The Moneyed Classes Must Love Peaceful Demonstrations

Flag-Waving Don't Impress No Hawg!

Although we should admire and show our gratitude for their well-meaning efforts, the thousands of demonstrators world-wide against Capitalism and the infamous “one percent” would seem to be doing little real good.

It takes more than waving a banner in a hog’s ear, which has its snout deep into the trough, to get it to desist slurping away until all the food is inside its ample gut. Shouting slogans at it is ineffective, too; all it can hear is its own jaws and that of the others in line.

In fact, the only losers as a result of these demonstrations are the participants themselves and the members of the public that are sometimes inconvenienced. This causes those who had no previous agenda to add their voices to the establishment calling for control.

Take the ongoing demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London (England!). Neatly encircled by building, it can get no bigger. The demonstrators have politely allowed access to the cathedral and the nearby business district (Ha!). The result is a nice little splash of color with tented hippies and their ilk available for tourists to have their photos taken with real, live insurgents!

How Cameron and his gang from the upper classes must rub their hands and benevolently allow this farce to continue. The press favorable to the Tories carefully interviews the lesser educated demonstrators, while the “people’s press” finds a couple of the more educated to put in print. The TV news finds both, but the few seconds sound bite they allow gives no chance for the demonstrators to get their point across.

Watch how quickly the riot police will arrive, along with the helicopters and the press hordes, if a window or two gets broken, or a fight breaks out between the demonstrators and outraged citizenry who have to walk a few extra yards to get to work! This spells real danger and what the ruling classes really fear…escalation and violence!

Change has rarely been achieved by peaceful and reasoned means. It would if we were dealing with fair-minded people. They know their conniving, or that of their ancestors, has won them a larger piece of the cake than they merit or have worked for. They are “conservatives” in the main, they want to conserve all the cream they have skimmed from the national pie. They want to continue having all the high-prices toys: the BMW and Mercedes cars, the luxury yacht, the holidays in top resorts, the trophy wives and toy-boys; the best schools for their kids terminating in Oxbridge, the club of the haves, where they meet the contacts allowing them to lead and find good positions all their lives...how do you think so many inept people are in government?

The wealthy know that in challenging times where 99% of the world is suffering economically, they have to mend fences and encircle, bayonets at the ready. Do you really think a few flags and chanting will cause them to say, “You’re right, we don’t deserve all this while you have nothing; here, take my BMW and my house in the country, we’ll make do with just the Jag and the London flat.” Ha! They won’t give you the moldy cheese in their expansive larders. They look down on the lower classes and think that they merit all this while you deserve nothing more than basics, and those hard-won. They have lived like this from birth and cannot understand what it is like to suffer in the three-room council flat, driving a ten-year-old Ford and grabbing a few days in Margate one summer weekend.

What’s more, they don’t care how dismal your life is, because to worry about you is to admit they need to share more of the things of value they control.

Once this country had a Labor government made up with ministers and back benchers who came from poor backgrounds themselves. Then, the poor and disenfranchised had a chance. Strikes by unions made huge gains in pay and conditions for their members. We had a vast manufacturing base with dignified jobs for all.

Then along came the grocer’s daughter, Margaret Thatcher, who shuddered at the thought of her mediocre background, despising others who had not escaped into more rarified air. She was wined and dined by the privileged all over the world and she saw the good life as the one to which she had always been entitled. She was taken in by the capitalist creed and the money ethic; she saw the bankers as the bearers of the chalice and supported the moneyed classes all the way. She wanted (she said) to “empower” the poor into becoming part of the capitalist dream. She dismembered Britain’s wonderful council housing scheme, allowing the homes to be bought and sold. The prices zoomed and the property bubble encouraged by the banks and greedy owners, began. The banks began lending like there was no tomorrow, lending up to 120 percent on a property’s value. The bullet began to return to Earth when people defaulted on their impossibly high mortgages and tried to sell property where the equity was negative by thousands of pounds. The banks repossessed the properties, losing billions as they had to sell on a static market and eat the overage of the unwise lending….and now this besotted fool of a woman is going to receive a pension of some 400 thousand pounds a year in perpetuity! Yes, the moneyed classes look after their own - witness the government blind-eye being turned to bankers bonuses still being paid by banks themselves still in billions of debt!

