Just a bunch of hippies without clear goals…
First, this is a great video. Second, a wall-streeter shows his childishness while being interviewed by repeatedly calling another man “Monkey”. Third, the music is awesome!
The ten stupidest objections to the Occupy movement
Warning: Graphic Content
Shameful Brutality at UC Davis - The Police Pepper Sprays Peaceful Protestors.
“…CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead…”
This needs to be seen so we can be prepared.
I have been following the OWS coverage in NY Times. Now, NY Times is widely believed to be a left-leaning outlet. Yet I see that the comments sections are filled by people who hate the occupiers. What’s really going on here? Have the right-wing, retired, old fogies decided to make a concerted effort to fill the comments section with their hate? I don’t know. But most of their objections to the Occupation are rather lame. So I decided to do something about it and set them straight on this blog.
The following are the most common grievances aired by the right-wingers on NY Times comments. Note that this is a growing list. I will add more objections as I find them. If you are aware of any objections not on this list, please submit them.
“They were causing sanitation problems”
First, the biggest sanitation problem was caused because the authorities refused to let them rent their own portable toilets with their own money. All public gatherings are allowed to have public toilets. Then why this treatment for the occupation? What did they expect? That the occupiers will be disheartened by the inconvenience and leave?
Second, the occupiers were cleaning up after themselves. They have no shortage of volunteers. In fact, the park was probably cleaner after the occupiers moved in - one section of the sidewalk was scrubbed seven times!
And since we are quibbling about “sanitation”, how about paying a little more attention to the poisoning of our food and water supply as well as the destruction of environment being caused just so the 1% can increase their wealth?
“They were causing fire hazard”
The biggest fire hazard were the generators that the city confiscated. But the occupiers came up with the innovative solution of using energy bikes. That is much cleaner and sustainable than the power the rest of the city consumes.
All in all, the occupiers actually made the park much better.
“The park was attracting homeless people and criminals”
So fucking what? Did the so-called homeless and criminal people not exist before the occupiers took up residence in the park? The objection should be directed at the system that created so many homeless and criminals in the first place.
“Right to protest does not include squatting in a park/They have a right to free speech but not a right to camp”
Where did that restriction come from? As long as you are not hurting anyone or damaging property, why can’t you peacefully assemble and sleep in a place? That’s all part of the first amendment. Who made that amendment to the amendment?
If a corporation can donate $$$ to influence elections and call it “freedom of speech”, then the protestors can pitch a fucking tent inside a park.
“They should be grateful that they are in a country where free speech is respected. If they were in Syria they would be shot. A hundred years ago they would have had living daylights beaten out of them and hauled off to prison to perform hard labor.”
And the occupiers are grateful. By the same token, the 1% should be grateful too. It’s not all that difficult for common people to get guns. Sure, in other countries there are brutal crackdowns. But look what happened in the end in those countries. Libya went through a bloody civil war. There are reports that rebels are forming armed groups in Syria. During the French revolution, the nobility was hung and executed publicly. It is the 1% that should be grateful that the protestors prefer non-violence and democracy.
“If they really want to effect change, then they should get out there and field their candidates and get them elected.”
Oh really? The Tea Baggers fielded their candidates and look where it got them. Face it folks. The electoral system in this country is a farce. Telling someone to “work within the system” is just code for “STFU and be compliant”.
“They should go get a job and work for a living instead of squatting in the park.”
LOL. What jobs? Have you been living in a bubble? Are you aware of state of the economy these days? The job markets for fresh graduates is worse than ever. This objection is American version of “let them eat cake”.
“They are free loaders who want handouts.”
And what are the corporation and the rich folks with their lobbyists in the Congress? What are your thoughts about the CEOs and executive of failing corporations who get huge bonuses? What about the top 1% taking a huge share of the national income and insisting that the taxes are too high for them?
“They are a drain on the city’s resources”
Go back and read the previous comment. Who is a bigger drain on the economy? The protestors camping out in the park with their volunteer-based mini-economy? Or is it the corporations that are plundering the environment with impunity? Or how about the financial industry that’s looting the public money?
“They are hurting the local businesses”
That’s just BS. If anything, the occupation of Liberty Square turned it into a massive tourist attraction and greatly increased the customer base for the local businesses.
“The occupiers are a nuisance to the regular folks trying to get to work”
Oh boo hoo. This is the same shit that was spewed when civil rights activists caused a “disruption” in the lives of “decent white folks”. This is democracy people. Get with it! Change in a democracy gets messy sometimes. Above all, removing the occupiers physically does not make the problems of the system go away. Time to face reality.
“They don’t have a clear message”
Watch this video.
OCCUPY WALLSTREET - POSTER
How to handle peaceful public protests - “American Democracy” style:
First, complain loudly about “unsanitary conditions” and “health hazard” and the “free-loading homeless” in the preceding weeks. Talk self-righteously that people have a right to protest but we are concerned about the “few criminal elements”.
Then assemble you riot police, sniper squads, even counter-terrorism officers.
Go in the dead of the night while the protesters (and people) are sleeping.
And make sure you create a media blackout during that time. Don’t let any TV helicopters to hover over the park airspace. Locking up the neighboring residential buildings from outside might be a good idea too (so the residents there can’t come out and see what’s going on).
Swift. Efficient. Democratic.
Last night, billionaire Michael Bloomberg sent a massive police force to evict members of the public from Liberty Square-home of Occupy Wall Street for the past two months. People who were part of a dynamic civic process were beaten and pepper-sprayed, their personal property destroyed.
Supporters of this rapidly growing movement were mobilized in the middle of the night, making phone calls, taking the streets en masse, and planning next steps. Americans and people around the world are appalled at Bloomberg’s treatment of people who peacefully assemble. We are appalled, but not deterred. Liberty Square was dispersed, but its spirit not defeated. Today we are stronger than we were yesterday. Tomorrow we will be stronger still. We are breaking free of the fear that constricts and confines us. We occupy to liberate.
We move forward in the grand tradition of the transformative social movements that have defined American history. We stand on the shoulders of those who have struggled before us, and we pick up where others have left off. We are creating a better society for us all.
Occupy Wall Street has renewed a sense of hope. It has revived a belief in community and awakened a revolutionary spirit too long silenced.
Join us as we liberate space and build a movement. 9 a.m. Tuesday morning at Sixth Avenue and Canal we continue.
(via the NY Times)
They’re locking up citizens in their own houses. Jesus Christ. Is that even legal?