Wall Street is presently being occupied by activists of all stripes who would like to see our economies wrestled from the grip of the FIRE industries (Finance, Insurance, Real Estate) and the whimsy of speculators, traders, brokers, hedge funds and all other forms of revenue making realms that use the structure of a casino to run our world. Major media organizations are not covering the story at all, including our own national paper the Globe and Mail. There was a small story in the Toronto Star however, I switched allegiances a year ago, if you haven’t yet, do it. The occupation has been covered extensively by the Guardian in the UK, not the most left of papers. That country however saw what a hot summer and anger can do to a population, so perhaps their awareness of that slim thread which holds society together is far more keen.
Only Keith Olberman (Jon Stewart, Colbert and Maher have all mentioned it as well) has done any television coverage wondering aloud that if it were a right wing protest it would be everywhere. I think however that it doesn’t have anything to do with politics. I think it’s just money this time. All those major media outlets are traded daily on the stock exchange and their managers and owners know that ruffling the investors feathers would just create even more instability than there already is. Or perhaps the media itself has become its own power and that coverage is like elections, it doesn’t matter how hard you work, how well you do, only that you win or in this case get covered. Yes, perhaps what this represents is the casualty of a crucial institution that once helped keep our country and the US democratic. Now it seems the media is used to anethestatize and/or brain wash and thats about it. Some would argue that it was the point in the first place.
As I age I realize how tremendously fragile this whole society idea is. In fact, it seems now that most people never really believed it to begin with. Why would we have allowed our food prices to be speculated on creating the poorest people in our culture more hardship. Why aren’t we making things easier? Why are things getting harder? I believe it is a choice and not inevitable. Forty years of conservative politics and economic policies have rendered us incapable of being the compassionate people I was taught to be.
I refuse to believe however things are lost. In fact I am beginning to get more hopeful than less. This occupation of Wall Street is just a beginning. The Arab world; the people who gave us math, astronomy, farming and many other gifts have now given us something else – hope. Civil unrest is the answer and I for one can’t wait to join up: I will perform my “a little red, a manifesto in fairy tale form” this October 1st at Nuit Blanche in Toronto.