Posted by
Arv
• 09.18.11 01:04 am


In a bid to replicate the recent spat of revolutions across the Arab world, my fav mag Adbusters sought to flood lower Manhattan with 20,000 protesters on September 17th.


The Plan: Take over the Financial District, force the government to repeal corporate person-hood, show those Wall Street Fat Cats who’s really in charge, etc.

In a bid to replicate the recent spat of revolutions across the Arab world, my fav mag Adbusters sought to flood lower Manhattan with 20,000 protesters on September 17th. The idea was to create an American Tahrir Square, a tent city of demonstrators who would occupy Wall Street until their one demand of repealing corporate person-hood was met.


The Reality: Wall Street was blocked off by an impenetrable wall of police officers.

Unfortunately, The Revolution© was stymied in a few very significant ways. NYPD cordoned off Wall Street, so protesters were forced to occupy Zuccotti Park, two blocks north of their target. Adbusters also fell drastically short of their 20,000-strong goal; despite bizarre media accounts to the contrary, only 300-500 demonstrators showed up. And those comrades who did take to the streets arrived with their own demands.

Here are a few of the occupiers:

THE AGING SOCIALIST

(All video by Angela M.)

THE ANONYMOUS MASQUERADER

THE RON PAUL NERD

THE DUDE MELODRAMATICALLY BURNING A DOLLAR

-ARV
@ArvSux


Comments
  1. PunkManSlut says:

    its funny because your dollar isn’t worth the fire it was burnt with.

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  3. Charles says:

    The L train was down, so we’ll see if more people show up during the week.

  4. social register nigga says:

    That first guy keeps talking about “democracy,” but what he’s describing isn’t democracy at all. And for at least half of his rant he appears to be in a state of religious trance where he repeats the same mantras and euphemisms over and over without an ounce of critical thought.
    And those Ron Paul nerds (although they have some good points) need to stop citing Andrew Jackson. Dude clapped up millions of redmen and was kind of a psycho.

  5. asshole confit says:

    we gotta do better than that

  6. KRAYON says:

    I’M WATCHING THE REVOLUTION ON TELEVISION LOL

  7. jax the skull rider says:

    Ron Paul just won the California straw poll. Even the establishment is turning his way because of the economy.

  8. you all like "fergie" says:

    The whole slaughter aspect of Andrew Jackson sucks for sure, but there’s a more important point that RonPauls and teaParties and suchlikes need to take to heart, which is that his eliminating of the national debt was a HUGE CATASTROPHE that almost destroyed the country financially. What I don’t understand is why people can’t just learn the tiniest bit about economics and/or history before they start to launch huge national movements that aim to revolutionize policy-making.

  9. you all like "fergie" says:

    It’s like Libertarians just said “hey, our policies are good for the economy” and people just buy it. It’s completely irrational and ideological. It’s no less dumb than some guy at one of these protests thinking you can just eliminate corporations in one fell swoop and things will somehow be better.

  10. jax the skull rider says:

    well, even a five year old can see that what we have will all come crashing down due to our debt: glutinous spending, borrowing, welfare and warfare. those policies simply don’t work. call them crazy but the libertarians are only saying we should pay our own way, and end occupations, and nation building, and bring back prosperity which would everyone. there would be a tough couple of years to get through, like an addict getting through withdrawal.
    however, the tea party people who think we can have small govt and not end the wars are kidding themselves.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Funniest part of this post: Arv sees no irony in calling someone a nerd.

  12. Anonymous says:

    wow was that ron paul clip painful to watch

  13. @jax says:

    glutinous=/=gluttonous

  14. Mitch Gage says:

    Ron Paul will give your woman the orgasm she deserves.

  15. you all like "fergie" says:

    @jax

    “well even a 5 year old can see” is not actually an argument, it’s the exact same thing as saying “I’m right”. Historically speaking, foreign wars and welfare have wreaked nowhere near the kind of (financial) havoc that poorly regulated financial markets have. The libertarians are not just saying we should pay our own way, etc… That’s simplistic beyond any degree that should be allowed in a public policy debate. “Paying our own way” can mean almost anything. Taxing the population 100% of income and then using the proceeds to finance the running of the country without borrowing anything would be “paying our own way” too, but libertarians are not in favor of that. I am completely into a lot of the specific policy ideas that go along with libertarianism, but the absolute most important defining idea they have is complete absence of market regulation, and that shit is retarded.