We can only hope some savior emerges from the ranks of the Labor government in time for the next election. A revolution would never work in Britain and no one seriously wants all that violence and bloodshed. A strong man or woman is needed, but one who understands fairness and is not caught up in the Capitalist culture him/herself. Such a person has been missing in British politics for more than 80 years, so don’t lose any sleep hoping.

With one stroke of a pen this unequal situation could be addressed. It would amend taxation and redistribute wealth overnight. Then, a lifestyle would depend more on choice and vocation for all classes, not on how much money is received. We would all be much happier if we got this loathsome monkey, money, off our backs..


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

..change has rarely been achieved by peaceful demonstrations?.... WOW! You are invoking violence! You piece of shit! I guess you slept through the last elections where Tea party candidates kicked the shit outa Democrats??? You lowlife piece of unAmerican crap! You are the vile of this earth and the reason we are in the shape we are in! come on down to Texas and get yourself a little violence from ME!


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KBEvolve 4 years ago from United States

You know, I never would have read this if I hadn't seen the over the top comment. I'm glad I did because it is so amusing to see such a clear example of selective reading. In fact, it's only thing I found interesting here.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Capitalism is the reason America's 'poor' would be considered rich in most parts of the world. Socialism creates an economy with no drive nor ambition, and thus, socialist countries are doomed to fail, as we currently see happening in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain.

Greed exists in all economies. You think there was no greed in the Communist Soviet Union or in Mao's Red China?

And of course, there's that small matter of 100,000,000 murdered in the name of Communism/Socialism by Stalin and Mao. You don't see that happening in free capitalist countries!


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

I can't agree with you that peaceful, reasoned actions don't bring change. Martin Luther King, Jr. proved otherwise. However, I do agree that unbridled capitalism is dangerous (please note, Will, that I said "unbridled" - I'm not against capitalism as a whole). My question to you, Diogenes, is this; what are you doing to make a change? You've certainly pinpointed problems, so what actions have you taken to resolve them? It's not my intention to be belligerent, I'm sincerely interested. Do you write to your elected/appointed officials? Voice your displeasure by your vote? These are actions I've taken, keeping in mind the old adage "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem"


diogenes 4 years ago

American Reading. Unfortunately I live in London, UK and you, in Texas. As you knew full well when you made your belligerant threat. I am not in the business of making cowardly threats...one day our courses may meet, my friend, and you might get your chance...Meanwhile, stay off the jungle juice. Bob


diogenes 4 years ago

Will et al. My point was that little has been achieved by peaceful demonstrations, except they lead to real insurrection. In the case of Martin Luther King, it was his assassination that did more to change prejudice than all the other protests.

Hillbilly Zen, you ask what I have done to change things, is the pen mightier than the sword? Maybe not, but I have champiohned many causes in 25 years of journalism and have been on the threatened list for some years in Mexico by the PRI for taking them on in print...Bob


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"My point was that little has been achieved by peaceful demonstrations, except they lead to real insurrection. In the case of Martin Luther King, it was his assassination that did more to change prejudice than all the other protests."

I beg to differ. Most civil rights legislation was passed well before his death, in 1968, and Bloody Sunday in 1965, was the turning point in opposition to racial bias.


diogenes 4 years ago

OK Will. My hub was really about the UK not the States and I bow to your superior knowledge re King. My real problem is with American Romance and his remark above. I am in the process of reporting this to HP after thinking about it for a few hours. My main concern is he bullies other hubbers in this manner. Cheers Will Bob


writeronline 4 years ago

I'm not going to question anything about this piece, Bob. I agree with your sentiments, share your frustration, applaud your ability to express it. I'm pleased you didn't allow false modesty to prevent you from presenting your credentials to Hillbilly Zen. Words can and do inspire deeds. (Sadly, good and bad..)

