So the world is now indeed splitting into a plutonomy and a precariat — in the imagery of the Occupy movement, the 1 percent and the 99 percent. Not literal numbers, but the right picture. Now, the plutonomy is where the action is and it could continue like this.
If it does, the historic reversal that began in the 1970s could become irreversible. That’s where we’re heading. And the Occupy movement is the first real, major, popular reaction that could avert this. But it’s going to be necessary to face the fact that it’s a long, hard struggle. You don’t win victories tomorrow. You have to form the structures that will be sustained, that will go on through hard times and can win major victories. And there are a lot of things that can be done.
I’m not entirely informed about the Occupy Movement or it’s agenda, I have a personal bias against getting angry and making a sign, but I agree that some serious corruption has gone on long enough and that big changes are headed our way (including but not limited to Climate Change, and Peak Oil) whether we want them to or not. It’s a question of survival at this point and influencing which way the hammer will fall. While the Tech industry has been primarily unscathed thus far, it’s deeply invested in another bubble and when it pops I fear the last economic refuge may go with it.
Ultimately it’s time for people to take control of their own destinies again.
I may be applying my own bias to the rest of the world, as I’m currently in a phase of combatting indiscretions in order to own my own life, but I still think that in the larger scheme of things Humanity itself is on the precipice of dramatic, national and global upheavals.
Who knows what the next 30 years will bring? I suspect that it will be interesting to say the least.