It's been one year since Occupy Wall Street began, when hundreds of protesters descended on the nation's financial center and kicked off a nationwide social movement. Organizers plan to mark Monday's anniversary, dubbed "S17," with scores of events and demonstrations. ... The main focus is again in New York, where the planned S17 events include a 6 a.m. bike ride in lower Manhattan, a "people's wall" picket line at the New York Stock Exchange, and an anniversary concert featuring Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.Very sweet. Instead of a movement with goals, you now have a Living Museum celebrating a movement with goals. Previous Living Museums tended to celebrate events from a few decades ago; now we can zoom from Real to Remembered in just one year! Progress, I suppose. Goldman is happy.= = = = =Dead serious for a moment: Occupy has fizzled because it tried to run a movement without a leader, using hippieshit "universal democracy". Humans don't work that way. If you want to get anything done you need hierarchy. I was part of the peace movement of the '60s, and later part of the Nuke Freeze movement in the '80s. Both of those movements held together in an organized and sustained way because they had direct support from Russia, which didn't allow hippieshit randomness. Orders came from Moscow, and the top leaders managed to make the process look "democratic" to the low-level hippies without actually losing hierarchical control.Maybe the Occupy movement should request support and assistance from Putin. I'm sure the KGB (or whatever it's called now) will still be able to organize things. We desperately need a second party in this miserable country, and Occupy has some of the correct opposition-party points.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.