Were a civilian to beat someone to the tune of multiple bruised ribs, obvious bruising across her body, and an extended seizure, it would be called assault. Here in the good old US of A, it’s called ‘resisting arrest’ when a police officer does it.
This is a man whose time has come.
It may well be that the wealthiest 1% of people have been surprised to learn of our conflict, much as Marie Antoinette was doubtless surprised when the sans-culottes showed themselves reluctant to eat her bread.
Shareholder activism puts the power back in the hands of the people. Owning shares in a company does involve a direct investment in the system, but the way those shares are used may run contrary to the tendency of capitalism to put profit before all else.
To believe that activism should be bounded by what is polite, unthreatening, and legal is to accept a system that configures as primarily as consumers, and channels our politics through the funnel of consumption.
Even if the police were physically able evict everyone from lower Manhattan, it is impossible to bulldoze or brutalize this idea that has consumed our minds, hearts, and souls with the radical hope of liberation.
A democracy that is only a democracy when there is no serious dissent is no democracy at all.
From Mosier, Oregon to West Plains, Missouri, rural populations in the US are turning out to join the Occupy movement.
It’s hard to focus on what marginalized people are saying, when they’re reduced to a collection of photos for the purpose of telling us that they’re “hot.” The act of finding those voices and listening to them is harder than taking a photo.
“This is the second time I have fought for my country,” a marine declared. “But it’s the first time I’ve known my enemy.”