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Occupy Wall Street: Is Madagascar the Inspiration?

In French, L'Observateur Viewpoint- Other Sources, Politics, Society on October 25, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Occupy Wall Street is growing. Interesting enough, would Madagascar be the inspiration of the movement? It is reported that David Graeber, one of the initiator of the movement, spent nearly two years in Madagascar and wrote a book on the people of Betafo in 2007: “Lost People.” Reading the article  of  Joseph Knippenberg who refers to Occupy Wall Street movement in terms of  anarchy, democracy, equality, and disdain for the rule of law” I cannot help but remembering the 1972-75 Madagascar frightening period . Maybe it was Madagascar defining period, when everything started changing…for the best or the worst.  “Intellectual roots of Wall Street”? In transposition does the name of Manandafy ring bells? He is known as a political figure but was a powerful intellectual figure of the department of  Sociology at the time with his spreadheading force for proletarian power in Madagascar.

My daughter told me last week that there is a major resemblance between Occupy Wall Street and the issues I observed in Madagascar through Dago News Reader. She turns out to be right…

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  1. Thank you to Madalife who posted his comment under “About” due to technical reasons. Visit http://madalife.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/looking-for-a-savior/ for his viewpoint.

    Original comment:
    It seems that I am not able to comment on your latest post “Occupy Wall Street: Is Madagascar the inspiration?”. So, I will comment here.
    When people are frustrated politically/economically, they usually protest against the current government and need a change. Unfortunately, the change those protesters want doesn’t come into reality after the collapse of the government they protest against and a new government is established (just look at Madagascar’s political history since 1972 to convince yourself). As one of my relative used to tell me “If the political party MFM of Manandafy Rakotonirina were in power today according to its ideology, Madagascar would have been a developed nation the next day” (of course, he/she was kidding). Be careful what you wish for.
    Those “Occupy Wall Street” protesters who label themselves as the 99% are primarily frustrated about the bad economy (no jobs, low income,…) , corporate greed, and “Wall Street behavior” after the financial crisis in 2008 because “Wall Street folks” control the government through lobbying, campaign contributions. The truth is that everyone is responsible for the bad economy because the majority of family overspent by buying things they can’t afford (house, new car, clothes, education, vacation) and the financial institutions approved loans to many unqualified people (low credit scores) for profit.
    I wrote on my blog http://madalife.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/looking-for-a-savior/ how people often put their trust in someone/people/government that eventually lead them to disappointment.

  2. We always think that Madagascar is “taraiky” (late) but actually it’s quite the opposite, Madagascar is ahead but unfortunately not in a positive way like “wealth inequality”, corrupt elected officials

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