Occupy Wall Street

Dates To Remember

January 12th, 2010 - Earthquake in Haiti

May 16, 2010 - Aiyana Stanley-Jones

September 17, 2011 - Occupy Wall Street

February 26, 2012 - Trayvon Martin

April 14, 2014 - Nigerian school girls go missing

July 17, 2014 - Eric Garner

August 5th, 2014 - John Crawford III

August 9, 2014 - Mike Brown

August 9, 2014 (Still happening) - Ferguson Protests

January 3, 2015 - Nigeria Massacre

If I’ve forgotten anything, and I’m sure I have, please add on.

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Judge Accepts Class Action Lawsuit Against Use of Slave Labor in Private Detention Centers

Those on the left represent a threat to capitalist hegemony, whereas those on the right do not – in the above picture and on the political spectrum. You see the same disparity regarding the number of (and responses from) cops between the Occupy movement/Black Lives Matter and the Tea Party bullshit; one set of movements is challenging a dominant paradigm that the system is built around (white supremacist capitalism), while the other is pushing for further entrenchment into said paradigm. The Tea Party challenges nothing (“don’t tread on [the capitalist bosses]”); Occupy and BLM hint at a resurgence of leftist movements, and the establishment (yes, the capitalists and the state) doesn’t like that.

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Should Sanders Continue the Fight Outside the Democratic Party?

Now it’s time for Bernie Sanders to accept the reality as to where the future of the Democratic Party is heading when compared the party to a sinking ship. This is certainly true since everyone from establishment politicians to hardcore supporters are being disrespectful towards Bernie. Another Example is Nancy Pelosi, who responded “wer'e capitalist party. That’s just the way it is”.

Let Democratic Party sink to the bottom where it belongs. There’s nothing serious about the Democratic Party.

In the 1980s and 90s, mainstream lefty parties around the world rebranded. Clinton in the US, Blair in the UK and Keating in Oz all stayed left-wing on social issues (eg. gay rights! racism! abortion!) but shifted right-wing on economic issues (eg. free trade! cut corporate taxes! cut welfare!). This was a pragmatic move to keep up with huge changes in the world economy (“if you don’t embrace Reagan/Thatcher neoliberalism, you’ll be left behind”) and to steal back right-shifting voters.

But in the 2010s, a lot has changed. Sanders in the US, Corbyn in the UK and The Greens in Oz demonstrate the resurgence of left-wing economics. Why? Because 30 years later it has been made clear that right-wing economics are a disaster. They lead to mass inequality between rich and poor, destruction of the middle-class, no welfare safety nets for the growing number of poor, sweatshops exploiting the poor, rich people and their corporations gaining more power to wound both democracy and the planet, and the explosion of uni/home/personal debt.

In Australia, we now have mainstream respected economists and journalists - Ross Gittens, Lenore Taylor, George Megalogenis - seriously challenging right-wing economic orthodoxy, adding fresh mainstream widespread legitimacy to those on the fringes (Occupy, alter-globalisation movement etc) who have been saying this for a while.

Either we hold government accountable starting with corrupt politicians who are beholden to sugar daddies or we end up with government failure.