Tuesday, November 15, 2011

When the duty of protection becomes incoherent: New York Police Department gives in to the interests of the 1%


Update: Supreme Court Justice Michael Stallman orders that protesters can come back to Zuccotti Park.  ruled against the protesters:
The movants have not demonstrated that they have a First Amendment right to remain in Zuccotti Park, along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain Zuccotti Park, or to the rights to public access of others who might wish to use the space safely. Neither have the applicants shown a right to a temporary restraining order that would restrict the City's enforcement of law so as to promote public health and safety. Therefore, petitioners application for a temporary restraining order is denied.
What demonstration is needed?  
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The New York Times 

The Huffington Post

The Washington Post

El País, Spain

Le Figaro

The Independent

Frankfurter Allgemeine

In the middle of the night and preventing access to the press, New York Police swept the Occupy Wall Street encampment. The powerful forces of Wall Street, now led by Michael Bloomberg, prevail over American civil society. Zuccotti Park was too much of a challenge for the interests of the 1%. Of course, this will not be the end of the movement.

The 99% is regrouping. A new phase has begun.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Triff, your post is so true. It's a fear reaction from people (1%) concerned with appearances and feeling the need to show a dominance for fear of losing it. The people who are in the same economical and social position as the protesters who mock them and find them absurd are the ones that uphold the unethical system which bulks us all into the same 99% pile.


-Daniella Lopez

The Mike said...

I suppose now we have to lump in our legal system (long held overdue for overhaul anyway) to the list of conspirators against the 99%. The more we look at this the more it is looking like a real revolution is needed. Are the 99% ready, willing to work through revolution? Can there be a revolution without dogma? Out of uncertainty comes opportunity. Can the 99% seize the opportunity before the 1% recovers from the revolution, or will they simply create a new 1%?

The duty of protection is incoherent because this is a movement born of new media, itself often incoherent, of multitudinous voices with different agendas. Though self-anointed "99%", this new movement, this post Cold War thinking, as you call it, needs some coherency to fulfill its myriad goals. Otherwise, it will be unable to articulate why it needs protection, even when that protection, ostensibly, is sought from within its ranks, as they claim the members of they NYPD (and arguably the courts) to be.

Alfredo Triff said...

Are the 99% ready, willing to work through revolution? Can there be a revolution without dogma? Out of uncertainty comes opportunity. Can the 99% seize the opportunity before the 1% recovers from the revolution, or will they simply create a new 1%?

The Mike: The problem I see with this kind of preemptive argument is that it leads to paralysis. And, no, the 99% has no agenda to become the 1%.

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