“I’d love to hear the Great Zamboni’s response, if he is available for such trifles… What did the General Strike accomplish?”
This question comes from Jiannush Warrenski, in referring to the strike called in Oakland by the Occupy movement, which shut down many banks and businesses and filled the streets this last Wednesday.
One thing Zamboni knows is that we are all living in a matrix. A gooey vaseline thick web of stuff through which movement is so hard that stillness and stagnation become much easier and natural. Like a fog of thick smoke or steam. Are we clear so far? Good.
Once long ago I was working as a flight attendant. Unfortunately, an insane man grabbed the lever of the emergency door -while we were 35,000 feet above the Rockies, and flung it open. See what I mean?
Like Seal so rightly said,”we’re never gonna surviiiiiive, unless, we get a little craaaazy” right? I’m having some trouble concentrating here because I am in *the &^ > the steam room of the Bellagio and my smartphone is starting to do str &^%%% ange things while I am not seeing well and I have been in here for four and a half hours which probabablyly is not wise but I just about to have sweated all my toxins out… I can finish this answer:
The General Strike and Occupy Movement is the avante guard, the literal front guard teeth of the blade that will play a part to change America forever. Zamboni loves America- and the day I got my citizenship in 1967 was the happiest of my life, (after of course making love with Sophia Loren in the coat check room at the Stork Club) I believe in this country and that our greatest days are ahead of us not behind. I believe more general strikes will happen, and more places occupied, and that one day bankers will have the same salary caps as teachers and that american flag T-shirts from Old Navy will one day be made in America by American workers. Yes I believe we have not even seen the beginning of the movement in all it’s waking-up-sleeping-giant fury or fomentation. So, Mr Jiannush, I toast you to one day when strip malls have been replaced by http://www.imogeneandwillie.com/story, and our children laugh hysterically when we tell them how 20% of the people once had 85% of the wealth!
Did the general strike accomplish all this? No! Will we? yes!