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Time to Start Preoccupying Wall Street

Posted on Dec 9, 2011
AP / Seth Wenig

End of phase one: A woman waves an American flag over Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in Foley Square in New York on Nov. 15, the day police officers evicted movement members from Liberty Square.

By Lawrence Weschler

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A final virtue of this proposal would be the way it so vividly lends itself to narrative elaboration. From the start, reporters would be tracing the upward arc of the organizing dynamic. They wouldn’t be able to help themselves—this is storytelling catnip. A few hundred signatures the first week, a few thousand the week after, suddenly several tens of thousands more. Were sufficient signatures to be gathered before the deadline, the odds are the signers would never even be called upon to make good on their threat, so spooked would the financial powers that be have become at the prospect.


On top of all that, such a plan would constitute a recovery of the great American tradition of direct action, running as it does from the true Founding Fathers (with their actual tea party and then a declaration of independence in which they chose to address the world at large rather than any longer bother addressing the king, let alone his mere representatives) through Shays’ Rebellion (Shays in that sense having been another of the Founding Fathers), the Jacksonian movements, on through the Populist movements of the Gilded 1880s-’90s (which began with farmers creating granges and other work-arounds to undercut the railroad monopolies and industrial workers uniting to wrest back some measure of control from the robber barons) and then again the FDR era (Hoovervilles, etc.) and the civil rights and Vietnam era actions.

As was the case with FDR, the point would not be to overthrow capitalism so much as to save it from itself, to usher in a more humane capitalism and specifically to address the yawning wealth gap that has so dramatically come to deform our current period. Much as the Republican eminence grise Grover Norquist’s strategy has been to starve the beast (to undermine tax revenues so relentlessly that government has no choice but to contract), ours ought to be to create a situation the only way out of which would be a vast realignment of wealth and resources. (There would likely be no way the banks could meet the sudden shortfalls occasioned by meeting all those loan demands short of government rescue, and no way the government in turn could provide such relief without substantial wealth taxes.)

Thinking more long-term: The U.S. political system is completely rigged against the formation of third parties, but eventually (though only long-term, not right now), the strategy could be for the resultant movement to take over one of the dead husks of one of the superannuated political parties (much as the Populists ended up doing with the Democratic Party under William Jennings Bryan).


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But in order to be successful, such an effort would finally have to overcome the specter of racial politics that has so bedeviled American history to date. One of the main reasons the Populists ultimately failed with Bryan is that the rich were able to pit poor whites against disenfranchised blacks. Had those poor whites made common cause with their black counterparts, among other things demanding their immediate re-enfranchisement, the resultant votes could well have put Bryan over the top. Similarly, the only way FDR was able to push through his New Deal legislation was through an alliance of congressional Northern liberals and Southern racist committee chairmen, one premised on agreement that any serious addressing of the scandal of Jim Crow segregation in the South would be put off for yet another generation. And surely, as has often been noted, a good part of the impetus behind the current tea party has been white panic at the sight of a black president. But another of the nice things about the loan strike strategy is precisely the fact that there are as many underwater loans and dependent children groaning under the weight of egregious student debt amongst the tea party folk as anybody else. A loan strike movement could have the collateral benefit of peeling off substantial portions of the tea party (helping some of its members at long last to see the way they’ve been lashed into acting against their own financial interests), such that we might at long last be verging on a moment when the curse of race politics in America could finally be superseded.



The point, in sum, is for all of us, holding fast to self-evident truths, to move beyond merely occupying Wall Street and to start preoccupying Wall Street, to unsettle the nights of its denizens and to wend our way into their dreams. And the time to be doing so is now.



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By Anarcissie, December 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

I’m confused.  Is this yet another person sitting in an office or armchair somewhere telling Occupy Wall Street what it or they ought to do?  Or rather, telling the Truthdig audience, few of whom seem to be involved in real-live activism, what Occupy Wall Street ought to do?  I don’t get these people.  Why don’t they do the good thing, whatever it is?  Or am I mistaking what’s going on here?  Help!