I'm pretty sure that American Romance will be checking your comments on a frequent basis, either looking for supporters applauding his 'eloquence', or dissenters he can beat up. In the firm hope that this is so, here's my message to AR.

I read your outburst. It was so simplistic, I'd finished it before I realised I'd actually begun. It's silly and shallow, yet deeply offensive at the same time.

TBH, I really don't think you should be left unsupervised with your computer, 'cept fer maybe playin sum more games. My daddy always told me, 'son, if you cain't understand what the grown-ups is talkin about, best keep yer mouth shut, less'n they realise you're an idjit." Just a thought...

BTW, I'm not waiting For diogenes to flag your comment. It's already done. Call it solidarity, call it positive action. Call it what you like, I'm not listening.


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

(This makes the third time I've tried to post this, but couldn't due to some technical difficulties, hopefully repaired.) Thank you for your answer and your activism, Diogenes. I asked that question of you only because I'm sick to death of hearing my fellow citizens whine "Yeah, things stink but that's just the way it is." By the tone of your Hub, I'm guessing you're hearing it from yours as well. My actions may not count for much in the grand scheme of things, but I refuse to surrender to apathy. I'm glad to know that you're putting up a fight as well. Voting your Hub up, and flagging your first commenter (I can't bring myself to use his screen name, as he doesn't represent my idea of either).


diogenes 4 years ago

Thanks for positive input, HZ. I have reported American Romance to HP for his disgusting post: thanks for flagging it. I don't worry so much for myself as am a 72 year old journalist who has just about heard it all, including being shot at by people who would eat violent rednecks for lunch, but there are sensitive younger hubbers on here who might be put off contributing if they received a post like his. Thanks again Bob


diogenes 4 years ago

Hi WOL: Bless you for that positive comment and for flagging this a-hole. He won't last long on here if he thinks he can get away with that sort of language and violent intent. he must have some sort of mental problem to put comments on an open forum that can turn and bite him. It's those sorts of people that have given Texas a bad name...Bob


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Well, 'those' comments happen when loyalty to a piece of land, rather than to the human race, is strong. Also, the WWI and WWII and all wars Now, have religious undertones to each and Every one of them, whether Christendom cares to admit it or not. So their 'god' may be love, but not the miserable humans representing Him. We wonder why the world is a mess when 'love your neighbor' is Never heeded? Very good hub!


diogenes 4 years ago

Hi Bobbi. I try to like the wealthy and their acolytes, but they fail me every time. They stick together like glue and will use any ends to retain the lion's share of the world's resources and toys. A chap like American Romance gives Texas a bad (worse) name...Bob


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American Romance 4 years ago from America

diogenes, first of all comments are YOUR responsibility, besides YOU are the one threatening violence! I simply responded by defending what I love and know has created the best country in the world! I will not sit idly by and allow the liberal view of failure to be instituted into the minds of those around me by people like you that live in the mindst of failed government and people!..........might want to rethink that statement about ever meeting me........or have you forgotten what happened 200 years ago?


diogenese 4 years ago

Read the comment I made about not wanting violence and bloodshed in the second to last paragraph. No sane person wants that.

Then how about letting it rest and agree to disagree.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"With one stroke of a pen this unequal situation could be addressed. It would amend taxation and redistribute wealth overnight."

The Marxism/socialism that you advocate has never worked, and will never work, because the very profit motive that you despise is the driving force behind all successful economies.

Stalin and Mao attempted to suppress the natural and healthy human competition that drives successful economies, and murdered 100,000,000 people in the process. I find that far more reprehensible than a few successful and wealthy entrepreneurs who earned what they get.


diogenes 4 years ago

Will, yes, I have heard all that and read about it from both sides. Silly us debating it, we won't agree and I'll still like you! Bob


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Will, yes, I have heard all that and read about it from both sides."

