Initially thought to be a modern movement, beginning with ‘Occupy Wall Street’ in September 2011, its origins lie within the 20th Century. Attempting to be a bulwark against capitalism to the west and totalitarianism to the east Adolf Hitler’s Germanic ‘Occupy Europe’ unified the continent following the 1930’s global great depression.
In 1933 the National Socialists Workers Party achieved power within Germany, promising national and cultural renewal. Utilizing this springboard Hitler launched his movement protesting against the Treaty of Versailles, beginning with ‘Occupy Rhineland, Anschluss and Sudetenland’ then ‘Occupy Poland’.
Similar to now, political reaction then was initially containment which eventually escalated into violence;France and the United Kingdom utilizing force to assault the fledgling movement. Unlike the brutal police crackdowns in Oakland and New York Hitler withstood the confrontation, mobilizing manpower to expand into what became known as ‘Occupy Europe’; soon the National Socialists Workers Party had spread its wings from France to the gates of Moscow.
Here lay the movements downfall, expanding too far too fast culminated with the failure of ‘Occupy North Africa’. Defeat by the British Empire in Libya was the beginning of the end, this compounded by Japan’s ‘Occupy Asia’ movement being overpowered by American aggression. The unfortunate protesters attacked with pepper spray in Oakland got off lucky, agents of the United States utilized atomic weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Soon the jackboots of capitalism and totalitarianism quashed the National Socialists Workers Party, its leadership subsequently executed. We hope those camped outside St Pauls, in Central Park and throughout the world do not suffer the fate of Hitler and his ‘Occupy Europe’ movement.
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