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OWS has been going on for a month and until recently they could not buy media coverage but all that has changed….there are too many people protesting in NYC and across the nation and globe for the media to ignore any longer…..I have watched and listen to conservative shows and one term seems to be very popular with them…..Anarchism or Anarchists. I detest the use of a derogatory term because you have nothing else to say. Let me say, if a person is dressed on black or wears clothing with a circle and an “A”…..does NOT make them an anarchist! If you take nothing else away from this…take that!
They report that these people, at least some of them, are issue less or not knowing or that they are just seconds away from violence or…..anarchy! According to them…they are everywhere!
Sorry, this is one of those subjects that I cannot overlook……every protest that turns ugly is because of the damn anarchist…they are everywhere!
Anarchy does NOT mean violence….it is a form of socialism…basically it means the simple absence of publicly recognized government or enforced political authority. It became associated with violence thanks to the media. In 1886, May 1 to be exact,Chicago was one of the world’s leading centers of labor activism. The burning issue of the time was the fight for the 8-hour work day. On May Day, the workers of Chicago went out on a one-day general strike. The next day, thousands gathered in Haymarket Square to protest the police violence at the McCormick plant. At the end of the rally, the police moved in. Suddenly, a bomb exploded. And from that moment on, any violence at a protest has been because of the anarchists. I am NOT saying that anarchists are not violent just that all violence is not the fault of anarchists.
Why would I say all this? There are many forms of anarchy…there is council communism, syndicalism, and even a form known as anarcho-capitalism……I mention the last form of anarchism because it is it that has given us the economic problems that we now face and that we now need to eliminate….
Basically, the anarcho-capitalist wants to eliminate all government regulations and the government programs such as welfare in essence, Libertarian thought……they do not like being called an “anarcho-capitalist”……..the regulation part was achieved by Clinton and his gang of bandits when they with the assistance of Repubs repealed the Glass/Steagall Act…..which in effect serious limited the regulations on the financial sector and we know where that has lead us……I wish people would stop holding Clinton up as some sort of hero…..him and his buds at the DLC put the final nail in the economy……give blame where blame is due…..
Anarchists crashed the economy…….anarchists created the atmosphere that has lead to the protests, OWS………..my point is that not all anarchists are the bomb throwing stereotypes that the media would have you believe…..I realize it is difficult for the media to be unbiased….but at least they could get it right once and awhile…..
OWS is a super hit across the country……the 99%ers are out in force keeping the message of greed and corporate run government on the lips of Americans…..the movement has done an excellent job of keeping most instigators marginalized and under control….the movement is the American people….and yet the Dems seem to be hold back in giving their support….why is that?
I know my readers have heard me bitch and moan about the DLC (Democratic Leadership Council) and some may be asking just what the Hell I am referring to when I write. Well let me help….
Their official statement of mission…….
The DLC has long been at the forefront of the reform movement, from welfare reform and fiscal responsibility to national service and charter schools. Today, our nation faces new challenges to turn the economy around and pave the way for future economic growth: creating jobs, expanding trade, and restoring economic confidence; holding down health care costs and making our people and our business climate healthier; generating the energy jobs and innovations of tomorrow; reforming our education system to compete in the global economy; and reforming government to restore fiscal responsibility and deliver results.
While other organizations continue to focus on political messaging, the central mission of the new DLC will be to develop and fight for ideas that can happen and reforms that will work. We will develop practical, far-reaching ideas that address the tough challenges and hard choices that others prefer to ignore. We will work closely with our allies in Congress and the administration to make sure the president’s agenda succeeds. We’re in business to push the envelope and get the job done.
A lovely piece of bovine fecal matter!
Bill Clinton and his gang were closely allied with the DLC and look what we got from them……NAFTA, which made it profitable to move jobs elsewhere and the repeal of Glass/Steagall, which made the recent economic collapse complete…….just two of their many accomplishments that has screwed the American people….and a big Thanx to the corporate puppets hiding in Dem clothing…..
But the most recent DLC crony to come out of the closet is Harold Ford, Jr, an ex-congressman from Tennessee and a political anlyst for MSNBC….during a recent interview he gave us a look into the workings of the DLC……when asked about the Occupy movement he said…..did I mention that he is tied to Bank of America?
