In a society where we are not represented, where we have no voice and where it is clear to us that we matter nothing to those with power, what did people expect was going to happen on the 26th?
‘Friends’ Ed Miliband called us. He is not our friend. He is a man who would have done the same as the Coalition, as same as any government would do. He would take from us what he can, to pay for a crisis of other’s causing. A crisis that doesn’t even need to be paid for (see previous writings).
Along with toothless Union leadership (who are too hamstrung and too managed to have won anything for years) who are ‘working with government’ (quote from Brendan Barber on his approach to fighting the cuts), it is no wonder that we took to the streets with intention to damage anything that represented our own oppression.
What can you tell someone to do to make this world a better place? Vote for someone? Place your trust in failed organisations who haven’t succeeded at anything for years?
So we targeted the thieves and the sinners who have stolen our libraries, our health care, our sure start, our EMA, our education, our NHS, our forests, our jobs and our belief of something better.
We unintentionally scared or distanced our selves from some of those who we love and support and are part of.
We know however, in the long run, that we are all working together and that those differences mean nothing – unless we let them. We know that we acted in good conscience and took our moment as best we could to express what we have the power to do in no other way – our sense of loss and desperation, our sense of injustice and anger.
We know that in the future this will be looked back upon as yet another expression of the anger and hope of a turbulent time.
We want a better world, one of freedom and one where we control our own lives. Not one where we are controlled by governments and businesses where we are used to make money and seen as nothing more. We know to get this that we do not just turn up to a city and target the criminals who bully us into a life of servitude.
We know that it takes constant, everyday organising in our communities win small victories that become bigger victories on the road to creating a better world. And this is something we do every day.
We also know that sometimes our actions are the best thing for those working with in the structures of power. ‘Oh look’ the Unions can say ‘do you want to work with us now, or do you want to try and deal with them?’ Some call this radical flanking, where big demands become seen as small in comparison the greater demands of actions of others.
So today and tomorrow and maybe for the rest of the week we will be painted as the bad guys. We have been before and we will be again. This is not because we don’t listen or care about everyone, but precisely because we care about everyone and everything. We will not sit idly by and do nothing, we will push for what we want, constantly and with vigour.
And if we are judged now as the bad guys we will not let it faze us.
Because the civil rights movement were bad guys, and the women’s rights movement were bad guys, and the chartist movement were bad guys, the anti apartheid movement were bad guys… and the list goes on.
All the rights and privileges and things that help make life bearable that we take for granted now (and in many parts of the world are being struggled for as we speak) were hard won by normal, everyday people. They were not given to us by great leaders or by powerful but generous men. They were fought for. By bad guys.