That’s No Angry Mob … It’s a Movement
More and more people are asking why we should be bailing out any corporation when we have legitimate processes for managing this: Chapter 11 in the US and Insolvency in Canada .
This story identifies how people are starting to band together , organize proper protests and offer significant opposition to what is happening in the US (and what should start happening in Canada as well).
Here’s a quote:
In his new book, Come Home, America: The Rise and Fall (and Redeeming Promise) of Our Country, William Greider sees the public’s anger as good news for the country – "America the Possible," he calls it.
"We’re at a break point in our history," he said. "And it’s not just the financial system, although that’s front and center. It’s the deteriorated economy, it’s militarism looking out in the world, trying to find the next war. It’s a lot of things coming at us, all at once. I believe, on the other side of all of these adversities, we can become a better country.
But to make that happen, Greider thinks, "People at large, I don’t care whether they’re middle class or upper class or working poor or union, non-union, have to find ways to come together themselves, perhaps in very small groups at first, and talk about their own stuff. Their experiences, their ideas their convictions, their aspirations for the country, themselves, their families, and then broaden out a bit, laterally. And have more people in the discussion. They don’t have to become a giant organization, but they have to convince themselves that they’re citizens…
"That’s kind of the mystery of democracy. People get power if they believe they’re entitled to power."
So how about it Canada? I propose ‘no bucket days’ (against bailouts), where people rally on a specific day of each month as long as it takes to send the message that we’re no longer interested in keeping close friends of politicians in business while the rest of us suffer.