Monday, 17 October 2011

Say No to Communism and Capitalism. But What Next?

Today marks the one-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Quoting press reports, the Wikipedia said the protesters, who claim to be inspired by the Jasmine Revolution of Egypt and the Arab world earlier this year, "are protesting against social and economic inequality, corporate greed and the influence of corporate money and lobbyists on government, among other concerns."

First instigated by the chronic economic problems and financial crises in the United States and Europe, the Occupy Wall Street movement has now received tremendous support beyond national boundaries, with replicas in varying scales flaring up across the globe.

In Hong Kong, where the income gap is notoriously wide by international standards, the Occupy Central movement is long overdue rather than surprising. I must confess that I am pleased to see that something is being done to make the calls for social justice and reasonable distribution of wealth louder and clearer than it used to be.

Having said that, I'm not sure if the movement is heading towards the right direction. To make it long-term and sustainable and thus consequently achieve a real difference to our lives and those of our children, we need to strategise. We need to give some concrete, logical and well-thought arguments that would appeal to the people. We need to articulate these clearly and sensibly so that everyone would understand. In order to achieve all these, first of all, we need to think carefully what exactly we are against and what we are looking for.

From what I can see in the local news, the protesters in Hong Kong don't seem to know what they are doing. They don't even seem to know how to express themselves properly. What do they mean by "Say no to capitalism"? Can you believe that they are actually asking for reform instead of complete dismissal and revolution by chanting this slogan?

More than 160 years ago Karl Marx already knew all the horrendous problems of capitalism and thus proposed his prescription. Only until 1990 were we convinced that it wouldn't work. China, Russia and many other communist regimes have already changed course, with or without admitting upright. However, we must not forget that capitalism "survives" because it is better than communism but not the best system. Far from it. Whether capitalism is the only viable option is also highly disputable. Therefore I believe if the protesters are serious about what they are doing, they have to think hard and come up with some sort of proposals. It can be a new type of ideology, only if they were intellectually capable; or pragmatic stuff such as a detailed programme of social and economic reform. Only in this way would the protesters be seen as constructive stakeholders for common good rather than troublemakers who promote nothing but destruction. Only until then would they be taken seriously by the rich and powerful and those who are watching on with their arms folded.

Before closing, just wanna share an editorial of Headline Daily today, which is certainly worth considering not only for the corporate monsters and government leaders, but everyone of us.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:17 am

    不再瞎信單一經濟、單一政治體系謬論 - 衹信平徳主義 、媒體監察
    政府廣場、金融街成為特權階級殘民自肥的象徵。香港總產值愈來愈高,九成人卻愈來愈窮,錢究竟去了哪裏?
    佔領政府廣場和金融街抗爭活動在過去的二十二年度,多次成為全球媒體焦點。貪婪的金融界,地產霸權,跨國外判商,無良奸商不停加劇貧富懸殊,投資銀行用低息誘導國債雪球越滾越大危機惡化的威脅下,全球社會開始極端不安。資信科技泡沬、金融海嘯,發達國家大舉注資挽救銀行和金融機構,導致財政緊張。復甦緩慢,失業率長期高企,民生日益艱難,令社會不滿政府把大量資源用於拯救金融機構,在位的卻無視普羅百姓生計,加上銀行家繼續大分花紅,終於觸發民間怒吼。
    為了改善赤字,在野的堅持加稅滅赤,在位的堅持則提出削減福利,爭持不下,無法落實改善措施,經濟衰退一定惡化。
    二次世界大戰後,資本主義先鋒的美英先進國家,應用自由主義、人道主義去改善勞工階層待遇,減少貧富矛盾,令資本主義陣營生產力大增。共產大鑊飯主義令勞工生產力大退,令共產主義本在蘇聯破產,在中國失色。
    偽善的宗教上流社會人士,使虔誠的老百姓不再沈溺於宗教,悔悟及脫離宗教拘束。
    六四軍力殺民間接引發栢林圍牆倒下,蘇聯全面解體,西方共產主義潰退,東方共產經濟政策開放,但仍保留一黨獨大。官吃百姓,地產商吃房奴,醫生吃病人,法官吃被告,警察吃黑道,城管吃小販,學校吃學生早已見怪不怪。國企造假、黑箱作業、利益輸送、假諮訊、親疏有別、打壓異己等等事情無日無之,這是不少有良知的人感到憂慮和困惑。
    由金融海嘯引致的長期衰退和佔領政府廣場、金融街行動,對金融界貪婪的人,地產霸權,跨國貪婪的外判商,無良奸商敲響警號。
    全球化下,改革思潮在各地泛起,貧富懸殊引起的深層次矛盾抗爭活動,無可避免會在全球產生海嘯效應。
    佔領政府廣場、金融街只代表了問題的冰山一角。貪婪的政府,單黨獨大政權不能回應社會不滿,不能糾正利益傾斜的不公,將全球經濟惡化。
    最終衹有人權平等,民權平等,選舉權平等,和媒體監察發報權平等,才能保持地方穩定,國泰民安,生產力,創新力,人類道德文化可以持續發展。
    我們應當和平抗爭經濟政治不平等,竭盡全力,進化人類經濟政治道德文化

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