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By race_to_the_bottom, December 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm Link to this comment

I think we should end the practice of treating houses as commodities. The Fed could buy up everyone’s mortgage with the click of a computer mouse, just like the bank created the money it lent to the home buyer with the click of a mouse.

So now the Fed burns all the mortgages and transfers the titles to the homeowners who can live there as long as they want and transfer title to a child who wants to inherit the house for the purposes of living there, but nobody could ever sell the house.  If people want to move, they would transfer title to a democratically elected neighborhood housing committee which could then accept applications to take title of the home under the same conditions. The people who moved could get a list of vacant houses in a neighborhood they wished to live in and put in an application there.
While people lived in the house, they would pay only a small amount to cover maintenance. People would also be legally obligated to keep the house in good order. If a person wanted to build a new house, He could apply for financing and have the house built and live in it according to the same terms as above.

Treating housing this way would relieve people of most of the headaches and expense of “home-ownership”, which it really isn’t anyway, but would retain most of the advantages of owning your own home.  People would feel a new freedom without having a mortgage millstone around their necks. The money they save on mortgage could be used for any other purpose or saved for retirement.

Rental housing could be treated in the same way. Landlords would have an incentive to sell to the Fed, because rents would plunge after this program went into action. Apartment blocks would become condos and single family rentals would be treated as above.

So what would the banks do with all the newly created money? Who knows. What have they done with the QE1 and QE2 money?

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By IMax, December 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm Link to this comment


Nice sentiment. You fill our minds with grand celebrations bringing people together. You conjure up images of victory dances for having truly good intentions. You enable us to clearly see the warm and smiling faces of those who, nonviolently, took matters in their own hands and took control of a new home for their children. The entire idea may catch on like a wild fire raging across the plains. BRAVO, gerard! Bravo!

Tucked deeply in there, almost imperceptibly, is your not-so-subtle message: attack the lenders. They’re the ones. Hit’em where it hurts. The revolution is afoot! Passivity is not the way. It’s time to be aggressive.


Can you answer a few simple and direct questions just once?

What comes of the $billions in real estate across the country after millions of people, in solidarity with you and the celebrating parties, stop paying their mortgages? What happens when even more still take control, non-violently, of course, of property that does not belong to them?

Will the Teachers Unions invested in real estate simply be liberated of their ill-gotten gains? Will you be the one to decide who is worthy of retaining their own private property throughout all of this? Or will this be a ‘Horizontal’ decision process in everyone’s own neighborhood?

I’m sure you’ve fully thought this out. Otherwise you would not be so passionately in favor.

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By Outraged, December 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Fox news tries to say Bush got Osama bin Laden,
psychotalk is right.

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By Outraged, December 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment

Hmmm…  I have no idea why that link didn’t work, well
I’ll try again.

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By Outraged, December 10, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

LOL….. now I’ve heard everything. Idiots

Got new talking points, did ya…

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment

Getting back to the theme of the article:  “The point, in sum, is for all of us, holding fast to self-evident truths, to move beyond merely occupying Wall Street and to start preoccupying Wall Street, to unsettle the nights of its denizens and to wend our way into their dreams.”
  Considering everything, the word “merely occupying” seems inappropriate. The Occupiers are still making waves of all kinds, everywhere.  Watch the video made at Lincoln Center, showing on Huff Post today. Who would have believed we would see a tribute to “Satyagraha” seriously and artfully performed in Occupier’s unique mic check style?  What a Christmas present for us all!
  And the faces of people regaining homes in spite of mortgage crooks?  How’s that for a Christmas present?
  And people thinking everywhere about the crux of our problems—greed and manipulation, lies, cheating and fear. War, hatred and pepper spray made in USA, sold and used to quell democratic protest here at home, and in Egypt on the other side of the world! Occupiers have “wended their way” into our fondest hopes—which is right where they belong!

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By IMax, December 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

bpawk, - “I suspect a lot of commenters here voted for Obama with his promise of change - unfortunately this ineffective president has kept things the same.”


I suspect there were a good many like myself whom were less impressed with the ‘Hope’ sloganeering and more terrified by the prospect of a Ms. Palin next in succession to the Oval Office. I believe many felt nearly forced to accept the least known, least vetted, and least qualified, candidate ever to hold that office.

