The Occupy Wall Street Journal

The New York Times reports on the “Occupy Wall Street Journal” which is a newspaper passed out to the crowd at the protest in NYC. The four-page broadsheet “includes a story…headlined ‘The Revolution Begins at Home,’ an essay by the former New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges urging people to participate in the protests, and a ‘Declaration of the Occupation’ approved at a meeting of protesters on Sept. 29.

“‘There are no excuses left,’ Mr. Hedges writes in a piece reprinted from the site Truthdig, where has a regular column.

“Either you obstruct, in the only form left to us, which is civil disobedience, the plundering by the criminal class on Wall Street and accelerated destruction of the ecosystem that sustains the human species, or become the passive enabler of a monstrous evil. Either you taste, feel and smell the intoxication of freedom and revolt or sink into the miasma of despair and apathy. Either you are a rebel or a slave.

The Achilles heel of these heroic protesters is their lack of clearcut demands. Hence they might seem, to some, to be protesting for the sake of protesting. But of course they’re not doing that–the gist of their message is probably that America was ripped off by Wall Street, by the big banks, by the major corporations, who thrive as the recession they created goes on. One problem with a consensus on their message is that there are tea party types amongst them, and libertarians, other people with a variety of agendas. But probably most of them can agree that the “banksters” need to be prosecuted and serious regulations instituted (the Tea Party-ers wouldn’t agree on that one), at the very least. If they could articulate that message in a united way, they would be more effective.

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