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Denunciation and Disruption: The Vision That Drives Occupy Wall Street

Posted on Oct 25, 2011
AP / Mary Altaffer

By Christopher Ketcham

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The beauty in all this is that there is no mere demand, not a sliver of legislation the occupiers want passed or special interest they want satisfied—nothing by which to be hemmed in ideologically or politically. The habit in the mainstream media to date has been to bitch and moan that the protesters don’t know what they want, or won’t say what they want, won’t offer up the pre-masticated bullet-point list easily consumed by reporters suckled on press releases and toilet trained for TV. An ex-Marine named Brian Phillips, 25, who traveled to Zuccotti Park from Washington state, tells me what he wants. “We want to start a new way of living,” Phillips says. “We want to start a new society. We want to destroy a system that benefits only the 1 percenters. It’s not working for us. It’s putting us in poverty. We say: ‘No more making laws that benefit corporations or banks.’ ”

The norm in the political economy of the United States is that the corporations and the banks run things and we all suck it up and smile. With the rise of the occupation, the disruption of this degraded normalcy of affairs is the message and the meaning. The message is that the future of American democracy is not in casting the meaningless vote in the two-party shell game, nor in lobbying over fine dinners, nor in writing letters to robots like Charlie Rangel, nor merely in Facebooking and Twittering one’s dissent. The future lies in people gathered in the streets in solidarity and making trouble.

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By Raoul, October 25, 2011 at 6:17 am Link to this comment

Enlighten? Whom? The masses who couldn’t care any less about any of this. Perhaps it is YOU who should study a bit of history. Most, if not all, protest movements ending in success were started by a very SMALL amount of people. Besides, from the comments I’ve seen elsewhere, the masses are already alienated by this magnicent group of people since the masses buy into the lies spouted from the corporatists. I stand by my suggestion - disrupt the parade for openers. It will inspire those of us living in reality regarding the economic mess we’ve been pushed into.

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By SarcastiCanuck, October 25, 2011 at 6:15 am Link to this comment
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Finally,someone to articulate what is going on there and what the people are pissed at.The people out there also finally have thier individual voices heard.Please bring us more of these frontline pieces and what the grunts on the front really think.

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By ardee, October 25, 2011 at 5:29 am Link to this comment

First, when typing my post there were no previous comments…honest. wink

Raoul, October 25 at 5:23 am

Perhaps you might study up on effective methods of protest prior to suggesting a course of action that will surely alienate rather than enlighten. Are you unclear on who or what is the enemy here?

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By ardee, October 25, 2011 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

It is an honor to be first to post my sincere admiration for this restoration of our American Democracy as embodied by these kids.

As these demonstrations spread across this nation we will surely see more violence from our police forces, more propaganda from the rulers of this nation decrying the protests as “un-American”, vilifying them as “commies"and “anarchists” as if those really were insults.

More to the point, as these demonstrations spread they will educate and enlighten, gain converts among those who are not political, and see more and more among those on the fence participating.

Perhaps, as some have intimated, winter will chill the protestors and end these marches and sit ins. Perhaps the movement will take other forms until Spring returns, bringing with it another round of a national outpouring of protest against the economic inequality and obvious disparity between the power of the people vs. the power of money in government.

This is only a beginning.

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By Raoul, October 25, 2011 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

Know what would be really great! How about disrupting the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade? The parade always is nationally televised so maybe we could draw more supporters into our cause. All the protestors have to do is march alongside or even inside the various parade groups.

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By madisolation, October 25, 2011 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

Excellent piece all around. From the crowd to the White Shirts to Charlie Rangel, you encapsulated the movement. Please write more.
Is Credico okay?

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