Last night I attended a director’s cut screening at Indiana University of Howard Zinn’s movie The People Speak, which premiered in November 2009. The theater was packed, and hushed. As I sat there, for the first time I did not feel a disconnect between the impassioned words of past American patriots and rebels and iconoclasts as movingly portrayed by current actors and what was actually going on in America now.
The occupywallstreet phenomenon is the latest and most powerful of solidarity movements beginning to arouse the seemingly long-dormant revolutionary forces that moved my generation to action during the late ’60s and early ’70s, and brought down both a President and a war. That was during the rare Uranus/Pluto conjunction that erupted in the collective unconscious and changed the world. Those two planets are currently moving into a tight 90° opening square from that conjunction, to criss-cross in and out of exactness from now through 2015. The seeds of that conjunction, it turns out, dropped on fertile ground. We are in for it, again. Thanks be to all the gods and goddesses and angels and activists and agitators who announce to the world, ENOUGH! As Supreme Court Justice Frederick Douglas said so powerfully long ago: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”
Noam Chomsky announces solidarity with #occupywallstreet
September 26. 2011
Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.