Why did I start with that? Theme post night. Now let's talk about Occupy Wall Street.
WSWS continues to have the best coverage. Bill Van Auken has a great article about elite reaction (panic) and this is from it:
As this movement develops, it faces the danger, as so often happens with every form of protest in America, of being channeled into the grip of the Democratic Party. Such was the case with the antiwar demonstrations that began under the Bush administration, became regulated according to the electoral calendar and were finally wound up once Obama entered the White House, where he has continued and expanded Bush’s wars.
In its news coverage of the anti-Wall Street protests, the New York Times quotes Georgetown University professor Michael Kazin, who states, “Rants based on discontents are the first stage of any movement.” The article goes on to quote Kazin as saying that the requirement for the protest to turn into a “lasting movement” is for “newly unleashed passions to be channeled into institutions and shaped into political goals.”
There is no doubt that the “institutions” he has in mind are those affiliated to the Democratic Party and the political establishment.
Kate Randall reports on Boston's effort:
“Occupy Boston” protesters have set up a tent city in response to the Wall Street protests in New York. About 200 people have been camping out overnight in Dewey Square, opposite South Station and the Federal Reserve building in Boston’s financial district.Many more people are joining the protest during the daytime and on the weekends, and the group is holding assemblies in the morning and the evening to discuss the occupation. “Occupy Boston” reached an agreement with the Conservancy Trust, which owns the private land where the action is taking place, to set up the camp.
Like C.I., I'm not really impressed with DC Blogger who drinks the Kool Aid until the pitcher's empty and then comes to her senses for a brief moment or two before looking for a new hero. Lately DC Blogger's being talking up that awful Elizabeth Warren. (Briefly, I've covered this, so have C.I. and Ava, Warren was responsible for monitoring the TARP funds. She is wrongly applauded for announcing that she had no idea where most of the money went and never would. She was put in charge of oversight. She waited until the money was long gone to announce that 'finding.' And that finding would have gotten her fired at any real job.) DC Blogger can't vote in my state so I have no idea why she insists upon sticking her nose into it but she's been praising Elizabeth Warren like crazy (remember DC Blogger always needs a hero). It was a sad day for DC Blogger when Warren trashed the activists Occupying Wall Street.
But it wasn't surprising to those of us in Boston. We damn well know Warren and what to expect from her.
Warren left without standing up to Barack or disowning his policies publicly. That tells you she's a go-along to get-along.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Wednesday: