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White House / Pete Souza

The Occupy Windfall

“Defend Wall Street” is not likely to be a winning campaign slogan in 2012. For Republicans, this is an obvious problem. For President Obama and the Democrats, it’s a golden—if largely undeserved—opportunity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Our Delusions of Grandeur Will Save the World

It’s easy to see that apathy among a subset of middle-class youth is turning to politicization, and the natural form of this politicization is protest against the neoliberal state’s slashing of the social benefits that created the modern middle class in the first place.

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AP / Ted S. Warren

A Movement Too Big to Fail

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



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From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park: Lessons in Inequality

Nicholas Kristof writes in The New York Times that, although there are parallels between the revolutionary protests in Egypt and the occupation of Wall Street, Americans actually experience worse income inequality than Egyptians.

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Alexander Reed Kelly

Movement Against Wall Street Grows With Oct. 15 Protest

Thousands of people of all ages, races and creeds gathered beneath the jumbo-size screens and billboards in Times Square on Saturday night to demand a participatory role in American democracy, while similar protests occurred in cities throughout the world. (more)

Posted on Oct 16, 2011 READ MORE



Mat McDermott (CC-BY)

The Digital Dimension of the Wall Street Movement

The nationwide demonstrations against Wall Street are physical manifestations of broad dissatisfaction with a colossal market power that exists and functions in the abstract—that is, apart from the rest of society. And protesters have organized accordingly, with an occupation of the virtual space of social media. (more)

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Alexander Reed Kelly

Ketcham Points Protesters Toward the Populists

Christopher Ketcham’s essay “The Reign of the One Percenters,” which we linked to a few weeks ago, shows how long-standing American individual and group behavior visible nationwide is profoundly determined by inequitable consumer capitalism. With the occupation of Wall Street gaining momentum, Ketcham revisits the subject to offer protesters some historical perspective. (more)

Posted on Oct 15, 2011 READ MORE


What Do You Want for Your Country?

Contrary to the assertions of much of the Congress and the mainstream media, those “99 percent” members who have staked their ground in New York City’s Liberty Plaza know what they want, and in a video here nine of them tell you in a few words. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cures for an Ailing Economy?

In this episode of “Left, Right & Center,” show regulars Tony Blankley, Robert Scheer and Matt Miller, along with special guest panelist Laura Tyson, take on all things related to the economy in the week’s news, finding a lot of bad and ugly but not much good.

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Mr. Fish

Nude in Black and White

I thought about Susan Dey and blisters and being a hippie last Thursday when I found myself driving around outside the Air and Space Museum looking for a place to park. I was in D.C. for the purpose of lending my body and rancor to the Occupy Wall Street protesters gathering in Freedom Plaza for their first day of rabble-rousing.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE    



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The Long-Awaited Oct. 15 Lineup

Occupy Wall Street will hold a number of major events Saturday. First will be a march on a JPMorgan Chase branch to protest the $94.7 billion taxpayer bailout of the company and the bank’s layoff of 14,000 workers since then. (more)

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OWS, The American Dream and You

Taking a cue from the 99 percenters, some conservatives are hoping to make their own play on demographics by redirecting the national discourse about class struggle and revising the cherished American story of meritocracy for these, our troubled times.

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Alexander Reed Kelly

The Sign That Could Evict the Wall Street Occupiers

On or before Oct. 13, someone affixed flimsy signs announcing new rules for the use of Zuccotti Park to the granite walls enclosing the place where anti-Wall Street protesters have camped for almost a month. UPDATED

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AP / Mary Altaffer

OWS Declares Victory as Liberty Plaza Cleanup Is Postponed

Occupy Wall Street: 1, Mayor Bloomberg: 0. After the New York City mayor’s sketchy sanitation plan for Zuccotti Park—or, if you will, Liberty Plaza—was postponed on Friday, OWS members were bullish, making it clear on their website that this development constituted a victory ... (more)

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Taibbi’s List: Five Demands for OWS

Much has been made—including a lot of noise—about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s supposed lack of a cohesive message or handy list of bullet points to rally around, which even New York Times editors noted is somewhat beside the point. Regardless, Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi has come up with five action items for OWS, which ... (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Citizen Radio

Citizen Radio, a people-funded political radio show with hosts who are not afraid to call out bullshit when they see it, is our Truthdigger of the Week.

