The 99% know all about inequality

One thing the “Occupy” movement does not lack is a clear message: the system is broken and the folks who broke it are not the ones who will fix it. There is no doubt in the minds of many that the economy is rigged in favour of the very few, and that most politicians act on behalf of those few. Why? To quote Jessie James, because that’s where the money is. Living in an affluent society like Canada is not very pleasant if one senses no opportunity to continue to be — or ever to be — economically comfortable, let alone affluent. A huge percentage of jobs are now precarious: low wages, few benefits, no pension, usually no future. More become that way every day. Who benefits from a labour market based on precarious employment at low wages with no benefits? Is that how we build a just, cohesive, democratic society, where the majority feels included and fairly treated? Do we need to ask the youth in the inner suburbs of London and Paris about this? I listened last week to a Canadian member of the 1 per cent being interviewed about the Occupy movement. He was appalled that many in the movement were seeking a redistribution of wealth. Why did he object? It “would be an extraordinarily uneconomic decision by the community,” a decision that would “absolutely destroy the economy.”

Publication Date: 
October 26, 2011
Journal Name: 
Toronto Star