.
To be fair, there are lots of demands that many would heartily support -- even if some are highly unlikely to be achieved.
-We demand that the wealthiest one per cent pay their fair share by the closing of tax loopholes such as dark pools of liquidity and employer-side payroll taxes. Progressive taxation principles must prevail, income from capital must be taxed at the same level as wage income.
-We demand that the federal government keep out of private-sector union negotiations.
-We demand the prohibition of self-regulation by large-scale industries.
-We demand that a "ministry of whistle-blowing" be created with the power to protect any whistle blower –- corporate or otherwise -- from harm of any kind. We need to be able to safely call attention to injustice. Previous failed attempts to do this should be learned from.
But mixing conspiracy theories and fringe positions with populist politics isn't going to appeal to the 99 per cent of ordinary people who are supposed to be backing the Occupy movement against the privileged 1 per cent who run the economy.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag [slang for heroin] and skip,
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.