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Occupied Wall Street Journal, Issue 2

On Saturday, October 8, the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in Lower Manhattan handed out the second issue of the Occupied Wall Street Journal.

You can download the PDF from Google Docs (official, login might be required), and Scribd (unofficial, login might be required). Or you can see the paper embedded below (HTML 5-compabile browser required).

Previously: Issue 1 of The Occupied Wall Street Journal.

Update, 10/25/11: There’s now an official website where you can read The Occupied Wall Street Journal: occupiedmedia.org.

Update, 10/21/11: The Occupied Wall Street Journal issue 3 is now out.

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As a permanent reminder: I have no involvement in the protest or the newspaper. I’m sharing it here because I think it’s a great topic of conversation on this blog. You can learn more about how the newspaper gets published at this Kickstarter project page.

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Here are my observations on the second issue.

1. First impression. It’s amazing there is a second issue! Few people predicted the protest, which started September 17, would last this long.

2. Most important? The front page story is called “The Most Important Thing in the World.” It’s an edited version of a speech by author Naomi Klein, and was also published by The Nation.

The speech offers a look back at the economic justice movement since 1999, along with advice for how the protestors can succeed in the face of a well-funded and well-entrenched opposition. Klein stresses nonviolence, and concludes that this movement is the most important thing in the world.

It’s completely arrogant to call your own movement the “most important” anything. I mean that as a compliment. When you’re the underdog, arrogance is one of the best rhetorical tools you have.

3. Editing. The editors of this paper are doing a good job. The essays are crisp and focused, there’s a good variety of voices, and the paper makes smart use of primary sources (such as a roundup of short statements issued by unions). Overall this makes the paper feel trustworthy.

It’s also fun to read. As an example, see Dan Glass’s back-page story “Protest and Pragmatism” for a short, breezy, fun look at how the protestors keep Zuccotti Park neat and orderly.

4. Too white? On page two, “Meeting for the first time, again,” is a brave and fair story about the protest’s relationship with African Americans, signed by Amity Paye. Plenty of good people struggle when they try to write about race, but this story feels natural and in the know. I think it debunks the misconception that the protestors are mainly “privileged white youth.”

5. The big question. As my friend Dan on Facebook asked me, “What do the protestors want?” Do we finally get an answer to this big question? Not exactly.

The protest organizers promised specific demands, and they have not delivered them. On September 15, the loose Adbusters coalition planning the protest published a message promising “one demand.”

No demands appeared, and the landscape has shifted considerably since then. (At this point, I don’t think anyone is looking to Adbusters for leadership.) On page 3 of the new Occupied Wall Street Journal, there’s an Editorial Note headlined “No List of Demands.” It warns against “political machines and their PR slicks” taking control of the protest message.

No list of demands

So much for those demands. We get more of a hint what the protest is all about elsewhere in the newspaper. A front page story, “This Rebellion Will Not Stop” by Chris Hedges, offers this:

“The goal to us is very, very clear. It can be articulated in one word—REBELLION. … What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished.”

That’s powerful, yet vague. How do you extinguish the corporate state? Also, the word “rebellion” is still too connected to the Civil War for my tastes.

Overall, we have no clear answer to how long the protest will last, or under what conditions the protestors will be satisfied.

When I had to answer my friend Dan, I wrote: “The protestors want to fix the economic and social systems that created a wide gulf between rich and poor.” But those are my own cautious words, and that’s only a broad synthesis of what I’ve read and heard.

It would be good to hear more specific reforms proposed by the brains running this protest. Not for the media. Not for the politicians. But for the benefit of the everyday person who hasn’t decided if they should lend Occupy Wall Street a hand.

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Despite the weak effort to account for a lack of “demands,” it’s still a pretty good newspaper. After all, aren’t you curious what will be in issue 3?

Photo: A man reads an issue of Occupied Wall Street Journal in Washington Square Park, October 8, 2011.

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under News & Journalism, Politics


  1. PA Haggerty says:

    I love the sentiment of “….it’s on us. We aren’t going anywhere. We just got here.”
    I think that sums up quite a bit. We the 99% have just woke from our slumber, we’re just getting started and re-engaged in this democratic process. I believe first we have to get money out of elections/politics – true election reform. We need to amend the Constitution/the Citizens United – corporations are NOT people. This would be a huge beginning. If we could accomplish that, then the rest would stand a chance: finance reform, tax brackets and loopholes addressed, infrastructure, green energy/environmental protections, ture healthcare reform, education given priority. I believe if we don’t address the influence corporations have on policy and governing – it’s slapping a band-aid on a severed artery.

    • TTTTT says:

      EXACTLY The money has to be removed to straighten this out. Our existing outlaw group of supreme court justices,,(ha ha) need to be relived of duty and real fair and balanced people put in.

  2. Trinity says:

    Thank you.

    I feel like OccupyWallStreet has given voice to so many of us.

    Thank you. I care about you!

  3. jane doe says:

    “As a permanent reminder: I have no involvement in the protest or the newspaper.”

    heh, wanna bet?
    if you have no involvement, pray tell – how did I just get my copy from you?

  4. american patriot says:

    OCCUPYTHEMEDIA is about to be launched this week. The Media Headquarters in New York and LA are going to be swormed by Thousands.

    Every City in the State of Florida now has Protests scheduled.

    This is not a Movement.

    It’s a Revolution and the Media is scared to death of it and keep downplaying it.

    We all know how the Lame Stream Media is not to be trusted in reporting the truth.


    We are prepared to fight and die

  5. I have been following the movement since day one. I saw the rise of a powerful notion in that the people could rise up against corporate greed. The masses are gathering a voice is presenting itself. A message is needed for the people to respond to evoke change. 5 million voices with no message will have little ability to cause change. 5 million voices with too many messages will not be effective. May I suggest. 1. Boycott large irresponsible Banks. 2. Boycott large manufactures that manufacture outside the USA. Bring back the jobs reduce profits. 3. Vote out any politicians that take corporate money for campaigns and act favorably towards big business and not towards the peoples interests. Hold them to their words and policy’s. We need to understand the power of consumer buying power and how to effectively use it to force business into acting more for the people and this nation and less for greed and profits. This would be a real start.

    • Curious Observer says:

      Regarding point #2: in the short term, be prepared to give up you cell phone, your computer, your stereo, your TV, your iPad, your $15 Walmart jeans, etc, etc. In the long run, if you succeed in bringing the manufactering jobs back to the US, be prepared to pay 50-300% more for the same things you buy today. US labor costs will drive up the cost of consumer goods, unless US wages are lowered significantly.

      • elizabeth Bryant says:


        The things you mentioned are all available second hand and are not even necessary provisions except by the media standard of buy more, get the latest new fandango gadget, stay with the streamline consumer bulls**t!

        You are driving the greed front so ignorantly. You are their little pawn.

