Saturday, October 22, 2011

Quote of the Day

. . . The right has tried everything to turn the tide of public opinion against Occupy Wall Street. They have claimed that the protests are filled with crime and drugs. They have labeled the movement anti-Semitic, and the people involved in it lazy, dirty, hippies. Despite their daily attacks this movement has continued to grow.

. . . Occupy Wall Street continues to be successful because it isn’t a movement of people, it is the people. The right does think that this is the 1960s all over again, and they can get those middle aged white suburban Americans to rally against the youth, but the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t divided by age. This isn’t old versus young, or white versus black. The Occupy movement is something different.

The economic devastation caused by the corrupt behavior of Wall Street impacted Americans across age, race, and geographic lines. The only people who profited from the great economic collapse of 2008 are those who caused it. The rich have gotten richer, and they have seized control of our political system in order to not only maintain their status, but also to take away resources from those beneath them.

What really pushed the 99% over the edge wasn’t that rich have gotten richer, but that the one percent has turned capitalism into a weapon to be used against everyone beneath them.

The right keeps assuming that there is some sort of large natural constituency out there waiting to be mobilized against these protests. They dream of finding the magic words that will stop the protesters and protect their beloved one percent, but there aren’t any magic words. There isn’t a talking point out there that can derail Occupy Wall Street.

The exploited class is rising up to seek justice . . .

– Jason Easley
"Bill Maher Explains Why Occupy Wall Street Is Going To Win"
October 22, 2011

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – October 13, 2011
Rocking the Cradle of Power
Quote of the Day – October 1, 2011

Recommended Off-site Links:
The Occupy Movement Has Lit a Fire for Real Change – Seumas Milne (The Guardian, October 19, 2011).
The Future of the Occupy Movement – Mark Engler (Dissent Magazine, October 21, 2011).
When Unrest Is a Blessing – Ken Trainor (, October 18, 2011).
The Arc of the Moral Universe, From Memphis to Wall Street -- Amy Goodman (, October 18, 2011).
Best Occupy Wall Street Cartoons

Images: Best Occupy Wall Street Signs.

1 comment:

William D. Lindsey said...

"Occupy Wall Street continues to be successful because it isn’t a movement of people, it is the people."

I like that insight very much.

And thanks for the valuable list of links you provide (as always) at the bottom of your post, Michael. I look forward to reading these.