The End of Empire

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Posts tagged OWS

Dec 1

Sep 16

Just got back from Zuccotti Park.

What’s the word on The Street?


Aug 20

Aug 2

Can’t you see that your wage your salary or income is all the freedom that you have? Your freedom, your liberty doesn’t go a step further than your wage. The freedom that is given to you on paper, that is written down in law books and constitutions, does not do you a bit of good. Such freedom only means that you have the right to do a certain thing. But it doesn’t mean that you can do it.

To be able to do it, you must have the chance, the opportunity. You have a right to eat three fine meals a day, but if you haven’t the means, the opportunity to get those meals, then what good is that right to you?

Alexander Berkman, The ABC of Anarchism (via antistate)

(via socialdem)


Jul 30

Jul 25
Coke: Old-school propaganda, as it should be - straight, direct, open"Drink" …the imperative. What they want you to do. "Drink this"
"Delicious and Refreshing" …descriptors. What you should think when you do what they want you to do."Quality" …a, well, quality of the thing. The reason you shouldn’t go for the others."Demand" …the call to action. This is my favorite. The days when marketing told you straight up what it strategy was. We are not trying to trick you. Buy our product. Don’t buy the others. Stay loyal. Obey."Get a bottle" …the smooth outro. Reinforcing the call to action. "Durham" …who we are. This is our company. Here we are. BOOM. 

Coke: Old-school propaganda, as it should be - straight, direct, open

"Drink" …the imperative. What they want you to do. "Drink this"

"Delicious and Refreshing" …descriptors. What you should think when you do what they want you to do.

"Quality" …a, well, quality of the thing. The reason you shouldn’t go for the others.

"Demand" …the call to action. This is my favorite. The days when marketing told you straight up what it strategy was. We are not trying to trick you. Buy our product. Don’t buy the others. Stay loyal. Obey.

"Get a bottle" …the smooth outro. Reinforcing the call to action. 

"Durham" …who we are. This is our company. Here we are. BOOM. 


Dr. Martin Luther King and the Poor People’s CampaignPart of the legacy of a more radical Dr. King than we usually hear aboutThe history of the march itself is also quite interesting. Occupying before it was cool:

But Martin Luther King was committed to Revolutionary Pacifism. If you listen to the speeches we hear on Martin Luther King Day, they usually end with the March on Washington in 1963––“I have a Dream,” and so on. But he had a much broader dream. And right after that he began to expand the activities of the Civil Rights Movement to the North. That didn’t get very far. First to Chicago, for an anti-slum movement, housing, jobs, and so on. He then began to speak openly about the Vietnam War, partially denounced imperialist wars, directly confronted racism and oppression in the North, and his popularity sank. The Civil Rights Movement fractured and sank.
[King] was assassinated while joining a sanitation workers strike, a public servant strike, on his way to organize a march to Washington as part of an effort to establish a Poor People’s Movement. The march took place after the assassination, went through the places in the South where there had been bitter, brutal struggles and finally ended up in Washington.
The marchers set up a tent city, Resurrection City. Congress just dismissed them with contempt. The security forces were called in to forcefully drive them out of the city, just to make it clear who was boss. They came in the middle of the night and tore down the tent city, drove the people out, and that was the end of that.

Dr. Martin Luther King and the Poor People’s Campaign

Part of the legacy of a more radical Dr. King than we usually hear about

The history of the march itself is also quite interesting. Occupying before it was cool:

But Martin Luther King was committed to Revolutionary Pacifism. If you listen to the speeches we hear on Martin Luther King Day, they usually end with the March on Washington in 1963––“I have a Dream,” and so on. But he had a much broader dream. And right after that he began to expand the activities of the Civil Rights Movement to the North. That didn’t get very far. First to Chicago, for an anti-slum movement, housing, jobs, and so on. He then began to speak openly about the Vietnam War, partially denounced imperialist wars, directly confronted racism and oppression in the North, and his popularity sank. The Civil Rights Movement fractured and sank.

[King] was assassinated while joining a sanitation workers strike, a public servant strike, on his way to organize a march to Washington as part of an effort to establish a Poor People’s Movement. The march took place after the assassination, went through the places in the South where there had been bitter, brutal struggles and finally ended up in Washington.

The marchers set up a tent city, Resurrection City. Congress just dismissed them with contempt. The security forces were called in to forcefully drive them out of the city, just to make it clear who was boss. They came in the middle of the night and tore down the tent city, drove the people out, and that was the end of that.



Jul 24

Jun 10
“There is an aggressiveness out there among the ruling class of this country, among the billionaires who are saying: ‘You know what? Ya, we got a whole lot now, but we want even more. And we don’t give a damn about the middle class. We don’t care about working families. We want it all. And now we can buy it.’”

Bernie Sanders

Referring to Wisconsin as a “testing ground” for the no-limits campaign spending that has been ushered in by the US Supreme Court’sCitizens Unitedruling, Sanders said, “I have a deep concern that what we saw in Wisconsin can happen in any state throughout this country and in the presidential election.”

“I think that people do not fully understand the disaster thatCitizens Unitedwas,” Sanders said of the 5–4 US Supreme Court decision in radio conversation withEd Schultz. “What that did is open the floodgates so that billionaires like the Koch brothers and others are now prepared to spend unbelievable sums of money to elect extreme right-wing candidates.”

Sanders is a leading supporter of amending the Constitution in order to assure that all Americans—not just billionaires and corporations—have a voice in American politics.

(via anticapitalist)

…thank god there’s at least one senator who will use the word “ruling class”


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