The impact of Occupy

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With the city getting ready to crack down on OccupySF, and Occupy encampments around the country under attack, it's easy to get discouraged. And I know that a lot of the Occupiers aren't thinking about specific legislation or how the movement translates into action in Washington.

But it does -- it does:

In the world where Occupy had never happened, Republicans would've held these tax cuts hostage without suffering any ill repercussions. Why would they? The chattering class and Beltway media would be droning on endlessly about deficits and other things that didn't matter.

In this world, Occupy has thrust income inequality to the forefront of the political debate -- so much so that typically immovable Republicans are afraid to feed that narrative.

In other words, a ragtag bunch of hippies with supposedly no demands have done what Democrats have never been able to do -- get Republicans to cry "uncle"

And this is just the beginning.

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their policies purely because a few unwashed, unemployed people are camping out?

This isn't the beginning. It's the end. The movement cares about nothing any more other than surviving in some meagre way. I haven't heard of them shutting down banks since the second week of their camp.

They've become self-absorbed and pointless. It's done - stick a fork in it.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 30, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

Stanley Rogouski has a brilliant piece at Counterpunch, "The Untouchables of Zucotti Park" on the MSM portrayal of the 'occupiers', and the reality on the ground. It is well worth reading in its entirety. Here's an excerpt~

"Occupy Wall Street at Zucotti Park took all of Wall Street’s victims and put them on public display, only a few blocks from the New York City Stock Exchange. It took the group of people most devastated by the “Great Recession,” people who were scammed into high interest, high risk mortgages by the casino on Wall Street, to the group of people who were most devastated by Bush’s crusade in the Middle East, homeless veterans of the Iraq war. But it did more. It gave them the opportunity to empower one another, to begin the process of building a community. It allowed the chronically homeless contact with people who had more social skills, who, perhaps, could teach them to pull themselves up off the streets. It brought the gay teenager who was kicked out of his home in the Bible Belt together with the middle aged liberal activist from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It brought the 22 year old, recent college graduate, too poor to move out from his parents house in the bad economy face to face with the laid off worker in his 40s and 50s. It dissolved the rigid social categories that separate us and allowed us to speak to one another as humans. It was, in short, the fulfillment of the words of Walt Whitman, that great New York poet who trod the ground around what is now Zucotti Park many times."

“'STRANGER! If you, passing, meet me, and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?'”

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/30/the-untouchables-of-zuccotti-park/

Posted by Lisa on Nov. 30, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

Thank you for this heads up, will read in full.

Posted by Patrick Monk. RN on Nov. 30, 2011 @ 7:16 pm
:-)

:-)

Posted by Lisa on Dec. 01, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

How many times has it been predicted that the cops were going to give the entire occupy crowd the boot?

Wasn't it supposed to be as soon as the election was over, unless it was going to be right before the election? Wasn't it supposed to be on orders of a secret cabal of police chiefs or was that mayors?

The deficit doesn't matter?

And always good quotes Lisa "people who were scammed into high interest, high risk mortgages"

yawn.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 30, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

Yay, Occupy helped the Democrats cow the Republicans to place Social Security on a less stable footing by cutting its dedicated revenue stream!

Posted by marcos on Dec. 01, 2011 @ 10:03 am

The SF Bay Guardian once published an article mentioning that Embarcadero Center owes the city a public performance space, in exchange for a street closed off to build the buildings. (Bay Guardian people, please find this in your archives. It's not in Google.)

Occupy SF should bring this up when dealing with Embarcadero Center. EC owes the city something that's worth millions. Publicity about that would cost them more than it costs them to put up with Occupy SF.

Posted by John Nagle on Dec. 02, 2011 @ 11:47 am

The occupiers could put on some Dickens like moral dramas in a performance spot by the Ferry Building.

Some ideas

The Jungle, this time not set in a meat factory but in the kitchen of Cafe Gratitude.

The Pearl, a occupy member inherits millions from a cultured pearl farm, he leaves the occupy movement to live on his mansion, occupy buddies show up get turned away by the English butler.

The Guardian writers could help, a bitter writer at a weekly paper complains that the world doesn't operate the way he thinks it should and is mad that being an activist doesn't pay. his only solace is a yearly trip to the desert.

Posted by Matlock on Dec. 02, 2011 @ 4:15 pm