        WAKE UP!

  6. garee peters says:

    …can anyone locate that photo of the hand-held sign that said, “Eventually, the only thing left to eat, will BE the rich?”

  7. Warren Smith says:

    The sign that I liked best?


    • JohnnyBoy says:

      I agree! Any religious organization or clergy who practices politics by backing a candidate or political party should be taxed. Once they get involved they have breached “.. separation of church and state.”

  8. Tim Miles says:

    While this movement is not affiliated with any political party at the moment, many of the people who support it, like I do, understand that the problems we are protesting in America only have a political solution. We are concerned about the growing inequality in American society, the unwillingness of the private sector to create jobs despite the Bush tax cuts and loopholes, and the efforts to limit voters rights and to destroy unions. Some of us are also concerned about climate change and the efforts to remove laws that protect our environment and our health. We do think we are in an economic crisis that demands immediate attention and action, not political gamesmanship. We will vote against those candidates in 2012 who do not respond to these concerns, no matter whether they are Republican or Democrats.

  9. Suzanne Seed says:

    We need more chants! And quotable ones! Let’s invite in & vote on some. Here are a few donations for your consideration. See @toxicswaggercop (Twitter) for more:











  10. Occupista says:

    The Best Minds on Wall Street are Criminal…Occupistas of the World, Unite!

  11. ezeflyer says:

    One demand:

    Direct democracy! The rule of the 99%!

  12. ezeflyer says:

    Vote for direct democracy:


  13. JohnnyBoy says:

    The most urgent message for the cause (at this time) would be to “Pass the Bill” Obama’s bill will help many if passed, but the current republicans in the House will not pass it. We need signs on Wall St. like:


    Typically, republican candidates are outraged by the OWS movement. They will make every effort to THROW OUT the president’s bill should they get into office. We must PASS THE BILL AND BE ON THE PEOPLE’S SIDE.

    • Bob says:

      You dont get it! It’s not the left versus the right. It’s the Democrats and the Republicans against the taxpayers. They are just using you, man.

  14. pythacli says:

    Frenchies are proud of you !!!
    continue and don’t give up !!!!!
    we are the 99% !

  15. Jacqueline Glynn says:

    America needs your help! Hello to all,

    I am creating a list of smart, driven and energetic men with wisdom to bring back America. This group is made out of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. With their approval of joining this group I want them to meet and debate on Jobs, Education, War, Taxes and the Economy. This will not be ”Any” new Committee this will be a Committee of ”getting it done.” I think ”talking we done enough of, ”doing” from here on out should be a new goal. Taking care of our own Contry first, then others. Every day I get up and do all I can, just an average person but still get it done. We need people in power to actually ”do” it too. I also see daily how hard it is to look for the light at the end of the Tunnel, what will there be for our children and children’s children? We cant even hope anymore, our souls are dried out and empty in America today. So I want to put this special group together with your help. Shout out the names of whom you think should bring back the light at the end of our Tunnel.

    Thank you,
    Jacqueline Glynn, CT

  16. Lucy Lippard says:

    Hang In. You’re giving all of us the hope we were promised that was never delivered.

  17. Thane Doss says:

    I believe that the original one demand was supposed to be (roughly) a government-funded but independent investigation into the the corrupting effect of money on politics. But it rapidly became apparent that that is quite insufficient. The disease has progressed so far that it’s hard to think any list of demands to be policed by government can be sufficient. But certainly, as a large number of columnists have pointed out, there are many obvious demands that are necessary, if insufficient by themselves.

    Tax capital gains the same as income.

    Separate consumer banking and investment banking, a la Glass-Steagall–consider bringing back Glass-Steagall whole.

    Repeal Taft-Hartley and rewrite labor laws to end the severe corporate tilt they have developed since it first gave the playing field a severe skew in favor of corporate power.

    Devise wholly non-partisan methods for redistricting states (difficult perhaps, but if we have to hire mathematicians from abroad to create a program combining demographics and statistics in a non-partisan way, we should do it).

    Count physical votes. If democracy matters at all, it’s worth counting the votes to know the will of the people. Never again allow electronic voting programs that can be corrupted to skew elections and never again replace a complete set of ballots with a new vote by any Supreme Court. Let them rule on whether new balloting needs to take place, but cannot replace election with a vote of their own.

    Limit contributions of money and in kind (Fox News!) to the same levels for corporations and individuals, and set that contribution limit rather low. Ban making contributions in other people’s names (no, your CEO cannot give you a Christmas bonus or present consisting of a contribution in your name to a politician or PAC you would never consider supporting).

    One that might be overreaching, but that I think most can support in spirit: Regard attempts to use money to corrupt the political process as attempts to corrupt the government–i.e., treason–and prosecute and penalize them as such.


    No list is enough by itself.

  18. LUYHLiftupyourheads says:


    “So that you don’t damage the wheat let them both grow together until the harvest. Then FIRST collect the weeds and tie them into bundles for burning, then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn”, Jesus’ words in his parable of the weeds.

    By their very arrogance ostentation and exclusive self-isolation cemented by their unrepentant greed the globe’s predators the ultra-rich are being bundled together for burning. During this harvest preparation the wheat, FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL, must co-exist with these weeds in the same field. The wheat must long-sufferingly await its sure deliverance from its wicked neighbours.

    Things can only get worse and worse because greed, never satisfied, can only push on and on for more and more self-defeating, self-bundling power and control. The present self-inflicted financial chaos can only increase until it reaches self-combustion temperature. Then will come the inevitable burning of the weeds.

    Harvest of their own sowing, predators will see accelerating globalisation of violent revenge against their greed. Piracy theft and kidnapping will become widespread in all domains as the poor-with-nothing-to-lose follow the predators’ example. Nations raped by international financial warfare and speculation will rebel against their tutors and internecine civil wars will continue to break out as political institutions collapse at all levels under the weights of debt, corruption, commodity grabbing and arms sales.

    Predators will react by further bundling themselves behind ever stricter security systems, firewalls and secrecy, but to no avail because, in order to limit the suffering of the wheat, their time is short.

    This process can’t be stopped now that they’ve exploded the box. But it can be slowed down or even postponed. We may even see some of the principle criminals lead in publicly changing their evil example. That means they must urgently repent, receive forgiveness, turn around 180 degrees, make restitution and return to honesty, integrity and truth in everything they do. Given enough numbers such a movement can by its example slow their slide to the fire.

    Peaceful rebellion, totally part of this process, will necessarily be highjacked by desperate brutal police and military reaction as in Syria, Iran, China, the Gulf, Thailand, New York… So its participants must be mentally auto-disciplined auto-organised hardened steel in character and leadership, able to identify, attack, win and consolidate objectives. But their main power is in their persevering on-going critical-mass, their HUGE OVERWHELMING HORDES.

    That is my vision, my continuous prayer, for you: BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY!


  19. Christo says:

    A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.
    Robert F. Kennedy

    Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. JFK

  20. imad says:

    peaceful protests will lead to nothing. only way to get to your goal is through terrorism. you should make these 1% pay for their crimes against the other 99% and also against the rest of humanity and the planet for its not only the americans who are suffering but all of the third world countries

  21. As said in the movie “Network” :
    “I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

    This is what the Occupy Wallstreet movement is all about. Cheers guys, we had out revolution here in Tunisia and it’s not an easy process, but eventually you’ll get there cuz you’ve already taken the first step ^^

  22. Adam says:

    Yawn. Such a shame that real revolutions in countries without liberties and freedom are being overshadowed by a bunch of disgruntled white kids who think the world owes them anything more than what they already have.

  23. SAL says:

    I live in the Midwest and see that the OWS has spread far and wide. But many of these local demonstrations are still quite small, and it’s still tempting to dismiss them. It’s a little frustrating to stand with 30 others on the streets of small-town America and explain to people that you represent a larger movement.

    We should do a rough total count and the local protesters should have signs which state that each sign-holder represents XXX… number of total OWS endorsers. That makes the little demonstrations more potent. I.e. “I represent [ex. 900,000] OWS signers!”

    Just a thought . . .

  24. The Patriot says:

    I am proud to call myself an American. I love this country very much. Not because of how it came to be but because of what it is now and what it can be. This country is a model of how we are to live with one another. At this very moment, there is at least one person representing one of the many tribes, from all the corners of this beautiful world, living on American soil as legal citizens.
    This country has produced one of the most important documents if not the most, ever created. “The Constitution of The United States”. The beginning says it all. “We the People”. It doesn’t start with “Us and the people”. Any representative, holding office, from the President on down, knows and understands that their true and only boss, is “The People” not some dictator, king, queen, or corporate interest. We vote them into office, to represent US, listen to OUR needs, and implement the laws that are in the best interest of “The People” and not corporations or a small group of bankers. The time has come, that we remind them of this fact. The message is clear, the voice of “The People” will be heard.
    I come from humble beginnings, am a father of three children, and have been a husband for 19 years. I have been shown how to live off the land from an early age, and have a deep respect and love for our home we call Earth. At a young age, at had a death experience that changed the way I perceived life, I understood how precious and valuable it truly is. I understood that we are all here for personal growth. Not to attain financial or political power. At our end, those will be of no value to us. All that will be important to us, is how much love we expressed to our family and close friends.
    I have sat at tables, with rich and wealthy individuals, poor and needy people and have learned that we, at our core are all the same. We all need to be loved, respected and treated with dignity. None of us wakes up in the morning wanting to be mistreated. We all want to be happy and live a life of joy, not misery. So, why is it that things seem so out of balance, that’s because they are. We have lost respect for one another, lost respect for our home planet, and lack the ability to treat each other with dignity. Well, I believe we can change. I know we can change. It has to start at an individual level, it has to start within each one of us.
    I have worked for about thirty years now and have volunteered my income taxes ever since I was able to hold a job as a paper boy at the age of thirteen. I have led marches in protest side by side with Julio Ceasar Chavez, led men and women on marches, chanting “One Man, One Vote” during a Carpenters Union dispute. From those experiences I have learned that the Will of the People, is what gives the movement strength. The message has to be clear and simple to understand in order to really make a change. That is what we have here, with the occupation of American cities, by the 99%, we have a clear and simple message. We will not sit and let a small group of people take advantage of our free will. We will stand together, to help improve the lives of the masses. We will not tolerate the abuse anymore. We are here to make a change, for the greater good of humanity.
    The economy is in the shape it’s in, for many different reasons, greed is at the top of the list. The barter system or monetary system we use today is not failing, it has failed. We need something different, a system that represents everyone, not just a few. If we think about the current system, the value is based upon so called precious metals, diamonds and other natural resources. Those things are of this earth and will be here with or without the human presence. So, if we come to that understanding, we will realize what holds true value, it lies within our hearts and our creative nature. It is a human life, and the free will it holds, that has real value, not some piece of paper, pretty little gem or rock. Anything, produced has only been brought to the stage through human creativity, human imagination, and human free will. It’s the will of the people that will determine what type of world we live in. Nothing is impossible, nothing. Just look at all the technology that exist today, all brought to existence through human creativity. Just a few generations ago, one could not even imagine such a world like ours, but yet here we are. We are about to wake up, and become united as one species, supporting one another, for the benefit of all future generations. If this statement is to be true, it will come from within each and every one of us. It can only happen and manifest, collectively.
    We will begin with the issues at hand. One can only lead by example. A lot of the people throughout our planet are frustrated and are finding it hard to feed their families and or make ends meet. Mainly because of lack of employment, not lack of will. I suggest we each help strengthen our country, by becoming a manufacturing country again. I believe that each country should be self sufficient, and take care of its own before it can take care of others. We need to focus on our problems at home, improve all our systems, starting with the financial ones, in order to lead by example. If it is not produced in the country, it should not be sold in the country. Companies and corporations need to produce their products in America if they intend to sell those products within our borders. This formula, will eliminate most of the unemployment throughout our planet, and help strengthen each country so that the standard of living for the average family throughout the world is improved substantially. Any real change will take desire, dedication and discipline from each and every one of us. Nothing of this magnitude will come easy. It’s going to take lots of effort, energy and participation from everyone to become a reality. There are no free rides. Everyone in the human tribe must do their part, to insure the existence and prosperity of all future human generations.

  25. ken mathews says:

    I have copyrighted “I AM 99!” t-shirts for sale. Can you help me advertise them to the protesters/supporters on occupy wall street?
    email or call 414-444-7768.

  26. TTTTT says:

    A set of demands? Our country has been careening out of control for so long it is not as easy as 1,2,3. There is alot of damage that needs to be undone. I think it needs to begin with control of the money boys, they have infiltrated every aspect of our life’s from inflated roofs over our heads to inflated medical care to putting us hopelessly in debt to them from the time we reach adulthood to the time we die to buying the governments of the world.
    The Gods of greed need to come down.

    • Brian Jones says:

      People conduct their daily lives in large part due to the funds provided (if they have work) by the people,organizations, and companies, etc. that they work for . . .

      RE: our government officials . . .



      1. Campaigns are only 6 weeks in length.

      2. Candidates may not use any of their own
      funds or accept funds from ANY outside
      corporation, organization, or individual.

      3. Candidates are provided a government
      stipend to run – amount is based on the
      population they represent.

      4. President is in office for a 4 year
      term ONLY.

      5. Senators and Representatives are in
      office for 2 years only.

      They run for a 6 week campaign, are elected and serve WE THE PEOPLE. The honor of serving would be restored.