    We’re all in favor of prosperity, but some of us would like to look back at history and see what has actually helped bring it about in the past, and some people want to cling to a completely ideological position and insist that the solution must be some kind of simplistic sloganeering.

  16. Anonymous says:

    “well even a 5 year old can see” is not actually an argument”

    So saith the seer who goes on to say, “that shit is retarded.”

  17. jax the skull rider says:

    @you all likefergie.
    It’s funny, because your post sounds like the anti “ron paul nerds” . I could see the two of you going at it all day long. a “seer” that says “this shit is retarded” is also pretty funny anon.
    @jax
    “if there’s only one way to spell a word, then I say there’s something wrong with that word”
    -Mark Twin
    libertarian

    word
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/rothbard/rothbard106.html

  18. jax the skull rider says:

    Speaking to a crowd in New York, Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said that the United States was now cleaning up a mess that started in 1987.

    “We’ve done everything wrong since 1987 or 1988,” Paul, who is running for President of the United States, said. “We spend too much, we tax too much, we borrow too much, we regulate too much, we undermine personal liberty too much, and then we print too much money.”

    He added that some major corporations and the military-industrial complex would have been liquidated if America had a purely free market economy, but instead they have been propped up by the government. The congressman also called on U.S. troops to be brought home from the Middle East and for U.S. military bases across the globe to be closed down.

  19. jax the skull rider says:

    @anonymous
    not anywhere near as painful as those, celebrities for obama videos.

  20. you all like "fergie" says:

    Who claimed to be a “seer”? I’m saying the exact opposite thing, nobody can read the future, so look at history.

    You think that complete market deregulation leads to prosperity? That’s the important point, the one that gets passed over because I used the word retarded. Do you honestly believe that, and if so is it because someone wrote on a blog with economics in the title that it does, or is it because there is a single instance in human history where deregulation hasn’t led to a massive bubble/fake economy/huge bailouts and ultimately ended in disaster?

    It’s like people who argue that we can still have communism after the world tried it out and it failed miserably. That shit is retarded.

  21. Geez says:

    Adbusters is one of your favorite magazines? Really? I thought one of the charms of this site was that they make fun of Adbuster-ey shit often.

  22. Arv says:

    @Geez: Click links. They’re good for you.

  23. vegan jules says:

    Thanks for covering this Arvy.

  24. Joe Queer says:

    Democracy? What boobs. You don’t want money to rule the world, then you don’t want democracy. Boring liberal shit.

  25. Aesk47 says:

    Random bulging penises and such! Cloud donkey

  26. chRon says:

    @Joe Queer, your comment was easily one of the dumbest in SC history, and that is saying a shit-ton.

    “Democracy? What boobs. You don’t want money to rule the world, then you don’t want democracy. Boring liberal shit.”

    Anyone with a gram of grey matter knows that the concepts of democracy and capitalism are at cross-purposes. On one hand, you have democracy, which asserts that all citizens have a common right to choose their leaders and policy-makers (and are therefore somewhat “equal”). On the other, you have capitalism, which asserts that only the economically strong survive, and that people (I mean Corporations – wait, they’re the same thing) can and should do whatever it takes to amass the most wealth and therefore obtain a position of privilege.

    “People tried to conquer the world Napoleon and Genghis Khan
    Hitler tried and Mussolini too
    Powerman don’t need to fight, powerman don’t need no guns
    Powerman got money on his side”

    -The Kinks

  27. jax the skull rider says:

    @ you all like fergie
    the seer comment was for anon and you’ll see that if you read closely.

    but, by saying something is retarded is what you accused me of; the same as saying you’re right.

    The Gilded Age in the U.S.

    and, is there a single instance in human history where deregulation has led to a massive bubble/fake economy/huge bailouts and ultimately ended in disaster?

