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Monday, September 17, 2012

#Occupy Under Assault: One Year Later

Zucotti Tent City
Seth Wenig / AP - Image from

One year and a day ago, I posted that we might best be shunning the money changers, and the day after that, on September 17th 2011, I updated that post with my first "dispatch" on the #Occupy phenomenon.

#OccupyWallStreet (#Occupy, #OccupyEverywhere) has been assaulted, inexorably smeared and ridiculed. And it continues - The AP weighs in with this, disingenuously headlined by CBS News as One year later: Occupy in disarray but spirit lives on:
(AP) NEW YORK - Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.
William Rivers Pitt, at truthout (I Will Occupy):
But Occupy is over, right? That is what they would like you to believe in the board rooms, and in the newsrooms that do their bidding. The camps are gone, there was no message, there were no leaders, and now there is nothing left. Why cling to an idea that went nowhere?

Because an idea never dies, because this idea is not dead, because Occupy lives on all across America and all across the world. Occupy lives in every American city and in every national capitol on the planet. Occupy continues to fight against the greed and violence of the powerful. Occupy continues to fight against those who are murdering our world with pollution and the profit motive. Occupy continues to fight unfair foreclosures and evictions, to stand with Labor and the rights of workers, to push back against the perpetual wars that suck the life out of everything and everyone. Occupy continues to stand in England, in Canada, in Mexico, in Chile, in Greece, in Spain, in Russia, in India, and in so many other places besides; in every place where there are people, there is Occupy.

Occupy continues.
Perhaps Mr. Pitt overstates the matter. Perhaps. But if there is a grain of truth to it, one can say that #Occupy has been driven largely underground.

And I'm not sure that this was a smart thing to do.


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