If Mr. Obama generally believed the things he was saying as a U.S. Senator come candidate for president, he has shown himself to act much the opposite while in office. Particularly on matters of global affairs, diplomacy, national security and use of the military.

President Obama either didn’t believe the things he had said prior to office or, he received one hell of an education after arriving.


President Obama has taught us that a president’s name, his father’s religion, his ethnic background, loud denunciations of his predecessor, discomforting efforts to apologize and contextualize past American actions — none of that does anything to lead to greater peace in the world or security for the United States.

Israel, Britain, and Eastern Europe are not closer allies now than they were in 2008. Iran is still Iran — and may be even a more dangerous adversary after the failed Obama outreach. Putin’s Russia, despite “reset” (a word we no longer much hear), is still Putin’s Russia. China still despises the US, and feels in 2011 that it is in a far better position to act on its contempt than it was in 2009. North Korea never got the “hope and change” message. Europe is collapsing, reminding the world where the United States is headed if it does not change course. Outreach didn’t seem to do much for the Castro brothers, Hugo Chávez, or Daniel Ortega. Pakistan went from a duplicitous ally to a veritable enemy. The more we bragged about Turkey, the more we could feel it holds us in contempt. We hope that the Libyan rebels and the Cairo protesters are headed toward democracy, but we privately admit that they seem to have no more interest in establishing it than the U.S. has in promoting it.

In other words, Professor Obama reminds future presidents that the world will transcend their rhetoric, their pretensions, and their heritage. Other nations always calibrate their relations with the United States either by their own perceived self-interest, or by centuries-old American values and power, or both.

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By Mitch, December 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm Link to this comment
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Hello LW- Great article
Please read this it is our future: 
When Democracy Dies 
Join Our Movement and Pass this on!
Thanks a Million

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By bpawk, December 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

I suspect a lot of commenters here voted for Obama with his promise of change - unfortunately this ineffective president has kept things the same (cost of middle east wars, tax breaks for the rich, high unemployment etc.) - it’s got to be frustrating - you fell for his lies and you will fall for them again - ralph nader was the only real hope but Americans pushed him aside.

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment

bpawk:  Your statements imply that nobody has been trying to “go to the government” and given up hope long ago.  What do you think the election of Obama was about?  What do you think long-standing organizations who “petition the government for a redress of grievances” have been doing all these years and years? And why do you think, then, that things are not only bad, but even worse than before?
Could it be that government has been successively DENYING ACCESS to ordinary people?  Do you think it might be that media has been systematically REFUSING to “take the people’s case to the public”? Do you think that money may have “bought off” access and choked off honest information, and that unnecessary surveillance may have robbed ordinary people of their courage, their initiative and their faith in the possibility of change?
  If not, then what accounts for all the free-floating cynicism that appears in these columns, representing (for the most part) the efforts and the predominating sense of failure of the passing generation?

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By balkas, December 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm Link to this comment

it’s a very good plan to deal first of all with people who are hundred,
hundreds, thousand[s] times richer than other americans.
and it’s ok to call this fact “wall street”.
i am very curious how wld OWS force the wall street to accede to their
rightful demands and restore their inheritance?
educating americans about their inheritance and getting onside, say, 80-
90% of americans wld work—to what degree, we wld find out after OWS
get’s that much support.

so, finally, we may change america. it is a good possibility; it’ll take
decades, i expect. tnx

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By balkas, December 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

“all people are created equal” cld be substituted with: each human is endowed by nature or
god/nature [or even goddevil] with at least one talent. that one talent does not have to be even
similar to let alone the same as anybody else’s
and it’s diversity of talents; their differing, but priceless/moneyless values and utility that
makes us richer.

fathers of the confederation may have been aware of what they must not ever say: each human
inherits at birth from god or god/nature/just-fair people the rights to work, healthcare, life,
part ownership of everything that is on or in herhis country, being equally needed/wanted, etc.

