As governments across the world prostrate themselves before corporations and corporate greed takes over the daily business of governing, mass struggles are breaking out all over the world. What started as the much propagated ‘Arab Spring’ – apparently the Arab world’s yearning for American and Western values represented by ‘democracy’, has now, after spreading through Europe (France, Greece, Spain, Portugal…) engulfed the heart of Empire – the United States of America. The Occupy Wall Street movement that started almost three weeks ago, with thousands of people assembling in Zucotti Park in Lower Manhattan, New York, has now spread amdist media blackout and police repression, to other parts across the United States. A glimpse of the situation about a week ago:
It is by now clear that what is happening in the United States today is a continuation of the protests that have been going on, especially in the ‘developed capitalist world’ since the onset of the recession and the governments bending over backwards to bailout the culprits – the banks and corporations who have swallowed up public money and now want more.
Today, 5 October at 4. 30 pm, the participants join in with the march of the trade unions to the Financial District. This is where, as the website Occupy Wall Street puts it, “their pensions have disappeared to, where their health has disappeared to.”
A report of the situation of about five days ago, when the unions joined in the movement:
As we mentioned in one of our earlier posts on the movements in Europe (and Spain in particular), the mainstream Western media that celebrated the democracy movements in the Arab world not very long back, had suddenly turned relatively silent. It seems even worse this time – and the Indian media, always loyal followers of the Western media, have not surprisingly, followed suit. And yet, the movement surges ahead, despite the media blackout. For those who believe that the media is the all-powerful sorcerer of the contemporary world who can call into being mesmerized masses into struggle (or will them out of existence), a point to ponder on, perhaps?
While some of the above links give a picture of what is happening, here is an interview with David Graeber, well known anarchist activist and one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street that tells us something of some of the thinking that is behind it.