  28. jax the skull rider says:

    meanwhile over at dangerous minds:

    Sep 15, 2011Lustxi says:
    The problem I have with the Paul bashing on this site is that you guys never apply the same standards to the politicians you like.

    Lets use President Obama as an example. Barrack Obama is for the War on Drugs. Barrack Obama supports predator drone strikes in Afghanistan.. which have killed over a hundred children. Barrack Obama doesn’t want gays to marry.. what token support he’s expressed for DADT and DOMA reform was pretty much forced by successful activism. Barrack Obama wants to prosecute wikileaks. Barrack Obama supported the giveaway of billions of tax dollars to failed banks. Barrack Obama legitimized and normalized Bush/Cheney era civil rights abuses. Barrack Obama wants to spy on your electronic communications and know what sorts of porn you watch. Barrack Obama believes that the extrajudicial assassination of american citizens is okay if the president says so.

    There is nothing in that last paragraph that the A.C.L.U. would disagree with.

    This is my point. Instead of picking on the guys with actual power you always go after the low hanging fruit of crazy GOP candidates who have zero chance of winning. Bachmann. Palin. Crazy uncle Paul! When it comes to actual successful office holders doing bad things you’re curiously silent.

    You’re a counterculture icon Mr. Metzger. Over at disinfo.com you exposed me to people like Genesis P Orridge, Kenneth Anger, Aleister Crowley, Grant Morrisson, and Robert Anton Wilson. With all the opportunities you’ve had to cultivate a more nuanced political position its really shocking to be reminded that you’ve never transcended conventional left/right dualistic thinking. Republicans bad! Democrats good!

    I thought about ending this with a pithy “Dangerous Minds? Hardly.” But instead I just want to challenge you to go back and read what people like RAW and AC had to say about politics. And how they said it. Try to transcend conventional political thinking in the ways that they suggest. Please. I wouldn’t waste your time or mine writing this rant if I didn’t otherwise think of you very highly. Thank you.

  29. jax the skull rider says:

    Lefties are turning to Ron Paul in increasing numbers these days. Why? There are numerous reasons why people get it, but, I believe mostly, because they’ve finally realized: Here, is a Man of Truth.
    Other liberals, still confused on why their man turned out to be the same as the last lot, busy themselves counting the lifeboats on the Mary Celeste.

  30. heroin town says:

    I understand that the US economy is mixed and relies heavily on the public sector to get shit done. My problem is that some (the majority of) partisan dickheads don’t seem to understand that all the “regulations” we have in place now are designed to protect (and enhance) the wealth of the politically entrenched over at the SEC and/or the SUPER wealthy. And guess what? A lot of these people are Democrats! A lot of them are Republicans! It really doesn’t matter what the political affiliation is. They are trying to get fucking paid!
    The people who are in support of a free market really just want the the crony capitalism, special interest, rule-bending lobbying bullshit that the megacorporations get away with to stop. They want freedom of small businesses, (fewer obstacles to making money, fewer unnecessary taxes) instead of the “too big to fail” fuckwits consistently socializing their losses on the backs of small business owners.
    And to people who think that the market is actually “free” with all that’s going on: You are a clueless dupe. All the regulation in the world won’t amount jack-shit if the “regulations” put in place are merely a smoke screen that pays lip-service to fairness, hamstringing the little guys and allowing megabanks to keep doing their thing.
    But the problem is guys (and gals) like Mary Schapiro, Tim Geithner et al who consistently let the big boys off the hook while they “fix” the problems of the economy by calling for more power, money and influence, looking past any transgressions by the whales. All while they print up a bunch of cash and dump it overseas, further devaluing any modest savings that an honest entrepreneur may already have.

  31. Anonymous says:

    What applies re. the banking fraud being committed against the typical citizen in the private sector also applies to the crypto-fascism that regularly takes place in Washington’s fascistic public sector: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/ct-met-kass-0918-20110918,0,3951633.column?page=1

  32. dragler says:

    “Historically speaking, foreign wars and welfare have wreaked nowhere near the kind of (financial) havoc that poorly regulated financial markets have.”

    It’s all the same thing.