Ford dismissed the movement and told Obama and the Democratic Party to “look beyond Occupy.” In Ford’s world, a tax holiday bailout for super rich corporations like his own is in the “best interest of the country”:
FORD: But the posture and the language and the rhetoric has been just too overheated. And to, to Mr. Welch’s point, you can’t, you can’t incentivize the type of things that he–that they incentivized in this bill. Two, you have huge balance sheets on the part of corporate America, meaning they’re making money. You got to incentivize them, as the president has asked, to use that money to stimulate job creation. There’s a way to do it, if you have some certainty around regulations and taxes. And two, you’ve got 1.2, maybe 1.3 trillion sitting overseas. Allow that money to come back. But–
MITCHELL: With Occupy Wall Street, how does he take that posture?
FORD: He’s the president, Andrea. He’s the president.
MITCHELL: He’s caught between two polar opposites.
FORD: We Democrats can’t criticize Republicans for catering to the tea party and not be–and not say to our Democratic Party you got to look beyond Occupy and be willing to do what’s in the best interest of the country.
Now you see why I am so critical about this organization….they do NOT have the country’s best interests at heart….they are nothing move than an extension of corporate America. I was a huge critic of NAFTA and of the repeal of Glass/Steagall and they have done NOTHING to be less despicable in my eyes….
Ford and his gang are trying very hard to divide the OWS …if they are successful then all is lost…….it worked for Nixon and it will work again…..but only if we let them…..DON’T!
The “Occupy” movement has gone worldwide…..and it seems that we in the blogosphere are the only ones that give it total support….the media sucks at covering it………social networking is the only way that the whole story is getting out….but now that could be hampered by legislation…..
This is an article posted in the site, Addicting Info……….
In what would be a stunning disregard for First Amendment rights, rumors are swirling that the Republican controlled Congress is now considering a new bill that could blackout sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other sites that utilize content generated by users. Phones such as iPhone, Android, AmazonCloud, Pandora, Grooveshark and even your email accounts would be adversely affected.
Some provisions in the bill would make it a “felony to stream unlicensed content — including cover band performances, karaoke videos, video game play-throughs, and more.” Major profit driven corporations are the driving force behind such a bill.
This bill could also effectively silence the ‘Occupy’ movement that has swept the nation by killing information sharing. Most Americans currently get most of their news about ‘Occupy’ through social media. If social media sites were to shut down because of the bill, Americans would be less likely to see ‘Occupy’ footage and would thus be in the dark, forcing us all to rely on corporate owned media sources. This bill is dangerous and would be a major blow to constitutionally protected freedom of speech. This is nothing more than government sponsored censorship and must be stopped.
Please make your voice heard and demand that Congress kill this bill. You can take action here.
Take action! Let those in power know that you will not sit idly by……it is time for all of us “99%” to do our part in support of the movement….whether you march in the streets or write about the happenings by keeping the PD honest and in check….you can make a difference!
The Time is NOW! Get involved!
Today is Wednesday and my class on international situations…….
Okay class…let’s review…….first Tunisia had an popular uprising…..leader gone. Egypt was next….popular uprising……Mubarak in prison on trial…..and now it is Libya…..popular uprising and bad guy DEAD! Not bad for less than a year of political unrest…..but now we need to ask….Who’s next?
Class, if you have been paying attention then you will recall Yemen….their repressive leader is under pressure to quit and go away….even to the point that a blast put his butt in the hospital….but as of yet….he remains. Then there is Syria…..a popular uprising and a government that has massacred its people and still no interest from the West even though the killing of innocent civilians was a reason for Libyan expedition….and then of course there is the Palestinian/Israeli conflict….but we will pass over that one for no one needs a migraine this early…..
The leaders, the ruling military junta, has an economy based on cronyism….nothing actually works in the economy with the exception of the oil industry….and there is the rub……OIL! The one thing that the West wants and needs……
Junta has got to be watching and worrying about the future after their neighbors of Tunisia and Libya have gone by way of the do-do………to use a classic line….they are as nervous as a hooker in church…..
So class, what do you think will be the next “problem” that the West will get involved in?
Let me inject my thoughts before you answer.
Syria? Not a chance? Why? The country has NOTHING the West wants or needs….so the people will have to suffer until they are victorious or until they are all dead…..there is NO OIL!
My thought is…….wait for it……(drum roll please)….Algeria! But professor, there is no evidence that there is a problem in Algeria.
That is not quite accurate….in the West with the corporate media….there are few reports about Algeria but there are problems that are just beneath the surface…..
Yes, Algeria is more westernized than most of the Middle East….but that is not all that democratic….
