Woman in business suit detained (w/ others) for trying to close her Citibank account
Seriously, this is some pretty F***ed up stuff. Starts around 1 minute in, but good to watch the whole 3 minutes. (And really gives a whole new meaning to “hostages at the bank”.)
UPDATE: Not as simple as it seems. See here. Also, they apparently did try to basically take over the bank (here) which was dumb. Good place to have protested and said testimonials would have been outside the bank.
Also: Spoke with my new classmates. Most had no idea about any of the protests, and only a few had heard something about it. (Though I am meeting one of my classmates there.) Lesson: We need to make ourselves heard more!
It basically boils down to this: Unless the general public is involved with what’s going on in their gov’t, the public will be taken advantage of. That’s just how it works. Many people believe this is already happening - and in a big way. We want that to change.
We’re returning to those beautiful & elegant ideas we all heard about as kids in social studies class or history class but somehow didn’t click with us then: “For the People & By the People”. The system we enjoy now is the result of people, heroes, who worked hard in the past to correct the social ills that they saw. Now it’s our turn. There’re a lot of serious problems in our country right now, from economic greed (e.g. bailouts into pockets), to unemployment and homelessness of hard-working Americans, to the never-ending wars, to the destruction of ecosystems, to money being used to buy politicians, etc. etc. etc.
A government can only be “for the people” if it is curated “by the people”. We must unfuck the system.
Someone awesome donated this humongous cake yesterday (Nov 5th, 2011) to Occupy Seattle, arguing that a revolution does deserve cake.
I think I can speak on behalf of everyone there in saying that it was among the most delicious and appreciated cakes I’ve ever had in my life. I wish I had my camera to photograph everyone’s reactions (this photo was taken, just barely, with my phone). It created such a great mood, everyone cheered, and smiles all around. Just pure awesomeness.
I don’t know the name of the guy who donated it - it was a man in his 50s with a handle-bar mustache - but my salute to him. You sir, are a gentleman and a culinary hero.
A Communist America and How Impossible It Would Be
Communism is normally a horrendous failure, with the leading regimes collapsing before a full century completes itself (see USSR, late 1910s to mid 1980s).
However, some countries can survive when they meet these conditions:
-No human rights
-Population below 500 million
-Second world or lower
And this is why.
Most Authoritarian nations usually are extremely strict (see North Korea, 1960s to present day) and will not stand for breaking the law. Authoritarian governments also usually have no human rights (see People’s Republic of China, [I forgot the beginning date] to present day). With human rights absent, and extremely strict and merciful authorities, this proves to be an atmosphere where intimidation prevents any sort of uprising. Although the USSR was toppled by its last leader, who restored it back to the original Russia (with the exception of Kazhakstan, which is now a separate country), it is noted that the majority of the population was not happy with Communism, but were unable to fully protest openly due to the extremely Authoritarian atmosphere.
With the exception of the People’s Republic, most Communist nations also have a small population. This way, when the process of eliminating the high class is underway, it is easier.
Also, all Communist countries (China, Cuba, Vietnam, North Korea) that I am aware of are second world nations. Therefore, there are not as much rich class when the distribution begins.
With a first-world nation like America, where a centuries-old document and affiliation with the UN prevents the abolishment of human rights, there are many high-class citizens, the population is very high, the land lacks an Authoritarian atmosphere, and the population was taught to hate Communism during the Cold War, a Communist America would not be easy to make, and before the century ends, the entire nation would fall face-first in the dirt.
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered… The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”
“The few own the many because they possess the means of livelihood of all … The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor. The majority of mankind are working people. So long as their fair demands - the ownership and control of their livelihoods - are set at naught, we can have neither men’s rights nor women’s rights. The majority of mankind is ground down by industrial oppression in order that the small remnant may live in ease.” – Helen Keller, 1911
You don’t have to be blind and deaf to know you’re getting raped.