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Mischa Burnside Menuck

The tyranny of the occupying 1%

As the Occupy Canada “tent cities” take their dying breaths, the time is ripe for an honest assessment of their cause, and the movement in general. Ultimately, it would appear that the Canadian faction of this adolescent phenomenon will vanish quietly into the winter haze, leaving little legacy behind other than the odious bill most municipalities will face cleaning up the mess left in countless Canadian public parks. Such a result should not be surprising to the astute observer of the movement, however, for the seeds of its destruction were sown from the very moment of its creation. The Canadian Occupy movement was flawed from the beginning, lacking anything even remotely resembling a legitimate, unifying cause. Wiser heads have explained far more eloquently than I could the vast differences of circumstance separating Canada from its southern neighbour, and this author will not bore his readers with too much repetition of them. Suffice it to say that whatever legitimate grounds may or may not have existed in the United States for the squatters’ settlements that stretched from sea to shining sea most certainly were not to be found here in Canada. We have had no bailouts, no bank failures, and what discomfort we have faced from the current economic crisis has been symptomatic of the wider malaise facing the rest of the world, and had very little to do with the policies and practices of our own government. As a result, those who have been drawn to the Occupy movement here in the Great White North are not the great masses of Canada’s “unrepresented” 99%, but were, instead, a small sliver of militant, left-wing activists. The usual suspects were easily recognizable at the various camp colonies across Canada. Militant trade unionists, university Marxist-Leninists, and adolescent hippies still smarting over never having had the… Read More