“pursuit of happiness” was and is still a vacuity; it cld mean just about anything. did they know
this when they put this dwn on paper? we’ll never know! most likely they knew that it didn’t
have just one meaning. i suggest they knew it had trillions of meanings.
thus, no one cld catch them being deceptive. tnx

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By IMax, December 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment


Yes, I am a clown. I’m the clown that began, over a month ago, pointing out the growing and persistent violence associated with the Occupy demonstrations. I pointed out at the time that if this violence were to continue the American people would turn away and tune out the OWS message.

You made a point then of telling me I didn’t know what I was talking about and that no violence or destruction associated with these demonstrations existed. - Today you’re warning everyone here of those things I warned of over a month ago.

Yes, I’m a clown. More importantly, however, unlike yourself, I remain honest. You should try it. Your agenda of a revolution will get more traction without the obvious hypocrisy.

Occupy the places laws are conceived, Gerard. Occupy the U.S. Congress!

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By bpawk, December 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

A binding contract that you sign means the other party can sue you if you don’t pay - nobody promised you a job forever when you signed - you still signed a document to get money but you have to pay it back. That’s what laws are for. And that’s precisely why you have to go to government to protest - the Wall Streeters are just obeying the law because it is written for their best interest, not the 99%. Go to the government and say you want the law written for the 99% best interest.

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By Leefeller, December 10, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

What about my pet commands? .... I mean if I was king of Occupy I would provide a chicken in every pot, a shopping cart for everyone and a Repulsion approach to Medicare giving out coupons letting everyone choose which Tequila they want!

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By Wallace Fraser, December 10, 2011 at 11:23 am Link to this comment
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“...address the world at large rather than any longer
bother addressing the king, let alone his mere

This is what must be remembered.  Collective action
regarding underwater mortgages and student loans are
worthwhile tactics but attention EVERY DAY to the
inequalities is the mission. The object being to hold
ground - staying on the front page - and slowing
commerce to a crawl in order to get the attention and
engage the masters and not their errand boys - a
tiresome exercise in incremental “progress.” The
masters will pay attention if the Occupiers hold
enough leverage.

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 11:15 am Link to this comment

..“most people helped cause the crisis as much as the wall streeters”... “Most people” who were forced to default for reasons beyond their ability to avoid defaulting, are not “as guilty as” those who manipulated vast sums of money behind the scenes, and influenced reactive government policies that permitted massive rape of the network of economic safety, manipulating markets far beyond the ability of “most people” to control.

...“they signed a legally binding contract with responsibilities to pay back monies owing whether to banks or the government or whoever and they are legally obligated to pay it back.” People signed such contracts because they were assured by “the system” that it was “safe” to sign them because they would have jobs with incomes in the future. It is not right to exact promises from people, then manipulate away the possibilities of their living up to their promises, and then punish them.

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By BIGTHOUGHT, December 10, 2011 at 10:49 am Link to this comment

“Historically, the most terrible things - war,
genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from
disobedience, but from obedience.” ? Howard Zinn
New Music inspired by the occupy wall st movement,
revolution is now by the people, for the

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, December 10, 2011 at 10:42 am Link to this comment

A thoughtful and useful article.  I posted it via Twitter.  I do disagree with the author that our goal should be to make capitalism more “humane” (this makes as much sense to me as talking about making rape “humane”), but that’s the kind of disagreement and difference of perspective that we sustain in a democratic movement.  Creative thinking in this piece!

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By bpawk, December 10, 2011 at 10:06 am Link to this comment

While I agree that we the 99% are getting a raw deal, most people helped caused the crisis as much as the wall streeters - people who are getting foreclosed or students who can’t pay their debt forget one thing - they signed a legally binding contract with responsibilities to pay back monies owing whether to banks or the government or whoever and they are legally obligated to pay it back.  The government gave millions to a risk-taking Wall Street - why don’t you go to the government in Washington and protest there? They took taxpayer money and are accountable to taxpayers as to its whereabouts.

