There are ways that, in my opinion, the occupation movement can be made to be more successful. The occupation movement aims to highlight and eventually correct the social and economic injustices in the world. The occupation movement therefore aims to eventually bring about greater social justice and greater economic justice. At the moment, the occupation movement is pushing these agendas through non-violent protests, chief among them being the sit-ins in various public spaces (during which the members of the occupation movement are said to be ‘occupying’ such spaces). The occupation movement has recorded some limited successes so far, and I am venturing to look at ways in which it can be made to be even more successful in the future.
One way in which the occupation movement can be made to be more successful is by enlisting more members. It won’t do to have a somewhat elitist organization, whose membership is mainly drawn from university students, their professors and other intellectuals. If the occupation movement is to have global impact, it should aim to enlist more members. The masses.
Another way in which the occupation movement can be made to be more successful is by simplifying its objectives, into a language that the common man can understand and relate to. It won’t do for the occupation movement to claim that it is clamoring for the interests of the common man, yet the common man can’t relate to the sophisticated language of the social sciences that it speaks in. The movement also needs to be more specific: like where it speaks of aiming to bring about greater social and economic justice, it needs to explain in what (specific) ways.
Yet another way in which the occupation movement can be made to be more successful is by expanding its operations whether physically or on online. The occupation movement has the ultimate objective of changing the current world order on a global scale. Consequently, it should aspire to take its activities globally, so that, in the future, its impact is felt globally. Of course, it may have to adopt different methods of protest for different nations: given that, for instance, the sit-ins it stages in various western nations would be disastrous in other places. Indeed, one reckons that if it is being clamped down on in the west, where there is supposedly greater freedom of expression, one shudders to imagine what would happen to occupiers in other nations where the governments are not so tolerant. But when all is said and done, the occupy movement should aspire to have activities all over the world, if at all it is to have global impact.