      • Cl Nelson says:

        I agree with what you say and in a nutshell that is: “Stop the Money!” That’s it!
        Thank you.

      • Cynthia A. Jones says:

        Excellent, absolutely excellent! Please spread and share this cohesive and brilliantly efficient idea!

        • tommyzax says:

          The idea is not workable from several standpoints. (1) Constitutionally, which I think you embrace, there is no such thing as a representative term limit. Nevertheless, I agree with the basic premise, but I vote for 6 years (3 terms) max. (2) Senators are 6 years. However, we can repeal the 17th Amendment and give the power of the Senate back to the states where it belongs. Your idea of Senate in the hands of the people is mob rule. The House is for representation of the people, the Senate for the states. Keep this in mind if you are truly anti-progressive and pro-liberty. (3) Not only short campaigns but MANDATORY VOTING 100% 18 years and up. It works in Australia and elsewhere, it can and should work here. The idea that “stupid people shouldn’t vote” is overridden by the fact that stupid people ALREADY have the right to vote. Personally, I believe one vote per HOUSEHOLD, so that a family is not given more power than an individual. Comments?

          • Heather says:

            One problem with that one: Just because my husband votes for someone doesn’t mean I will. To take away individual votes from household means the biggest bully wins.

  27. A great start. Every movement needs a paper to get its message out, and to hold the members together. Keep it up!

    • Delta Tango says:

      The Senate’s fine China completely immersed Yuan price.
      Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

      Washington (AP) ” The Senate vote Tuesday, harm taxed higher than on goods imported from China,
      saying the country completely immersed his Silver Exchange to be able to export products with cheaper price. However, this Bill will probably not through being in the House of Representatives…

      Senator Jeff Sessions said, the Bill is an important step toward protecting American values, faced with China’s abuse policy, at the same time prevent Us from manufacturing of bankrupt…

      Chairman of the House of Representatives John
      Boehner for beholden moneytary policy of another country is dangerous, even he is capable of discouraging to the Bill could not be brought out…

      While the White House and Obama, not out of the side against the Bill but expressed are not comfortable with it, which just said that would be interested in any Bill which infringe the rules of international trade.”

      I think we should have comments on the issue
      of currency board ‘Yuan’ of China, as well as should research it deeper in terms of at least 10 years, to find out the causes and the consequences to which it gave to today…

      in parallel with the impact of it related to the economy of China like ? And affect our economy ?

  28. Jerry Ross says:

    During the Italian Risorgimento when General Garibaldi led three wars of rebellion to unify Italy he argued forcefully against class warfare thinking that the leaders of the Risorgimento would bring about economic democracy on their own, in th spirit of democracy. They did not. And by leaving out the socialist dimension of that rebellion, many historians believe that this paved the way later for the rise of Italian fascism. We are at a similar crossroad. The “American experiment” in democracy is finished unless we move towards socialism or call-it-what-you-want. Economic justice for the 99% cannot be achieved through occupation alone but, in the last analysis, through a political process to take over and democratize state power. To do otherwise will pave the way to fascism, “the iron hopp that attempts to mend the broken barrel of capitalism.” We need to build a broad movement to bring a “social benefits” party (the 99%ers Party?) to power. This is a 2-step process: 1. elect such a party to power (as was done recently in Denmark!) and 2. prepare to fight in the streets when the military-industrial-prison complex attempts the inevitable counter-revolution. This may be a long way off but the revolutionary salons and committees being born right now and in the future of our movement, will become our underground and our revolutionary “cells” of the future battle. Meanwhile let’s grow this beautiful movement remembering that revolution is a “festival of the people.”

    • Jerry Ross says:

      I meant “hoop” not hopp, sorry for the typo

    • John Rogers says:


      Beautifully and eloquently argued and articulated. Thanks.

    • tommyzax says:

      Uh… nice words. Incredibly, all you need to do is VOTE. If there are that many with the same ideal, getting your representative to power shouldn’t be that hard. It’s called organize and campaign for your own guy or gal, whether within a party or under third party. The reason Tea Party works is that it established local bases of operation rather than top-down hierarchy as you propose here. Politics is LOCAL. Not all politics- that is the fallacy – but most. If you can’t hear this properly, you are most likely an authoritarian who believes you will get a slice of the pie down the road or else want to be safe from your so-called “festival.” Go read a book on the American Revolution – it took 8 years of war against the British, with soldiers unpaid but very loyal to do it. This is not a war you want to fight. Neither do you want a French Revolution where anyone is a suspect. You must get involved and vote. Taking to the streets will only cause a military dictatorship. Not good.

  29. kevin boston says:

    WE need to BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME! While my view has less to do with taxes and more to do with the writing on the wall, so to speak, I do believe from what I can ascertain that you will appreciate it.

    What we need is a game-changer, much like the tea party was, but in the opposite direction. The “Occupy Movement” is a great start toward that end. Our country and the fight in which we are engaged is too deep for anything to be solved in a liberal vs. conservative, blue vs. red, democrat vs. republican manner because none of these issues left on the table are as simple as black and white, one way or the other. Neither side is prepared or equipped, IMO, to address the issues and have proven that time and time again.

    I’d like to see the Occupy Movement evolve into a ‘Contrarian Movement’ and its own independent political party. (The info. is already on fb and the internet- it is new and just waiting for the people to latch on)


    I personally do not feel adequately represented by either major party and I KNOW I’m not alone. That leads us to what the protesters on the streets are angry about in the first place; and my list grows daily…

    1. Bernanke: The economy is “close to faltering.” 2. Stagnant and falling wages. 3. Out of control illegal immigration. 4. Union busting. 5. Outsourcing, downsizing, off-shoring, layoffs. 6. Inflation 7. Price gouging. 8. Monopolizing. 9. Unemployment. 10. Rollbacks in benefits, retirements. 11. Government does little to nothing for its citizens. 12. Ping pong between democrats and republicans. 13. Obscene salaries and bonuses of “pigs in the boardroom.” (feel free to use it, I coined the phrase) 14. Bailouts. 15.Made in America a distant memory. 16. Lobbyists. 17. Chambers of commerce. 18. CEO and executive HUBRIS, INDIFFERENCE, AVARICE, ARROGANCE. 19. Big oil, Big banks. 20. Corporations are NOT PEOPLE! 21. College degree holders, who paid hefty tuitions, cannot find jobs. 22. Herman Cain: “If you’re not rich and you have no job, don’t blame the banks. Blame yo-self.”; 9-9-9…23. Chicago Trade Bldg hangs banner: ‘We are the 1%!’… AND THE LIST WILL GROW…

    I am damn proud of each and every one of these protesters. You cannot silence a majority. WE claim to be the other 99%. The question begs to be asked: Who is fighting for us; Who represents US? Until now, nobody. It IS us. Representing the other 99% for the first time in decades- OURSELVES! It is exactly how the tea party began, and we can do the same.

