Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday morning tunes: A thousand people in the street

Today's tune is dedicated to #OccupyWallStreet and Occupy Portland.

The Buffalo Springfield's 1967 song sounds eerily prescient today. After all, look at what we've got:
Young people speakin' their minds, gettin' so much resistance from behind? Check.

A field day for the heat? Check.
And so on.

Paul Krugman began his most recent NYTimes column with these words:
There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear, but we may, at long last, be seeing the rise of a popular movement that, unlike the Tea Party, is angry at the right people.

When the Occupy Wall Street protests began three weeks ago, most news organizations were derisive if they deigned to mention the events at all. For example, nine days into the protests, National Public Radio had provided no coverage whatsoever.

It is, therefore, a testament to the passion of those involved that the protests not only continued but grew, eventually becoming too big to ignore. With unions and a growing number of Democrats now expressing at least qualified support for the protesters, Occupy Wall Street is starting to look like an important event that might even eventually be seen as a turning point.

What can we say about the protests? First things first: The protesters’ indictment of Wall Street as a destructive force, economically and politically, is completely right.

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