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE


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Which Side Are You On!

I am all for Occupy Wall Street—and a lot of other places—but I wish I understood where this is going. And why it took so long to get going.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE


There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



Photo illustration from an image by Colin Grey

There’s Something Happening Here

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s all about Occupy Wall Street, which Pulitzer Prize winner and guest David Cay Johnston says is unlike any movement he’s covered. Also: voices from Occupy L.A., Nomi Prins, Scott Tucker and the NYPD arrests journalists.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



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Bloomberg’s Zuccotti Park Cleanup Plan Sparks Skepticism

Making noises about sanitation, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has given notice to the Occupy Wall Street protesters camped at Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park that they’re going to have to give way to some cleaning machines on Friday. Might there be another, not-so-squeaky-clean agenda at play here? Updated

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Mike Carlson

If a Republican Were President

If a Republican were president, there would be millions of properly coiffed middle-class Democrats and independents at those Occupy Wall Street marches, and no questions asked as to what they really want.

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Oct. 15 Is the Big Day

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, your friends at Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Madrid would like for you to jump into a global day of action scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 15.

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



Neon Tommy / Didi Beck (CC-BY-SA)

Proof That L.A. Is Better Than New York

Whereas protesters occupying Wall Street depend on a McDonald’s to relieve themselves, their counterparts in Los Angeles have port-a-potties. Whereas New York’s billionaire mayor and pepper-spraying police appear to have sided with the 1 percent, the L.A. City Council voted unanimously ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



Alexander Reed Kelly

N.Y. Laborers Local Takes a Stand at Liberty Plaza

Mike Hellstrom, a construction and private sanitation worker for more than two decades, has been involved in union work for 27 years, and he’s tired of watching his friends and colleagues lose their benefits and earnings after laboring for their entire adult lives. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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The Power of Protest Music Contest

Here at the Truthdig office, we’ve been listening a lot to Ry Cooder’s new album, “Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down.” With songs like “No Banker Left Behind,” which was inspired by a column by our own Robert Scheer, the album is refreshingly political, with roots in the tradition of protest music. Here’s your chance to win a copy. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



Alexander Reed Kelly

This Physician Supports Occupy Wall Street

Wall Street protesters joined progressive and community groups Tuesday on a march to the homes of several New York City billionaires to demand that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers extend a surcharge tax on the state’s wealthiest residents, and New York City physician Bertha Bauer stands with them. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE


Alleged Murder Plot Fans U.S.-Iran Tensions

Figuring in among the lineup of top stories on Wednesday’s broadcast of “Democracy Now!” is the alleged assassination plot against Saudi Arabia Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir, for which the U.S. has charged two Iranian agents. Meanwhile, government officials in Tehran are accusing the Obama administration of ... (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Michael Moore ‘Giddy’ About Occupy Wall Street

Nobody can say he didn’t call it, or at least call for it, as provocateur filmmaker Michael Moore explicitly declared at the end of his last documentary, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” that he would come out from behind the camera and wait for others to join in his cause of opposing Wall Street greed before making another play for the big screen. (more)

Posted on Oct 12, 2011 READ MORE



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A New Bush Era or a Push Era?

Back when Barack Obama was still just a U.S. senator running for president, he told a group of donors in a New Jersey suburb, “Make me do it.”

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



Anonymous via Eddie Colla

Anonymous Wants You to Move Your Money

Camping out by Wall Street and peacefully protesting are but two ways of signaling collective displeasure about America’s compromised economic system, but here comes Anonymous with another handy tip for would-be opponents of our nation’s banking behemoths: Let the currency of their realm do the talking.

