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The NYTimes Refuses to Understand These Times

In Occupy Together, Occupy Wall St, This Is What Democracy Looks Like on October 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Re: Times City Blog,  Occupy Wall St, The Documentary

Don’t you suppose there were SOME American colonists who didn’t mind paying taxes to Great Britain–some who thought they _should_ obey the Stamp Act of 1765–and who could not understand what their fellow colonists’ beef was about \”taxation without representation\”? If film had been around at the time, I am sure you could have captured debates just like we witness in the video above.  (Top of Times blog where a guy in film claims to be uncomprehending).
While I think this documentary is a good idea, I hope it will not commodify a needed revolutionary spirit that is sweeping the globe—by placing it on film, it has the danger of becoming just another event to which an audience passively reacts, as if watching a sports event.
The reason this is now a global movement is that people realize that the concept of Democracy—the inherent equality of opportunity, unhampered by birth, of all people–is hijacked by predatory capitalism–a system of commerce that allows greed to run unbridled, and that is not checked by any form of government or laws. When the laws are written to favor a greed so unchecked as to allow a few to own as much wealth as 150 million people combined, while doing nothing to address the plight of famine, unemployment, or to redress inequality—then you do not have a Democracy, but have returned to a system of Kings and serfs–Oligarchy.
The laws have to be rebalanced in favor of the majority, not an over-privileged minority. But in every revolution in history, there have been those who feign, or refuse, to \”get it.\”

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And I highly recommend the YouTube Channel channel mentioned in the article, with speakers who articulate the problems exquisitely.

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