But I have the facts on my side. Your 'redistribution of wealth' war on capitalism has been tried many, many times, and has always resulted in horrific poverty, death, and human misery. Capitalism may not be perfect, but it works far better than any other system, so I'm mystified that a smart guy like you would embrace a known failure.


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Hillbilly Zen 4 years ago from Kentucky

Will, it has cost American taxpayers over $169 *billion* dollars so far to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae managed to lose $7.6 *billion* alone in the third quarter, July-September. Yet they paid 10 inept company executives $12.9 *million* in bonuses, and are begging for yet another bailout. Those are facts, too...but not on your side, I'm afraid. Do you still think they "earned what they get"? Please pardon me, diogenes, for hijacking your Hub for a moment, but Will's comment really stuck in my craw.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Hillbilly Zen,

Here's my answer, posted earlier today:

http://hubpages.com/politics/Occupy-Freddie-and-Fa...


diogenes 4 years ago

Hi Hillbilly and Will. Well, Will, I guess you must have some capital you wish to conserve. I hope it's not in a bank, you might loose the lot, then you'll dislike the schemers as much as I do. But my argument is not so much against American entrepreneurship as against the landed classes in the UK; the spawn of thieves and pirates who are born with the silver spoon; own all the land and all the old money. It's a different situation. Will, I'm going to cut this hub shortly as it's getting like arguing over religion and just as boring...Bob

Thanks Hillbilly zen - you are a voice of reason...Bob


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Will, I guess you must have some capital you wish to conserve. I hope it's not in a bank, you might loose the lot, then you'll dislike the schemers as much as I do."

I keep a wary eye on banks, but the schemers I detest are the socialists in government who have bankrupted much of Europe and have put the US $15 trillion in debt.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Bless you, Will. the socialists haven't bankrupted Europe, the main damage has been done by glory hunting capitalists starting foreign wars. If it wasn't for the early socialists. 8-year-old kids would still be cleaning chimneys and the minimum wage would be pennies. And this is my last word on this hub! Bob


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"...the socialists haven't bankrupted Europe..."

Oh yes, they have, along with the decrease in children that narrows the supporting base. Read all about it:

http://buchanan.org/blog/the-bankrupt-pigs-of-euro...


writeronline 4 years ago

Meanwhile...why haven't the HP moderators ditched American Romance's comment yet? Site standards? Where?

'Level 6 commenter'. What, is that a licence to profane at will?

BTW, AR, 'best country in the world'. Ever been anywhere else, lived anywhere else, attempted to grasp what might be going on anywhere else? I very much doubt it. Those are the parroted words of easily led nationalists, from many countries other than your own, but as shallow and silly no matter where they're spoken.


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ahostagesituation 4 years ago

I've missed the way you light it up and watch it burn, Bob ;-). How the heck are ya?? Some commenter took my MLK rebuttal, but you've shot it down adequately with "his assisnation did more than any other protest." I think you might be right. But go easy on us bleeding hearts, Bob, geez. Leave us to the warm fuzziness of our pipe dreams, will ya? I've missed you!


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

Yes, those lovely people who 'forget' just who Really placed the world and America in debt. I believe it was under the G.W. Bush 8 year fiasco! How quick they forget, or do they Really forget? They just sling blame in the wrong direction. Those bailouts were put in place by Bush before he left office and could not be changed. The liars just go on and on here in America!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Bobbi. We need Almighty pruning shears to clip off the top 1% of trough-hogs who want everything and screw everyone else; trouble is, if there is a Creator, he seems to be on their side...the Pharasees win after all.

Sadly, it's not really them and us so much as the rot buried in the human genome; see how lottery winners change, for example. have a good piss up over there...Rx


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

To everyone who commented on this article. Many thanks. I am trying to catch up to take a rest from HP...Bob


writeronline 4 years ago

Bob, I'm giving it a bit of a nudge via a new one I just posted, referring to your first commenter, and how it is that HP moderators don't seem to care as much about that kind of OTT BS, as they do about whether or not we 'honest hardworking hubbers' inadvertently repeat ('duplicate') ourselves, or include more than 2 links to an outside site, etc etc..