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Boston Protesters Hauled Off in Greenway Standoff

Some 100 people—around 65 men and 35 women—taking part in an Occupy Boston protest were arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after they refused to leave a newly groomed section of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway near Dewey Square. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE


Feingold: ‘This Is Not a Time for Cautious Politics’

Here we see former Sen. Russ Feingold taking stock of the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon on Monday’s “Countdown With Keith Olbermann,” declaring that the “unholy alliance” between big business and certain political operatives on the right (although not exclusively from that side of the aisle) is being challenged. (more)

Posted on Oct 11, 2011 READ MORE


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David Shankbone (CC-BY)

Occupy the Moment

Occupy Wall Street and its kindred protests around the country are inept, incoherent and hopelessly quixotic. God, I love them.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


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This Just In, Kind Of: NYT Catches Up to Wall St. Protests

The New York Times let fly over the weekend with a trio of Op-Eds about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations happening around the country, most notably (and most forcefully) Paul Krugman’s rumbling salvo, “Panic of the Plutocrats,” in which Krugman flames the nascent movement’s “remarkably hysterical” critics for their … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


Ron Kovic Rallies at Occupy L.A.: ‘This Is the Beginning of a Revolution’

On Oct. 1, Vietnam veteran, author and activist Ron Kovic gave a throng of Occupy L.A. protesters gathered near Los Angeles’ City Hall an enthused boost with this speech, in which he invokes the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and serves notice to President Obama by co-opting the president’s campaign slogan … (more)

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE


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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Why the Elites Are in Trouble

The occupation movement is an effort to take our country back. This is a goal the power elite cannot comprehend. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t understand what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Does Occupy Wall Street Need a Logo?

Some graphic designers have come up with various proposals, but one wonders whether the motley crew of anti-corporate urban campers would welcome such a commercial device.

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE


The Bill O’Reilly of Canada Ambushes Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist defends the Occupy Wall Street movement against an irksome personality on Canadian television who makes friendly with comments like: “Listen, don’t take this the wrong way, but you sound like a left-wing nutbar.”

Posted on Oct 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Henry Giroux on Youth in a Culture of Hopelessness

In an interview with Al-Jazeera English, Truthout contributor and McMaster University professor Henry Giroux spoke about the social and economic forces that have turned young people into what he says is the most powerless, least represented and most disposable group in America, and discussed how youths of marginalized race and class might join the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. (more)

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Wall Street Occupiers Make Gains

The Occupy Wall Street protests are making more than just a splash; LGBT activists join the Occupy Wall Street protests to assert their rights; meanwhile, a secret panel places Americans on a “kill list.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE



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There’s a New Newspaper on Wall Street

Some say the media has done a less-than-stellar job of reporting on the Occupy Wall Street protests these last few weeks, but the 99 percent found a way to circumvent that: They published and distributed their own newspaper Saturday, aptly named The Occupied Wall Street Journal. (more)

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Bull Cuts

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The 99 Percent Solution

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Occupy Wall Street Is United in Its Diversity

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist David Cay Johnston wrote Friday that the Occupy Wall Street protests are unlike any demonstrations he has seen in more than 40 years, and that the reasons the movement differs so much are the same reasons why it could succeed in sparking major change. (more)

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE



Scott Tucker

Long Live the New American Revolution

The stitched-together movement that is overflowing from the Wall Street protest can have a huge impact if it holds firm against a malevolent corporatism and the political hucksters who dangle promises of “hope and change.”

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Jobs, Taxes and the Occupation of Wall Street

The Labor Department announced that employers added 103,000 jobs in September, President Obama addressed the Occupy Wall Street movement and Sarah Palin and Chris Christie said they would not run. The LRC panel discusses this and more. (more)

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Shares His Thoughts on Occupy Wall Street

Chris Hedges took time on Thursday to speak with Alyona Minkovski from the Washington, D.C., bureau of Russian news network RT about his thoughts on the growing Occupy Wall Street movement.

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