Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges was in Zuccotti Park—the plaza in lower Manhattan known to Occupy Wall Street as “Liberty Square”—during the movement’s one-year anniversary. The genie of protest it let loose can’t be returned to the bottle of society’s margins, “identifying the centers of power and how to respond to them,” he told RT America.
That fact is visible in the behavior of Wall Street bankers, Hedges told RT America’s Marina Portnaya. “The ruling elite is nervous. I was standing, I’ve been here since 6 this morning, and you saw all these bankers, when it came time for work, coming out of the subways and none were dressed in suits, because they were scared. They were scared to walk through the crowd and be identified as part of that speculative class which has not only trashed the American economy but trashed the global economy, looted the U.S. Treasury, and essentially is a parasitic force.”
“So, look, you know, the 19-, the 1765 Stamp Act Rebellion was the precursor to 1776. The 1905 rebellion in Russia was the precursor to 1917. It takes that long. But what we have unleashed, or what Occupy unleashed a year ago, I believe ultimately spells the end of the corporate state.”