Saturday, December 17, 2011

On the Nature and Makeup of the Occupy Movement

Here is a fine essay by the well credentialed authors and respected cultural critics, Barbara Ehrenreich and John Ehrenreich, on the nature and makeup of the 99%.

They put the lie to the claim of the 1%, and their servile public servants, that the encampments are dangerous, violent, festering and unhealthy places, needing to be removed, forcefully if necessary. 

It seems that the encampments are actually places where all levels of the society and culture which comprise the 99% come together to teach each other about their common needs, their common humanity and their mutual newly awakened awareness of the unmitigated greed of the 1% whose  policies, actions and financial clout are used to destroy the lives of those on whom they feed.  The authors  use the term "greased chute" to describe the slide of the 99% into a state of desperation.  This term is used in contrast to "safety nets" which more humane cultures provide.


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