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A photo of the people’s library, taken before it was destroyed by New York City police and sanitation workers.

By Amy Goodman

We got word just after 1 a.m. Tuesday that New York City police were raiding the Occupy Wall Street encampment. I raced down with the “Democracy Now!” news team to Zuccotti Park, renamed Liberty Square. Hundreds of riot police had already surrounded the area. As they ripped down the tents, city sanitation workers were throwing the protesters’ belongings into dump trucks. Beyond the barricades, back in the heart of the park, 200 to 300 people locked arms, refusing to cede the space they had occupied for almost two months. They were being handcuffed and arrested, one by one. 

The few of us members of the press who managed to get through all the police lines were sent to a designated area across the street from Zuccotti Park. As our cameras started rolling, they placed two police buses in front of us, blocking our view. My colleagues and I managed to slip between them and into the park, climbing over the trashed mounds of tents, tarps and sleeping bags. The police had almost succeeded in enforcing a complete media blackout of the destruction.

We saw a broken bookcase in one pile. Deeper in the park, I spotted a single book on the ground. It was marked “OWSL,” for Occupy Wall Street Library, also known as the People’s Library, one of the key institutions that had sprung up in the organic democracy of the movement. By the latest count, it had accumulated 5,000 donated books. The one I found, amidst the debris of democracy that was being hauled off to the dump, was “Brave New World Revisited,” by Aldous Huxley.

As the night progressed, the irony of finding Huxley’s book grew. He wrote it in 1958, almost 30 years after his famous dystopian novel, “Brave New World.” The original work described society in the future where people had been stratified into haves and have-nots. The “Brave New World” denizens were plied with pleasure, distraction, advertisement and intoxicating drugs to lull them into complacency, a world of perfect consumerism, with lower classes doing all the work for an elite.

“Brave New World Revisited” was Huxley’s nonfiction response to the speed with which he saw modern society careening to that bleak future. It seemed relevant, as the encampment, motivated in large part by the opposition to the supremacy of commerce and globalization, was being destroyed.

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Huxley wrote in the book: “Big Business, made possible by advancing technology and the consequent ruin of Little Business, is controlled by the State—that is to say, by a small group of party leaders and the soldiers, policemen and civil servants who carry out their orders. In a capitalist democracy, such as the United States, it is controlled by what Professor C. Wright Mills has called the Power Elite.” Huxley goes on to write, “This Power Elite directly employs several millions of the country’s working force in its factories, offices and stores, controls many millions more by lending them the money to buy its products, and, through its ownership of the media of mass communication, influences the thoughts, the feelings and the actions of virtually everybody.”

One of the People’s Library volunteers, Stephen Boyer, was there as the park was raided. After avoiding arrest and helping others with first aid, he wrote: “Everything we brought to the park is gone. The beautiful library is gone. Our collection of 5,000 books is gone. Our tent that was donated is gone. All the work we’ve put into making it is gone.”

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office later released a photo of a table with some books stacked on it, claiming the books had been preserved. As the People’s Library tweeted: “We’re glad to see some books are OK. Now, where are the rest of the books and our shelter and our boxes?” The shelter, by the way, was donated to the library by National Book Award winner Patti Smith, the rock ‘n’ roll legend.

Many other Occupy protest sites have been raided recently. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted to the BBC that she had been on a conference call with 18 cities, discussing the situation. Another report noted that the FBI and Homeland Security have been advising the cities.

A New York state judge ruled late Tuesday that the eviction will stand, and that protesters cannot return to Zuccotti Park with sleeping bags or tents. After the ruling, a constitutional attorney sent me a text message: “Just remember: the movement is in the streets. Courts are always last resorts.” Or, as Patti Smith famously sings, “People Have the Power.”


Denis Moynihan contributed research to this column.

Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.

© 2011 Amy Goodman

Distributed by King Features Syndicate


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By Shenonymous, November 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment

So what will/can the NY Supreme court do with the injunction,
Peter Cohen, November 26 at 2:57 am?  Does an injunction
have any force at all or is it merely window dressing for the
appearance of something being done?