    It’s not liberal. It’s not conservative. It’s not Democrat. It’s not Republican, Socialist, Communist, Marxist, Statist, Federalist, Anti-Capitalist or Un-patriotic. What it IS is POPULIST.

    Both major political parties are so entrenched with political, government, and corporate money that I can no longer support or believe in either. It has been a proverbial game of ping pong for far too long. I have become a STAUNCH Contrarian, and we all have the same choice. Given the circumstances and under the current structure, your choices are very limited. At present you can choose to eat or keep your lights on. The so-called “Right’s” answer to this is to seek help from a rescue mission.

    The so-called “job-creators” are content with the status quo. Look at the deal they’ve got- They’ve got you doing more for less. Why would they hire more people and thus reduce their profits when their goods and services are already on the market? Additionally, if it costs “x” to live in a given area and your income is only “w”, on what are you spending your nonexistent discretionary income? Does anyone feel they are fairly compensated for the sacrifices they are making? (i.e. doing the job of 2 or 3 people, longer hours, more days (and nights), less time with family…) We, the working people, are being exploited as an underclass.

    Which brings me to… Why has the sentiment of most Americans drifted AWAY from the Labor Movement? In part, because of scapegoating by popular media figures (Pigs in the Media), Republican politicians (Pigs in Congress and the Statehouses), and by big Corporate businessleaders (Pigs in the Boardroom) who have allowed millions of jobs over the last 30 years to be shipped overseas, pointing to unions as the cause, while posting billions and trillions in profits due to savings in labor costs, skirting tax laws, and finding every loophole they possibly could to avoid being held accountable. Keep in mind that prior to the BIG BUST- (aka this recession, depression, what have you), popular support for EFCA was over 70%. People got scared for their jobs and abandoned the idea of unionization at work.

    In the meantime the Democrat party enjoyed a cozy relationship with the leaders of the Labor Movement, while they accomplished little to nothing in the way of improving the lives of the working population and the middle class. The principles and ideals of the union movement are the same as they have always been, and should be popularized once again. The movement needs to gravitate away from, and at least stop coddling, the Democrats. That is not to say that they should become chums with Republicans- that would be a marriage destined for disaster. The only choice is to look at the last 30 years of Dem and Repub. control and see what it has gotten us…

    When I hear reports that top labor bosses in Chicago are set up to receive $500,000 annual union pensions in addition to state pensions for the same job, that is disgusting. (Pigs in the Union Halls) Public or private sector, no union boss’ salary or retirement should EVER be THAT FAR out of line with that of the members he or she represents.

    In summary, and I sincerely thank you if you’ve read this far, time and time again the American people have gotten duped. And the problems always seem to begin at the top. It’s time for the TOP to STOP BLAMING THE BOTTOM!

    thank you
    kevin boston
    brigantine, NJ

    • tommyzax says:

      I couldn’t get past your racist remarks. Sorry.

      • Connie Hosler says:

        Where was the racist remarks? Is somebody a liberal? Having to pull the ‘racist card’? This is one of the big reasons why our country is where it is now. Pick out one thing that offends you, and not listen to anything important that was written or said. Come on people!!!! Stop taking things so personal and start doing things logically!

        Thank you,

        Connie Hosler

    • melanie Brown says:

      I think is all in the lack of information. The every day middle class person is not informed enough. We are too busy trying to keep our heads above water. We need more information out there telling the people what is going on. NO hiding!! The truth. It needs to come out.

  30. Keep up the good work! More power to all of you. We are thinking of all of you and wish you great strength. From your fellow True Americans in Oregon out at the “Left Coast”! Good Luck and hang in there.

  31. StokeyBob says:

    The corruption of our fiat money may be root reason for the, “Occupy er’s” and the “99% er’s”. Maybe this will help make the danger of fiat money clear. Imagine you and me are setting across from each other. We create enough money to represent all of the world’s wealth. Each one of us has one SUPER Dollar in front of him. You own half of everything and so do I. I’m the government though. I get bribed into creating a Central Bank. You’re not doing what I want you to be doing so I print up myself eight more SUPER Dollars to manipulate you with. All of a sudden your SUPER Dollar only represents one tenth of the wealth of the world! That isn’t the only thing though. You need to get busy and get to work because YOU’VE BEEN STIFFED with the bill for the money I PRINTED UP to get YOU TO DO what I WANTED.

    That to me represents what has been happening to the economy, and us, and why so many of our occupations just can’t keep up with the fake money presses.

    P.S. No matter how much real money people can put together to build their countries the way they want, there are those that can print up what ever it takes to dictate their way.


    • donlikki says:

      you’ve nailed it on, unless monetary system is tackled right away and especially the Central Bank is owned by the Government nothing will ever change to benefit the common man

  32. James Hill says:

    The best thing that could come out of “OCCUPY WALL STREET” Protest, is the bedinning of a new Political Party, “THE PEOPLE PARTY”. The problem that comes up is MONEY to organize. So!! What happens is money controls again. No money is the reason that “OCCUPY WALL STREET” is working. That do not have any money. We need a person like Michael Moore, to organize the movement, because he has the ideas/notoriorty.
    I’ll have to say, it is nice to see and hear many young people that are really on the ball. They know exactly what is happening in our country. I hope this movement goes all the way. I wish I had the opportunity to help.
    I do fear that there will be some terrible injuries around the country, from the police getting out of control. The protesters are being very calm. Do not fight, let the police look as bad as possible. Mayor Bloomberg does not know what to do, tell him to do nothing. Le the protest go wherever it will. James

    • tommyzax says:

      Yes, the Fed is the enabler. But CONGRESS is the culprit. The Fed can do NOTHING without their approval. (1) Congress asks for funds, the Fed “prints” it. (2) The Fed gives trillions to overseas bans, the Congress must police it. THIS IS NOT HAPPENING! If you want real change, you must change your representatives in Congress. Do you realize that the rate of incumbency is about 85%!? Stop voting in the same tired Democrats and Republicans. Vote only for those people who promise to oversee the Fed and stop spending if you want a strong dollar and jobs. BUT… if that’s not your real motive… you are just a shill for who’s in power now. It just HACKS me off that so many in this movement will be co-opted to vote for the same idiots in power NOW. Vote, or run for office!

    • Connie Hosler says:

      You have got to be kidding me!!!! The police are not the ones ‘out of control’. Check your facts. Your ‘calm protestors’ have raped, burglerized, and have sent hard working citizens running in fear of their own streets. These ‘calm protestors’ have purposely shoved police officers into violent crowds to end up hospitalized. Seriously, check your facts.

  33. lisa says:


  34. Beca says:

    How does one develop one nicely packaged “marketing” slogan for the “demands” of Occupy Wall Street! The name of the protest says it all! Wall Street greed, due to out of control corporate deregulation has been responsible for ALL the ills this country suffers today! Unregulated corporate greed is responsible for our high and unrelenting Unemployment rates, health care nighmare, wars, foreclosures, 46 million hungry Americans, infrastructure collapse, etc. How does one “package” all this into one neat corporate “slogan” for the corporate media to approve?
    Unlike the Teabagger movement, who really had no clue what they were protesting–and who had a corporate sponsor and plenty of help by the corporate media–Occupy Wall Street IS what a democracy is really about–people comming together to air their grievances, rather than sheep following a pre-recorded corporate message!
    Thank goodness Occupy Wall Street hasn’t been swallowed up by some corporate/political slogan!

  35. Vince Graham says:

    For your information.

    The states listed have constitutionally given their citizens the right to change, alter or reform their government in such manner, as they may think proper or deem it necessary to their safety and happiness.


    Article 1 Section 2

    That all political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and that, therefore, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to change their form of government in such manner as they may deem expedient.


    No stipulation


    No stipulation



    Article 1 Section 1

    All political power is inherent in the people and government is instituted for their protection,security and benefit; and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same, in such manner as they may think proper.


    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.



    Article 2 Section 2

    The people of this state have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, as a free, sovereign and independent state; and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided, such change be not repugnant to the constitution of the United States.


    Article 1 Section2

    All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit; and they have at all times an undeniable and indefeasible right to alter their form of government in such manner as they may think expedient.



    No stipulation



    No stipulation



    Article 1 Section2 Paragraph 2

    Object of government. The people of this state have the inherent right of regulating their internal government. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people; and at all times they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it.



    No stipulation


    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same whenever they may deem it necessary; and no special privileges or immunities shall ever be granted that may not be altered, revoked, or repealed by the legislature.


    No stipulation


    Article 1 Section1

    WE DECLARE, That all people are created equal; that they are endowed by their CREATOR with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That all power is inherent in the People; and that all free governments are, and of right ought to be, founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and well-being. For the advancement of these ends, the People have, at all times, an indefeasible right to alter and reform their government.



    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right, at all times, to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.


    No stipulation



    Article 1 Section 4

    All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety, happiness and the protection of property. For the advancement of these ends, they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may deem proper.



    No stipulation


    Article 1 Section 2

    All power is inherent in the people; all free governments are founded in their authority and instituted for their benefit; they have therefore an unalienable and indefeasible right to institute government, and to alter, reform, or totally change the same, when their safety and happiness require it.


    No stipulation


    Article 7

    Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men. Therefore the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity and happiness require it.


    No stipulation



    Article 1 Section 1

    Government is instituted for the security, benefit and protection of the people, in whom all political power is inherent, together with the right to alter, modify or reform government whenever required by the public good.


    Article 3 Section 6

    The people of this state have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof, and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they deem it necessary to their safety and happiness; provided, such change be not repugnant to the constitution of the United States.


    Article 1 Section 3

    That the people of this state have the inherent, sole and exclusive right to regulate the internal government and police thereof, and to alter and abolish their constitution and form of government whenever they may deem it necessary to their safety and happiness, provided such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.


    Article 2 Section 2

    The people have the exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent state. They may alter or abolish the constitution and form of government whenever they deem it necessary.


    No stipulation


    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people[.] Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people; and they have the right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require it. But the Paramount Allegiance of every citizen is due to the Federal Government in the exercise of all its Constitutional powers as the same have been or may be defined by the Supreme Court of the United States; and no power exists in the people of this or any other State of the Federal Union to dissolve their connection therewith or perform any act tending to impair[,] subvert, or resist the Supreme Authority of the government of the United States. The Constitution of the United States confers full power on the Federal Government to maintain and Perpetuate its existance [existence], and whensoever any portion of the States, or people thereof attempt to secede from the Federal Union, or forcibly resist the Execution of its laws, the Federal Government may, by warrant of the Constitution, employ armed force in compelling obedience to its Authority.


    New Hampshire

    Article 10

    Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

    New Jersey:

    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security, and benefit of the people, and they have the right at all times to alter or reform the same, whenever the public good may require it.

    New Mexico

    No stipulation

    New York

    No stipulation

    North Carolina

    Article 1 Section 3

    The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of altering or abolishing their Constitution and form of government whenever it may be necessary to their safety and happiness; but every such right shall be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States.


    North Dakota

    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for the protection, security and benefit of the people, and they have a right to alter or reform the same whenever the public good may require



    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter, reform, or abolish the same, whenever they may deem it necessary; and no special privileges or immunities shall ever be granted, that may not be altered, revoked, or repealed by the general assembly.



    Article 2 Section 1

    All political power is inherent in the people; and government is instituted for their protection, security, and benefit, and to promote their general welfare; and they have the right to alteror reform the same whenever the public good may require it: Provided, such change be not repugnant to the Constitution of the United States.

    Article 1 Section 1
    We declare that all men, when they form a social compact are equal in right: that all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; and they have at all times a right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.–



    Article 1 Section 2

    All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness. For the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think proper.

    Rhode Island

    No stipulation

    South Carolina

    Article 1 Section 1

    All political power is vested in and derived from the people only, therefore, they have the right at all times to modify their form of government. (1970 (56) 2684; 1971 (57) 315.)

    South Dakota

    No stipulation


    Article 1 Section 1

    That all power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety, and happiness; for the advancement of those ends they have at all times, an unalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform, or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.



    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their benefit. The faith of the people of Texas stands pledged to the preservation of a republican form of government, and, subject to this limitation only, they have at all times the inalienable right to alter, reform or abolish their government in such manner as they may think expedient.


    Article 1 Section 2

    All political power is inherent in the people; and all free governments are founded on their authority for their equal protection and benefit, and they have the right to alter or reform their government as the public welfare may require.


    Chapter 1 Article 7

    That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community, and not for the particular emolument or advantage of any single person, family, or set of persons, who are a part only of that community; and that the community hath an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right, to reform or alter government, in such manner as shall be, by that community, judged most conducive to the public weal.


    Article 1 Section 3

    That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and, whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.


    No stipulation


    West Virginia

    Article 3 Section3-3

    Government is instituted for the common benefit, protection and security of the people, nation or community. Of all its various forms that is the best, which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and when any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community has an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter or abolish it in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal.


    No stipulation



    Article 1 Section 1

    All power is inherent in the people, and all free governments are founded on their authority, and instituted for their peace, safety and happiness; for the advancement of these ends they have at all times an inalienable and indefeasible right to alter, reform or abolish the government in such manner as they may think proper.

    Note: 17 of these 50 states have no constitutional provision which provides and or grants it’s citizenry the right to reform, change or abolish their governments.

    The preceding list is educational information only and does not reflect or intend the influence of the political, economic, or governmental mindset of the author, distributor or the recipient of this document.

  36. larry ripley says:

    This is a potential game changer. The folks involved need to check out Dylan Ratigan’s getmoneyout.com web site and hopefully like the proposals for a constitutional amendment to get money out of politics. It’s straight forward and simple, the way things should be. I’m so pleased to see folks taking this action, but I’d like to see more seniors involved. I agree with those who caution any tie in with any political party. The Tea Party lost all credibility the day they got on Dick Armey’s buses. Sold to the highest bidder!

    Consider producing a set of objectives based on taking certain actions rather than a set of demands. Demands gives those opposed something to build a case against and take shots at. Properly phrased, a set of objectives are firm in what’s expected, but soft in getting there.

  37. Abe says:

    I’m out of state how can I buy the paper and have it mailed . Anyone?

  38. New Paradigm says:

    Real Change is…

    Dependency on Solar Technology, Magnetic Technology, Water & Air Technology not petroleum

    Herbal Medicine not Big Pharma

    Natural Farming/Gardening Not GMO

    Leadership Schools not Public Schools

    Bartering not Debt System



    Sustainable Living

    Green Housing


    Prosperity for all.

    The 99% is one big battery that empower the 1%. Unplug.

    REAL CHANGE is about leaving behind what doesn’t work. Petroleum, Taxes, GMO, Pesticides, Pharmaceutical Industry, Banking Industry, Auto Industry, Petroleum Industry, Government….these institutions thrive on keeping consumers in bad health and in debt. Leave behind debt induced thinking, living and consuming. Stop being a consumer. Consumers and Big Industry have a parasitic relationship that have adversely impacted our mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and natural environment.

    It is time for a new paradigm. New thinking. New ways of relating.

    It is time to wake up!


    This publication was able to raise thousands of dollars overnight and begin publishing- this speaks volumes about what folks can do when working together for a common cause. What began as a seed in NYC has grown to become a forest worldwide.

    Reorganize yourselves to become the solution. If you all work together you can build new communities that create ways to become sovereign.

  39. Amelia says:

    “It would be good to hear more specific reforms proposed by the brains running this protest.”

    This statement clearly reflects how completely unaware you are of this movement’s operations in all cities in which there are participants, or your thinking is so entrenched inside the box that you can’t imagine a group without a leader, without the “brains of the operation.” This is what democracy looks like. Each commitee within each occupation has a set goal, not demand, goal, that has been agreed upon within each occupation’s general assembly. There CAN’T be a set of demands because, like each occupation, they are always evolving, and always growing as each group gains momentum. Each occupation has a different list of priorities based upon the community in which it was formed. The common threads are corporatism, the wealth gap, and unemployment, but even these vary in importance based upon the community in question. We have no leader, because we are anonymous. I refer you here:
    Solidarity 🙂

    • tommyzax says:

      I’ve often said that people are lazy. Besides advocating for VOTING (all of you), I also maintain that if you are truly seeking employment the overseas market is booming. Now, I am not saying “America, love it or leave it” but I am wondering why not a place which has a 3%, 5%, or 10% growth rate? I assume it’s because the good ol’ USA gives you the benefit of freedoms, like you’re enjoying now. So, I sense some cowardice in remaining in a country which seems to offer you no hope when there is opportunity elsewhere, especially if you have such skills as you presume. You may say I have no right to say these things, but WHY? Does it hurt your feelings that I think some of you may simply be too afraid or indolent to move out of state or even the country? Try having a REAL conversation about your future, your PERSONAL future, which most of you know is what you want. If I could counsel you one on one, I would, but I can only give general advice.

  40. David says:

    Complete Change is unlikly. What could be done is a focused boycott on one of the worst offenders. This would show strength. Closing accounts is a possibility at the rate of 1,000 a week for a start.
    Next demand real campaign reform now. Orgainize a vote to inforce in then next election.
    Bandaids won’t help. We must address the root.

  41. Stuart Dunn says:

    The following is a paper I wrote proposing a complete revision of the tax law, etc. I thought you might be interested in posting it. (Assuming you support the ideas.)

    10/7/11 A Simple, Equitable Tax Plan and Related Subjects

    There has been a great deal of discussion about “simplifying the tax code.” Much of the discussion is obfuscation, an attempt to justify low taxes for the rich by calling for a flat tax. A flat tax is not any simpler than a progressive tax. In one case you multiply your taxable income by the flat tax rate. In the other, you look up your taxes in a table. Both are quite simple.

    Simplification is primarily related to calculating taxable income. We frequently hear the argument that we should close “loop-holes”. What’s a loop-hole? The answer is: it is a deduction that someone else gets. Very few of us consider our deductions loop-holes. I consider all individual deductions loop-holes, and accordingly believe we should eliminate all itemized deductions (except necessary and actual business expenses.) Is that simple enough? Note: Since the first $10,000 of income is tax exempt (see below) under my plan and tax on the second $10,000 in effect substitutes for FICA, everyone earning over $20,000 a year will be receiving a deduction equivalent to $20,000. This will more than cover all deductions presently received under existing tax formulas for all but the highest earning Americans.

    What should be classified as taxable income? I propose all income (at the value thereof), earned and otherwise. This would include: salaries, fees, bonuses, perks, stock and stock option awards, profit distributions, deferred earnings distributions (Company pension contributions would be considered deferred income.), interest, dividends, capital gains, pensions (including Social Security benefits), gifts, and inheritances. I know that the argument will be made that if we cut out the capital gains advantage people will stop investing. I don’t believe this. A similar argument could have been made regarding savings when interest rates were reduced to near zero; still people continue to own bonds and to put their money in the bank. There are simply no alternatives…few will keep their money under the mattress. Corporations will be motivated to repatriate profits under this plan and distribute it as annual dividends which will result in an increased stream of government tax revenue.

    And how would I tax this income? As I have already implied, progressively. Here is one possibility. Annual income under $10,000, or the first $10,000 for higher income earners, would be untaxed. (Thus, your child would not have to pay taxes on his/her allowance or gifts received up to a total of $10,000. Social Security benefits or other pensions for those with no other income up to $10,000 would also be untaxed.) Income $10,000 – 20,000 would be taxed at the marginal rate (that portion of income between $10,000 and 20,000) of 20%. This tax bracket would essentially replace payroll taxes for all but the highest income people – see below. Income $20,000 – 40,000 would be marginally taxed 25%; $40,000 – 80,000, 30%; $80,000 – 160,000, 35%; and so on; with the marginal tax rate increasing by 5% each time income doubled, up to a marginal rate of 50%, which would then be the maximum marginal rate. Each person’s income would be individually taxed, whether married or single. Yes, state and municipal taxes would be on top of this. That’s why I stopped at 50% maximum marginal rate.

    Now the good news…I would eliminate corporate and payroll taxes. Eliminating corporate and payroll taxes would make American businesses more competitive with foreign companies and eliminate their motivation not to repatriate overseas profits. Profits would effectively be taxed as income when distributed to stockholders and employees. Eliminating payroll taxes would off-set income taxes for low-income families.

    How would I deal with health care? I would put everyone on Medicare, paid for out of the general fund. (The cost of administering Medicare is in the 1.3-3 percent range, much less than the 12-14 percent range typical of big employer-based private plans, and the 25-30 percent overhead associated with individual plans. Thus, the annual national health care costs would be reduced by approximately 2% points from what it is now.) Putting everyone on Medicare would eliminate the need for Medicaid, saving the states a great deal of money. It would eliminate the cost of medical insurance paid for by business (another big saving) and/or individuals.

    Social security retirement benefits would also be paid out of the general fund. Benefits would be based on an individual’s lifetime income tax payments, with spousal and surviving children death benefits. Annual benefits might be set at 5% (then adjusted for inflation) of total lifetime taxes paid up to a maximum of $25,000 for retirement at age 67. Early retirement at ages below 67 would be possible at a sacrifice of 10% of the full benefit for every year below 67.

    Funding Medicare and Social Security out of the general fund would wipe out the $77.9 trillion of so-called unfunded Social Security and Medicare obligations. Of course, these payments would still have to be made, but they would be funded pay-as-you-go by income tax receipts, just as other government expenses are funded.

    One other subject, jobs. I believe that no American adult capable of working, and willing to work, should be without a job. (It seems to me better to pay people for working than to pay them while unemployed.) This would permit us to eliminate unemployment insurance and welfare. Instead, the government should be the employer of last resort, and anyone over 18, out of work and seeking a job, should be put to work for 3 days per week and paid at the minimum wage rate. (We could use the WPA and CCC as models.) This would allow them two days a week to seek other employment. Those who are qualified and wish to participate could alternatively receive paid training for fields which require additional workers. This would eliminate the motivation to have children or to break up families to collect welfare. Free child care centers would have to be provided for the pre-school children of these workers and for after-school supervision. These centers might also be made available to low-income families at minimal cost so that when people find employment their children will be cared for. For those who are physically, mentally or emotionally unable to work the government should provide disability payments.

    As you can see, I am all in favor of simplification. However, I believe equity requires that the rich pay a larger share of their income in taxes and that we all give up our beloved deductions. Oliver Wendell Holmes s quoted by Jeffrey Sachs in his book of the same name as saying, “‘Taxes are the price of civilization.’… We need to be ready to pay this price by bearing a fair share of taxes…and remembering that compassion is the glue that holds society together”.
    Stuart Dunn
    720 West End Avenue
    Apt. 720
    New York, NY 10025

    • tommyzax says:

      Let me interject a few things: (1) There aren’t enough taxes to pay for all the things you recommend, and not enough income in the entire nation to fund it. Our debt is going on 16 TRILLION dollars. You can’t tax your way out of that. There must be LIQUIDATION, as in bankruptcy. Will that cause war? Maybe. But if you want to “start fresh” you’re going to need more than just a “tax the rich” strategy. (2) The government doesn’t provide “jobs” only “make-work.” The money comes from either taxes or the Fed “printing” it. There are no other sources of government income. Government hiring may as well be in the 100’s of trillions of dollars if you don’t care about the value of currency. What happens in your scenario? Necessarily, prices of goods goes UP. So even if everyone is “given money” by the government for doing janitorial or baby-sitting work, the value of their paycheck is going to be NOTHING. This means you must force people to produce food, clothes, shelter and other necessities as prices which don’t make sense. Where will the materials come from? China? I don’t think so when they see we have nothing to back up our dollar. But I suppose we can always make our country a forced-labor camp. (3) Your ideas in general are “old way.” Social Security? Medicare? You may as well just force old people to eat dog food and doctors to perform surgeries under gunpoint. Under your plan, the currency is WORTHLESS. No one will work without coercion. You have to create VALUE. Government can’t do that. It can only confiscate money you rightfully earned by your time and/or sweat, or else confiscate your energy in forced-labor programs (even the ones you propose are authoritarian!) like “cleaning up parks” or even a military draft. Watch what you wish for!

  42. Louise says:

    I have received this in an email
    No one has been able to explain why young men and women serve in the U.S.. Military for 20 years, risking their lives protecting freedom, and only get 50% of their pay. While politicians hold their political positions in the safe confines of the capital, protected by these same men and women, and receive full pay retirement after serving one term. It just does not make any sense.

    On Fox news they learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. This will get national attention if other news networks will broadcast it. When you add this to the below, just where will all of it stop? I guess when you make the laws you can steal right in front of us.

    35 States file lawsuit against the Federal Government

    Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

    This will take less than thirty seconds to read. If you agree, please pass it on.

    This is an idea that we should address.

    For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws. The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform…. in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn’t seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

    If each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days, most people in The United States of America will have the message.. This is one proposal that really should be passed around.

    Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”

  43. Dear Madam/Sir,
    As long as former CEO of big financial companies like Goldman sachs become treasury secretary of USA , beckdoordeal never stops. Both parties work on same financial policy. So you can not hope on congress or white house branch of govt. We need comptroller from judiciary who watch all financial deal all the time.

  44. Dan Brook says:

    It’s great to see another issue of this paper, representing this great social movement of the 99%. I’m fully in support!

  45. Joann Longton says:

    Please post this in your next issue of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. The Church needs to at least support your call for Justice and Equity, even if it cannot agree with the covetous nature it is sometimes expressed in. Know that God Almighty hears even if we, HIs Church, have grown dull of hearing ourselves.


    Joann Longton

  46. Héctor H. Thompson says:

    The money we use, initially dedicated to streamline the exchange, has changed its features, adding to its original purpose, the possibility of a continuous transfer of wealth from the financial world production. Changing technology money will be a political-cultural arduous task that will emerge from South America. The endless financial turmoil, with the decline of the dollar and the euro as reference, urges the development of a new generation technology money.
    By Hector Thompson *
    Read more http://perio.unlp.edu.ar/tecnologias/dinero_de_nueva_generacion.html

  47. Jon Allen says:

    I just posted a comment to OnPointRadio.org that was discussing the exotic animal release and shooting that recently occurred in Ohio, and all I could think of while I listened was the Vietnam War incident at Ohio State University that left us with four dead protesters. While I do object to animal abuse, especially on a large scale like this recent incident, we need to keep a closer eye on human abuse, especially on a large scale like we’ve seen at peaceful demonstrations since February 17th.
    If we’ve learned anything from Vietnam, it should be that peaceful demonstrations are the most important tool for change, and that demonstrators and non-demonstrators alike need to stay vigilant in reporting on all abuses.

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