A former colony of France and profoundly westernized, Algeria was the first major Arab state to flirt with democracy. The military dictatorship — spiritually bankrupt, economically inept and violently challenged on the streets — that had ruled the nation unchallenged since the mid-1960s, decided in 1989 to try elections. Yet after the triumph of the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front in local elections in 1990, the junta canceled the experiment. Civil war followed. In a savage duel between the regime and Islamist guerrillas, entire villages were wiped out.
The Algerian junta held firm in the 1990s partly because the non-Islamist middle and upper classes that detested the regime were repelled by the barbarism of the guerrillas. When jihadists started butchering women and children, the Islamic alternative became too frightful. (Also, the brutality of the government’s forces — the worst of them happily called themselves “les exterminateurs” — inspired abject fear.) If the Tunisian and Egyptian elections bring Islamists to power and the sky doesn’t fall, however, the odds of popular unrest in Algeria will shorten further. (thanx to Stratrisks for some of the content)………..
My thought is by next year, the Algerians will be looking for some civil disobedience of their own…….
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Occupy Wall Street…….at first it was ignored by the media and then it got so large that they could no longer wish it away….and it continues to grow….some are calling it a revolution….a quiet revolution…..a peaceful revolution…..and all that got me to thinking about the act of revolution. What causes revolution? What is a revolution?
What is revolution? The simple accepted answer is……The overthrow of one government and its replacement with another. Or A sudden or momentous change in a situation. We could go into further detail but that would start to make this post more confusing than it needs to be…..
Now, what causes a revolution? There is a wealth of opinions on this subject….across history there have been many revolutions…..but let us look at the causes of a few of the major revolutions in fairly recent history…..I shall leave the Arab Spring ones out because the final act of those have not been written……
The French Revolution (1789-1799)………We all know about the storming of the Bastille or the Reign of terror…..Let them eat cake and off with their heads….but what caused these things? But the real causes were extreme poverty, hunger, hyper-inflation, rising food prices, a inadequate infrastructure, and the aloofness of the power elite and the lack of respect for their leaders; but mostly it was that the country was bankrupt from fighting a war with England and its financial support for the English colonies that were to become the US…….
Next in line was the Russian Revolution (1917)……the best most people can remember about this revolution was that it brought those dreadful Communists to power…..that is true in a round about way…..Communists did come to power but only after several failed governments…..but what caused the people to revolt? War is the best answer. First, a war with Japan in the early 1900′s and then WW1…….The Industrial Revolution had the effects on Russia that it had on the rest of the world….cities were overcrowded, high prices for goods, food shortages, low wages, inadequate infrastructure and the over indulgence of the elites and finally, a growing dissatisfaction with the political life of the country which led to protests and civil unrest……..and the pot boiled over!
Next in the history lesson is the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)…..not so much a revolution but more kin to a coup…..what brought about the upheaval in Spain? After centuries of being a world power, Spain was losing its last possessions…and by 1898 its imperial days were over…..military men were returning home with no prospect for earning a living, food became in short supply, infrastructure was bad, political unrest and a mounting national debt….there were many so called interior conflicts and governments….each trying to find a way to balance things…….all this led to a coup and subsequent civil war led by Francisco Franco, a fascist…..and with the help of Germany and Italy, Franco had his victory and a nation…..
Now I am sure that my readers are saying…”But what about the US and its revolution?” Good question!
First of all, it was not so much a revolution as a child leaving home to strike off on its own. There was no political strife, no mass starvation, no lack of work, no economic crisis par se……what it was was the local elites felt that their profits were being stolen by the King and they did not appreciate it. They issued a list of grievances against the King and then the shooting started in earnest…..with the end of the armed conflict, everything went back to as it was before it began…..elites rich beyond imagination, workers, slaves and farmers……the only thing that changed was the type of government and the name of the land mass….nothing radical about the “war”……
What got me started along this road was a conversation that I had with this guy when he ask if I thought that another American revolution was possible…….now that was a helluva question to ask an aging radical!
I want to say yes just because of my past associations and beliefs….however, with that said….I do not think the American people have it in their nature any longer for a real revolution….too many years of depending on someone else for their ideas and beliefs….parties, people, etc…..
But then we look at the situation in today’s world……..massive unemployment, low wages, creeping poverty, disappearance of the middle class, national economic woes, extreme indulgences of the elites and a growing dissatisfaction with the governing of the country….all are characteristics of a country that is ripe for some form of revolution…….
If it came to that….would it be a left or right revolution? You want an answer to that question? Just think about Italy of the 1920′s and Germany of the 20 & 30′s…..and then hide in a closet and pray!
