October 5, 2011

Some Occupy Wall Street Reading

First, the latest on Occupy DC:

According to Huffington Post, the central group of protestors is about 40 strong, now half a week into their protest. They need warm clothes but have way too much bread. You can donate through their website, which also has information on upcoming invents, including a planned march on Koch Industries and a rally this weekend in collaboration with other Occupy-inspired groups.

The Huff Po article also has some interesting description of the leaderless, consensus-driven debates that go on at the General Assemblies in DC. On Monday they debated whether or not to have concrete demands, one women argued that they wouldn't need to; people would understand. Huffington Post said:

The media professed to not understand, but I suspect we all know exactly why those people are there. It isn't a sophisticated political position, it isn't an answer to the problem, and it doesn't fit our pre-fab protest narrative with a clear goal that is either won or lost, but at heart it's the same idea that's been expressed by President Obama and people on both sides of the proverbial aisle: the way our economy functions is really screwed up.

True fact.

Meanwhile, in New York, the New York Times isn't sure whether to blame police or protestors for arrests.

The media thinks it's anti-capitalist to protest the banking industry. Think Progress disagrees, and I agree with them. (Wow, that was confusing.) The banking industry received trillions of dollars in government money to bail them out, while continuing to screw over millions of Americans. The unfair business practices that we the taxpayers helped pay for are more of a problem then capitalism, Think Progress (and many Occupy Wall Street protestors) argue.

Though I have to say, I'm getting sick of the idea that's I've heard a few times in the past few days, which is that any protest/political opinion that challenges capitalism is automatically written off. I think there are lots of very legitimate grounds on which to challenge capitalism, and that there'd be benefit in listening to them.

Anyone else have any good readings about Occupy Wherever?

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