The 99% Is Too Big To Fail

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

A Movement Too Big to Fail

By Chris Hedges

There is no danger that the protesters who have occupied squares, parks and plazas across the nation in defiance of the corporate state will be co-opted by the Democratic Party or groups like MoveOn. The faux liberal reformers, whose abject failure to stand up for the rights of the poor and the working class, have signed on to this movement because they fear becoming irrelevant. Union leaders, who pull down salaries five times that of the rank and file as they bargain away rights and benefits, know the foundations are shaking. So do Democratic politicians from Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi. So do the array of “liberal” groups and institutions, including the press, that have worked to funnel discontented voters back into the swamp of electoral politics and mocked those who called for profound structural reform.

Resistance, real resistance, to the corporate state was displayed when a couple of thousand protesters, clutching mops and brooms, early Friday morning forced the owners of Zuccotti Park and the New York City police to back down from a proposed attempt to expel them in order to “clean” the premises. These protesters in that one glorious moment did what the traditional “liberal” establishment has steadily refused to do-fight back. And it was deeply moving to watch the corporate rats scamper back to their holes on Wall Street. It lent a whole new meaning to the phrase “too big to fail.”


What took place early Friday morning in Zuccotti Park was the first salvo in a long struggle for justice. It signaled a step backward by the corporate state in the face of popular pressure. And it was carried out by ordinary men and women who sleep at night on concrete, get soaked in rainstorms, eat donated food and have nothing as weapons but their dignity, resilience and courage. It is they, and they alone, who hold out the possibility of salvation. And if we join them we might have a chance.

Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges column appears Mondays on Truthdig.


    • on 10/18/2011 at 20:40
    • on 10/19/2011 at 11:43

    to ACORN … ??remember “our” piece of shit Democratic Senators throwing ACORN under the bus cuz of the lies of right wing fucking liars?

    Cantwell is up for re-election next year —

    6 years ago I wrote in my own name …or something,

    (actually – whatever I did is written on who knows how many blog posts from 5 years ago – I did NOT check off her name)

    and it was liberating.

    lessor of two evils my ass.


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