This is a big deal!
Think about what this sign is saying, “Hey, 1%, we’ll do anything we want and you can’t stop us.”
We’ll start seeing more of these public displays of “disobedience” across the country over the next few weeks. It shows the 1% that ultimately they are powerless since the 99% controls everything they have - gasoline, elevators, trash pick-up, food. Money has no intrinsic value, it’s the good money allows you to buy that gives it value.
If there is a class war, it’s going to be very one-sided and very quick.
Class warfare: Bring it on.
“We the People … Occupy Boston”
Sign put up next to the highway into Boston by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers - Local 103
This is the most succinct summary of what needs to be done to fix this country’s inequities I have seen. To add anything else would dilute the message and the task.
1. Corporations are not persons.
2. Money is not speech
3. Tax Financial Transactions
4. Tax all income as ordinary income
5. Declare a moratorium on foreclosures
The Wall Street occupiers have taken a stand against monied democracy and corporate power. We would do well to join them. Make your voices heard. And demand new rules that will honor the 99% and restore democracy to the nation.
The bottom chart also shows how the Tea Party movement was a media-created creature as it had media coverage from the beginning. Occupy Wall Street is a naturally occurring phenomenon that has grown into media coverage by its own power.
As an aside, from a purely mathematical perspective, a logarithmic curve (Tea Party) approaches a final value very slowly after an initial surge. An exponential curve (Occupy Wall Street) starts slow, but continues toward an asymptotic value much higher than its starting value. That is, the Tea Party coverage has maxed out, the OWS coverage is just getting under way and will become much larger than it is already. I see all CNN, all the time, within a year.
The top photo places the rise of Occupy Wall Street coverage on a time line, highlighting key events. The second photo charts the comparative coverage of Occupy Wall Street versus the Tea Party over the first three weeks their protests began.
From: Nate Silver, fivethirtyeight.com
Hmmmm so it’s working, you say?
Holy Crap, it’s finally on CNN! And it’s breaking news of a “Major rally”.
It is growing my friends. The 99% are coming for theirs.
Class Warfare: Bring it on.
CNN sky photo of labor-student march with #OccupyWallStreet today — MASSIVE!
Real Populism vs. Corporate PR
There is one not so obvious or immediately noticeable difference between the Occupy Wall Street protests and your average Tea Party protest. Sure, the crowds seem to be younger, signs featuring Obama as Hitler are entirely absent, and there aren’t many people who are dressed like Uncle Sam sneezed stars and stripes all over them. There are no guns or demands to see the president’s birth certificate. But the less obvious difference is in buses. While the Tea Party protests always feature big buses covered with flags and eagles, buses at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are used to haul the protesters to jail.
I bring this up because teapartiers like to pretend they’re running their own show. That their protests are grassroots and their organizations are of their own construction. But those buses carting them around from protest to protest didn’t just appear out of nowhere. Someone paid for them, someone gave them their ultra-patriotic paint jobs, someone’s buying all the gas. All that takes funding and, as much as the ‘baggers like to pretend they’re an independent movement, they’re all bought and paid for — and then moved from square to square like pawns on a chessboard.
“ Is this Occupy Wall Street thing a big deal? Is this going to turn into a personal safety problem? ”
A Wall Street CEO, speaking to the New York Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin. (via officialssay)
The answer to both questions is probably yes unless real change starts happening in the next month or so.
The Occupy Wall Street movement really needs to expand to Occupy Suburban Connecticut and Occupy 5th Avenue and Occupy Central Park West. It probably should also add OccupyTheHouseFinancialServicesCommitteeMembers’Driveways to the list of Occupy sites.