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Archives by Tag 'Occupy Wall Street'
Standing With Occupy Wall Street, Nov. 15-17
JOHN HALLE
I. Tuesday Morning: Surveying the Wreckage Red Hook, 4 A.M. Like a lot of people who have trouble sleeping I’m constantly monitoring the internet for news about Occupy Wall Street.  S...
The Foot Cavalry of the 99 Percent
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In the Old Testament Book of Judges, the prophet Gideon, until then an obscure a younger son from the obscure tribe of Ma...
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
ROBERT URIE
In Ron Suskind’s book “Confidence Men” Barack Obama is reported in 2008 to have argued to his...
Crossing the Divide
MISSY BEATTIE
Among the emails I’ve received in response to my Occupy Wall Street (OWS) columns, is one from a man who says he’s the 1 percent.  Told me he prints my articles to use as toilet tissue.  I wanted to answer:  Hope you have multiple printers, cause you’re so full o...
Five Dumbest Reasons Not to Support the Occupy Movement
DAVID Ker THOMSON
My God, what’s happened? —Princess Diana *We could alienate the very people who might be our supporters. Reality check: That’s the kind of people you want to suck up to—people who would be of...
America’s Conscience is on the Streets
MARK WEISBROT
The Occupy Wall Street movement that has spread to ...
A Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street Alliance?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Many are thinking about the Tea Party and its relationship (or lack thereof) with Occupy Wall Street.  I’ve received numerous complaints from some liberals who seem set on fostering an alliance between both forces in terms of what they promise will be a mass campaign t...
The ACLU and Occupy Wall Street
PETER WHITE
“So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we’ll be called a democracy.” – ACLU founder Roger Baldwin The best of times and the worst of times are our times now. Occupy Wall S...
It’s All We’ve Got
MISSY BEATTIE
“I like good strong words that mean something.” ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women  Good strong words are essential.  Not merely during a debate but, also, in selecting a label, slogan, or to frame a mission. Take...
The Lessons of Obamamania
ANDREW LEVINE
Ten years ago in America, War Party fervor was on the rise, the media was in tow, and many a liberal was on board.  Thus began the Bush-Cheney era, one of the darkest moments in American history.  Those years seem like only yesterday, probably because on matters of subs...
The Untouchables of Zuccotti Park
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
In an October 9 article for the website Truthdig.com, Chris Hedges, the former New York Times bureau chief turned dissident journalist, gives us a...
The Vacancies of Capitalism
MIKE KING
Throughout the first several weeks of Occupy Oakland’s existence the analysis and discussion at the General Assembly and elsewhere has been about the need to construct an entirely different social order.  It is not so much that “the system is broken” but that it is...
Man, God and Secession at Yale
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
When I team taught a course on corporate strategy back in 1980 at the Yale School of Management with economist Martin Shubik and former New York Times chief financial officer Leonard Forman, I never dreamed I would be invited back to Yale thirty years later to be...
De-Fault Is Ours
STEVE FRASER
In 1729, when Ireland had fallen into a state of utter destitution at the hands of its British landlords, Jonathan Swift published a ...
451 at Zuccotti Park
PETER LINEBAUGH
The cowardly, nocturnal destruction of more than 5,000 volumes of “the People’s Library” last week, a repository of knowledge gathered by the Occupy Wall Street assembly at Zuccotti Park requires the most vigorous push-back.   Mayor Bloomberg of New Yor...
Detroit Police and the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CORSETTI
Police departments around the country could learn a few things from the Detroit police.   Many of these cities have had bloody confrontations with Occupiers including mass arrests, beatings and pepper spraying by police.  Meanwhile the Occupy Detroit group has enjoyed a...
Global Dignity
MISSY BEATTIE
Last week I attended a presentation by Robert Ford, the first United States Ambassador to Syria in five years.  Just two months ago, Ford was recalled from Syria because of safety concerns.  More than 3500 people, including children, have been killed there. Charm...
Killing Us Softly
DAVID Ker THOMSON
St. James Park, Toronto. It seems churlish to complain about having been insufficiently buffeted about the head, ears, and spleen, what with our community having experienced so many satisfactions in that regard during last year’s G20 and all.  But it mu...
Why I’m Joining the One Percent
BRIAN J. FOLEY
I marched with Occupy Oakland last Saturday, but I’ve had a change of heart. I’m joining the One Percent. The One Percent have fun. They have jobs and money.  Or just money, because when you have a lot of money, you don’t need to work. They live in houses, n...
Let Them In
RALPH NADER
From New York City to Oakland, and several cities in between, the police, on orders from city officials, have smashed the Occupy encampments and evicted the protestors from public parks and spaces. More politicians from Congress to the state and local level want the Occu...
Banks, Pentagon and Academic Pusilanimousness
LINH DINH
“I’m not supposed to know anything about foreign policy.” —GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain Not everything, mind you, but anything, which would put him on par with the dumbest American living under the heaviest...
The Swing of That Truncheon Thing
RON JACOBS
While I truly empathize with the victims of the use of force by police against Occupy protesters these past few weeks, the fact that these acts of abuse occurred has served a very useful purpose.  For the first time in a long time, the role of police in a society that ca...
The People’s Police Commission
KEVIN CARSON
For years, the standard drill after a police beating or shooting, when it was a citizen’s word against a cop’s and the cop’s testimony was backed up by his Brothers in Blue, was “administrative leave” with pay for the cop — until a review board found “no evi...
Violence Goes to College
VIJAY PRASHAD
Before the assassin’s bullet cut him down, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., had been preparing his sermon for Atlanta’s Ebeneezer Baptist Church. The sermon was called “Why America May Go to Hell.” The theme of the sermon was simple, that the failure to address the a...
A Global Revolt
ROGER BURBACH
Editor’s Note: Occupy Oakland is part of a global movement that is questioning the basic structures of the political and economic system to an extent not seen since 1968. Whether it will succeed in changing these structures is unclear. But it has already...