You can't evict an idea
the brutal eviction of the Occupy LSX camp outside St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London we can mark progress by virtue of what Occupy spawned. Occupy brought together a wide variety of activists, concerned citizens and academics seeking to build a better world - those people haven't gone away but are working in groups and across international borders, sharing ideas while promoting awareness of issues among a wider audience. Occupy has transformed economic and social debate.
Last October, Andy Haldane, Director of the Bank of England for Financial Stability, spoke at one of the New Putney Debates declaring "Occupy was right!" Last summer the International Monetary Fund produced a paper, The Chicago Plan Revisited, which advocates a return to full reserve banking thus removing the power of banks to create money from nothing. Many within Occupy, Positive Money and others have increased awareness of how banks create money and the extraordinary power it gives them.
Sharing the bounty of the land and location value has been popularised by Occupy, the Council for Economic Justice, the Commoning movement and others while the concept of a citizens income is gaining traction.
All of these initiatives have a long way to go before they permeate wider public consciousness and the mainstream media not least because beneficiaries of the status quo will do all in their power to suppress dissent and undermine those who seek to create a better world for all.
As two occupiers writing in the Guardian newspaper explain The fight for democratic change can't be left to Occupy.
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