The Yorkshire Post reports on the Leeds Occupy movement and interviews John Holloway, author of Crack Capitalism and Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today, who has just started a post as visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, teaching Activism and Social Change:
One man who believes the Occupy movement will lead to permanent change is John Holloway, an internationally renowned expert on Marxist theory and author of many books including Crack Capitalism.
“It’s a very exciting time in the world because of the upsurge in movements and struggles that would have been difficult to predict at the start of the year,” says Prof Holloway.
“The Occupy camps are all over the place including the US. It’s a movement that links up with the Arab Spring and happenings in southern Europe, particularly in Greece. All of this asks questions about the way society is moving. It’s not just about people’s individual circumstances – although having no jobs and money is part of it – but about increasing hardship among ordinary people while the gap between rich and poor gets greater. People feel the political and social system is attacking them and pushing them into a corner.
Prof Holloway says we have to recognise that although we live in a democracy, it is not “real” democracy. “It’s not one where we can influence things, because politics is about bowing to the wishes of the banks and constrained by the rule of money.
“The profit motive gets in the way. Take housing: thousands need homes and there are houses lying empty, but the people who need them don’t have the money to rent or buy. It’s the same with the starving in the world – it’s not that enough food doesn’t exist; the food mountains are there. The problem is that money (the profit motive) comes between the food and the people who need it.”
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