Who was hacked this week you ask? THE SYSTEM
This post was inspired by a conversation I had recently with an Australian Information Technology study-buddy of mine.
My friend commented on my Facebook wall:
Doesn’t it kind of not make a whole lot of sense in Australia? Our banks are well regulated, so they didn’t get involved in the greedy repackaging of high-risk loans or shorting of the market. We’re currently in a boom at a time when the rest of the developed world has stalled or is in decline. We’re not suffering under austerity measures like much of Europe, where gutless politicans plundered the treasury to fund election promises. We don’t have the same problems as the US with runaway capitalism causing an ever increasing divide between the wealthy elites and the middle/lower classes.
Yes our current crop of politicians are probably the worst we’ve had in recent times, but the closeness in polling ensures neither of the two major parties can achieve anything too unpopular and have been relegated into a stable paralysis. While I support the actions of the “Occupy Wall Street” crowd (although I think they got the address wrong – occupy midtown may be more appropriate), I don’t think the same grievances apply in Australia.
He caused me to pause; Why WAS I so quick to jump on this bandwagon? “Why do we do what we do?” is a question that we should all ask ourselves regularly to ensure that we are fulfilling a purpose and not wasting time.
We had a brief exchange where talked about problems specific to Australia, such as our banks talking people into mortgages that they really could not afford when they were employed, and now that so many are unemployed, they are selling these homes for far less than their true value. We discussed Australia’s trading arrangement with China. We discussed our Prime Ministers’ new $3000 chair, and the fact that anyone giving birth is given $5500, which has encouraged breeding amongst teenagers and increased the sales of extremely large television sets here. The “Carbon-tax” that is being implemented here next year did not come up then, but it is yet another issue to contend with.
However, since that exchange I have had time to reflect, and I have realised that it is more than that. The reason why I support the Occupy Movement from the comfort of a country where we have access to healthcare and education, and where homelessness is really not an issue, is because occupying within Australia shows the 1% of the world that the 99% are coming together – you have the figures, but we have the numbers. The current system does not work for everyone, ergo, IT DOES NOT WORK. A herd is only as strong as its weakest member, so our species is in grave danger. Now we ARE being heard.
It is the same reason that I walked out of class when I was fourteen years old in protest of the genocide in Rwanda – we tried to arrange a walk-out and a sit-in on the oval at my high-school, but the teachers got wind of it beforehand and called an assembly to say that walking out of class and defying them would not solve anything, so it was just myself and a seventeen year old girl whose name I never caught sitting out on the oval that afternoon. They did not understand that we weren’t walking out on THEM, we were walking out FOR our brothers and sisters in Rwanda. (We weren’t even given detention; I think the teachers felt sorry for us). But that day did not waiver my resolve – if it had, I would not be here today communicating this with you.
I also support Occupy Australia because lately I have found that my government does not “have my back”. Not only have they not supported Julian Assange (I don’t think I need to reiterate that saga here; If you are reading this then you already know that which I am referring to) but they have also said in writing that they will not be investigating the allegations of torture upon Australian citizen and former prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, David Hicks. Therefore, it is clear to me that my citizenship means nothing to my current governments’ administration. Therefore it is also clear that the only way for Australian citizens to be protected is to come together, stand together, and protect each other.
TORTURE IS ILLEGAL. End of story. Julian Assange said in an interview recently “The only job that the Australian Government has is to protect Australian citizens. That’s it.”
So, I stand with my brothers and sisters today. as I stood with them in 1994, from my admittedly comfortable perspective, and I implore you to do the same. The problem is not “over there”, it is everywhere. We are the 99%. We are getting organised. We are hacking the system – ethically. We WILL change the world together – YES WE WILL!