[Marxism] Pham Binh: OWS sparks mass movements, faces internal challenges
stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Oct 13 21:35:52 MDT 2011
OWS's heroism in the face of repression has ignited a mass movement.
Occupations and marches have taken place in 250 cities and towns across the
United States: thousands came out in Los Angeles, California; 500 in New
Orleans, Louisiana; 5000 in Portland, Oregon; 1000 in Tampa, Florida; dozens
in Des Moines, Iowa; 150 in Nashville, Tennessee; and 50 in Mobile, Alabama.
All of the protests are led by determined, mostly young people willing to
brave arrest and police brutality. All of those taking part see reclaiming
public space and the right to protest as being as important as the economic
and political problems that drove them to the streets in the first place.
The sweep of the Occupy movement is as wide as it is deep. Almost everyone
in the US is mad as hell at Wall Street for nearly destroying the world
economy, handing taxpayers the bill, and awarding themselves even bigger
bonuses than before even though the economy is on life support.
Wall Street and Corporate America did everything in their power to turn the
99% against them. The Occupy movement has succeeded beyond even the wildest
dreams of OWS’s initiators.
This is a mass, grassroots movement, one that does not have leaders or
leadership in the conventional sense. The people leading this movement are
the people taking part in it. It is direct democracy, unmediated by unions,
non-governmental organisations or political parties.
“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker
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