Kimberly Wilder writes: I am following the Occupy Wall Street protests closely at my other blog, onthewilderside.com, where it is more on topic. Though, of course, when there is a big demonstration, political issues arise. So, wanted to share some third party allusions which have been made.
The group that started the demonstration is Adbusters: here.
There is a Live Stream of the Occupy Wall Street protest happening at Liberty Square (Zucotti Park) and the streets around Wall Street: here. At times during the Live Feed, there have been blasts of messages about Ron Paul. The moderators have requested not to promote candidates in the chatroom.
As mentioned here at IPR, and also at Green Party Watch, former Green Party NYC Mayor candidate Reverend Billy spoke at the protest on September 17th.
This morning, author Chris Hedges was interviewed from Liberty Square. A quick transcription of the bulk of the discussion can be found at onthewilderside: here.
Below are some excerpts of Chris Hedges’ comments, where he mentions third party candidates and movements:
The Democratic Party will use the rhetoric, but then again serves the interest of the corporate state. The Liberal Class and Clinton did it through NAFTA, thrust a knife within the American Working Class. Michelle Bachman, Republicans, etc. are right in some way about the hypocrisy of the Liberal Class, and because they can see that hypocrisy, they can use it…
Advice: Speak in a language of justice and truth, which I think cuts across ideological lines. It is not surprising that Ron Paul came in second. Even with Libertarians there is an anger at corporatism that comes across. Theft, greed, corruption and fraud that affects the American people…
The Tea Party is not the problem. It has been used by Koch brothers. The problem is corporations and unregulated capitalism. If we don’t destroy the corporate structure, then we are finished. And, that is where we should put our focus.
“Because we’re locked out of the corporate media, we have to play around the edges, because we don’t have the numbers” it takes a lot more time and work. But that is how it has always been with these kinds of movements. “If we keep at it, if we keep sort of slogging forward, we will be able to get messages out that the corporate mainstream wants to silence” Example – Kucinich and the debate in Iowa, the insurance and pharmacuetical industry sponsored it. They did not want Kucinich there. They shut Nader out. They didn’t want people to hear that message…
“Well, 70% of the US economy is driven by consumption, so we actually have a fair bit of power, if we can break that cycle of consumption, we can begin to hurt” that corporate structure…
We can change if, “we act in ways that defy the definition of a good life that is handed to us by a consumer society.” – Chris Hedges
Related: Reverend Billy at Occupy Wall Street video: