Lately, I look at the world at large and I can’t help but think back to the now distant 2011.
It was the height of the 2008 crisis, businesses were closing, no one had jobs or money, and demonstrations were burning all over the world. Back then it was something new. People seemed to wake up from a long lethargy. They wondered who was really governing us.
In Spain we started the 15-M movement from nationwide demonstrations seeking justice for young people like me, who before we started working were already broke and hopeless, while we watched the political class and multinational owners living high on the hog and never facing the consequences of their corruption.
We pointed the finger at the big fortunes; Soros, the Rothschilds, Wall Street. All those who we have known for decades control everything. We demanded justice, transparency, active political participation by citizens, and we experimented with assembly models to help us find common ground.
We believed we would change the world.
Ten years have passed since then, and the only change has been for the worse. The banks are more powerful than ever, the rights of citizens more trampled and the citizens themselves more polarized. And our political class leaves the administration of that time at the level of the sisters of charity. And it was difficult to do so.
Our media have proven once again to be nothing more than mere propaganda pamphlets at the service of the highest bidder, our healthcare has proven to be tremendously deficient, despite the great professionals we have. And our educational system has been uncovered, with apologies, as a fucking shit.
It is time to put aside the nonsense, to recognize that we are fed up with it, and that this system not only doesn’t matter, it doesn’t work.
It is time to understand that power is in the people, not in those who sit on the couch through trickery and deceit. Not to change things, but to change their pockets.
You are more than a number, more than a ballot to ignore every four years. You have rights! Rights that go beyond the partisan fanaticism they have induced in you to prevent you from realizing that there is no right or left. Only above and below, and division makes us weak and manipulable.