One voice of the 99% – Aaron Doncaster

11 Nov

We are “Occupy Calgary” and our movement is bigger than demands.

The moment we make one demand is the moment we narrow the discussion with ourselves and everyone else within the Canadian and world body politic. We want to be an example of an inclusionary movement not an exclusionary one. In order to do this, our examples and experiments in living need to transcend the current exclusionary market dominated status quo.

The moment we make a demand is the moment we open ourselves to negotiation with the state. The moment we start negotiations with the state is the moment we claim to have ownership over the ideas that “Occupy Calgary” represent. By requesting dialogue with all rather than demanding negotiations with a few, we will assure the inclusive nature of our movement.

The moment we make a demand is the moment we claim the problems within the governing institutions of our society are not systemic. This would not only be a wrong claim for us to make, it would also be elitist and paternalistic of us.

The moment we make a demand is the moment that we become a lobby group. We have no interest in lobbying the state and capital for more crumbs to be distributed to the masses. More crumbs by the powers that be will not create the change we are working for in society; it will only make the oppression, exploitation, tyranny and fascism in our current society a little more tolerable.

We at “Occupy Calgary” do not claim to have all the answers. What who do have is a passion to build dialogue with Calgarians, Canadians and all of humanity across the globe.

We are experimenters who are providing an example of how we all can work together to respect ourselves and the biodiversity of this earth we share with all other life.

We are workers who have chosen to work on a project together where we collectively own what we are producing. We are producing a safe community for ourselves by cooking food together providing security together, providing therapy together, having fun together, governing together and providing an example together that others can choose to follow. We are creating a new method of producing goods and services that puts people before profit and that is the antithesis of the antiquated production relations of Capitalism.

We are experimenters who are experimenting with a material exchange system whereby choice replaces the dictatorship of the capitalist “market”. We are experimenting with integrating barter and gift economies with a more equitable version of the current currency markets.

We are experimenters who are experimenting with ways to network in voluntary association with other groups who wish to work with us in building a greater worldwide experiment in living

“Occupy Calgary” is not just one, two or more geographic locations. It is a place that also exists in our hearts. Wherever you are, you can join us and together we can be the change that is created in society.

We are “Occupy Calgary”!! We don’t make demands, we are too big to fail and we will not be moved!!!!

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8 Responses to “One voice of the 99% – Aaron Doncaster”

  1. Anonymous November 11, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Symbolic or simpy disrespectful?

    • Seeyouaunty November 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      Totally stupid and waste of 30 seconds of my life

    • idnami November 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm #

      Ummm… Symbolic of what? Disrespectful of what? Well, I am not offended by Spidey either way.

  2. Aaron Doncaster November 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    the origional article about making demands that is, I just did not realize you can connect it to your facebook and actually not be anonymous

  3. zorrogirl November 11, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    really, i do believe thair was theft with the barter system also

    theft is theft and this is theft of life, lands, water and air on
    indian lands by corrupt godly governments and this does
    include the corrupt indian chiefs and bands who have left
    thair people in poverty and human abuse

    your not nwo hiding behind your name and mask are you?????

  4. Seeyouaunty November 11, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    I cant see how we can even reasonably make demands. we could all say, “I WANT MONEY OUT OF POLITICS” or haha Clique in cowtown now, “END HOMELESSNESS” But is that REAAAAAAALY going to solve anything? Or can we all just admit that we are revolutionaries, ready to face any adversity, willing to stand up for what is right, and no long accept the lies?

    • Brandy McNeill November 11, 2011 at 4:27 am #

      Kelowna will not ‘Demand’ anything, as we believe that gives our power away. At our last consensus we set out a list of ‘Solutions’, we think we the people can work towards in Unity. Not ’1%’, not ’99%’, but ’100%’, working together to change the world, starting first of all in our own municipality.

      • Aaron Doncaster November 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm #

        thanks folks. I want to apologize for posting this as anonymous. future posts from me will be posted with my name

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