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The Million Man March on Wall Street

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    Winter is over.   So let's forget about how the movement made no proactive plans to utilize the cold months except to be outdoors serving no purpose to the movement's advantage.   Let's forget about all the evils in the world and forget about the divisive political problems, within the movement and otherwise.   Forget about the Marxists seeking influence in the process of the movement against corporatism and cronyism and not necessarily capitalism.   And forget about how membership is defined by showing up.   Forget about trying to inform people about how despicable the predominant political parties are, anyone who is listening to you, waiting for you to light their inspiration, is well aware.   Forget about lost legitimacy arguing over policies concerning involuntary sharing (known as theft elsewhere) and failing to focus on a cohesive message of serious focus.   Forget about the elements within the movement who deflate it to teenage prank status by getting people to hop the train.   Forget about how you let people vote on the movement's direction with no other qualification than being there and no other qualification than a point being raised.   Forget about the lack of focus over the winter.   That's the first step.

    Do not forget that police shot Scott Olsen with a bean bag in the head.   Do not forget police shooting, spraying and causing general mayhem amongst peaceful protesters practicing civil disobedience.   Do not forget the systematic, nationwide police abuse of people in tents.   Do not forget the infiltration of the authorities to the point of operation organization comparable to COINTELPRO, if there were such a thing.   Do not forget about the hearts and minds who stand with you.   That's the second step.  

    The next step is to come together.   Luckily Manhattan has a beautiful and rich history of coming together.   It's tradition.   The next step is to get people in Manhattan to stop and come together.   That is a little more complicated.   The best way would be to find something everyone in Manhattan might come together and agree on.   One of our country's leading mythologies is set here in Manhattan.   And like the time George Washington chopped down the cherry tree, it has become emblematic in a lot of different ways.  

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    At the very northern tip of Manhattan is Inwood Hill Park and in the park is Shorakkopoch Rock.   The rock rests on the spot where Peter Minuit supposedly traded 60 guilders worth of tools for Manhattan Island under a rhododendron tree.   The American Indians who actually accepted the trade believed they were sharing hunting grounds and went back to their home in Brooklyn.   They didn't own it in the first place.   Well the Dutch took over the Island and to keep out the Indians and the English a wall was built to protect their new trading post in southern Manhattan.   Wall Street is named after a wall that in all likelihood was originally erected to keep the rightful owners out.

    The next step is tell a story every American in these United States and in the Hemisphere can relate to.   The next step is to relate this story, like the story of Manhattan to the story of today, in Manhattan and around the world.   The next step is to find a way to make provocative history relate to the proactive story.   Now how could the swindling of locals by a mega corporation, the Dutch East India Company, relate to today?   How could the erection of a wall to keep out locals from the elite place of commerce be related to the elite and pyramidal forms of commerce today?

    Is there no one at Occupy Wall Street save advertising executives for magazines, with slogans but no substance?   Is there no one at Occupy Wall Street that is willing to put forth an American Message that everybody can agree with --without voting with communists and people who believe in involuntary sharing?   Would Gandhi of Martin Luther King chain up gates in the train station?   No.   They would walk.   They would march.   And they would tell a story from Inwood to Wall Street.


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Ethan Indigo Smith is the son of a farmer and nurse who was later adopted by artists. Ethan was raised in Maine, Manhattan, and Mendocino, California. Ethan is a proud dropout. Ethan has traveled the world and has been employed briefly as (more...)

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