By its actions, Occupy Wall Street is puncturing myths like these: The Myth that direct action against the center of financial power cant be sustained, or The Myth that New York City is a bastion of liberalism and tolerance with its Mayor from Wall Street.
Plus, its cops, recipients of a well-timed $4.6 million donation from JP Morgan Chase whose bank up the street from the protest is guarded by no guess needed officers of the NYPD.
The Myth that police violence only happens in other countries, not in the big apple where we are far too sophisticated to have a Police department lead/encourage hundreds of protesters to cross a bridge via its roadway and then conveniently have buses and reinforcements on the other side to scoop them up.
They turned a bridge to Brooklyn into a bridge to jail without anyone having to pass GO or collect $200 as you would in a Monopoly Game. The cops have a monopoly in this game, a monopoly on force and use it.
The Myth that people of different political persuasions Democrats, Socialists, and even Ron Paul libertarians cant make common cause and eat donated Pizza together in a public park to take a stand together against abuses by the 1% of the elite against 99% of the people.
But now, conservatives in the name of the free market, baiting activists as uninformed and seeking to discredit what they are doing, are opening a new assault, an ideological attack.
Leading the charge is a website called The Daily Bell, ringing a pro-capitalist mantra to put down the protest. Its been promoted by the Drudge Report and other right-leaning outlets for its comments.
Unlike much of the media that at first ignored the protests and then ridiculed it, they take a more patronizing approach:
The charge: Despite their honest intentions, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being suckered into a trap and calling for the very solutions that are part of the financial elites agenda to torpedo the American middle class higher taxes and more big government. Prison Planet lede via Drudge Report
Dominant Social Theme: Its all Wall Streets fault. Government needs to right the wrongs of capitalism.
Never mind that no one at the protests has said this, and that their General Assembly has yet to agree on remedies to their protest that focuses on corporate abuses, aided and abetted by Wall Street firms and their allies in real estate and insurance. Instead, their accusers hammer protesters for things they believe they will say, not what they have said.
These pinheads, to use a Bill OReillyism, who defend the abstraction of a free market dont let the facts get in the way of how we got into this mess.
They see the world as business-good versus government-bad, despite all the contradictions of government subsidies and bailouts of financial institutions that effectively collapsed thanks to their own fraudulent practices and the greed of those that run them, and, who have never seen an outrageous compensation package or oversized bonus they would reject.
Never mind that Ayn Rand supporter and former Fed head Alan Greenspans admitted that fraud was pervasive in the lead-up to the financial collapse.
Never mind that it was Republican and former Goldman Sachs CEO Hank Paulson who first initiated the $700 billion TARP bailout of the big banks in 2007, and another Republican and original Bush appointee, Ben Bernanke, who secretly printed up trillions of dollars to spread like manna from heaven on banksters worldwide. Never mind that many of the government remedies that the right denounce came about because of the predatory lending and racially discriminatory practices that red-lined minority communities in the late 80s and early 90s denying homes to people of color.
The Daily Bell of its day and its cohorts were not ringing their bells to expose blatant racism that distorted their beloved markets then, or massive financial crimes that do so today. They were saying nothing about this, then or now.
Of course, The Daily Bell whines, Wall Street is PART of the problem, but its a much larger problem, and Wall Street is ultimately, for the most part, a transactional mechanism. The issues of failing Western regulatory democracies and their eroding money stuff cannot simply be laid at the feet of the securities business, no matter how powerful it seems. The real controllers are to be seen elsewhere.
In the past these controllers have been able to effectively disguise their presence and influence. They do it by misdirection and by using money power to blame the private sector for the depredations of the Wests central banking economy. The mainstream media is extremely important to this effort So now we have the corporate media, in which all the largest companies in America advertise and which back the economic elite, being blamed for discrediting the business order. What world are these people living in?
Now Occupy Wall Street evidently and obviously an enterprise funded by these same elites (at least in part) is giving them a moment of hope... they imagine. They justify this faux attack, finally, if you can work your way to the end of the dense diatribe, with these words: It is not bankers who have immense power, but central bankers and their controllers, the elite Anglosphere families that run central banking and distribute its tens of trillions of money created from nothing.
This masked reference to unnamed Anglosphere families smacks of anti-Semitism, without mentioning any chosen people or whom they are alluding to, of course. It also doesnt mention that our Central bank, the Federal Reserve, is privately owned, not a government institution, run by the banks and for the banks. Most people dont know this, of course despite Ron Pauls efforts, joined in by some Democrats, to explain it.
(If only that left-wing-run but right-wing-serving big media would do its job!)
Occupy Wall Streets inter-denominational, inter-generational, activist army of diverse democracy promoters are still in the park they have liberated for now and are ringing their own bells.
In singer Leonard Cohens words, they are the bells they still can ring: bells of freedom, and, to use a word always missing in the right-wing discourse, justice.
Danny Schechter is editor of MediaChannel.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The Progressive Populist, November 1, 2011
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