An open space for global conversation
I just read a very thoughtful and nuanced blog post by John Michael Greer in which he criticizes (in passing) the rhetoric of Occupy Wallstreet.
According to JMG, the simplistic model of an empire that consists of a one percent elite who prey upon a ninety nine percent class of the oppressed has no referent in reality. In reality, empires use the differential distribution of imperial benefits and burdens to keep everyone working to support the imperial system that supports them and to point their criticism not at the imperial system, but at players and subsystems within the larger system that benefit somebody else.
His thought and writing on this is so lucid that I'm tempted to cut and paste a block quote, but I won't do that just yet, as I'd really like to get a few folks to read the entire post rather than reacting to my brief sketch and a snippet.
"We are the 99 percent," found traction in the public conversation. As a meme, it's a bona fide success, but as a conceptual tool or as a base upon which to build a more elaborate mental framework, is it really useful?