So they have cleaned out Zuccotti Park. It’s interesting because the park is one of those odd public/private spaces where the mobile soup kitchen I used to run would stop to feed homeless people in the evenings. There were periodically times when the corporations that owned the space would decide who counted as the “public.”.
Category Archives: revolution
In the streets of London
Looting is bad, just to say the obvious, but it’s hard not to think of all that has unfolded this year in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, et. al. while looking at reports of the London riots. You could certainly say that there are no similarities, that it’s pure avarice, criminality, and there are no lessons to be learned, but I would say that there are a lot of people who are angry–at the police, at the lack of opportunity, at being tantalized by the glossy consumable world. Are we going to address that?
So much has gone wrong in Afghanistan for so long that the WikiLeaks documents on the current war are exhausting and infuriating. But this is us doing this, so the more that we know the better.
For years and years my “Industrial Milwaukee/Working Milwaukee” t-shirt was my very favorite, so it seems somehow strange that Wisconsin is now the epicenter of an anti-union chess match.
Mubarak is out too. Is it going to continue? Who might be next–Gaddafi? Assad? Ahmadinejad? Or will the lesson for dictators be to be more brutal?
Well Egypt seems to be trying the tactic of shutting down the Internet and social networks that Tunisia tried briefly at the end, but probably too little too late.
Well, nation building/regime change from within seems possible now. Interesting that Tunisia was considered to have one of the most harshly censored internet systems in the world and still used social media as a tool to spread word of the protests.