Regardless of your view on Irelands prospects as a viable entity in euro and world economies, the immediate concern is if its viable for the people at home to survive.

For the last two years our government, rightly or wrongly, have maintained an Austerity plan to quell European worries about possible collapse of financial systems.  Critical thinking suggests “we don’t have the money hence we should cut our cloth to suit and maintain our commitment to the European project”.  Economic thinking suggests simply “we will need another bailout as government policy is fatally flawed”. Humanist thinking suggests “we have lost the fabric of what we are as an Irish nation and we need to look after our own before we can look after anyone else”

 

I wont go into other theoretical concepts such as Marxist, neo liberalism et al as most are polar apart and at times seem little relevance to the Irish collective in modernity.

 

What has become very evident in recent times, is that the Irish people do not vent their anger in a constructive collective.  I say collective as we don’t see campaigns joining up to strengthen their voice.  They hold small, sometimes menial, rallies of a few hundred all over the country which prove nothing but to highlight that they are all speaking on their own issue.

Example, 200 school children and 100 parents protest at the cuts to education in West Donegal.  Approximately 150 protest another day in Letterkenny against austerity. Five people walk to Dublin to protest at austerity.  These are all prime examples that no collective strategy is being offered.

 

Disjointed campaigns don’t work. Protests of this calibre don’t work as previous experience shows.  Do I castigate those who are trying to actively engage the mindset of the people, no.  I applaud them, however, I do feel that if they put their minds together and their resources then a protest worthy of the problems in their entirety would make someone somewhere take notice.

Imagine this;  If all the current protestors, campaigns and angry citizens joined forces and came together on the one day to protest, chances are tens of thousands would marching and causing media, politicians, policy makers to sit up and take notice.  Have I protested at the cuts, yes.  Where there a large group to support this, NO.  Why?  Having suggested to protestor organisers to hold off on the date and ensure that the maximum turn out possible would be on another date and that asking other like minded groupings to become involved, I was met with the singular word, NO.  They wanted their own spotlight which indecently turned out to be a dimly lit match.  Did it prove anything, YES.  It proved that about 70 were standing alone and no others were supporting.

 

All the above only proves that the collective must be the format for future protesting.  It also irks me to hear the term “None Violent Conflict / Protest” suggesting that another possible resort is to in-act violence.  It’s a Protest, nothing more, nothing less.  Its primary aim is to build something of a movement to engage the wider society to join, support and indeed become actively involved.  The objective is to change things for the better.

 

With the Irish people’s ever scepticism of who to believe, who to follow and what should be done to change things for the better, we as a people are somewhat like a boat endlessly floating on any current without a rudder. This only serves to instil further scepticism and disengagement of the people.  It does however strengthen the hand of the government when such a lack of a cohesive movement means they can almost do what they like as no constructive opposition or message is being received loud and clear fro the people.

 

If we don’t Rise Up in a positive and constructive manner, then one option is to Fall.  The later may just be the catalysts to affect the change we all desire.  By then the will of those may be too diminished to proactively transform our country back to one of the people and for the people.

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