I am always behind any process that moves the political system forward….and there is a good possibility that we may be witnessing just such a move……
OWS is everywhere, we are witnessing the non-violent response to the antics of the Wall Street crowd….a spontaneous response……..but could all this anger be the precursor to the founding of a new political party? A people’s party…if you will……
This premise has been put forward by……
Source: The American Dream
Are we witnessing the birth of another new political party in the United States? The election of Barack Obama was the spark which fueled the rise of the Tea Party back in 2009, and since that time the Tea Party has become a major league force inside the Republican Party. Now the Occupy Wall Street movement is rapidly becoming more organized and many believe that “The People’s Party” is going to be to the Democrats what the Tea Party is to the Republicans. Others believe that “The People’s Party” could accomplish what a lot of organizations in the past have tried and failed to do – launch a third political party which could successfully break the stranglehold that the “two party system” has on American politics. It would certainly not be an easy thing to do, but there can be no doubt that Occupy Wall Street is now a major political force in America. The Occupy Wall Street movement has spread to 100 cities inside the United States and to nearly 1000 cities around the world. Certainly as the weather gets colder the protests will die down, but there are an increasing number of signs that Occupy Wall Street is becoming very organized and that it plans to be a major political force for years to come.The full text of “the plan” is posted below….
1. The Occupy Wall Street movement, through the local General Assemblies, should elect an Executive Committee for each city comprised of 11 People or some other odd number of People that is manageable for meetings. Ideally this committee should represent each city in the U.S. that is being occupied. These Executive Committees will act as the original “Committees of Correspondence” did 235 years ago prior to the first American Revolution.
2. The Executive Committee will then tend to local issues such as obtaining permits, paying for public sanitation and dealing with the media. More importantly, the Executive Committees shall plan and organize the election of the 870 Delegates to a National General Assembly, as set forth in the 99% Declaration between now and July 4, 2012.
3. As stated in the 99% Declaration, each of the 435 congressional districts will form an election committee to prepare ballots and invite United States citizens in those districts to run as delegates to a National General Assembly in Philadelphia beginning on July 4, 2012 and convening until October 2012.
4. Each of the 435 congressional districts will elect one man and one woman to attend the National General Assembly in Philadelphia. The vote will be by direct democratic ballot regardless of voter registration status as long as the voter has reached the age of 18 and is a United States citizen. This is not a sexist provision; the drafting committee believes that women are dramatically under-represented in politics even though they comprise more than 50% of the population.
5. The Executive Committees will act as a central point to solve problems, raise money to pay for the expenses of the election of the National General Assembly and ensure that all 870 Delegates are elected prior to the meeting on July 4th.
6. The Executive Committees will arrange for a venue in Philadelphia to accommodate the Delegates attending the National General Assembly where the Petition of Grievances will be proposed, debated, voted on and approved. The Delegates will form committees, elect a chair from their own ranks to run the meetings of the National General Assembly and break any tie votes.
7. The final 99% Declaration and Petition of Grievances, after being voted upon by the 870 Delegates to the National General Assembly, will be formally presented by the 870 Delegates to all three branches of government and all candidates running for federal public office in November 2012. Thus, the Delegates would meet from July 4, 2012 to sometime in early to late October 2012 so that the Petition of Grievances may be presented prior to the election.
8. The Delegates to the National General Assembly would then vote on a time period, presently suggested as one year, giving the newly elected government in November an opportunity to redress the Petition of Grievances.
9. If the government fails to redress the petition of grievances and drastically change the path this country is on, the Delegates will organize a third independent political party to run candidates in the 2014 mid-term elections.
10. There will NEVER be any call for violence by the Delegates or anyone connected to this movement. Every Delegate will take a pledge to NEVER take any money, job promise, or gifts from any corporation, unions or any other private source. Any money donated or raised by the Executive Committees may only be used for publicizing the vote, paying for expenses of the local General Assemblies which will continue to meet, the National General Assembly, and for travel expenses and accommodation of the Delegates at the National General Assembly. All books and records will be regularly published openly online so that everyone may see how much money is raised and how the money is spent each month.
The 99% Declaration Drafting Committee
To me it looks like the birth of a new permanent movement….with broad appeal among the people…and is that not what we want out of a political party….broad appeal?
In case you have not seen the………… The 99 Percent Declaration“.
