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Archives by Tag 'Occupy Wall Street'
The Great Fear is Democracy
DAVID ROSEN
Mayor Bloomberg, don’t pull the plug on Occupy Wall Street.  Please do not stage a police riot, sending New York’s finest shock troops against the growing downtown community of nonviolent American democrats. In the wake of the October 5th mass march...
Scenes From the Occupation of Wall Street
ELIZABETH HELPERN & HILLARY ATIYEH
I am a New York City resident, former counselor in the New York City public school system, and sometime political activist over the last 20 years.  I went down to Foley Square with close friend and photographer, Hillary Atiyeh, to participate in the Oc...
Zombie Capitalism and the Post-Obama Left
VIJAY PRASHAD
“In the old days, a zombie was a figure whose life and work had been captured by magical means. Old zombies were expected to work around the clock with no relief. The new zombie cannot expect work of any kind—the new zombie just waits around to die.”...
The Corporation as Crime
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Richard Grossman says that Occupy Wall Street activists need to go beyond greed and corruption and focus on usurpation. As in – illegal seizure of power. As in – the corporation has usurped – illegally seized – power from the people. He quotes...
Occupy Wall Street: a Reply to Skeptics
JASON DEL GANDIO
On September 27th Lauren Ellis published an essay in Mother Jones Magazine entitled “Is Occu...
Letter From a Banker
LINH DINH
Bankers are misunderstood and often slandered. Yes, we are greedy, but so are you. Cupidity is a natural urge, wouldn’t you say? It’s a kind of (con) genital juice that courses through everyone’s lower and higher plumbing. Whether it’s money, fame or nookies, most...
Occupy Wall Street vs. Kingian Methods
HEATHER GRAY
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations now spreading across the country are encouraging to be sure. It is stated that the Tahrir Square and other demonstrations in the Middle East and North Africa are the model. But it is also a model of the tragic 1989 Tiananmen Square hu...
Is the Jig Up on Wall Street?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
Humble though its beginnings, the so-called Occupy Wall Street protest movement launched recently in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan could have profound national and international political and economic implications.  Finally, political activists have the right target f...
De-Colonize Wall Street
VIJAY PRASHAD
False modesty does not become the media. When it comes to the Tea Party or the Taliban, reporters are quick to offer an explanation of their motivations and their demands. When it comes to the protests of the Left, there is reticence to do any real reporting or analysis. ...
Wall Street as Gated Community
MISSY BEATTIE
My sister Laura and I took the train to Manhattan on Wednesday to participate in the occupation of Wall Street.  But Wall Street is barricaded.  Yes, pedestrians move on the sidewalks, but police and metal prevent anyone from walking or entering the street. The ...
Is the US a Police State?
JOHN GRANT
Honorable people like to debate whether the United States of America is a “police state,” but when it comes to shutting down the expression of ideas on the political left, there’s little room for argument. We are inundated in this country wi...
The Philosophy Behind “Occupy Wall Street”
VIJAY PRASHAD
“Speculators may do no harm as bubbles on a steady stream of enterprise. But the position is serious when enterprise becomes the bubble on a whirlpool of speculation. When the capital development of a country becomes a byproduct of the activities of a ca...