Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Philippines' Occupy Movement

mendiola camp outThe Occupy Wall Street protests are spreading. Even developing countries such as the Philippines are joining in. I first heard of the Philippine segment of the Occupy Movement a couple months ago (Philippines joins global ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests). And just now on the news, I heard about the Mendiola Camp Out.  Though they are being met with some resistance at the moment, I hope they remain steadfast and resolute with their beliefs.  Their initiative has inspired me to act as well; hence, I am helping to spread the word.

It is heartening to know that awareness is spreading for this critically important matter that has really been around for years—under different names but consisting of similar philosophical thought—yet unable to garner as strong a backing and hence have slipped under the radar or were even dismissed as conspiracy theories. Due to its significance and magnitude of consequence, I believe my time (and yours) is warranted to further spread the word and further educate ourselves about the matter.

In essence:

"The participants of the event, who have called themselves the '99 percenters', are mainly protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed, and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns.  They make a common statement about government corruption and the excessive influence of big business and the wealthiest 1% on laws and policies."

"Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants."

"Does anyone really not know what the basic message is of this protest: that Wall Street is oozing corruption and criminality and its unrestrained political power—in the form of crony capitalism and ownership of political institutions—is destroying financial security for everyone else?"

philippines occupy movement
Water cannon fired on marchers of
the Mendiola Occupy Camp Out
I believe there are several other factors involved that exacerbate the problem at hand—such as resource scarcity and overpopulation.  These factors essentially shrink the pie that has to go around and perhaps even propel the greed and corruption.  But it is plutocracy and corporacracy that are the main culprits as to why that limited amount of pie is not being shared fairly.

In other words, these wealthy fat slobs are hogging all the pie, while the rest of us (the oppressed 99%) are left with crumbs.

You can learn more about the Occupy Movement and other related topics from the links below:

Occupy Movement

Criticism of Capitalism

Plutocracy and Corporacracy

The New World Order


Republicans and the Tea Party Movement

And here are some relevant Occupy Philippines social networking pages:




Stay strong guys; and remember, there's power in numbers.


Coconuter said...

Billionaires with 1% tax rates

Ray said...

Yeap, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Sean Parker are all calling for higher taxes for the wealthy to help with our deficit. It's just not right that they are paying at a lower rate than people who earn income through employment. Capital Gains tax, the main source of income for the rich is only taxed at 15% while ordinary income is taxed at 35%. When bankers go bust they don't get evicted from their offices but get bailouts from the tax payers. This supply side economics ideology is total BS. 

el toro bumingo said...

Dapat naman talaga na ang tax ay proportional sa income 'di ba? Hindi ba ganun ang nangyayari sa 'tin sa Pinas ngayon? I'm a bit blind about social issues :(

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