No demands. No leadership. Vague, confused, well-intentioned.
Corporate media argues Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Boston, and the over 900 similar protest events that took place worldwide last weekend (per the Washington Post), are like infants: cute, loveable, but impossible, even dangerous, to take seriously because they can’t articulate what they want. NYT: “Protesters Debate What Demands, if Any, to Make.” News Corp.’s MarketWatch: “Occupy movement: a collective, vague effort.” AFP: “Occupy Wall St’s demand? No demands.”
In fact, here is Occupy Wall Street’s website. Click on About Us and you will find that on 13 July the movement started with a call from AdBusters magazine to occupy Wall Street: “Are you ready for a Tahrir moment? On Sept 17, flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street.”
The clarion had one demand:
that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It’s time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we’re doomed without it.
You’d never know it from reading the newspapers or watching TV. If there is a better current example of how limited the information provided by our corporate media system is, I don’t know of it.