(h/t commentor Dee Lorelai)
Now that it’s clear lousy weather and a drop-off in the number of tv-news cameras haven’t been enough to discourage #OWS and all its offshoots, more local authorities are attempting variations on Richard Daley’s maxim, “The police aren’t here to create disorder — the police are here to preserve disorder!” The NYTimes believes that that “OWS Protestors [are] Shifting to College Campuses“, including a certain Bay State university:
The Harvard encampment, much like the university itself, is highly exclusive. After protesters set up about 30 tents in Harvard Yard last week, university officials closed the gates to the yard, allowing only students with IDs to enter.
“Securing access to the Yard is necessary for the safety of the freshmen and others who live and work there, for the students who will be sleeping outdoors as part of the protest, and for the overall campus,” the university’s provost, Alan M. Garber, said in a statement.
Harvard protesters set up their tent city a week after a student walkout of Economics 10, an undergraduate course taught by N. Gregory Mankiw, a professor and former economic adviser to President George W. Bush.
“We think that Harvard is complicit in propagating the ideology that made the current crisis possible,” said Amanda Haziz-Ginsburg, a camper who is a student at Harvard Divinity School.
(Oh, that Tom Lehrer were
living still writing at this hour… )
Our Very Serious Media is still quite, quite uncertain as to the proper attitude towards this whole disorganized, non-hierarchal, unbranded movement. Noreen Malone at NYMag‘s Daily Intel points out that “Occupy Wall Street Is Making You Think About Income Inequality“: “Since the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement, published mentions of the term “income inequality” have increased more than fivefold… While lots of the coverage of the protests has been on the arrests, the scandals, and the branding, it seems as if the basic message organizers were hoping to get promote is very much a part of the conversation.”
The NYTimes Business Day thinks that the Occupy movement has “inspired unions to embrace bold tactics“. The Washington Post chooses to not-quite-celebrate the urban design specialists who tell them that “Occupy D.C. creates a vibrant brand of urbanism” in a previously underused space. And Jeffrey D. Sachs sidles over to proclaim “The New Progressive Age“:
OCCUPY WALL STREET and its allied movements around the country are more than a walk in the park. They are most likely the start of a new era in America. Historians have noted that American politics moves in long swings. We are at the end of the 30-year Reagan era, a period that has culminated in soaring income for the top 1 percent and crushing unemployment or income stagnation for much of the rest. The overarching challenge of the coming years is to restore prosperity and power for the 99 percent…
The first age of inequality was the Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century, an era quite like today, when both political parties served the interests of the corporate robber barons. The progressive movement arose after the financial crisis of 1893. In the following decades Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson came to power, and the movement pushed through a remarkable era of reform: trust busting, federal income taxation, fair labor standards, the direct election of senators and women’s suffrage.
The second gilded age was the Roaring Twenties. The pro-business administrations of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover once again opened up the floodgates of corruption and financial excess, this time culminating in the Great Depression. And once again the pendulum swung. F.D.R.’s New Deal marked the start of several decades of reduced income inequality, strong trade unions, steep top tax rates and strict financial regulation. After 1981, Reagan began to dismantle each of these core features of the New Deal.
Following our recent financial calamity, a third progressive era is likely to be in the making. This one should aim for three things. The first is a revival of crucial public services, especially education, training, public investment and environmental protection. The second is the end of a climate of impunity that encouraged nearly every Wall Street firm to commit financial fraud. The third is to re-establish the supremacy of people votes over dollar votes in Washington.
Also not to be missed (thank you, Brian S): David Brin, “scientist, futurist & best-selling author” eviscerates a certain graphic artist’s blatant misinterpretations of ancient history and modern protest movements, in “Move over, Frank Miller: or why the Occupy Wall Street kids are better than #$%! Spartans“.