Monday, December 12, 2011

Paul Little: getting it wrong.

In the opinion pages of the Herald today is a column by Paul Little on the current ineffectiveness of the occupy movement in New Zealand. Most of it is observational  and not particularly informative. One part is particularly informative, though not so much about the occupy movement and more about Mr Little.
If you want to inspire me to action, you will have to do a little more than tell me what I already know. You will have to give me a few options for doing something about it, preferably ones with more effect than going somewhere and sitting down.
The apathy displayed by the electorate in the election just gone is not particularly comforting. This is another form of apathy, just as bad and no more comforting. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and assume that Paul Little does not own any major companies, nor the heir to any vast fortune. Which puts him in the 99%. As best I can tell though, Mr Little abdicates responsibility for the society he lives in by assuming that it is someone else's job to inspire him to action. Such an attitude is not one of someone who cares about the world they live in, it is the attitude of a sheep. In the space of two paragraphs he claims that he is well aware that the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few is a bad thing, then argues that it is not his job to worry about it unless someone makes it worth his while. I can't see any difference between this and thinking that the concentration of wealth is a bad thing but not sufficiently bad to actually get worked up about. I presume he is quite happy for the 1% to carry on doing whatever they are doing because he's not doing so badly at the moment.
Possibly we need to add some civics classes to the evening class curriculum. Much is said of the rights of citizens. Those rights come with responsibilities. if you abdicate your responsibilities to the society you live in, you will lose your rights. Rely on someone else to fight for your right because you're not sufficiently enthused yet is leeching.

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