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By Peter Cohen, November 26, 2011 at 3:57 am Link to this comment
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An excellent piece by Amy Goodman as usual. However, she fails to mention that, before that court order was issued, Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD openly and consistently violated a New York State Supreme Court restraining order in which they were explicitly named as respondents - yet another sign of the Brave New World we seem to have entered…

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By Ben Hamilton, November 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you Amy for being there. As an Occupier who lives in Brooklyn, I came as soon as
I got the alert, but was blocked by a wall of riot gear clad police a couple of blocks north of
the park. We were standing on the sidewalk peaceably protesting and the police were
given orders to disperse us. They sent the riot police up the sidewalk, hitting people with
riot shields and beating people with batons. I got hit in the head, kicked, then grabbed out
of the crowd and slammed onto the sidewalk, kneed in the chest and choked, then spent
the night in jail. For standing on a public sidewalk and exercising my 1st amendment
rights. It’s incredibly disheartening that this behavior is occurring with impunity in America.

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By MOLO, November 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment
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What is it that OWS wants here, what will be the final result of the groups efforts as a whole. can someone please tell me why this continues and what the real issues are. I have read many thing but nothing which tells me what the protest is about, other than a bitch session…Happy to get links which defines the meaning of all this…Thanks.

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By Ron S., November 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm Link to this comment
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Comment #12345 by Ron S.  on 11/17 at 7:01 pm

Small point, but I always thought that “bubbles burst” not “explode.”

Here’s the deal:  Can’t camp in the parks; lots arrested; authorities are even
defying a judge’s ruling that it’s OK to protest in city parks, just not with tents.

OK: Rather than bemoaning what is past and will not be again (camping protests),
engage in a paradigm shift.  Organize Flash Mobs at one financial giant after
another with signs specific to that institution’s contributions to the economic
debacle.  As many people as possible crowd into the ground lobby and just stand
- don’t break anything, don’t intimidate or yell at anybody personally, make clear
chants about that institution’s behavior - and just stand there until ordered to
leave.  Obey the order and just form up on the surrounding sidewalks.  Don’t get
into the streets, because that’s obstructing traffic and they’ll bust it up.

Just stand in a mass on the sidewalks and force the corporate minions to thread
their way through.  Avoid blocking entrances or garage exits, as that will get you
arrested.  No need to do those things, because the movement has gained the
attention of the media and any arrest or bad behavior will be magnified by it
thousand fold.

Naturally, the authorities will try to stay one jump ahead, but I’m sure there are
those tech-savvy amongst the 99%ers that can keep that from being a significant
issue.  Switching locations at the last minute might work there, as it takes time for
a police or prosecutorial entity to change direction and pull out committed
resources for redeployment.

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By scotttpot, November 16, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

‘‘Meanwhile there is still some freedom left in the world.Many young people,it is
true,do not seem to value freedom. But some of us believe that,without
freedom,human beings cannot become fully human and that freedom is supremely
valuable.Perhaps the forces that now menace freedom are too strong to be
resisted for very long.It is still our duty to do whatever we can to resist them.’‘
——the closing paragraph from Brave New World Revisited 1958

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By do over, November 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

It might as well have been a book burning.

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By Nyorker, November 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm Link to this comment
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See who owns these NYPD police:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/10/financial-giants-put-new-york-city-cops-on-their-payroll/

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By balkas, November 16, 2011 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

armies may be viewed as criminal organizations. however, i suggest, they
did not exist prior to, say 10-15k y ago.

but once the supremacist ideology [right of a person to own another
person in various ways] arose, it necessitated forming police force to
enforce mastery, say, of a wizard, shaman, magician, charlatan [later a
priest] over a slave or serf.

this ideology, seems, first arose in mesopotamia, egypt, hindus valley and
over centuries or millennia spread to the rest of asia and reaching also
europe by 2k B.C.

personal supremacism gave birth also to ethnic and its religious, cultural,
linguistic, scientific, musical, literary, etc., supremacisms.

and it is this ideology that led to wars. and all wars waged in the past and
now are based on that ideology.

as to why 99% americans approve of all u.s wars of aggressions [aka,
“missions”] pavlov explains how that happens. and because of that we can
expect many more wars from the 0001- to 20% of americans [the insanely
sanest ones].
they are the ones who own the store [well, only 99.% + of it] and they’d be
damned if they’d not run it.

however, what u.s ‘elite’ does/thinks is not a novelty nor anything unique
[pavlov explains why 99% of americans cannot se the naked king] at all—
no, not in the slightest. tnx

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By EmileZ, November 16, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

The dimantling of Occupy camps is a huge blow to the movement. I am angry about it.