    “Taxing the population 100% of income and then using the proceeds to finance the running of the country without borrowing anything would be “paying our own way” too, but ”

    that’s coerced though. libertarians say pay for what you want let others pay for what they want. Instead of paying federal taxes you could give money to planned parenthood. or keep your money. Actually I don’t really know what libertarians say.

    “Do you honestly believe that, and if so is it because someone wrote on a blog with economics in the title that it does, or is it because there is a single instance in human history where deregulation hasn’t led to a massive bubble/fake economy/huge bailouts and ultimately ended in disaster?

    bubbles are caused by credit expansion. Most often from the central bank but not always. The housing bubble for example, was largely enabled by alan Greenspans keeping interest rates too low for too long. Aggressive monetary expansion will tend to fuel malinvestment. Ordinarily interest rates are determined by available holdings of cash. If they are high the rates are low, if low rates are high. so naturally artificially lowering them is going to start a bubble, that is, something that is gonna go up but then go down.

    read heroin towns post it’s very good. Calling for more regulations is silly unless you’re goal is to keep even more less connected people out of the market. all markets regulated by the government are poorly regulated because they favor that entities interests.

  33. “Did you know that in 1890, this [25¢] could buy a current DVD.”

    Those Ron Paul Nerds are on some serious bootleg time-machine shit

  34. horsesense says:

    Our Free Economy Valued Over $1 Trillion!
    Posted by Karen Kwiatkowski on September 19, 2011 07:22 AM
    This article from Alternet seems to lament the “need” for people to serve each other and themselves outside of the state. This free, voluntary, and tax free way of living and producing was estimated at 8% of the GDP in 2009, no doubt given the situation today is far greater, far more vibrant. It includes, “…all sorts of work that doesn’t get regulated by the government or reported to the IRS” and “costs” the “revenuers” over $600 billion each year in “revenue.” Reminds me of the Aesop’s fable about the sun and the wind, competing to see which can get the traveler to take off his coat. If government, as Washington said, is force, then liberty is both heat and light, gently, kindly, and generously unstoppable.

    Darn Those Libertarians
    Posted on September 19, 2011 by Lew Rockwell
    Dan Agin, writing in HuffPo, is upset at libertarians, and thinks that because we live in a State-dominated society, that it is wrong to use its “services,” for which we are forced to pay through the nose. Typical Prog, in other words. He is right, of course, to see that some plutocratic elements use libertarian rhetoric to advance their domination. However, his comparison of today’s libertarians to violent, nihilistic “anarcho-communists” of the 19th century is an outrage, typical of what Tom Woods calls the “commissar left.” These types want to send us to the camps. It doesn’t matter that real libertarianism–Rothardian anarcho-capitalism–is the political philosophy of non-aggression: We hold that the use of violence or the threat of violence against the innocent is never permissible. Our crime lies, for fascists, communists, conservatives, and progressives, in refusing to love the god of the State.

    Yet the State is distilled violence, a “gang of thieves writ large,” as Murray said. And a murderous one. How many millions of people has the US killed in its career of wars and foreign interventions? Mr. Agin wants us to love the predator State and think the real threat to all that is good and decent is libertarian anarchists (and Ron Paul) who agree with Jesus Christ, that it is the peacemakers who are blessed, and who seek to employ the Golden Rule, even for the official Other–Muslims, these days. Mr. Agin wants us to happily accept being patted down and robbed for the sake of the banksters, big pharma, and the military-industrial complex. No thanks.

    But he is right to worry. Now is the crisis for the giant gang of thieves. Never has a State been bigger or richer or more powerful or more inept than the US. Never has a State been more susceptible to non-violent resistance. Indeed, all we need do, as a first principle, is withhold our consent, as a 16th century anarchist argued. DC can become Ozymandias. (Thanks to Mickey Hobart)

  35. bigmackdaddy says:

    “my EBT”
    thanks liberals
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o64Fz-KW1Dk

  36. Miss universe says:

    i bet you feel stupid now

  37. jitterjunk says:

    it’s fun when they are proven wrong – on a GLOBAL scale.

    Long live VANCOUVER.


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