Finding Out What The Occupy Wall Str Movement Is
Obama compared Occupy Wall Street with the Tea Party, and then called
one right and the other left. He doesn't get it. Noami Klein said the Occupy
Wall Street is not a place - that it is a state of mind. She gets it.
MoveOn made a fundraising offer to OWS, and was turned down by the
downward wiggling fingers. Jesse Jackson stood in front of the new
medical tent in the square, facing a team of police sent to tear it down.
Cornel West must not be a celebrity. Celebrities come once to Liberty
Square and then return to their schedules. Dr. West keeps returning.
The NY Times says the movement has no anthem. No "Blowing in the
Wind" or "We Shall Overcome." Liberty Square emits a roar all day long,
singing, drumming, shouting, chanting.
Many writers say the movement lacks specifics, as if it is not professional
or educated or in the real world of politics. At five weeks, it is still growing
across the world.
Moral of the story: No-one knows what Occupy Wall Street is. It is a
movement. It is in motion.
We do know a couple things: We know that public space has been claimed
in 950 cities and towns.
We know that we have a ritual of consensus direct Democracy that we
observe strictly every day. It is functional, but it is also the practice of
Democracy, which we know we must learn from scratch.
And we believe that 99% of us have a memory of Democracy, somewhere
in our lives, and that we want it to return again soon.
The Stop Shopping Choir's anthem: