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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

"It's Humanity, Stupid!"

Oct 5th, 2011

William Greider fires back at glib and dismissive coverage of the Occupation Movement:

"The reporters and pundits have been surprisingly respectful, withholding the usual cynicism. They did not jeer and make weak jokes. Still, they couldn’t resist pointing out the incoherence of this motley crew “occupying” Wall Street. What is the agenda? They asked around and duly reported that no one seemed to know. Yes, this is a charming scene, the artists and hippie types gathered in the public square, but still it must be said: they have no agenda!

Let me help the brothers and sisters of the fourth estate. It’s humanity, stupid! That is agenda enough and it is expressed clearly (even existentially) by the gaudy, loving presence of these noble citizens who have seized Liberty Park as their own free space, just up the street from the New York Stock Exchange.

Correction: Liberty Park is now Zuccotti Park, which the real estate developer who bought the land renamed after himself. Doesn’t that pretty much say it? The egotism of capital has obliterated the softer values and virtues of labor and everyone else—anything that got in the way of the engine of modern capitalism. It is not just the millions of innocents who have been trampled by the profit-harvesting machine. The Wall Street guys and their lackey economists even captured the political culture and corrupted its meaning.

Human sympathy is out, even embarrassing to mention. It sounds weak when the hard-boiled subject is how to improve on profit-making progress. Among political elites, bleeding-heart consideration for the fate of humankind is considered dangerously sentimental, even subversive to good public order. It gets in the way of the hard facts of banking and business, it skews the cost-benefit analysis of what folks want versus what the system will allow. A decent consideration for humankind—that’s what has been expelled from respectable political debate. That’s all citizens want to talk about in Liberty Plaza."


  1. Nicely put. I didn't need to know why. It's been obvious to me since the beginning.

  2. I agree with this post, it's all about new thoughts and read bit more.

  3. hey I know that my comment does not have to do with this post so much, but I really think and I have to say that the girl in the picture looks so sexy holding that banner up