May 1st is traditionally a day when the crowds gather in Fælledparken, right around the corner from me. The political parties give speeches, the labor unions are represented and everyone gets stone drunk in the afternoon. My basic nightmare. The only thing worse than a crowd, is a drunk crowd, which is why I am not suited for festivals. I would rather sit on a rooftop with a handful of good people and barbecue, sipping gin and tonic's or something. Or just stay indoors and ride it out.
But today I saw a demonstration that actually made sense. Of course it was in my own neighborhood, and it was basically just a message to end capitalism. Not let it rule our lives. That is something I can get behind.
Capitalism is crisis.
(Banner reads:) Work less, live more.
I often wonder about the way the system is set up. They talk about cutting away public holidays, and adding more hours in the workweek. While thousands are unemployed. It makes absolutely no sense to me. If anything, everybody should work less, and this way everyone could chip in? Or did I miss something? I don't believe we are put in this world to work until we pass out, and live like robots in our precious spare time.
Capitalism is anti-social, stupid, blunt, violent and destructive. Strike, share, fight, love.
It was not a big crowd and they were peaceful, but in this part of town, there is always heavy police presence. They have total control of these marches, with a big bus in front, and one in the back. Today everybody played nice. I always try and crop out people's faces, to not get anyone into trouble...
...but sometimes they make it impossible, haha.
What is your take on working harder vs. living more? I would love to know.