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Global Revolution?

Has a global revolution started in the current Wall Street protests? Probably, not, because the protesters message is too diffuse and the group disorganized.

However, this movement, which started September 17, 2011 gives an interesting snapshot of the potential power of citizen journalism by live streaming, real-time interviews that give us a flavor of current world events. This morning I watched a bit of actress Susan Sarandon reasoning with the protesters about the need to have permits and a coherent message.

Last evening Lawrence O’Donnell reported on alleged police brutality and unwarranted arrests this past weekend at Wall Street with internet access to full clips of this weekend’s clash between police officers and Wall Street protesters.

Yes, there was probably some undue police force used, but in comparison with the widespread oppression worldwide, we are blessed as a nation to have the freedoms we enjoys.

My wife and I just watched the chilling movie Imaging Argentina, that graphically portrays true police brutality and the continued widespread “disappearing” of citizens who are considered a threat to political regimes around the world.

According to John W. Schoen, MSMBC Senior Producer, ”the idea for the Wall Street protest apparently originated with a Vancouver-based magazine called Adbusters, which in a July 13 blog post called on a handful of unaffiliated groups to ‘flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months.’  The purpose of the protest, according to the post, is to end “the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”

Some protesters talk vaguely about the evils of “corporate greed,” but most of the issues cited are familiar themes of progressive politics:

  • The need for tighter regulation of the financial services industry
  • The devastating impact of the recession on middle class and poor households
  • A need to restore cuts in public services like education; the widening wealth gap
  • The government’s apparently inequitable response to support bankers who made ruinous mortgage loans while all but abandoning homeowners facing foreclosure.
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