Hey, what's that sound?
Everybody look what's going down""
- Buffalo Springfield
Exciting times over here, to say the least! The June 14th Flag Day Rebellion against economic tyranny is growing much stronger and more rapidly than anticipated. As a small part of a decentralized movement, it's hard to measure the overall impact, but my email inbox is exploding with support and interest. This movement is definitely succeeding in uniting people from all over the political spectrum. Hardcore progressives and libertarians have found common cause. Liberals who are sick of "spineless Democrats." Conservatives who have had enough of "crony-capitalist and imperial Republicans." Apolitical people who are sick and tired of living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to get by. The foreclosed upon. The unemployed. People desperately surviving off of food stamps. And especially people who have been impoverished by medical bills. I've heard from so many people with horror stories from financial ruin as a result of health problems who are "ready to fight back." The anger throughout the population is much more intense than even I thought it was.
People who spent their career working on Wall Street are "done sitting idle while the market is rigged in favor of a handful of politically connected global banks and firms." The people who are taking it upon themselves to take action and spread the word come from all walks of life. Emails have come in from people in the military, veterans, police, firefighters, real estate brokers, lawyers, doctors, nurses, construction workers, accountants, Wall-Mart workers, union members, union haters -- they're all coming together on this. Teachers and students have been strong supporters. College students and recent graduates are feeling completely trapped in debt. Their awareness of their limited opportunities and lack of financial security moving forward is very evident. And, of course, the activists and hacktivists are coming out in force.
For those not up to date, this is what everyone is uniting and rallying around:
This Flag Day, Tuesday June 14th, we will launch a non-violent movement with this list of demands:
* End the campaign finance and lobbying racket
* Break up the Fed & Too Big to Fail banks
* Enforce RICO laws against organized criminal class
* Order Ben Bernanke to step down
Here is the call of action we contributed to the cause, which has been reposted on at least 50 sites now:
This is a Google map showing some of the public protest locations: http://maps.google.com (Note the first action listed.)
Here's a brief roundup of what people are saying about the protests, notice the diversity of viewpoints these people represent. I will have a more detailed and focused post featuring many other contributions to this movement within the next few days. This is just the tip of the iceberg.
Comedian Lee Camp just released this video to AmpedStatus in support of actions. Lee will be moving his money out of a big bank on Tuesday.
Fight the Banks On June 14th [Warning Explicit Language]
The well-respected Washington's Blog does an excellent job summing up the call to action:
The Big Banks Have Sold Us Out. Democrats And Republicans Have Sold Us Out. No One Is Defending Our Interests. Our Future Is Going Up In Flames. It's Time For Us To Stand Up And Defend Ourselves
"" Even though most politicians are totally corrupt, if many millions of Americans poured into the streets" a critical mass would be reached, and the politicians would start changing things in a hurry. As [liberal] PhD economist Dean Baker points out:
"The elites hate to acknowledge it, but when large numbers of ordinary people are moved to action, it changes the narrow political world where the elites call the shots. A big turnout " can make a real difference.'
Similarly, no matter how completely sold-out to the Wall Street giants D.C. politicians are, they would start paying attention to their real employers -- the American people -- if we make enough noise. If 3 million Americans all peacefully surrounded the White House and Capitol Hill, holding signs saying "We're Not Leaving Until the Too Big to Fails which Caused the Economic Crisis are Reined In', things would change pretty fast.