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By stephan geras, December 10, 2011 at 10:01 am Link to this comment
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To deconstruct Mr Weschler’s ode, the obstacles to
one-pointed direct democracy are the assumptions and
compromises that have to be made to achieve one goal.
OWS has at its foundation, not only a historically
comparable dedication to direct democracy but an
unwavering basic principle to establish a leaderless
structure which enfranchises all voices in the
process, not just an elite class which is the basis
of a representational “parliamentary” process and
which has obviously failed and frankly leaves
citizens flogging a dead horse. Hard to achieve?
Possibly. I suggest that this author, if he is so
dedicated to citizen action for change should come
down to Zucotti park and participate in the process
among equals.

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

IMax, you act as a sinister clown, and you and I and several others know it. Your tricks do get tiresome, however.  Your tactic of habitually trying to put people on the defensive is precisely the same tactic that is used by all the simple-minded autocrats throughout world history whose impulse is to quell all opposition and distract people from what is really important. Hiding behind a mask of “democracy” is the sinister part of the act.

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By gerard, December 10, 2011 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

cts29:  And you are so right!  Being 97—almost 98—years old, I regret to say that I am pretty much out of action, physically.  Thank God I can still read and write! Anyway, my spirit (which is important, also) is with the Occupiers and if I were not such a bag of tired bones, I would be with them, literally.  I’m just so thoroughly grateful I have lived to see them rise up. They will save us all if we support and help them in every way we can.  We owe them that!

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By do over, December 10, 2011 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

A fine article on which the author was on the right track and then derailed.  OCCUPY is about UNITY.  ALL homeowners whether their mortgages are underwater or not took a 30+% hit in the reduced value of their homes.  The author selects ONLY the underwater mortgages for assistance.  It doesn’t take much imagination to understand that this is a DIVISIVE proposal because it favors only the underwater mortgages.  If UNITY is to be achieved, a policy more favorable to ALL homeowners must be developed.

The Student Loan proposal is clearly more equitable.

Finally, it is better to use the word INTENTION rather than the word DEMAND.  The word DEMAND places the action in the hands of bankers; whereas, the word INTENTION places the action in the hands of Occupy, i.e., It is the intention of Occupiers to stop paying Student Loans.  That way Occupy’s destiny is not based upon a response from the Bankers but from our own actions.
We the People are the force to be dealt with.

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By OzarkMichael, December 10, 2011 at 6:59 am Link to this comment

The truly revolutionary advance in that declaration is contained not so much in such words as “truths,” “self-evident,” “unalienable,” or “created equal” as in the calm self-certainty of that opening phrase: “We hold.” The text does not launch out with “It is manifestly self-evident that” or some similar construction, as strict logic might seem to dictate. I mean, either it is or it isn’t self-evident, right? Except that in this instance, the self-evidence of the assertion does in fact remain hidden, fugitive, immanent at best, until people rise up to embrace it, to hold fast to its insistence (mutually pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor in the process). It is holding such truths to be self-evident that first makes them so—and, more specifically, doing so in concert, alongside others.

Am I going to be the only one to point out the problem with this?

If the emphasis and advance is contained in the ‘We’, then it is based merely on a faction. OWS is not the only faction, and other factions might have a lot more people supporting them.

Ah, but Leftists who emphasize the ‘We’ as the miraculous “revolutionary” aspect will never acknowledge that same principle of ‘We’ can also occur outside their own faction. In other words, all people are equal, not only if they hold the same opinion as you do.

This is why Leftists need to be reminded that Others are people too, with the same rights to creat a ‘We’...and if they cannot or will not remember that, they need to be ridiculed for the hypocrites that they are.

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By IMax, December 10, 2011 at 6:59 am Link to this comment

gerard, - promote peaceful change and avoid violence and bloodshed so repulsive to the majority of ordinary citizens.”


It’s good to see you finally on board pushing non-violence from the Occupy demonstrators.

I have to wonder what took you so long and, why you harangued me over a month ago for writing the exact same sentiment.

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By cts28, December 10, 2011 at 12:01 am Link to this comment

Nicely written by a professional - wish I could do it.  However it made me think of a book I read once by Eric Berne - The Games People Play.  The game I thought of in reading this well-constructed piece was ‘Let’s you and him fight’...