The mayors, police chiefs, and all local government officials in cities who are taking these actions should be hounded mercilessly and forced to resign.

Recall petitions should be distributed. Any and every nonviolent strategy to make them pay should be employed including strikes. These cities should be shut down.

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 10:17 am Link to this comment

Quite right Mark S, November 16 at 9:34 am, I did jump to the
conclusion you were Native American, my apologies. 

My point which you might have missed in your zeal to correct
me was that such theft of land has happened since cavedwelling.
It would appear to be the usual behavior for humanity to conquer
or destroy non-civilized (but also other civilized peoples), or
as is happening today with stone-age people in the South Seas
and the Amazon forest, to become assimilated, which is another
form of conquest.  I don’t think we ought to be ashamed for what
primitives did as territorial habits.  Being a white-man, were you
and do you feel responsible for what happened to Native Americans? 

Many humans today are quite conscious of man’s inhumanity to man.
We could march through history about what humanity has done to
each other, not forgetting those from the cradle of civilization, the
Middle East.  It seems beyond the scope of this forum.

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By Mark S, November 16, 2011 at 9:34 am Link to this comment

Shenonymous,

“You seem to be only aware of your own ethnic groups’ suffering this practice.”  I’m white.  You do jump to conclusions, don’t you?

“In fact, other animals engage in similar territorial conquest.”  Out of greed?  And in doing so, in what ways do they destroy, displace, and subjugate other creatures?  In what ways do they destroy the land, air and waters? 

You may have missed my point, while rushing to argument.  Civilization is destructive to the non-civilized.

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

“The Nation was founded on subjugation, displacement and
destruction of the non-white non-greedy.”
  Let’s also keep in mind
this founding is not unique to the United States.  All nations are
founded the same way. Reading the History of Warfare might help
towards understanding this human behavior.  Or studying the
anthropological history of humankind from hunter/gathering
societies who made war on each other for the purpose of food
acquisition, through chiefdoms or tribal structures, the Nile Valley
conquered peoples are the earliest known seizures of one people of
another, up to today’s colonialism.  The exploits of Attila or Genghis
Khan or Alexander the Great, the Caesars, and etc., etc., etc. not to
mention the tribes of Arabia, Africa and South America and ancient
Europe, (and modern in the figure of Hitler) who made conquering
wars on each other.  It is staggering and unending.  You seem to be
only aware of your own ethnic groups’ suffering this practice.  In fact,
other animals engage in similar territorial conquest.  It seems to
be a common thing about life forms.  It would appear that humanity
needs to be fixed first.

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By prisnersdilema, November 16, 2011 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

As the infrastructure continues to break down, and corporate profit begins to be
understood as debt farming without services provided…protests will continue…

However they may not have a convienient location, for the plutocracy to react against,
but may consist of flash mob like gatherings that will be hard for the dinosaur like
apparatus of corporate governance to respond to…

The corporations can rule government, but they cannot govern…this is their weakness
and it will eventually be their undoing…

As always the people rule, and as the bread and circuses, and psyops of corporate
governance fail, this will become all to obvious…

Corporations cannot govern….but only bribe and peddle graft…

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By Mark S, November 16, 2011 at 8:29 am Link to this comment

Let’s keep in mind that the US Nation and each of the States that make up the Nation are Occupiers of Turtle Island and have stolen the land from those that lived here before us.  The Nation was founded on subjugation, displacement and destruction of the non-white non-greedy.  The existence of the Nation is a crime, and casting a vote in that Nation’s (or any subdivision of it) corrupt and thoroughly controlled elections will only sustain that Nation that was founded upon subjugation, displacement and destruction.  Dissolution of the US, its Constitution, and it’s founding principles (defined by its founding actions, not some words on paper) should be the cornerstone of the Movement. 

