Unlike the super-rich 1%, the desires of the 99% are modest. We need a reliable job with a living wage and an affordable roof over our heads. When young, we need a properly-funded education system and, when sick, a decent health service.
The establishment parties say we 'cannot afford' such a society; we must keep 'tightening our belts', so as not to threaten their 'recovery'. In fact, the entire 'deficit' only exists because every year the government hand €8 billion to the bankers in interest-only payments on odious debts. Having paid for the bankers’ crisis, we are now paying for their recovery too. This is the injustice we can expect so long as capitalist policies dominate.
Imagine if instead this €8bn was invested in building the social and affordable houses, and employing the nurses and teachers we so desperately need. Think what could be done if the wealth of the 1% was under democratic public control; used for the needs of the millions, not the greed of the millionaires.
But the establishment parties don't care about ordinary people. Just look at the continued existence of direct provision and the 8th amendment. On three occasions since the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar FG/Labour voted against repealing the blanket ban on abortion, despite countless opinion polls demanding a referendum.
The resounding YES to Marriage Equality shows working class people want a progressive, secular society. It is the political establishment who are standing in the way. The huge anti-water charges boycott shows how an organised, people power movement can take them on.