Archive for January, 2012

Preoccupations, Wall Street and Otherwise

January 28, 2012

This is just to say that I’m totally friendly toward and in solidarity with the “Occupy Movement.”  I think it’s great.  I only hope that it gets somewhere.

I got down to the Occupy Detroit camp in Grand Circus Park.  Eventually, they struck the tents and moved from away there.  I try to monitor what they’ve been doing since.

It’s already influencing the “political discourse” in ways.  The “one percent” have gone too far.  Fair is fair and cruel is cruel.  The blinders, created by extreme wealth, can wreak havoc like a movie monster.  Then too, some of them know full well what they’re doing.

The instances of blatant criminality should not go unspoken of and unpunished.  Even those who aren’t strictly “anti-capitalist” should still be against wholesale thievery.  Some believe that they’re too rich and powerful to be punished.  If they are caught, they often get a “slap on the wrist” or a “warning.”  If you or I did something equivalent, we’d get it a lot worse.

It’s wonderful that so many are becoming more aware, speaking out and acting up.  I love it, that it’s taking hold around this country and around the world.  Something must be done.  Now’s the time!

In part two, I’ll go into certain cultural ramifications.  What role should we artists play in all this?  What’s to do?