October 16, 2011 |
It began, as so many ideas do in this country, over pints one evening at a pub. Drinkers fresh from a protest rally in central London a year ago started asking what they could do to get more bang for the buck in their fight against the biggest government cuts in a generation. Marches on Parliament were all well and good, but was there a more creative way to get their message across? Days later, they found it. On a crisp autumn morning, a band of mostly young people converged on Oxford Street, London's main shopping drag, and barged into the flagship store of communications giant Vodafone, accused (wrongly, the company says)
October 14, 2011 |
Several Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Friday after they embarked on an impromptu victory march through Lower Manhattan following the cancellation of a plan to clean the privately owned park where they have been camped for 28 days. Protesters had seen the planned cleanup as a ploy to evict them from Zuccotti Park, even though park owner Brookfield Office Properties said it wanted to move people only temporarily so it could scrub the plaza. But it also said that when protesters returned, they no longer could have tents, sleeping bags or tarps.
October 13, 2011 |
The only thing really surprising about the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it didn't happen sooner. The United States has a long history of friction over policies that enable an elite to thrive at the expense of ordinary people. The earliest tensions emerged soon after the Revolutionary War, when Jeffersonian democrats raised alarms about the "moneycrats" and their counter-revolutionary intrigues. They were referring to Alexander Hamilton and his confederates, who favored a British-style system of merchant capitalism that the Jeffersonians feared would undo the democratic and egalitarian promise of the Revolution.
October 11, 2011 |
Mitt Romney appeared to be softening to the Occupy Wall Street protests on Monday, taking a more sympathetic tone as he remarked on the movement, which he had called “dangerous” just a week before. “I look at what's happening on Wall Street and my view is, boy, I understand how those people feel,” he said at a town hall event in Hopkinton, N.H. “Because with median income down 10% ... with chronic unemployment, long-term unemployment worse...
October 9, 2011
Time for a change Re "Neither high nor dry," Opinion, Oct. 5 Kevin A. Sabet argues that the country's disastrous experience with alcohol prohibition does not stand as an example of why the war on drugs must change. He misses a very basic point. The reason Prohibition didn't work and why the laws against drugs don't work is the same: People's desire to alter their consciousness, whether through alcohol or what are classified as "drugs," will not go away simply because of a law. In a country where individual freedom is cherished above virtually everything else, it is time to do away with the draconian drug laws that violate our freedom to make choices in our lives, even when the choices are bad ones.
October 9, 2011 |
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters “jealous' Americans who "play the victim card” and want to “take somebody else's” Cadillac. Cain's remarks, on CBS' "Face the Nation," came amidst an escalating war of words between Republicans and Democrats over the merits of the movement, which has spread from New York to other cities across the nation, including Washington and Los Angeles.
October 3, 2011
Greed isn't good Re "Settling in on Wall Street," Sept. 30 The article says these protesters have no clear agenda. It seems crystal clear that they are frustrated by the lack of concern for the people in this country who need jobs and hope. Millions of people looking for work in this country are being ignored and slowly erased by mega-corporations whose obscene profits far exceed anyone's understanding. The beauty and tradition of America allow people to unite and make noise to draw attention to these huge injustices.
September 29, 2011 |
Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon have dropped in. A seasoned diplomat dispenses free advice. Supporters send everything from boxes of food and clothes to Whole Foods gift cards. They even have their own app, for the legions of fans following them on iPhones and Androids. Nearly two weeks into a sit-in at a park in Manhattan's financial district, the "leaderless resistance movement" calling itself Occupy Wall Street is at a crossroads. The number of protesters on scene so far tops out at a few hundred, tiny by Athens or Cairo standards.
June 29, 2011 |
Greece took a step back from imminent default Wednesday by passing a stinging new austerity package but failed to dispel fear that its mounting debt is becoming unsustainable and, sooner rather than later, will still have to be restructured. The Greek government eked out a tense legislative victory that saw lawmakers defy raging street protests outside Parliament to vote 155-138 in favor of $40 billion in painful budget cuts and tax hikes over the next few years. The showdown came after stark warnings from European leaders that failure to pass the austerity plan would spell certain bankruptcy for Greece and potential disaster for the euro by spreading instability to more populous debt-laden nations such as Spain and Italy.