Res Populis

Let’s All Go To Zuccotti Park

In Articles, On a serious note... on December 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

I’ve heard it’s a blast, and a great way to get hired.

Well if you’re thinking of going there to join the Occupy protesters while at the same time hoping to find a job, think again. Because finding a job is not the point behind the protests.

The call of the 99% is not, mainly, to a fight against unemployment, but rather to fight social injustice. It is a wake up call to all, reminding us that we’re all in this together, and that there is something slightly fishy and alarming in having the vast majority shoulder the responsibility for the excesses and failures of a privileged minority.

That is what protesting at Zuccotti park means, and not, as CNN or Lady Prestot (who is not a lady at all but actually a planet) believe: a call for more slavish jobs to be handed out to the already overexploited populace.

Postert twistedly believes that the protests somehow were being held to serve her own interest. Either that, or she is incredibly opportunistic.

The CNN article claims that Postert “jumped right into the Occupy Wall Street movement — all in — banging drums and washing paint- and dirt-covered sidewalks.” Apparently she also jumped right out the minute she was offered a job – oh so it is all about her getting a job then?

The truth is that the “lady” should not have been there in the first place, because her having a job still leaves thousands of others jobless. And this, it seems, does not bother Postert one bit, which is probably what makes her an excellent candidate to join the 1%.

You see, the protests, contrary to what superficial people like Postert or the people doing bad reporting at CNN might think, is not about banging drums – as fun as that may be; it’s actually about solidarity, justice, brotherhood and equity. No kidding. Big words for CNN or Postert, but for the rest of us with a mind, they describe what humanity should be all about.

Switching sides, and putting an end to your protest the minute, and indeed only because you are offered a job, shows the real egoistical intent and motive behind your protests. After all you can still get a job and protest at the social injustice that others are suffering anyway.

The call of the 99% is not, mainly, to a fight against unemployment, but rather to fight social injustice.

And yet the article tries to portray Postert as some kind of hero and a concerned citizen, describing her as “frustrated with the economy” when in reality she was only frustrated with her own situation. Certainly, the economic situation has not improved following her recruitment.

Postert in fact [intentionally?] misses the point behind the protests: she was hired, and the status quo remains as is. She is now merely another modern slave working for her masters.

The article reports that Postert and her new master boss exchanged e-mails. Did they exchange e-mails on the current economic situation, on world poverty or on the taking advantage of the workforce? On child labour perhaps? No. They most probably talked about work hours and salary. Discussion was probably centred on the simple egoistical gain they can make off each other. It’s all about personal profit for these people. The woman is a born 1%er.

The lady was never part of the 99%. She was actually one of the 99% who decided not to join the 99% in their protests. People who never actually went to Zucotti Park were present there more than she ever was.

To be fair…

Our cartoonist raises a valid point. She reminds us that Postert might have her own problems to worry about, her own loved ones to take care of. Of course that is a valid argument.

Nevertheless, the protests are not about personal conerns. They are about unity and joint action. They are about standing together to fight for our (as opposed to ‘my’) rights. They are about setting aside our individual concerns for the benefit of the collective whole, which we all, as individuals, are part of. When you fight for something you either fight for it all the way or not at all. If she wanted to go lone wolf, she should have done so from the very start.

Immanuel Kant posited the idea of a categorical imperative to guide us in our dealings with other human beings: one should never treat people as a means to an end, but always as an end in themselves. Postert used the protests and the protesters for her advantage and only to attain her own ends. This certainly runs contrary to the spirit of the protests.

To set the record straight: I have a very good job. I write here for free, and because my conscience tells me it is the right thing to do. I can simply not care, but I choose otherwise. And to be honest, I still think I do not do enough to help the Other.

The CNN reporter ends the farce with an unfunny and unclever “quip”, telling us that Postert “promises to protest again when she finds something worth protesting for” – the well-being of her peers apparently not being on the list – and finally makes an unintentionally intelligent remark when he predicts that “her bosses may not approve of that.” Of course not, her bosses approve of protesting only when it is motivated by self-interest.

Let me end this piece with a message for Postert: I guess we will see you when you’re out of a job again, so that you can come protest about the lack of social justice.


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