IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF?
By Adeela Naureen
Labeled by Fox news as Anarchist movement the Occupy Wall Street is more than what meets the eye. THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING, THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING, this was the loudest slogan repeatedly raised by common people gathered outside the Wall Street in the historic movement called “Occupy Wall Street”. Michael Moore described the current mood in New York as the beginning of a new wave of liberty, democracy and civil disobedience against those who have stolen the future of common American people. The new wave of protests has not been covered objectively by the main stream American Media; well they always do that, since they are the mouth pieces of Corporate America which is the biggest hoax of democracy on this planet.
The American public is fed up on many accounts, it is poor economic management, exploitation of the Capitalism, Long War in Middle East and Afpak region and growing distrust of the three ‘Ws’,that is White House, Wall Street and Willing connivance of Corporate America. It may be interesting to have a look at the slogans of protestors on the wall Street, these included, ‘End the federal reserve’, Enough is Enough, Just because we can’t see it does not mean it is not Happening, I can’t afford a Lobbyist, I am the 99 %, etc. etc.
Another major thing happening in Continental US is the call for Collective action by a website, the Anonymous, individuals and groups are appearing in public as Anonymous, wearing the Guy Fawkes (orchestrator of the Gun Powder Plot in 1604) masks popularized by the comic book and film V for Vendetta. As per Wikipedia, Anonymous (used as a mass noun) is a group initiating active civil disobedience and spread through the Internet while staying hidden, originating in 2003 on the image board 4chan, representing the concept of many online community users simultaneously existing as an anarchic, digitized global brain. It is also generally considered to be a blanket term for members of certain Internet subcultures, a way to refer to the actions of people in an environment where their actual identities are not known. In its early form, the concept has been adopted by a decentralized online community acting anonymously in a coordinated manner, usually toward a loosely self-agreed goal, and primarily focused on entertainment. Beginning with 2008, the Anonymous collective has become increasingly associated with collaborative, international hacktivism, undertaking protests and other actions, often with the goal of promoting internet freedom and freedom of speech. Actions credited to "Anonymous" are undertaken by unidentified individuals who apply the Anonymous label to themselves as attribution”.
In the absence of critical analysis of the situation by main stream American media It is important to view the sentiments of American people from the open source media like YouTube and Twitter, on 6th October, Mr. CTL remarked on a website, Politicus USA as, “The NYPD are at war with the protesters, and the war is continuously fueled by the “donations” from Wall Street banks, like the recent 4(something) million dollars from JPMorgan. I suggest you all play Deus Ex Human Revolution. That game will show just what is happening. These protesters need to hold onto their pickets till the end, and keep violence away. With the sheer amount of the 99% in NYC and around the country, one spark can set a flame that will burn down this country”.
DNIDIA4 suggested following agenda on a web site,1. Sever the agreement between the government and the federal reserve and begin printing US dollars based on our collective assets as a nation. 2. Investigate 9/11, bring war profiteers to justice. 3. Force all officials who so obviously violate the constitution as routine daily business out of office. 4. After the treasonous criminals are out organize a constitutional convention so that war profiteering & manipulation to enslave us can never occur again. 5. Direct Participatory Democracy. 6?. Universal HC
Another important trend is development of liking for Republican Congressman, Ron Paul. Ron Paul has come out with a revolutionary agenda, calling for end of the Long war and end of Federal Reserve, both targeted at the US Military Industrial Complex. The Occupy Wall Street movement and Ron Paul have lot of commonality in taking up arms against corporate America.
According to The Daily Telegraph, a group in London inspired by Occupy Wall Street now wants to occupy the London Stock Exchange; the perceived message is as “Like our brothers and sisters in Egypt, Greece, Spain, and Iceland, we plan to use the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic of mass occupation to restore democracy in America. We also encourage the use of nonviolence to achieve our ends and maximize the safety of all participants,” said a punchy message on the group’s website.
The protestors, who lack a centralized leadership system on the grounds that people get annoyed if someone’s in charge, say they won’t leave until their demands are met – but what exactly are their demands? It took them a while to get them together, but now they’ve revealed them: They want an end to capital punishment; an end to baseless police intimidation (this because four of their number were arrested); an end to wealth inequality; an end to corporate censorship; an end to the “gilded age”; they also want ends to health profiteering, American imperialism, and war”.
A week back, the Wall street Executives mocked the protests by Drinking Champaign on the balconies of Wall Street, a reminder of French revolution when Queen Marie Antoinette peeped through the Balcony of the her palace and asked a minister, if the people don’t have bread, let them eat the cake.(modern day Capitalists even contest this phrase and opine that she never said it and it was some early queen of France who uttered these words)
To remind the corporate America of the similarities between French revolution and Occupy Wall Street movement, it may be pertinent to highlight the last days of Queen Marie Antoinette, refereeing to Wikipedia, “She was finally tried by the Revolutionary Tribunal on 14 October 1793. Among the things she was accused of (most, if not all, of the accusations were untrue and probably lifted from rumours begun by libelles) were orchestrating orgies in Versailles, sending millions of livres of treasury money to Austria, plotting to kill the Duke of Orléans, incest with her son, declaring her son to be the new king of France and orchestrating the massacre of the Swiss Guards in 1792…The outcome of the trial had already been decided by the Committee of Public Safety around the time the Carnation Plot was uncovered, and she was declared guilty of treason in the early morning of 16 October, after two days of proceedings. On the same day, her hair was cut off and she was driven through Paris in an open cart, wearing a simple white dress. At 12:15 pm, two and a half weeks before her thirty-eighth birthday, she was executed at the Place de la Révolution (present-day Place de la Concorde).Her last words were "Pardon me sir, I meant not to do it", to Henri Sanson the executioner, whose foot she had accidentally stepped on after climbing the scaffold. Her body was thrown into an unmarked grave in the Madeleine cemetery, rue d'Anjou, (which was closed the following year).Her sister-in-law Élisabeth was executed in 1794 and her son died in prison in 1795”.
With Wall Street Barons brandishing glasses of Champaign from the balconies of the financial hub of corporate America and ridiculing innocent protestors on New York streets who claim to be 99% of America, the stage may be setting for repeat of history, this time it may be the Wall Street replacing the Bastille.