Occupy Wall Street: A ‘Dangerous’ Movement

Nation of Change

“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare,” said Mitt Romney to an audience of about 50 people in response to a question about the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Dangerous for whom, Mitt? Dangerous for the corporate overlords who own you? Dangerous for the fractured, absurd narrative that the plutocracy’s propaganda machine is having such difficulty trying to sell these days? You’re certainly right to be scared, as all oligarchs are scared when the people begin to realize what is being done to them and whom the perpetrators are.

James Madison warned that “the day will come when our Republic will be an impossibility. It will be an impossibility because wealth will be concentrated in the hands of few. A Republic cannot stand upon bayonets, and when the day comes…we must rely upon the wisdom of the best elements in the country to readjust the laws of the nation to the changed conditions.”

The day has come and millions of Americans have been thrown out of their homes. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs. Millions have been thrust into poverty and those in poverty have watched their situations become more dire and their needs even greater. The day is here and it is up to us not to make ‘requests’ nor ‘demands’ for the change we seek, for these words imply a right to power by those who oppress us, but to stand together and build this change in the world.

The first step has been taken and across this country we challenge the people to confront our own oppression. We challenge our nation to stop wallowing in cynicism and despair, to turn their attention away from the pacification of mass entertainment designed to distract, numb, and sterilize the fecundity of our combined creative force. We challenge the people to turn to one another, find strength in community and show the world once again what the power of peaceful resistance can do.

Rebecca Buell, Executive Director,

Donna Luca, Board President, and the NationofChange Team





10 responses to “Occupy Wall Street: A ‘Dangerous’ Movement

  1. Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy [insert location here] in general still contains many problematic aspects, but it nevertheless presents an opportunity for the Left to engage with some of the nascent anti-capitalist sentiment taking shape there. So far it has been successful in enlisting the support of a number of leftish celebrities, prominent unions, and young activists, and has received a lot of media coverage. Hopefully, the demonstrations will lead to a general radicalization of the participants’ politics, and a commitment to the longer-term project of social emancipation. To this end, I have written up a rather pointed Marxist analysis of the OWS movement so far that you might find interesting:

    “Reflections on Occupy Wall Street: What It Represents, Its Prospects, and Its Deficiencies”



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