18 Nov

I discovered a blog today, and I just had to share this one paragraph in particular of sheer awesomeness…


“Perhaps some people feel that those standing as candidates to represent us are only a limited selection, that everyone’s centered around a general acceptance of the way the world should be?  Well, that seems to be the guiding principle behind the Occupy protests, but within a democratic system, the proper way to secure change is to stand for election and get a popular mandate. Otherwise you are also just unelected, unrepresentative self-appointed people who believe you are right.”


*borrowing from A Practical Wedding 😉


2 Responses to “Exactly*”

  1. greekmelie November 19, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    My instincts tend to lie with the protester every single time. To me, that’s the only way significant changes can be achieved. There’s a lot of turmoil in Europe and the US is following suit. They just need to be focused and press towards tangible goals and specific requests. I wish I were back home to participate too.

    About standing for election being the only way to change the system, I am sorry but I disagree. Politics is such an elitist and family business, much more where I come from, that it makes it virtually impossible for random and impartial people to join, much less to get a place in parliament, much much less to influence the decisions. And I have read the Animal Farm one time too many to believe that the pigs won’t prevail.

    • Becca November 20, 2011 at 12:06 am #

      That’s an interesting position, Melie. I guess I’m viewing it from a UK perspective. No, you won’t take over the country in one fell swoop here, but the Green Party’s success in Brighton shows how individuals with passion can have a real impact. People focus on how hard “getting into politics” as a career is, exceptionally difficult without money and connections, when that isn’t the entire picture of getting things done.

      I must say that in countries like the US and the Middle East, protest still has a place, because the methods we are lucky to have here are just not in place. I’m afraid I don’t know enough about Greece to comment on your situation.

      For example – the Occupy Food movement in the US is 100% necessary because the large food and beverage corporations have such a stranglehold on the government. Also, strike action is necessary against some corporations (ahem… Disney) because to be able to provide healthcare for their families is a basic human right that is just unquestionable in the West, and an undeniable goal for the world as a whole.

      Protests in this country seem more about criticism and slogans than any plan or ideas on how to get things right.

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