A revolution has begun in the USA. You will hear very little about it on mainstream media, and what you do hear is misleadingly dismissive (small groups, hippies, wasn’t as large as the organizers hoped for, etc.) for obvious reasons — the owners of mainstream media and the public broadcasters like the BBC, CBC and PBS are afraid to cover it and blatantly support the status-quo. Even if journalists do their jobs, they will be quickly overruled as seen here in this before and after image.
The only way to see what is really going on is to bypass MSM (mainstream media) entirely, e.g. ignore the propaganda from the New York Times, CNN, and newspapers. The best place to get started is with twitter and search for a hash tag like #occupywallstreet. This will lead you to tweets with up-to-date links where you will find commentary, pictures and video. You will also find a lot of dis-information and lies posted by trolls, lunatics and paid propagandists. However, the human brain is a good noise filter and you will rapidly see a common thread of sanity and be able to find good material.
The revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya all started out small, but then expanded quickly and exponentially. While only thousands of people are marching in New York City every day, millions of people are following on twitter and social media. Support is global.
The central theme is that the vast majority (the 99%) have very little say in their “democracy” because corporations have been able to fund elected officials and this institutionalized bribery has resulted in countless policies that are wiping out the middle class. It also doesn’t matter anymore who you vote for because all the political parties serve the same interests, interests which have little in common with the 99%.
Many other themes will emerge later such as anti-capitalism. Improving democracy is the more socially acceptable rally cry at the moment but as people realize that our current society which was built on exponential growth and unlimited energy resources is dying — there will be demands for fundamental social changes. The 1% are powerful and have a lot to lose and will use their proxies (propaganda, police, intelligence agencies and the military) to fight to the end.
- End the Collusion Between Government and Large Corporations/Banks, So That Our Elected Leaders Are Actually Representing the Interests of the People (the 99%) and Not Just Their Rich Donors (the 1%).
- Investigate Wall Street and Hold Senior Executives Accountable for the Destruction in Wealth that has Devastated Millions of People.
- Return the Power of Coining Money to the U.S. Treasury and Return to Sound Money
- Limit the Size, Scope and Power of Banks so that None are Ever Again “Too Big to Fail” and in Need to Taxpayer Bailouts
- Eliminate “Personhood” Legal Status for Corporations
- Repeal the Patriot Act, End the War on Drugs and Protect Civil Liberties
- End All Imperial Wars of Aggression, Bring the Troops Home from All Countries, Cut the Military Budget and Limit The Military Role to Protection of the Homeland
Have a look at the “We are the 99%” photo blog for a disturbing personal reminders of how bad things are in the USA. Here is a sample:
We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.
Higher education is a bubble, run by the same kind of people who control our banks, our homes, our health.
My mother came to this country believing it was the only place where one’s hard work and education could allow you to transcend the bonds of race, gender, socioeconomic class. I am about to receive my Ph.D. in a technical science from an Ivy League school. I earned scholarships and worked two full-time jobs in college to get here. I have worked on research and taught classes for six years on a stipend that would qualify me for welfare. There are NO jobs waiting for me when I get my doctoral degree. Despite working for the past six years, my university files graduate labor under a tax code that prevents me from applying for unemployment and that saves the university unforetold in tax breaks. Because the school is a private institution, we graduate students are unable to unionize, despite the fact that we provide a significant amount of the teaching and research labor that makes this school $$. EDUCATION IS NOT A PRIVILEGE but in this country it is held captive as such.
I went to graduate school believing that there might be some financial security afforded by a higher degree, and that with that security I could finally buy my mom her own house and take care of her. Instead, I have wasted six years of my life and am about to enter a job market that will tell me that I am overeducated and overqualified. I will no longer be able to help my mom pay for health insurance, and I will no longer have my own. I pray for our good health because that’s pretty much all we will have left. I am the 99%
All of the protesters demands are reasonable, and the only violence so far has been inflicted by the New York Police Department. For example: Women’s screams and cries as a police mace them in captivity and the video is here.
The image below shows three women that have been trapped behind a construction fence by the police. A while collar NYPD officer named Anthony Bologna comes up to the fence and sprays these these women in the face with mace.
Also note the view count on the video — more than a quarter of a million views in one day and the ratio of likes to dislikes is 92%.
Go to https://twitter.com/search and enter the search term #occupywallstreet or #takewallstreet and read the tweets.
There is a live video at http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution which is also embedded immediately below this.
Anonops is here: http://anonops.blogspot.com/
Adbusters has good coverage http://www.adbusters.org/
The NYC General Assembly of OccupyNYC has its own web site.
Occupy Wall Street also has its on Wikipedia page.