Resist Trump is a protest by spontaneous combustion trigged by tweets and Facebook posts. Too often, however, such uprisings lack staying power. We should know by now that without organizational infrastructure such wondrous uprisings are fragile at best.
If Republicans achieve veto-proof control in 38 states, they can do something that has never been done before—hold a constitutional convention, and then ratify new amendments that are put forth. They could outlaw the New Deal and its social democratic programs. And if they get crazy enough, they could end separation of church and state and undo other portions of the Bill of Rights.
You don’t have to be in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what. For example, if tiny groups of Wall Street bankers, billionaires and their political puppets are allowed to write the rules that govern our economy and elections, guess what? Only bankers, billionaires and puppets will profit from those rules.
There’s no need to convince the American people that they’ve been stiffed. As they reveal in poll after poll, they know it, for they’re experiencing it personally, and they’re furious at the business-as-usual establishment that has done it to them.
My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philosophical, but he had a phrase that he used to express the gist of his political beliefs: “Everybody does better when everybody does better.” Before […]
Oct. 19 (Bloomberg) — It’s all about location, location, location, as they say in real estate. Protests, too. There were more obvious places for Tokyo’s Occupy Wall Street protest to converge on Saturday than the nightlife district of Roppongi. It could have begun in Nihonbashi, home to the Tokyo Stock Exchange; Nagatacho, Japan’s Capitol Hill; […]
There hasn’t been much reporting done on what would appear a small but noteworthy minority in the Occupy Wall Street movement that is strongly anti-Zionist. And this is enough for the hedge-fund bankrolled Republican front group Emergency Committee For Israel to run ads smearing the movement’s participants and organizers as anti-Semites: The ad is airing […]
NEW YORK (AP) — Anti-Wall Street protesters began Saturday campaigns emboldened by a change of plans among park property owners and police to usher them out of their lower Manhattan encampment for cleanup and impose restrictions that would have essentially shut down their Occupy Wall Street headquarters. “We are going to piggy-back off the success […]
The Occupy Wall Street protests based in Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan successfully repelled a Friday morning attempt by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to dissolve the crowd — which has been camped out there since September 17 — under the guise of cleaning the park after Brookfield Properties, the private corporation that owns the […]
On Sept. 22, I was on my way to moderate a panel discussion in lower Manhattan, when I walked past a crowd of several hundred people gathered in Zuccotti Park. It looked more like a sit-in than a protest, but it had the feel of something bigger waiting to be born. Nobody was shouting or […]
This post is by Leonard Zeskind and Devin Burghart, from www.IREHR.org They have not cracked the Tea Party movement itself, but Occupy Wall Street in New York and its reiteration across the country have in short order broken the stranglehold that the Tea Parties have had on our national political discourse. In response, the leaders […]
Occupy Wall Street has been pilloried by the Republican presidential contenders as a radical movement of hippies out of touch with the working class. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz visited the Boston protests today and made a very different case: Ten hours and about four blocks from where over 100 Occupy Boston protesters […]
The National Memo Editor-in-Chief Joe Conason discussed poverty in the United States on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. Joe joined Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, Howard Dean, and the hosts to examine inequality, Occupy Wall Street, the economy, and the poor U.S. population. Watch the clip here: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news […]
Have the Occupy Wall Street protests become such an unstoppable cultural force that Kanye West — the rapper and self-proclaimed “Louis Vuitton Don” whose recent top single included money-loving lines like, “They ain’t see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz / Last week I was in my other other Benz,” — is […]
Herman Cain just doesn’t get it. His allegiance to the Horatio Alger myth makes him far too dismissive of real world problems facing recent college graduates. Cain demonstrated how out of touch he is when asked his opinion about the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations now gripping New York and other cities around the country. Many […]
Five dollars? Really? To use your own money? Wow. Bank of America’s decision to impose that fee for debit card use did not precipitate the Occupy Wall Street protests. But it does seem to embody much of what has driven thousands of people to the streets, first in the New York financial center and now […]
Here’s a new idea for “Occupy Wall Street,” as the demonstrations conclude their third week: the protesters and their allies should set up booths where people can get debt counseling, or help from a foreclosure lawyer (or any lawyer), or assistance in dealing with a health insurance company. It is increasingly clear that the wave […]
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a progressive champion for his aggressive posture toward the big banks at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis and the foreclosures still rippling through the economy, backed the Occupy Wall Street protests, obliquely, in a statement today: “These demonstrations are a stark reminder that many Americans have lost […]
Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — In Florida this week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was asked about the growing Occupy Wall Street movement. “I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” he said. Romney’s right. It may be dangerous — to his chances of being elected. Occupy Wall Street, now almost three weeks old, isn’t like the […]
In a square named after a Spanish-American war hero, crowds of middle-class youth stuck in economic despair listened to slogans about and speechifying on raising taxes on the wealthy and waved signs quoting Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A stray person on the outskirts handed out the lyrics to socialist anthem “The Internationale,” more in the hope […]
The Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing and among the most powerful in the United States, made a splash when its local 1199 jumped on board the Occupy Wall Street protests Wednesday, and now it’s helping spread the movement nationwide. They claim “300 soldarity” events have sprang up around the country. From SEIU President Mary […]
A sign of the growing political potency and media taking notice of the Occupy Wall Street protests: Obama got back-to-back questions about it at his press conference just now. The protest “expresses frustrations the American people feel,” he said. “The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.” […]
We know what Howard Dean and other prominent Democrats think about Occupy Wall Street, but what about Republican presidential hopefuls? Pizza magnate Herman Cain, who has recently been experiencing a surge in the polls, has a less-than-rosy view of the protesters who have been calling for greater economic justice since Sept. 17. Sitting down with […]
WASHINGTON — American politics reached a pivot point this week. A new story line will now define how voters and the media see what’s going on. Since Election Day in 2010, the prevailing narrative has been about a resurgent conservatism, a president on the defensive, big government under attack, the deficit as the dominant issue, […]
Unlike the Tea Party on the right, the Occupy Wall Street protests have thus far lacked any supporters in Congress. But with labor unions and the Working Families Party getting on board, that may be about to change — and with it, just maybe, their ability to shape the agenda on Capitol Hill. “I think […]