posted on Jun, 10 2008 @ 03:39 PM
burdman30ott6, with the greatest of respect, I understand your point of view but I can't agree with it.
There was a time when I would have agreed with you that it's better to keep your job regardless of the conditions and quality of life it brings. But
I've been on the receiving end of poor working conditions. I've worked in conditions that most people would not willingly attempt to work within
i.e unless some other force compelled it. I've defended and fought for the rights of my fellow workers, in a foreign land, knowing damn well that I
was the only English guy fighting for better conditions for his fellow English workers. I won for them but at the cost of my own position. I would
do it again regardless of support from others. There comes a time when one says enough is enough.
The fear that people feel about losing their jobs when they stand up and protest for better conditions is the greatest force that keeps people under
thumb. When people act as a group, they reverse the hold of power. They force change.
The protesters in Spain and other places are not protesting because they want to, they are doing it because they have to. They can't afford to live
because their jobs do not pay enough.
They ferry goods around the roads. If they are unable to do their jobs then those goods do not get to where they are supposed to go. If you
couldn't afford to live reasonably yet the work you did afforded others to live comfortably, wouldn't you do something? Don't for one minute
believe they didn't talk about their problems first because they will have done.
People often want the benefits of the acts of a few but are unwilling to show support by following suit. Our living costs will only continue to get
worse unless we force governments and civil servants to stop wasting our money. The only real way to stop them from wasting our money is by forcing
them to stop taking so much of our money from us by taxation. If you know of a better way, then please do tell us. Many people are waiting for an
Anyway, I'm off to carry on drinking now...