In the meantime, industry is destroying the air, water and soil that sustains all life.  200 species become extinct each day.  Fossil-fuel fertilizers poison the land, so that corporate monocrops can suck the remaining life from the soil.  We have mountain top removal and gas fracking, and air and water protections have been abandoned completely.  The Nation-State has given corporations carte blanche to destroy the Earth at will for profit.  No flag, or Constitution will provide security for a dead land.

Should we not protect that which we, and all our Relations need to live first?  We don’t have 5, 10, or 50 years to fix the government.  Industry must be stopped in its tracks.

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By John Russell, November 16, 2011 at 8:23 am Link to this comment
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I don’t have to speculate how the Founding Fathers would have acted, all I have to do is read what the Sons of Liberty did then to know what they’d do now

They go to Bloomberg’s home, possibly Tar and Faether his pathetic butt and then ransack his mansion, drink all his liuquor and likely burn the place down

Then they all dress up like Indians, jump aboard a ship in the harbor carrying a load of Koch Industries goods and dump all the Northern bathroom tissue and Dizie Cups into the harbor

THAT is what the Founding Fathers, at least the Sons of Liberty faction, would do today

BTW, the Tory’s nicknames for the Sons of Liberty was the Sons of Violence and the Sons of Inequity ... Which doesn’t sound all that much different from the current group of Tories who call themselves the Republicans

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

History has a bad habit of repeating itself but learning does not
seem to take place, especially when its nasty aspects show up time
and time again.  What the founding fathers believed is accessible
through their writings.  That is all that is left of them, and would
be all that is left of any historical figure who wrote their thoughts
for others to read.  That is why we still read their words, they made
it easy to understand what they said, it was why they wrote about
government.  They wrote for the benefit of society and they said it
often enough they wrote not only for their own milieu but for the basis
of this country.  When more modern concepts eclipse what was written in
1776, the people through our representational government, changes the
law through legislation.

There is such a thing as legitimate logical conclusions from arguments
presented using rational premises.  That is how our minds work best by
the way. 

I would agree that civility and rationality has been abandoned by the
NeoConservatives known as the Tea Party, which has replaced what
was once the Republican Party.  It is also true that many Democratic
politicians in Washington do not uphold those values revered by liberals
which seems to frustrate ordinary Americans, ergo the OWS movement. 
We have a responsibility to ourselves and our society to fix that.

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By IMax, November 16, 2011 at 7:53 am Link to this comment

Payson, November 16 at 5:46 am

Thank you for that. Be prepared to be viciously attacked for writing something reasonable.

Thank you so much and, please, comment often. I miss what this site once was.

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 7:24 am Link to this comment

It is understandable for conservatives to not understand that
OWSers are literate and articulate given they do not want a literate
and articulate society that would be too smart to vote them into
office.  It is not surprising to the literate and articulate that OWSers
have a library for reading whilst they protest and camp in a place of
protest.

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By diman, November 16, 2011 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

They had a library out there in the camp? What was it, a camping trip to a lake? My take on it is that essentially, people who camped had nothing to say except putting duct tape over their mouth with “occupy” mantra written on it, I’ve seen reports and videos on YouTube, which is just enough to understand that it is no revolution but a bunch of people just sitting there trying to read and understand books they should have read at least 15-20 years ago. Well, too late my friends, you have just been shown who has got the real power. When are you liberals gonna learn?

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By Payson, November 16, 2011 at 5:46 am Link to this comment

It is easy to speculate on what the “Founding Fathers” would think if they were
somehow brought back to life today.  It isn’t 1776.  We live in a much more
complicated America than they did.  One distinction between their time and
today, I think, was that, in spite of their heated disagreements, they at least
agreed that they were all Americans fighting for liberty against a more powerful
force.  If they didn’t work together on one vital cause they knew they all would
fail together.

