the occupation is not over

Predictably, the occupation camp in Zucotti Park near Wall Street, the epicenter of the movement that is trying to peacefully overthrow the corporate kleptocracy and to achieve a more equitable distribution of the fruits of free-market capitalism and to make the Big Shift toward a more empathetic civilization that will be more sensitive to the natural world which is being destroyed by unregulated greed, has been forcibly evicted by the NYPD. Similar initiatives to break up this embarrassing movement are underway in Berkley, Salt Lake City, Calgary, and Toronto. But its underlying raison d’etre is not going to go away. More than a thousand cities in North America are occupied by this spontaneous demonstration against the terrible way things are. I myself have my little cadre of Tidebuckas, a movement I started in February of last year when the hope of real change that swept Obama into office had been shut down by the Republican dirty tricksters (see the call to action and listen to the rant by clicking on Tidebuckas on the title page of this site). Apparently a bunch of occupiers appeared at one of Barbara Backman’s campaign stops and made it impossible for her to unleash her venom against the EPA, universal health care, global warmism, etc., and another group invaded an exclusive golf course and disrupted the rounds of its fat-cat members. This thing is not going away. The changes that the Sixties were only partially able to accomplish are still waiting to be made, and the need to make them is more desperate than ever.

While the occupy movement is still leaderless, staunchly anarchic and acephalous lest some ruthless Lenin type ride it to power, it does have a manifesto, which my sister emailed me the other day. It may be a good idea to take a look at it, for those who are still wondering what this movement is all about :

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City

http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

This document was accepted by the NYC General Assembly on September 29, 2011
Translations: French, Slovak, Spanish, German, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
  • They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
  • They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
  • They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  • They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
  • They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
  • They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
  • They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
  • They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
  • They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
  • They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
  • They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
  • They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
  • They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
  • They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
  • They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
  • They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
  • They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
  • They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
  • They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
  • They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
  • They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.
  • They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
  • They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.*
To the people of the world,
We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.
Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.
To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.
Join us and make your voices heard!
*These grievances are not all-inclusive.We also have a visual representation of this document from the Arts and Culture Group and the Call to Action Working Group. To download your own copy of this image as a jpeg (12.7 MB), click here, or for image inquiries e-mail flowchartart@gmail.com.

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2 thoughts on “the occupation is not over

  1. It was so nice that my dad helped build your A frame house and to become friends with some of your boys. I look forward to traveling north an getting to see you up there, when is not yet known but will keep in touch!

  2. While some of this is true (and much is insane), the fact of the matter is that corporations are allowed to do these things because of our corrupt political system. If politicians are willing and able to trade votes for money, it is no surprise that corporations lobby for advantages in the tax code and elsewhere. The problem is not capitalism, it is capitalism’s cronies in Washington, among whom Obama is one of the worst offenders in history.
    I agree that it is difficult the level of compensation paid to some businessmen, but it is likewise difficult to accept the amount of money paid to athletes and actors. In the real world, however, there will always be winners and losers. I say to the OWS’ers, go out and get a job. If you can’t, create one. You are an American and have the right to succeed and the right to fail. If you fail, tough luck. The endgame of the “fairness” doctrine is a left wing dictatorship, and nobody in their right minds wants to go there.

    alex replies : Hi Sellers, thanks for your comment and great to hear from an old classmate. I am hardly an expert, but it seems to me that the problem is that our democracy has been corrupted by the corporations who by buying the politicians with generous campaign contributions are dictating the policy which is destroying the planet and running our country to the ground, all for their own filthy lucre, for the mantra of Mammon, Make money for me. When someone exposes their destructive practices, they hire an attack flack to trash him, as Exxon did the two Ecuadorian environmentalists who were trying to make it liable for its $18 billion oil spill in the Ecuadorian Amazon; they were painted as terrorists connected to the Sendero Luminosa by Sam Singer, the same attack flak who trashed me when I was exposing the Bohemian Grove Club’s twenty years of clandestine logging of its magnificent ancient redwoods. You can see my piece on this site, the Dispatch titled Bohemian Tragedy. Google Shoumatoff and you’ll find the 4000 blobs trashing me by the right wing wingnuts Singer fed me to. Obama is one of the capitalism’s biggest all-time cronies ? Come on Sellers. It is true that he seems to have been gotten to. Capitalism is a problem when it is unregulated, its endgame, which we are now suffering in, becomes totally amoral and all about making money for me, which is why we are in this pickle. I totally agree with you, my family having been victims of the Bolshevik revolution, that left-wing dictatorships are the worst form of government of all. Although the right wing governments of Argentina and Chile were also horrible. But fairness doesn’t have to end up with totalitarian dictatorship. The new dispensation, the Big Shift toward a more empathetic civilization, is what the occupation movement is muddling toward, and what the Sixties were trying to accomplish, but only got part way there, before the dropouts dropped back in with a vengeance and became the selfish greedy capitalists who have brought country and the world to this pause. I admit that I may have a somewhat demonizing caricaturistic view of corporations, but I have seen the damage that they are doing all over the world, from the Amazon in the seventies to Cargill’s soybean plantations in the Tapajos river valley today, to the oil palm coporations that are devastating the rainforest in Kalimantan, Borneo today. When you say that in the real world there are winners and losers, that sounds to me scarily like social Darwinism. What’s your plan for the losers ? Drop them from airplanes, liquidate them in gas chambers ? Not everybody gets to be a winner or to have the fine education we did. As Endicott Peabody said, with great privilege comes great responsibility. I don’t see the corporate kleptocracy, or the hundred millionaires who are the winners of the current capitalist system, the one percent who have a disproortionate share of the goodies, showing a lot of responsibility. But some do have a conscience and are trying to be responsible. The whole system, which has comes to a decadent dead end, has to be reformed.

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