My concern with the movement was the coming of winter and its extreme swings in conditions…..I have voiced this concern on several very good blogs..,..and finally I have seen a plan for winter….
according to the Economic Policy Journal, the organizers have a plan to “move south” for the winter….
The idea is to move Occupation Boston to NYC, as it gets colder. Then move Occupation Wall Street to Washington DC and then down to Florida. At some point, the Occupation would head across the south to California and then head back to the northeast in the Spring.
Okay, I know what many blogs I visit think of the protests of the OWS….but what about the possibility of a new political party? Would this be a good idea? I would love to see another viable political party…not some fringe one that has limited vision….but rather one that all people can support……
An attempt will be made today in NYC to break the protest…..
There are about 1300 separate OWS protests across the US, even one in Honolulu….personally, I like the organic nature of these protests….meaning that there is NO leadership and that the protests are centered on the people not necessarily on some form of ideology…….protesting greed and our auction political system that is bought by special interests and the people have very little sway over the outcome of elections….it is either tweedle-dum or tweedle-dumber……
So I was surprised to see a former leader of the SDS, Students for a Democratic Society, a super radical group from the 60′s write an op-ed basically trying to convince people that the Democrats, most notably Obama, would be the best leaders of the movement……I gagged!
In an article written by Bill Van Auken for wsws.org……
An op-ed column by Todd Gitlin, published in the New York TimesSunday is representative of this layer of ex-lefts, whose principal preoccupation is how to channel this movement behind the Democratic Party and the upcoming campaign to reelect President Barack Obama.Gitlin titled his Times column: “The Left Declares its Independence,” apparently in reference to the protests’ relation to the Obama administration in Washington. He argues that many of those now protesting “went door-to-door” for Obama in 2008 and quotes a fellow academic as writing that “This is the Obama generation declaring their independence from Obama.”
While Gitlin’s long-winded piece is full of professed sympathy for the demonstrations and celebration of its supposed “anarchist” and “New Left” sensibilities, the thrust of his argument is that, sooner rather than later, it will have to—and should—come under the wing of the Democrats.
He hails the efforts of the AFL-CIO bureaucracy to hijack the protest movement and turn it into a prop for the Obama reelection campaign in 2012. In this energetic movement from below, he writes, “Here, finally, is what labor and the activist left have been waiting for.”
He is WRONG! The Dems are NO better than the hated Repubs and the unions are there in support but will take over the first chance they get…….
I was not surprised to see that Gitlin had written this piece……since his radical beginnings he has come to be firmly entrenched in the pockets of the Democrats….but to come out and basically call for the Obama admin to take control of the situation defies the very tactics that he was so famous for back in the day…..SHAME!
I have written about the expansion of the OWS……and the demands that have been on the website…..and the advice about those that would hijack the movement….and now I would like to pass on some of the criticism of the movement…..NO! I am not talking about the criticism from idiots that would not inform….but instead criticism that I have found from seasoned activists….
First we have the Repub leadership calling the protests a “MOB” and saying that they are killing our democracy by pitting American against American……..and of course there is the voice of the Right…FOX News…..they have been critical……so there is a critical outlook by some……to me there is NOTHING wrong with protests especially when politicians are not doing what we pay them to do….govern!
Please remember….these are NOT my criticism but those of others……below from an article written by Lee Rogers…….
Most of these useful idiots protesters know absolutely nothing about how the global financial system works and know less than nothing about the central banking systems of the world. Central banks like the Federal Reserve System and the European Central Bank have been setup by design to implement a debt based monetary system that has been used to turn the vast majority of people into debt slaves. They create money out of nothing and then charge interest on top of the money they create out of nothing through loans. Even the United States government borrows money from this system and because of that they have to implement draconian tax schemes on the people just so they can pay back the interest on the debt.
What’s ironic about this whole situation is that a central banking system is in fact a major plank of the Communist Manifesto as is a graduated income tax both of which have been fully implemented in the United States for almost 100 years now. With this in mind you would think that these Communist protesters would have nothing to protest because the ideologies which they claim to be in support of have actually been in use for a very long time. Unfortunately because these people are so ignorant and stupid they have no idea that the ideologies they are promoting are the very cause of the problems they are suffering from.
The protesters are at least correct about one thing and that’s the fact that the big banks and brokerage firms on Wall Street are certainly part of the problem. Many of these organizations in a real free market system would be out of business if it wasn’t for the bailouts they received back in 2008. The only reason they are still in existence is because of their insider links to the highest levels within both the Federal Reserve System and the United States government. The fact that these organizations get multi-billion dollar bailouts is proof that we do not operate in a true free market system and is the reason why power and wealth has been centralized in the hands of fewer and fewer people. Small and medium sized business would never receive bailouts even a fraction the size of the bailouts these high profile banking interests received and this fact alone shows that we are in the midst of a predatory monopolist economic system that favors the few and not the many.
