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Free Marketers Going After Occupy Wall Street --Danny Schechter

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By Danny SchechterAuthor, The Crime Of Our Time

By it actions, Occupy Wall Street is puncturing myths like these:

l. The Myth that direct action against the center of financial power can't be sustained'

2. The Myth that New York City is a bastion of liberalism and tolerance with its Mayor from Wall Street and its cops recipients of a well timed $4.6 million dollar donation from JP Morgan Chase whose bank up the street from the protest is guarded by---no guess needed--officers of the NYPD.

3. The Myth that police violence only happens in other countries, not in the big apple where we are far too sophisticated to have a Police department lead/encourage hundreds of protesters to cross a bridge via its roadway and then conveniently have buses and reinforcements on the other side to scoop them up.  

They turned a bridge to Brooklyn into a bridge to jail without anyone having to pass GO or collect $200 as you would in a Monopoly Game. The cops have a monopoly in this game, a monopoly on force---and use it.

4. The Myth that people of different political persuasions--Democrats, Socialists, and even Ron Paul libertarians can't make common cause and eat donated Pizza together in a public park to take a stand together against abuses by the 1% of the elite against 99% of the people.

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But now, conservatives in the name of the free market, baiting activists as uninformed and seeking to discredit what they are doing, are opening a new assault, an ideological attack.

Leading the charge is a website called The Daily Bell, ringing a pro-capitalist mantra to putdown the protest. Its been promoted by the Drudge Report and other right-leaning outlets

Unlike much of the media that at first ignored the protests and then ridiculed it, they take a more patronizing approach:

The charge:

"Despite their honest intentions, many of the Occupy Wall Street protesters are being suckered into a trap and calling for the very "solutions" that are part of the financial elite's agenda to torpedo the American middle class higher taxes and more big government. Prison Planet lede via Drudge Report.

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Dominant Social Theme:  It's all Wall Street's fault. Government needs to write the wrongs of capitalism."

Never mind that no one at the protests has said this, and that their General Assembly has yet to agree on remedies to their protest that focuses on corporate abuses, aided and abetted by Wall Street firms and their allies in real estate and insurance.

Instead, their accusers hammer protesters for things they believe they will say, not what they have said.

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News Dissector Danny Schechter is blogger in chief at Mediachannel.Org He is the author of PLUNDER: Investigating Our Economic Calamity (Cosimo Books) available at See

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I have a friend who prouds himself on being ' tole... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:06:36 PM
... by Michael Gooch on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:15:43 PM
Hang on Danny... there's a lot of truth in that re... by Paul Carline on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:25:27 PM
Does One Need Papers to Join "Wall Street Occupanc... by John Randolph on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 1:34:36 PM
It has become that sort of a system. With cameras ... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 10:56:07 PM
If you really want to know the connection to the a... by George Buzzetti on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 2:46:45 PM
that plan was not successful. This new implementat... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:11:16 PM
As I see it, the only thing that happened in 1940-... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:03:22 PM
George,Danny misenterpreted.  There is a theo... by Bobby Emory on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:42:36 PM
The US has nothing like 'free markets'. They are c... by Carol Davidek-Waller on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 7:35:19 PM
Danny,You have missed an opportunity.   Occup... by Bobby Emory on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 11:06:21 PM
The point of the DB article was that the OWS peopl... by Skip Cook on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 11:09:10 AM
The world of tomoàrrow belongs to all these young... by Marika on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 5:03:12 AM
Good work, Danny! The key line: "It also doesn't ... by R A Bows on Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:16:07 PM
Free market theory is absolute hokum, repudiated b... by Gary Brumback on Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:11:50 AM