Within the last six weeks or so, a genie has been released across the planet. The unstoppered bottle began its journey during the Arab Spring but has finally found its greatest expression in the Occupy movements. In all cases, the protest of ordinary people has been met with unveiled violence from the system under which those people live. Such protests are nothing new. They’ve occurred throughout history and have always met the same response at the beginning. What is new is the globalisation of the protest.
For some individuals, what is occurring in their country is shocking. The Arab Spring, for example, could be applauded from a safe distance in the comfort of the belief that ‘we don’t do things like that’. The appalling violence and loss of life weren’t a part of our society – we were ‘civilised’. Now the unpleasant truth is making itself known. Read the rest of this entry »