Naomi Wolf on the significance of the police assaults at Occupy

A friend who I really respect just sent me this article by Naomi Wolf that came out in today's London Guardian.

At first blush, I didn't think it was offering anything new to the conversation.

It's worth reading, if only for this:

In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on "how to suppress" Occupy protests.

It is only hitting me now just how significant this is that several prominent officials were hurt.


The NYPD explained the reason press were kept out of Zuccotti Park on November 15th by saying that it was a "frozen zone."

When it comes to the logic of sustaining the Old, we can see how far the Dying is willing to go to live on...

 

 

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Comment by Jitendra Darling on November 26, 2011 at 12:55am

Sad but true.  That's twice in 10 minutes I've expressed sadness in a comment.  If the "1%" were actually separate from me, would I feel less sad?  It feels awful when families fight.  I grew up in the middle of family violence.  It just doesn't make biological sense.  But then, we're not making much biological sense with our planet...yet.  I still believe that the more we understand and apply what "care" truly means, we'll get this 10 mile-long train wreck sorted out.

One of the most extraordinary things about emergence is that it's governed by events of extreme novelty...that is, events so new and different, you can't imagine them...our solution is sitting right here.  It's just not in focus...yet.

Comment by Mark E. Smith on November 26, 2011 at 1:26pm

 

I'm sure there were a few decent members of the Reichstag before Hitler burned it down. 

In the United States, "elected" officials, including the President, are allowed to voice support for democracy, as long as it is just a ploy and they don't really mean it. If they were to actually come over from the dark side, they'd be taken out, as were JFK, RFK, MLK, etc. 

The invisible hand of the market has never been invisible to indigenous peoples and people of color. Now it is starting to become visible to people who were formerly or are still temporarily members of the white middle class. And it is holding a baton or a canister of pepper spray and is attached to a body wearing jackboots.

 

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