Australians - Occupy Your Own Assholes, it would be more constructive.
Coming from an Australian… We don’t need an Occupy Movement. Please, if you’re one of the people spouting on about OCCUPY AUSTRALIA, going to rallies, writing about being “the 99%” on Tumblr even though you’re a hipster from Newtown Performing Arts School whose parents will be paying for your Bachelor of Arts, take a second to actually learn something about this movement, the economy, the rest of the world, and take a minute to look up something called The Class Divide.
We don’t have a class divide in Australia, we just don’t. We don’t have enough history for it, we don’t have the same foundations as many other first-world countries, we’re too young and we do live in an egalitarian society, much as the disenfranchised amongst us would probably hate to admit that. I did all of my traveling and living overseas when I was young, but even I picked up, when living in England, that the posher kids didn’t come around our areas, that being Upper Working Class (dad a builder, mum a social worker) meant you could hang out with Council Flat Kids but not Rich Kids; that even though maybe you went to school with some kids you didn’t go back to their houses because their parents knew your parents and their jobs; that the kids down the street were too ‘scummy’ even for you and yes you can play with them but no, you can’t go to their house their mummy smokes dope in the living room… And this was a common thing. Normal. Not questioned. You live to your means, and you pretty much stay that way unless you get a lucky break. Time spent in American saw me walking past more homeless people than I’ve seen collectively in my life since, some with signs, back then before this Movement, explaining their college degrees, qualifications, opportunities and failures. Unfair termination. Workplace discrimination. No-one able to do anything about it. Family units broken apart and husbands turned onto the street because of a stock market crash. Previously stable people left with nothing. Homes repossessed. Children unable to continue going to school. Why? Because apparently it’s okay to treat people like shit, to step over people to get to the top, to push people away from everything they’ve ever known, leave them with nothing, and not even bother to notice on the Subway that that bearded man used to work in the same office as your wife…
We just don’t live like that. The vast majority of Australians will never experience what “the 99%” are going through, and most likely never will. We are so privileged, and it breaks my heart that we are ignoring that, forgetting how lucky we are to live in this beautiful country literally brimming with opportunity, just to jump on some bandwagon relating to a movement most people don’t even seem to understand.
There is no 99% in Australia. If you want to champion a cause, how about the rights of our indigenous people? That right there is a legitimate problem within our society. Or is it not 'hip’ enough? Will you not get enough notes on Tumblr for holding up a sign about how we continue to destroy the homeland, lives, language, history and culture of the Australian Aboriginal people, despite our sweeping claims of equality? Do you just not care?
Some protests just aren’t relevant to certain societies, and this is one. Occupy Australia? Occupy my middle finger, wake up and learn how lucky we are not to be part of the 99% of Americans who do have something to scream about. No, Australia isn’t perfect. Yes, there’s a lot we need to change. Yes, there is poverty. Yes, some people do end up in terrible situations in their lives. But it is not the majority. Not even close. So please, just stop. It’s so insulting.
We’re no better. We’re not the 99%, we’re actually the 10%. The top 10% of the world constitutes pretty much every single person in the developed world, including North America, Europe, Australia, etc.
Now, us top 10%, we control over 85% of the world’s wealth. I don’t normally try to appeal to people on emotional basis, but the self-righteous, self-entitled, middle class fucks of the developed world need to stop crying about the fact they can’t have the new iPhone or whatever when literally everyone else in the world is in poverty/starving/dying/dead now.
In Australia, we have free healthcare, education, legal representation, welfare, everything you could ever need and we still have people “Occupying Sydney.” The Occupy Wall Street was originally based on closing loopholes in American taxation legislation - it’s not even applicable to Australia.
Now, I understand that the movement has grown passed the basic tax issues and I would be more receptive of the movement if it had a fucking point. “Corporations have a bunch of money… and I don’t.” Yes it’s annoying that some people are born into power and money but like… that’s just how things are. You shouldn’t be annoyed at them anymore than you’re annoyed at Mila Kunis for having an understated yet amazing rack and perf-
Anyway, my point is, the 99% movement is baseless, without direction and inherently hypocritical. It’s based around the notion that all money should be shared between the masses. But if Obama wants to introduce universal healthcare… No. That’s socialism.