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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/25/shocking-truth-about-crackdown-occupy

Naomi Wolff   has written a disturbing, chilling series of allegations about the sudden uptick in police activity towards   OWS.     The important thing to me about her article is her claim to have received some sort of coherent list of demands from the protesters by...get this...asking them.    I am paraphrasing and editing below:

1)   "Get the money out of politics"   would mean reversing the Citizens United decision and replacing some kind of cap on campaign contributions.     Presumably, because these people have demonstrated that they cannot  be trusted.

2)    "reform the banking system to prevent fraud and manipulation, with the most frequent item being to restore the Glass-Steagall Act – the Depression-era law, done away with by President Clinton, that separates investment banks from commercial banks".    Funny how the people who blame the mortgage crisis on Clinton conveniently forget this part...sounds like these people cannot be trusted.

3)    "draft laws against the little-known loophole that currently allows members of Congress to pass legislation affecting Delaware-based corporations in which they themselves are investors".     Because  (say it with me now)  These people can. not.  be. trusted.

4)    I have seen other proposals which would reign in our obscenely wealthy Congress, like a Constitutional Amendment forbidding Congress from exempting itself from any laws it imposes on the rest of us,    or forcing all members of Congress out of office if  the deficit goes above a certain level   (I would limit the ouster to the kind of perfect storm of joblessness and fiscal irresponsibilty we're enjoying right now), but any of these sound good to me.    Eventually implementing all of these proposals sounds good to me.

What the above does not sound like to me is incoherent.     Or socialist.   Or terribly unrealistic.    It also does not sound like a list of ideas for police to be beating, spraying or manhandling citizens over.     

One way to support the protesters is to turn the list above into some kind of meme signal that people can boost to more rapidly build grass-roots support for reforms.


I wish I were better at things like that  8P 

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