Naomi Wolf in 2009
[Update below after the fold, video - what not to do.]
[Update: Kevin Gosztola, Live from #OccupyStLouis, MO]
Professor David Harvey (CUNY):In the video above, Naomi Wolf makes an important point about the "Disney-ication" of contemporary American (non)protesting. The ubiquity of permits that regulate the terms of public access to public property have psychologically "kettled" attempts at effective protest, progressively since the outbursts of the 1960's. "Free speech zones," introduced during the Bush administration, are only the latest examples. Park curfews and camping restrictions on public lands, primarily aimed at the homeless (first they came for the homeless...), have been growing steadily for decades in an irreversible ratcheting fashion. But it is restrictions against impedance of traffic that should the most troubling.
And, finally, they use the monopoly of violence that all sovereign states claim, to exclude the public from much of what passes for public space and to harass, put under surveillance and, if necessary, criminalize and incarcerate all those who do not broadly accede to its dictates.