Ways to Make the Occupation Movement More Successful

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 … [Read more...]

Celebrating the (Limited) Successes of the Occupation Movement

In my last blog post, I tried to outline the reasons as to why, in my opinion, the occupation movement has not been successful. As soon as the blog post was published, I started seeing comments from members of the occupation movement, with most of them telling me that I had been unfair to them: and that in spite of everything, the occupation movement has had some undeniable successes. Upon reading those comments, I came to the realization that I was indeed being too harsh on the occupation movement – and that the occupation movement has had some successes, which I should have highlighted in my last blog post. Against that background, then, in today’s blog post, I will try to celebrate the successes of the occupation movement: which however, can nonetheless only be termed as limited successes. The occupation movement has, in my opinion, been successful to the extent that it has drawn the attention of some decision-makers to issues of social and economic justice. There is a huge … [Read more...]

Why the Occupation Movement Has Not Been Very Successful

In my opinion, the occupation movement has not been very successful. When you look at the lofty goals that the occupation movement set out to achieve, and what it has actually managed to achieve a few years down the line, you just have to conclude that the movement hasn’t been so successful. It is noteworthy, for instance, that the occupy movement hasn’t really achieved much in terms of  actually improving social justice in the world. Neither has the occupy movement really achieved much in terms of actually improving economic justice in the world. These things pain me, as an avowed supporter of the occupy movement. And it is this pain that has pushed me into deep contemplation, as I try to figure out why the occupation movement has not been very successful. It is occurring to me that the first reason as to why the occupation movement has not been very successful is because it has failed to explain (and sell) itself well to the masses. Thus, you find that the masses, whose interests … [Read more...]