People are starting to pay attention to a growing movement in the US, and no it’s not the Tea Party.
Initially dismissed as a movement without a coherent message, Occupy Wall Street is turning into something more. Now into its 16th day, here’s a live cam fixed on the streets of New York City, currently pointed right at Brooklyn Bridge:
The movement self describes as:
“… a people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy … join us! We’re now in DAY 16.”
Essentially an expression of opposition to the economic inequality driven by Wall Street and its allies in Washington, the protests are bleeding from Wall Street to Washington DC, Chicago to Boston, LA to Denver and 100 other flagged locations. Their “Declaration of the Occupation of New York City” can be read here, but right now the headlines in the US are dominated by clashes between protesters and police in NYC. The key here? The movement is online.
As Micah L. Sifry at Tech President writes: “This thing is growing in internet time and no wonder, for it is built on networked culture.”
Meanwhile, here? Tumbleweeds. The most vexed economic debate is around whether or not the tax summit-forum-thingy is a waste of time or not and whether or not the Reserve Bank will cut interest rates, which, unlike the US, they have the luxury of doing. Either contrary to our politicians’ rhetoric we’re not hurting that much after all, or we’re just too lazy to take to the streets to say so. We’re going with column A.