When protestors requested permits to march at the G28 Summit, Rahm Emanuel determined that they could not legally march in the vicinity of McCormick Place. Then he raised the cost of an arrest to $1000. Is this how he promotes democracy in the heart of the country? What is he afraid of? Does he think the people of this great city are going to go crazy and turn into an angry mob? Or is he afraid that he might be seen to be powerless over the force of innocent people voicing their opinions. Almost all of the reports I have heard frame the debate in terms of a mass of people with unclear aims. I think the aims are very clear. Stop running businesses and countries as if profit were the most important part of life. One of my favorite quotes is "If you want peace, work for justice," which is attributed to both Mencken and Pope Paul VI. The reality is that this movement is the global response to the globalization of business. Profit is NOT the most important thing. Read Article 1 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights:
- All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.