I have noticed an increase in “Tea Party” followers going to OWS sites and
making videos in which they mock those present.  Naturally, they film the
extreme examples of humanity that fit whatever stereotype they wish to
perpetuate.  In all fairness, “liberals” were doing the same thing at Tea Party
rallies.  Americans no longer seem able to identify as American first and then
sort out all of the differences later.  So, let’s just go ahead and laugh at our
fellow citizens who aren’t like us in every way while those in charge laugh at all
of us.

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By IMax, November 16, 2011 at 4:40 am Link to this comment

Time will tell.

Perhaps ‘Occupy’ will now re-brand itself into something coherent. Something that can effect lasting change.

Perhaps Occupy will now feel forced to focus on elections, legislation, regulation and a fairer, simpler, tax structure.

Perhaps Occupy will smack-down these idiotic, petulant, children who embarrass the hell out of 90% of the American public.

Perhaps Occupy will stand tall and hold itself accountable.

Perhaps we can now begin to think and talk about occupying City Councils, School Boards, County Seats, State Houses and the U.S. Congress. The places where real work is done by people who do real things!

Time will tell.

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 3:06 am Link to this comment

vans shoesau stralia, November 16 at 1:31 am are you one of those
vulture advertisers who attempts to use Truthdig as a venue to sell
your products?  Your hot-linked name is not very subtle.

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By Shenonymous, November 16, 2011 at 3:03 am Link to this comment

gerard, November 15 at 9:13 pm – much obliged gerard. 
Thank you.  It is too easy to blame the whole enchilada for the
rotten jalapeno when all it needs is spitting out and thrown away. 
The rest of the enchilada is delicious.  There is a tendency not to
watch the language when facing barbarism and fall into the fallacy
of “allism” too easily.  What Wall Street and its patrons have done
to this country is despicable and they are the ones to whom all our
vehemence needs to be channeled. 

Lafayette, November 15 at 11:06 pm – I cannot agree with you more
loudly or more clearly except to add if we wish to preserve democracy,
then the ballot box is the only way to do it… in a civilized way.  I weep
along with the dead Founding Fathers don’t you?

As I am now guilty of repeating incessantly and will continue until it
either sinks in… or we sink.

The Republican Party is the Party Against the People.

Outraged, November 15 at 11:18 pm – it was indeed one of the
most egregious acts against freedom of the press what happened
last evening when the press was barred from the ousting of the
OWSers from Zuccotti Park.  And I do believe this violation of the First
Amendment ought to be prosecuted.  I do not believe in running to the
courts as a reactionary rule!  Too many frivolous lawsuits are drowning
our courts.  But this was a clear defilement of the First Amendment.  I
hope some of the newspeople take action to highlight to the world the
repressive tendency some law enforcement agencies have in this country
that prides itself on its Constitutional rights.  If he was there, John
Nichols of The Nation article you linked ought to file that lawsuit against
the City of New York and its Police Department.

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By Outraged, November 15, 2011 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

Quote: “The police had almost succeeded in
enforcing a complete media blackout of the
destruction.”

This is scary, just as bad and possibly worse than
attempting to beat everyone into submission. Other
reports tell the same story. From The Nation:

“Why does the right to a free press matter so
much? Because, as the founders knew, no experiment in
democracy could ever be anything more than that—an
experiment—if the people don’t know what is being
done in their name by those in positions of
authority. “A popular Government without popular
information or the means of acquiring it,” observed
James Madison, “is but a Prologue to a Farce or a
Tragedy or perhaps both.”

Nothing is more necessary in a democracy than the
informing of the people, not merely to assure that
they can influence the direction of government but
also to assure that government does not become a
threat to their livelihoods, their rights, their
freedoms.”

http://www.thenation.com/blog/164613/raid-first-amendment-new-yorks-assault-press-freedom

The article reports arrests, containment and
“roughing up” of reporters including those from New
York Daily News, Associated Press and NPR.

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By Lafayette, November 15, 2011 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment

DEBASEMENT

She: The American People are acting through OWS to reclaim the operation of the US from the elites, it is true, but all are members of The United States.