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi WOL: Yeah, I just read that and it cheered me up for the day here. I have really expected nothing from HP and didn't get much less! Bob


jenubouka 4 years ago

Dear bob,

It was wol's article that lead me to here, I am saddened by the degenerate comments that fail to see the bigger picture here. This is not the site nor format to write such obscenities, and just as you spent the time to write this engaging piece, I am sure anyone of the likes would find it absolutely disrespectful and if they enjoyed their privilege to write and comment on this site, they would abide by simple rules.

I thought the article was great, and holds very true...

We the commoners have to abide by the laws written by us for the greater good of human kind, although we fail to forget history and that it sometimes being most times that a peace protest was not being heard. We commoners have the right to equality, and be darned if I sit and watch the wealthy slipping by on laws whilst my tax dollars keep bailing their ass from jail, or any legal precautions. Damn right we are tired, poor, and angry, and fed up with the attempts of peaceful means to be heard.

Okay thanks for my soapbox moment.

Voted up, Bob.


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

Hi Bob ... slipped along from WOL's excellent hub to check out what you had written that so stirred up the Texan with the limited vocabulary and penchant for violence.

BTW I'm going to try the swearing comment thing - it seems HP rewards you for it with a higher commenter score. (This is an English joke I hasten to add for our Texan friend)

Re: this hub. I couldn't agree more with you ... you have articulated so well what I believe. And don't get me started about banker's bonuses!! No-one 'earns' such a big handout.

The worst thing is that they are pandered to by the Tories as they threaten to flounce out of the country and take their dubious *skills* elsewhere. Let them go I say ... sadly there are plenty more financial wide boys where they came from.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi jenoubouka: Thanks for insightful comment. Heck, no one wants violence, least of all this writer. But if you have a rabid swine in the food trough taking all the sustenance, he needs rooting out any way you can Bob


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Hi Angie: The bankers and the MP's write these excuses together. They aren't going anywhere, wish they would. They will keep doing the same thing until they are forcibly restrained from doing so...our Texas friend should turn his big guns on the real offenders! Bob


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JuliaFine 4 years ago from Long Beach

WriterOnline also brought me here, and I am thankful. Leave it to the creative types to see the truth. What a great site HubPages is. I am new, but am excited to be a part of this global community. The anger this blog stirs up for some is heartening. There is so much passion about this subject because we are all suffering from the pigs' greed. My guess is that American Romance actually agrees with most of your sentiment, but is so angry he cannot see it! Crazy! I am an American, and, sorry to admit this, was a bit ignorant that other Western societies were dealing with similar issues to the extent that we are across the pond. I applaud you on "approving" AmericanRomance's comments. Such sharing only benefits your blog. I am in favor of all comments being shared right now, but I guess I'll have to wait until I get my first evil one to see how my own courage holds up. Thank you for your eloquence. I am looking forward to reading more...


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thanks Julia and welcome to HP...Bob


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JuliaFine 4 years ago from Long Beach

I am relieved to see that you are still here Diogenes (great name). I read on your profile that you were departing, and I actually sighed out loud. I need as many wise individuals, like you, who can teach me and share a perspective that only can be earned by years on the planet. Of course, this does not mean the converse; years on the planet = wisdom, but you don't have to worry about that :-) I love that there is a place I can go to find well-written and informed prose. Thanks for the welcome.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico Author

Thank YOU for that kind and generous comment. I am still here, but I found that HP took up more time than I had to spare: in fact, if it were not for all the great writers and characters I have met here, I would have stopped a year ago. I will be submitting the occasional piece...and watching yours...Bobx


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spdarkstar 4 years ago from Benijofar, Alicante, Spain

hello diogenes

sorry i'm a bit late but i've been very busy being retired.

just want say agree with every word you have written.

about the bad comments,well,if it were me, they would just go right over my head.

I was taught once that if you can't say anything nice about a person then don't say anything at all.

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