By Richard Girard
"The Gleaners" Jean-Francois Millet Musee de Ouray Paris
" Act in such a way that you treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never merely as a means to an end, but always at the same time as an end." Immanuel Kant, Second Categorical Imperative; Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, sec. 429; (translated by James W. Ellington, p, 36).
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." President John F. Kennedy (1917--63), American politician. March 13, 1962, the White House.
I've been watching the progress of the "Occupy Wall Street" movement with a mixture of joy, hope, and some concern.
Joy and hope, because the "99%' ers " (or OWS's if you prefer) are showing America the way to recover our rights and expectations of a better future for the vast majority of people in this country. Concern, because you can already see in the hostility of the white-shirted command officers of the NYPD where this may be leading once the oligarchs actually feel threatened by this movement.
It is not helping the cause of the middle and working classes in this country that the liberal media--many of whom have bought into the oligarchs' agenda of a purely goal based, quarterly report society--are constantly harping on a single point: What is the ultimate goal of this movement?
So let this middle-aged fat guy propose a very simple sounding, yet vital purpose for this movement.
The purpose of this movement shall be the restoration of dignity for the members of the middle and working classes in the United States of America, its States, Commonwealths, unincorporated and trust territories; together with the establishment of that self-same dignity for the poor, dispossessed and underprivileged persons within those self-same territories.
In my September 14, 2011 OpEdNews Article "Dignitas," I made the following statement: