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Movements need distinct targets to galvanize & motivate supporters.
From the beginning, the Occupy Movement has aspired to represent the 99%, therefore the natural targets of the Movement are the members of the 1% & their lifestyles.
We should aim to disrupt & subvert their lives in proportion to the extent that their greed, selfishness & irresponsibility have disrupted & subverted the lives of members of the 99% (i.e. "An eye for en eye" or "You f*ck with…Continue
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 27, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
The 1% live in a different world from the rest of us. They inhabit exclusive neighborhoods; travel in private limousines, helicopters, jets, yachts, etc.; shop in exclusive boutiques, delicatessens, galleries, etc.; eat at exclusive restaurants; attend exclusive schools, colleges, benefits, fundraisers, parties, balls, etc.; belong to exclusive clubs, societies, etc.; have access to exclusive & inside investing information & business & employment opportunities; have privileged…Continue
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 27, 2012 at 7:15am — No Comments
This is a temperature check. I have general sense of what the response will be, but before I "test the waters" I will never really know for sure. So here goes...
I view the Occupy movement as a movement engaged in reestablishing social justice. We have lost a great deal of ground, seemingly an irredeemable amount of ground, to corporate and big money interests that have corrupted our governments, our economics, our politics, our judiciaries, our societies.
Occupy has spread…Continue
**This is only a draft for your consideration. I will flesh out points in the coming days***
Deep at the heart of the OWS movement is a broken social contract. The contract after WWII wasn’t work hard and you’ll be rewarded the contract was work hard, stay with the company, be loyal, and you will be rewarded all your life and you and your family will be take care of well into your old age. In Europe they did that with socialism, corporatism, and government in America we put…Continue
Added by enchantedflutes on February 24, 2012 at 4:41am — No Comments
Nice piece from DKos regular Meteor Blades. Here's the heart of it, with some good links about the protest and a rousing defense of the hard and valuable work being done by so many Occupiers:
The damage done by the corporations that fund ALEC and its stable of mostly Republican legislators is immense and…
Added by Ben Roberts on February 21, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments
Something powerful, something new under the sun happened in Cincinnati this weekend. A three day summit on changing Cincinnati in fundamental ways, an effort to rethink our city with an eye toward creating a just, community-oriented, sustainable city.
This conference was the brain child of Doctor Victor Garcia, a physician whose experience with young people from urban neighborhoods who were shot gave him a close-up view of the problem. One day he found himself with a heart-broken…Continue
Added by Jim Prues on February 20, 2012 at 6:33pm — No Comments
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 18, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments
"Over the last thirty years, the United States has been looted. The rich and powerful, the 1-percent, have taken a disproportionate share of the economic gains that we've all worked for. As a consequence America is teetering on the brink of Plutocracy. To remedy this inequity and restore Democracy, fundamental changes must be made.
The first step is recognition that we're in a class war and must take sides."
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 18, 2012 at 6:20am — No Comments
"Reuters and wanttoknow.info provide prima facie evidence that the US 1% runs Wall Street as rigged-casino gambling to transfer wealth from the 99% to themselves. The amount of money fraudulently gambled is not millions of dollars, not billions, not even tens of trillions, but over five hundred trillion ($532,000,000,000,000).
Look at Demonocracy’s images to get an idea of this magnitude of money.
Let this sink in: $532 trillion means that the 1% US banksters gamble…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 13, 2012 at 5:12pm — No Comments
"In recent years, the fortunes of the Romneys and others in their cohort have continued to grow, notably diverging from the majority of Americans still struggling to deal with a slow economic recovery. The Occupy Wall Street protestors stole the media spotlight this past fall by creatively highlighting these discrepancies. President Obama has taken notice and, as reflected in his State of the Union address, is teeing up inequality as a major a campaign theme for the fall. But it…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 13, 2012 at 12:07pm — No Comments
Added by Jonathan Feldman on February 10, 2012 at 6:32pm — No Comments
""Producers" and "parasites." Cruel language justifying extreme greed seems to be mainstream now. Even Presidential candidates feel free to disparage 99% of us! In today's right-wing folklore government by We, the People is an evil thing that takes from "producers" and gives to "moochers," "freeloaders," and "losers." Government and taxes "take money out of the economy." Decision-making by We, the People is "collectivism" and "mob rule." And those of us who think the insanely…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 10, 2012 at 12:35pm — No Comments
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"Robert Reich served as the Secretary of Labor under President Clinton. He's now made the point that Occupy Wall Street…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 9, 2012 at 8:43am — No Comments
"ACTA's worse than SOPA and PIPA. Net Neutrality and free expression are threatened. In October 2007, negotiations began…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 9, 2012 at 5:49am — No Comments
"Bringing corporations down to controllable size is a gargantuan task, but an absolute necessity if there is to be any…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 8, 2012 at 3:41pm — No Comments
"Everyone get ready to cry a big river for Wall Street fat cats, because their lives have just not been the same since…
Added by Gildas ApCaw Sapiens on February 8, 2012 at 12:29pm — No Comments
"The Global Square is something Occupy and other protesters need. To scale Occupy’s flat organizational structure, it will require a way for geographically dispersed groups to interact without using representatives. I believe in Occupy’s goal of widespread, grassroots institutional change, and The Global Square will help. However, here’s why it might not work as well as planned:
1. The Global Square Will Be An Echo Chamber
2. There’s Already Diaspora