It is unfortunate that these protesters are entirely off base as to what the main problem is and also entirely off base as to what the real solution to the problem is. The real problem is the phony debt based money that originates from the Federal Reserve System which allows these powerful insiders to manipulate the economy and bailout their buddies if they get in trouble. An institution that sets rules as to how money is created and dumped into the economy should be at the very center of this debate and it is laughable that these protesters don’t even consider it an important issue. The real solution does not exist within collectivist ideologies but instead exists within true free market principles and within a monetary system not based around centralized control and debt. Unfortunately, convincing these useful idiots of these principles may prove to be next to impossible.
Once again….do not shoot the messenger….I am just passing on what others see as some short falls in the movement…….to me…the whole Fed Reserve thing has the smell of a Libertarian thought……what do you think?
I believe that a lack of specifics means that all the protesters see the same thing…unfairness in the political system…..no matter what bitches they may have individual….they want the government returned to the people where it is suppose to be and out of the hands of special interests…..Just my thought.
I cannot close without mentioning another critic of the OWS movement…he is everyone’s favorite bobble head……..a man that knows no bounds when he opens his mouth….my hero and yours….Glenn Beck…..
“Capitalists, if you think that you can play footsies with these people, you’re wrong. They will come for you and drag you into the streets and kill you…they’re Marxist radicals…these guys are worse than Robespierre from the French Revolution…they’ll kill everybody.”
I too am concerned….I mean all those crazies with their guns at these protests…….OH CRAP!…..that was last year and it was the Tea Party….Never mind!
I feel rejuvenated by the movement that is underfoot…..it makes me think of days gone by…the 60′s and 70′s…….it does my old radical good to see that all is NOT lost…that Americans, especially the young, still have the balls to face down the government in times of crisis…….
I want to give them some sage advice from the my days on the protest lines….first, recall back about 3 years ago and the original Tea Party….Ron Paul and his supporters were very local and very successful in their attacks on the staus quo……..and then because they were so successful the corporate think tanks and PACs began taking over the message and co-opted it into the extreme and sometimes racist group that is in the forefront now…..
I had been sitting in front of the PC trying to find the words and the method for me to issue my advice without sounding like some condescending asshole….I have been trying for a couple of weeks and each one of my drafts sounded more like a sermon than some good advice….but the internet to the rescue…..then I found an article written by Andrew Gavin Marshall…….
While I fully endorse the efforts and actions of the Occupy Wall Street protests, now emerging internationally, there are concerns which need to be addressed and kept in mind as the movement moves forward.The process through which a potentially powerful movement may be co-opted and controlled is slight and subtle. If Occupy Wall Street hopes to strive for the 99%, it must not submit to the 1%, in any capacity.
The Occupy movement must prevent what happened to the Tea Party movement to happen to it. Whatever ideological stance you may have, the Tea Party movement started as a grass roots movement, largely a result of anti-Federal Reserve protests. They were quickly co-opted with philanthropic money and political party endorsements.
For the Occupy Movement to build up and become a true force for change, it must avoid and reject the organizational and financial ‘contributions’ of institutions: be they political parties, non-profits, or philanthropic foundations. The efforts are subtle, but effective: they seek to organize, professionalize, and institutionalize a movement, push forward the issues they desire, which render the movement useless for true liberation, as these are among the very institutions the movement should be geared against.
Read his full article here……http://t.co/aMP56eTI
It is a very good piece and plenty for the OWS protesters to consider….Please do NOT let the “man” take over the movement….for when that happens we all will lose…..STAY STRONG…….STAY FOCUSED……STAY PEACEFUL…..and watch your backs!
Looks like today is …..all occupation, all day……
Too many people have said that the occupation is just not all that….why? The protesters have not given a list of demands or principles for what they are doing……..personally, I think that this is an organic movement that shows the utter frustration of the young and the middle class……but still there are those who feel that the movement MUST have demands for what they are doing….
It seems that a movement without leaders took all the bitching to heart and somewhere within the bowels of the protests someone issued a list of demands….and these are:
The “Occupy Wall Street” protesters have listed 13 proposed demands from their website.
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand four: Free college education.
Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.