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Issue No. 2274

We are often told that people are selfish—so we have dog-eat-dog societies where everyone’s just out for whatever they can grab.

This week shows that up as a lie.

Those who marched all over the world last weekend, and the thousands occupying city squares, are inspiring everyone struggling to survive while bankers pocket billions.

This Occupy movement is a huge, sudden outpouring of solidarity between ordinary people across the globe.

“We are the 99 percent,” the masses say. We stand together, united against the rich few who have robbed so many of their jobs, their homes and their dignity.

Since the start of this remarkable year, it seems solidarity has become contagious.

From Tahrir in Egypt to the Spanish indigandos, from Wall Street to St Paul’s cathedral, the “contagion” of revolt continues.

And since the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak in February, the Arab Spring is still spreading—despite brutal massacres of protesters.

In Yemen, thousands are refusing to budge from Change Square in the capital, Sana’a—even as those loyal to the dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh fire rockets into their camp.

The protesters now write their names and dates of birth across their chests before they march, so they can be identified if they are killed.

This collective bravery and the solidarity that is springing up everywhere, is starting to get the world’s “1 percent” jittery.

The Financial Times, house journal of finance capitalism, now says the “frustration of protesters railing against the global financial system” is “legitimate”.

“The cry for change is one that must be heeded,” it adds.

Our rulers know that if resistance catches on in the West, as it has in North Africa and the Middle East, they’ve got big problems.

It is, after all, the working class that does all the work—not the 1 percent who do nothing but own, control and boss us around.

They rely on the fact that most people, most of the time, keep their heads down and get on with their lives.

But what’s happening around the world is opening people’s eyes to a different way of doing things. And the elite know that, when millions rise up, they won’t be able to stop us.

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What We Think
Tue 18 Oct 2011, 18:59 BST
Issue No. 2274
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