Real power in any democracy comes out of the Ballot Box.

Nothing will be reformed in the US until we vote a more progressive Congress - which is unlikely to be any time soon. Americans are encased in a mentality where “worth” is defined in monetary terms. The true worth of an individual is in their self-respect as a human being - and any economic system that debases that worth itself is worthless.

It’s all over when either of the following two events will occur:
* Americans elect a conservative PotUS in to the White House next November, 2012., and/or
* Americans fail to elect a more Progressive Congress next November, 2012.

We, the sheeple, can then go back to sleep ... accepting the crumbs off the table.

We will be fighting for human dignity in a highly undignified world, where self-respect is the simplest of human rights on earth.

What have we become as a nation? Such debasement would make our Founding Fathers weep in shame.

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By gerard, November 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

Sorry to have been confusing.  US equals policies of repression and violence, at home and abroad.  Occupiers equal protesters representing 99% of US citizens who are hurting as a result of formal US policies of repression and violence (at home and abroad). US policy lacking in spiritual resources, in spite of having all the physical resources necessary to do better. US official policies, being reactionary and not creative, are sliding into the past, to be succeeded (eventually) by younger, more far-sighted and practical, less violent and exploitative policies and methods, represented by OWS protest movement.  US official policies are not based on the interests of most of the citizens of the US, and are therefore doomed to eventual failure.

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By Shenonymous, November 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm Link to this comment

gerard, Nov. 15 8:27pm – you say “and the U.S. is more indebted
and more “broke”—lacking in spiritual resources, the only kind of
real value. And only they are to blame because they had the means
to do better—and chose to do worse—to reject, to turn their backs,
to endorse forceful repression and destruction.”
  But that implies
that OWS and their supporters are not members of the United States! 
Is that what you really mean?

Don’t you know that New York officials (and the people who create the
Wall Street financial culture) and the US Congress, Executive, and
Judiciary are all citizens of the US, elitists as they are, and we can call
them all part of the 1% as a metaphor, but that the 99% (as a non-elitist
metaphor) are also citizens of The United States?  M’thinks you do not
make the distinction needed to preserve this country for the American
people when you refer to those who have usurped this country for
themselves as “The US .”  The American People are acting through OWS
to reclaim the operation of the US from the elites, it is true, but all are
members of The United States.

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By gerard, November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm Link to this comment

The Wall Street Occupiers’ expulsion will serve to remind the rest of the country and the world of Colin Powell’s remark:  “You break it; you own it!”
  Destruction always sows the seeds of regret and recompense.  Now New York owes the Occupiers in one form or another and the Occupiers are in the shoes of the Iraquis, the Afghanis, the Pakistanis.  They may not have “won”—but they certainly didn’t “lose”,  and the U.S. is more indebted and more “broke”—lacking in spiritual resources, the only kind of real value. And only they are to blame because they had the means to do better—and chose to do worse—to reject, to turn their backs, to endorse forceful repression and destruction. 
  Of course New York officials (and Wall Street) haven’t a clue. If they did, they would have taken a constructive approach in the beginning. They would not have put forth the knee-jerk reaction of fear and loathing, would not have aimed at suppression and destruction from day one.
  They might even have taken a creative approach (There were many possibilities.).  But no.  Same old Knee-herk negativity so character- istic of aging people and declining societies. Don’t take any risks with your own capital, they think. Take risks with other people’s capital, and if you lose, it’s “their fault” for letting you take their capital in the first place. 
  Such a reactive rationale speaks volumes for decay and disfunction. Police, officials, functionaries are all sliding into the past.  The Occupiers are winning.  Go,  Occupiers!  Creative chaos will beat reactionary status quo—the more creative, the better.
  And—ask the people for what you need from them.

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By Shenonymous, November 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm Link to this comment

There really is no alternative to the concept of The State, at
least here in the United States, and that appellation says it all.  It
is a collection of 50 sovereign states, united for several purposes.
So it is not really The State.  It is who has taken charge of The State
that is the problem.  That is what is OWS’s objective:  To change the
very nature of the plutocratic State into a democratic State.

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