Regarding Occupy Wall Street- particularly the main grouping in NYC…I am hereby forecasting its end. While it does all remind me of those classic lines from The Wild One-
“What are you rebelling against?”
“What have you got?”
Of course, I maintain realistically low expectations here. Just as how 700 protesters were arrested early on (despite numerous reports that they were herded onto the bridge by authorities), and now with reports that Mayor Bloomberg is still looking for ways to cut law enforcement overtime costs by pulling the curtain on the entire show- we should absolutely be forewarned. What has confounded the media and powers that be thus far is that for the most part, Occupy Wall Street has generally been a peaceful protest. The free libraries, the soup kitchens, getting large numbers of citizens to close down their bank accounts, the earnest debates open to all…these have been the greatest accomplishments, but they are simply not enough to guarantee either legitimacy or longevity. Moreso, with no centralized leadership the possibility is growingly present for outsiders to sneak in to defame the OWS movement by inciting anarchistic violence and damages to public property, which I am certain has been the case in dozens of incidents across the country. As such, the Brooklyn Bridge arrests served as omen of further upcoming violations of our constitutional Freedom Of Assembly. Notice how mainstream media outlets never acknowledge how the mass police-enforced shutdowns of Occupy camps nationwide are almost always conducted simultaneously. With no “head” the body can oh so easily be misused by both the media and miscellaneous law enforcement agencies. I believe this so vehemently, that irrevocably it will eventually be the downfall of the organization, unless measures are taken to somehow verify or validate participants in the demonstrations and rallies. But even that small level of organization would be contrary to the overall agenda of the movement, therefore insuring an eventual self-termination of the cause. Wait and see, the Occupy movement will continue to splinter off into that much weaker sects, with controversial incidents purposefully prodding that direction into ultimate ineffectiveness. If however, the many Occupy movements were to consolidate under the banner/re-branding of Abolitionism 2.0 they may have some small chance at endurance. The greatest trick the devil ever played was in convincing the world he doesn’t exist, right? So too, the greatest trick our current slavemasters have played is in convincing us that our blue collars are not strangling.
A few years prior to his essay Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau denounced the then brutal (and completely unprovoked) war with Mexico, refusing to pay his Massachusetts poll tax and was so arrested. There is a great story that Ralph Waldo Emerson (himself also opposed to the war but seeing protest as futile) visited his jailbird pal Thoreau. Emerson asked- “What are you doing in there?” and Thoreau replied- “What are you doing out there?”
Obviously, the thousands of persons who are actively participating in the Occupy Wall Street of NYC and elsewhere have reasons for unrest. Our society is falling apart. What should a taxpayer do if he or she no longer has any elected leader even remotely concerned with their constituents? No longer has a government focused on dealing with their grievances, but rather instead proudly serving plutocratic big business at the full expense of the working class citizenry? Of course class war is indeed a part of this, and the persons most offended by this, as usual, are only the ones with something to lose. Clearly though, economic distress is our biggest societal bane right now, and the singular cause for this is the all-encompassing greed of a handful of persons. This goes for the whole world too, from cause to effect.
The U.S. Treasury Department even has a “donate now” button. But we are not in the middle of the worst economic depression of this nation’s history. Right.
And I am not homeless and unemployed right now. Right.
Regardless, there is a huge problem that is only increasing in threat, but as Occupy Wall Street will never amount to being anything more than something for what’s primarily an overly-liberal literati to focus on with flavor of the month intensity, it will never come remotely close to being THE solution to said problem.