Are Wall Street sans-culottes capable of storming of neo-liberal capitalism’s Bastille?
September 22nd, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street protests, which kicked off last Saturday, September 17th, have been snootily derided as an irrelevance by Nathalie Rothschild in Spiked, and largely ignored by the mainstream media. I accept that the turnout has been lower than expected and that some of the protestors are whimsical youngsters who seem somewhat vague about their goals.
However, the joie de vivre you see here — and, watching the video, it does seem as if the protestors are having more fun than your average FX trader — suggest the protests could yet evolve into something much more meaningful. If they were to attract thousands more Americans, who knows, they may even succeed in their aim of storming the ‘Bastille’ of neo-liberal capitalism and toppling the latter-day Bourbon princes of Wall Street.
- Paul Harris’s take on the protests from Guardian News Blog
- Greg Howard on NYPD’s use of a 166-year old law to undermine the protests from Slate
- Think Progress on NYPD’s use of a 166-year-old law to arrest protestors wearing masks
- RoarMag’s pictures of Wall Street protests
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