Saturday, October 15, 2011
The talking points were predictable, but the gathering helped to put a face and a story behind most of them. As I arrived, just behind schedule, a man was speaking about what it was like to live with AIDS on PEI. This was my introduction to the main theme of the afternoon, economic injustice. There were appeals to the vague ideas of corporate greed and poverty reduction/elimination and basic human rights. Some speakers were more focused on specifics like wasteful government spending (not unlike the Tea Party) on certainly Island and federal projects, and public housing. Still others got down to business about actions each person could take such as supporting local businesses and using cooperatives to take control of their own futures. And proportional representation made a cameo.
Hearing Leo Cheverie speak about the desired ends of the movement, I realized that a movement doesn't have to be defined by ends. The anarchist movement is not defined by ends, but rather the delegitimization of forceful means. I am hopeful there might be some analog in the Occupy movement.