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By Fearless, December 9, 2011 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment
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A lot of us have been on strike from our student loan debt, in the sense that we have zero income to make even a fraction of our monthly payments. It’s only a matter of time.

Gerard is right, crushing debt is certainly demoralizing and there’s always the pressure to blame oneself…until you realize your creditors, the wealthy, powerful, and “successful” people of this world, are only where they are by nepotistic chance and/or lack of moral or emotional intelligence; you realize how limited in character, how soulless, how dumb, how weak these people really are; you realize the only thing giving them such a divine right to wield power over you is a piece of paper, maybe some electronic data; and then you stop hating yourself and begin to pity them. They are clueless. They are inferior. Don’t buy into the hype that these are sociopath geniuses. Sociopaths, perhaps, but geniuses? No.

For the most part, many of us struggling have the intellectual upper hand (much thanks to the internet, rage-driven yet controlled determination ...and perhaps some unwanted spare time). All of us have the experiential and moral high ground. Eat as healthy as you can. Exercise. Keep learning. Experiment. Keep fighting, but fight smart; stay out of jail. Find joy in a humble if not difficult life. That way, when we take the power back, and we will, we will not sell out our children to a world that places profit and efficiency over human dignity.

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By Textynn, December 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment
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The process of indenturing all young professionals to the banking industry is, in and of itself, a true act of slavery.  What is the point of going to school to get a better career when working at a low skilled job will get you about as far when you figure in the omission of the crippling debt.

The current system is designed to control people, be it professional or low wage worker. The Walmart slave system that allows a multi-billion dollar profiting business to force society to pay the lion’s share of the upkeep of their slaves controls people in another way.  What I mean is Walmart doesn’t pay a living wage and their employees must seek assistance to make it.  Walmart should be paying their employees, that make them gloriously rich, a living wage. The taxpayer shouldn’t have to subsidize these people.  This is a direct subsidy to Walmart while forcing hard working people to stand in lines meant for the indigent and sick.  Then the same elites want to put the onus on these people by demanding they are taking what they have not earned and that they are dregs on society.  WTF

We have to rescue ourselves.  Sure as hell neither one of the two parties is looking out for us. Screw the election. It’s a farce anyway as is the entire political system.

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By gerard, December 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm Link to this comment

From a psychological point of view alone, it seems to me that attacking the loan crisis—both student loans and mortgage loans—makes sense because owing money you can’t pay is so demoralizing that it weakens debtors and renders them void of hope, and lacking in the ability to think creatively. They become less and less able to manage either public or private affairs.

The debt crisis affects so many millions of people from various classes that debt relief would enlist the political interest and participation of
vast numbers and strengthen the movement for other needed changes, once the emergency situation had passed. Unified and cooperative attention could then be paid to strengthening public education, to moving the country away from dependency on the manufacturing of wars, weapons and foreign adventurisms for the sake of resource exploitation or systems indoctrination, and to concerted efforts to cut back on global warming.

A third advantage would be that capitalism might be modified peacefully to bring it into line with humane principles of financial and political management, and restore at least some of the most important democratic values that have been weakened or destroyed in efforts from the top down as it has been trying to prevent systemic failure.  Those who think in more critical absolutes might feel this to be a half-measure, but it is worth considering, in view of major circumstances involved. The Occupy Movement already shows deep signs of an inspired determination to promote peaceful change and avoid violence and bloodshed so repulsive to the majority of ordinary citizens.

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By Connie Tolleson, December 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment
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Boycott the Banks!  Do it in September when kids are going back to school and
households are getting hit hard for school supplies,
The demand is “You broke it, you fix it! Come up with a plan that the 99% can
reach consensus about and maybe we will and maybe we won’t start paying the
banks again.:

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By thedeske, December 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm Link to this comment
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Imagine 10-20 million people onto the game and willing to push back. I can dream wink

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By Connie Tolleson, December 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment
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As a member of the 99% this is what I want: to know my grandchildren have full
tummies, are tucked into a warm safe bed with a book to read, a glass of clean
water to drink and a hug.  And I want every other grandparent on the surface of
the earth to have the same sure knowledge.  I don’t think it is too much to ask, do

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