And there’s a lot to be angry about [nowadays]… But I don’t think that people know what to be angry about. What has been created by this half-century of massive corporate propaganda is what’s called ‘anti-politics.’ So, anything that goes wrong, you blame the government. Well there’s plenty to blame the government about, but the government is the one institution that people can change and effect by participation without institutional change. That’s exactly why all the anger and fear is directed against the government. It has a defect: it’s potentially democratic. Corporations have no defect, they are pure tyrannies, so you want to keep them invisible and focus all anger on the government…
The government is exactly what Dewey described it as, the ‘shadow cast by business over society.’ If you want to change something, change the substance, not the shadow.” —
Noam Chomsky, “Class War: The Attack on Working People”
Let’s set the focus back on the ones really responsible for the problem. Change the substance and #OCCUPYWALLSTREET September 17th!
The right wing Propaganda-machine/blogosphere has started to jump into the fray.
Not entirely sure who has been using the “days of rage” language in conjunction with #occupywallstreet, but it sure sounds really scary and terroristy, right?
Ooh, and read the comments on WND if you feel like losing some faith in humanity today.
As long as it has to.
A great quote to keep in mind as we prepare to #OCCUPYWALLSTREET and work for change in a few weeks’ time.
First off I want to say thanks for all the new followers who have joined up in the past few days! Liking and sharing our posts is much appreciated, and it helps spread the word about what we are trying to accomplish. You can continue to watch this space for updates relating to the protest.
I wanted to remind you all that there are several spaces where this action is being planned. Chief among them is the Reddit forum for organizing and the independent website for logistics and news updates. I would encourage you all to keep an eye on these spaces — and give them your input! Also, a lot of people have asked how they can support the protest even if they can’t come. The independent website will have more information regarding how you can help in the coming days and weeks. In the mean time, continue to spread the word to as many people as possible!
Have a great weekend and I hope to see all of you on the streets.
Actually I do not live there. However, I suggest you look in on/join the discussions on Reddit.
Ours is a coalition effort. The plan is to, on September 17, storm and occupy (setting up a kind of tent-city) Wall Street in the spirit of Tahrir Square, and demand an end to corporate control over our government. We want Democracy, not plutocracy. The government works for us, not Goldman Sachs, AIG, Bank of America, Dyncorp, or any other corporate entity.
If you are interested in helping:
Here is the Reddit forum
Here is the official planning website
(translated from original Spanish)
Save the date: on 17 September, less than a week after the celebrations of the tenth anniversary of September 11, New Yorkers have been called to protest against Wall Street and the system that caused the downfall of the world economy in 2008.
Under the name of #occupywallstreet , the magazine “Adbusters” began to promote the event on 13 July, citing the tactics learned from the Arab revolution and the camps that occupied Spanish plazas starting May 15.
According to “Adbusters,” the spirit of this new model of revolution that it wants to implement can be summarized in the quote of Raimundo Viejo, a professor at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona: “The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people.”
“Adbusters,” a magazine based in the Canadian city of Vancouver, has gained notoriety in recent years in promoting anti-consumerism and its satirical ads. On this occasion they have broken the veil of parody to call for enforcing a single, but ambitious requirement: that US President Barack Obama ordain a presidential commission to handle the task of ending the influence of money on political representatives in Washington. “It’s time for democracy and the corporatocracy. We are doomed without it,” they say.
In order to establish “a new agenda for America,” they propose other initiatives such as the dismantling of half of the U.S. military bases spread throughout the world, the reestablishment of the Glass-Steagall Act and the fight against Wall Street, dubbed “the financial Gomorrah of America,” and the movement of the Tea Party.Keep the revolution alive
“Adbusters” has managed to take the best from each of the revolutions that have occurred so far. From the Egyptian Revolution of Tahrir Square they have taken the idea of making one simple demand. From Spanish camps, they seek to copy the model of action: they want to take Wall Street and gather in assemblies in which to discuss the state of political and economic system. “Adbusters” expects 20,000 people to flood the areas around Wall Street and install tents, stoves and barricades there peacefully.
The promotion model on social networks that proved so effective in its predecessors will serve as an assistant in this path to success. “Adbusters” launched its campaign as a Twitter hashtag to more easily follow the spread through social networks. Although their Twitter page has fewer than 100 fans and the event page on Facebook has been fewer than 1,000 confirmations of attendees, the show of support has not stopped growing. #OCCUPYWALLSTREET begins to be cited by several users on Twitter, including Spaniards showing their support and those associated with the Real Democracy Now (Democracia Real Ya, or DRY) movement. One example is cyberalex75 and his message “#15m is with #occupywallstreet. Let’s change the world. Corrupt ones, go home. “
The October2011 Movement supports Adbusters and their call for the occupation of Wall Street beginning on September 17th. Adbusters is organizing their occupation to send the message that Corporatocracy is NOT Democracy.
Similarly inspired by the nonviolent uprisings around the world, Adbusters writes:
“The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people’s assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.”
Ending corporate control of our political process and media is one of the first steps in moving towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future. It will take all of us coming together to achieve the strength required to take on corporatism and the militarism that is fueled by it.
Stop the Machine: Create a New World will begin our occupation to end corporatism and militarism on October 6, 2011. Our action will stand in solidarity with those who occupy Wall Street.
October 6 is the beginning of the 11th year of the Afghanistan War and it is in the first week of the new federal fiscal year which promises an austerity budget for everything except the military and security state. We are bringing together people from a wide range of issues affected by austerity, cuts to environmental protection and restoration, job creation, the social safety net as well as those opposed to war and militarism.
Together we can Stop the Machine! And Create a New World! Join Adbusters in New York City and stand in solidarity with us to end militarism and oppose the new federal budget which provides unlimited spending for the national security apparatus, tax breaks for the wealthy and austerity for the rest of us.