Occupy Wall Street and oppression

Henry A. Giroux, Truthout: “The Occupy Wall Street movement is raising new questions about an emerging form of authoritarianism in the United States, one that threatens the collective survival of vast numbers of people, not through overt physical injury or worse, but through an aggressive assault on social provisions that millions of Americans depend on. For those pondering the meaning of the pedagogical and political challenges being addressed by the protesters, it might be wise to revisit a classic essay by German sociologist and philosopher Theodor Adorno titled ‘Education After Auschwitz,’ in which he tries to grapple with the relationship between education and morality in light of the horrors perpetrated in the name of authoritarianism and its industrialization of death”: here.

Recent polls show widespread popular support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and its basic aims, centered on opposition to inequality and corporate domination of politics: here.

A video from the USA says about itself:

Police Fire Tear Gas, Flash Grenades as Protesters Try to Retake Occupy Oakland After Predawn Raid

Malia Wollan and J. David Goodman, The New York Times: “Riot police in Oakland dispersed hundreds of protesters with tear gas on Tuesday night as crowds tried to re-enter a plaza outside of City Hall that the authorities had cleared of an encampment earlier in the day. The forceful response by the police to protesters in Oakland came as the police in Atlanta moved in early Wednesday morning to clear an encampment from the city’s central Woodruff Park. At least 53 people connected to the protest group Occupy Atlanta were arrested, and the park was cleared by 2 a.m. Eastern time, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported”: here.

This is another video on Occupy Oakland.

After Police Attack Occupy Oakland, Iraq War Vet Reportedly in Critical Care: here.

Thousands march to denounce police brutality against Occupy Oakland: here.

Quan’s reversal is yet more proof that #Occupy STILL has elites confused and back on their heels: here.

New York: DA will not drop charges against hundreds of Occupy protesters: here.

Nearing the completion of its second week, the Occupy Detroit encampment in Grand Circus Park on Woodward Avenue has expanded to over 150 people. The encampment includes a large kitchen and covered eating area as well as a 24-hour medical tent: here.

Jim Hightower | “We the People,” Not “We the Corporations”. Jim Hightower, Truthout: “A year from now, Americans will be caught in an unprecedented blizzard of presidential campaign ads. We’ll be blinded by the whiteout and buried in the storm’s negativity. For the first time ever, most of this ad blizzard will not come from the candidates, but from ads secretly funded by huge corporations. This is because a five-man cabal on the Supreme Court issued an edict last year that perverts nature itself. In a case titled Citizens United, the five decreed that – shazam! – lifeless corporate entities are henceforth ‘persons’ with more electioneering rights than … well, us real-life persons”: here.

Democratic Boundaries: Corporate Cash vs. the 99 Percent. Andrew Stelzer, in collaboration with Truthout’s Mike Ludwig, Making Contact/Truthout: “The people of the United States have seemingly awakened. People are out in the streets, demanding changes to a system in which money controls politics. Some complain the masses have no clear demands. But with little transparency, it’s often unclear exactly where to point the blame. On this edition, corporations, elections and the emerging movement to reclaim democracy. In a post-Citizens United world, is it too late to save our political system?” Here.

The Mainstream Media’s Fear of Occupy Wall Street. Danny Schechter, Consortium News: “Journalism should be about the new and unexpected, but most journalists really prefer the routine and expected, so their days go easier. And they shy away from questioning the status quo. All of which makes Occupy Wall Street a nuisance to the mainstream media”: here.

Glenn Greenwald: Immunity and Impunity in Elite America. Glenn Greenwald, TomDispatch: “As intense protests spawned by Occupy Wall Street continue to grow, it is worth asking: Why now? The answer is not obvious. After all, severe income and wealth inequality have long plagued the United States. In fact, it could reasonably be claimed that this form of inequality is part of the design of the American founding – indeed, an integral part of it. Income inequality has worsened over the past several years and is at its highest level since the Great Depression. This is not, however, a new trend. Income inequality has been growing at rapid rates for three decades”: here.

A study released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office reports that the richest 1 percent of US households nearly tripled their income between 1979 and 2007 and doubled their share of the national income: here.

New Report Finds Income Inequality At Gilded Age Levels: here.

The Bush Tax Cuts and the 99 Percent. James Kwak, The Baseline Scenario: “In my opinion, the preliminary step to getting rich (and reasonably comfortable) people to pay for a better social safety net is to let the Bush tax cuts expire, as I argue in the column. Most importantly, it’s the only inequality-reducing policy I can think of that has any chance of happening in the next year – simply because it only requires doing nothing. How much would it reduce inequality? That’s just the reverse of what the tax cuts did in the first place”: here.

Matt Taibbi on Occupy Wall Street ‘s Beef: Wall Street Isn’t Winning – It’s Cheating: here.

Shock Poll: Americans Want to Tax the Rich, Corporations: here.

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    Many of the banks “too big to fail” don’t want your money if you’re one of the 99 percent.

    No, it’s not a joke, according to The New York Times. Basically, the banks are sitting on so much cash that they don’t want more. That is why they are raising the costs of putting money into a bank and accessing your money. In essence, they don’t really want your business unless you’re in the top 1 percent or are willing to pay “access” fees.

    This sounds absurd, but follow the non-job-creating logic of the banks, according to the Times:

    Though financial institutions are not yet turning away customers at the door, they are trying to discourage some depositors from parking that cash with them. With fewer attractive lending and investment options for that money, it is harder for the banks to turn it around for a healthy profit….

    Normally, banks earn healthy profits by taking in deposits and then investing them or lending them out at substantially higher interest rates than what they pay savers. But that traditional banking model has broken down.

    Today, banks are paying savers almost nothing for their deposits.

    The result: many Americans get as little as .01 percent interest on their savings; get charged as much as $20 a month for banking services such as checking unless they keep several thousand dollars in some big banks; and are, as BuzzFlash at Truthout has noted, even being assessed a monthly fee at Bank of America for using a debit card to access their own money.

    But have interest rates on credit cards fallen as interest on savings accounts have just hovered over going into the negative zone? No, of course not; not only have interest rates on credit cards stayed excessively high, additional charges and increased fines are now being levied on credit card users.

    This is almost like an absurdist comedy, except absurdity has become the reality today when it comes to “banks too big to fail.”

    They don’t even want your money anymore; it might cut into their profits that come from putting you into debt. And too many Americans can’t even afford loans, so the banks are just churning out dividends and bonuses.

    It’s enough to make you want to occupy Wall Street. But who would think of an idea like that?

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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