This Rebellion Will Not Stop

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Hero Vincent laughs at the stupidity of arresting peaceful protesters.

The lords of finance in the skyscrapers surrounding Zuccotti Park, who toy with money and lives, who make the political class, the press, and the judiciary jump at their demands, who destroy the ecosystem for profit and drain the U.S. Treasury to gamble and speculate, took little notice at first activists on the street below them three weeks ago.

The elites consider everyone outside their sphere marginal or invisible. What significance could a young woman named Ketchup, who worked in a Chicago theater cooperative and pays her bills as a waitress, have for the powerful? What could she and those in Zuccotti Park do to them? What threat can the weak pose to the strong?

Those who worship money believe their buckets of cash, like the $4.6 million J.P. Morgan Chase gave last week to the New York City Police Foundation, can buy them perpetual power and security. Masters all, kneeling before the idols of the marketplace, blinded by their self-importance, impervious to human suffering, bloated from unchecked greed and privilege, they were about to be taught the folly of hubris.

Even now, three weeks later, the elites and their mouthpieces in the press continue to puzzle over what we want. Where is the list of demands? Why don’t they present us with specific goals? Why can’t they articulate what they need? The goal to us is very, very clear. It can be articulated in one word: REBELLION.

We have not come to work within the system. We are not pleading with the Congress for electoral reform. We know electoral politics is a farce. We have found another way to be heard and exercise power. We have no faith in the political system or the two major political parties. And we know the corporate press will not amplify our voices which is why we have a press of our own. We know the economy serves the oligarchs. We know that to survive this protest we will have to build non-hierarchical communal systems that care for everyone.

These are goals the power elite cannot comprehend. They cannot envision a day when they will not be in charge of our lives. The elites believe, and seek to make us believe, that globalization and unfettered capitalism are natural law, some kind of permanent and eternal dynamic that can never be altered. What the elites fail to realize is that rebellion will not stop until the corporate state is extinguished.

It will not stop until the corporate abuse of the poor, the working class, the elderly, the sick, children, those being slaughtered in our imperial wars and tortured in our black sites, stops. It will not stop until foreclosures and bank repossessions stop. It will not stop until students no longer have to go into massive debt to be educated, and families no longer have to plunge into bankruptcy to pay medical bills. It will not stop until the corporate destruction of the ecosystem stops, and our relationships with each other and the planet are radically reconfigured.

And that is why the elites, and the rotted and degenerate system of corporate power they sustain, are in serious trouble. That is why they keep asking what the demands are. They don’t know what is happening. They are deaf, dumb and blind.

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  • Lorraine Schmidt

    Excellent! I will be honored to tweet…

  • alessandro capece

    This post reflects the ideas of people suffering thanks to the madness of the System.
    Then No wars, NO shops, NO dipendent jobs, NO elections, NO taxes.
    They can’t put everybody in prison. So in a little time will be strained to give up the power.

  • Lubtar

    Chris Hedges has written a masterpiece, a true statement of what we, the 99%, demand and will work for until victory is won. I am so proud to be a part of OWS, the movement that will make us free!

    • JonathanShaink

      there is no such thing as free you fucking idiot. deal with it..

      • DNC

        Speak for yourself. There will never be for you, filled with such negativity and hate.

        • JonathanShaink

          lol this is so fucking funny.

          • JonathanShaink

            this hate and negativity i have is toward stupid protesters.

          • Trollolol

            Fail troll is fail.

  • JonathanShaink

    your fucking stupid

    • JonathanShaink

      leave war out of this.. you can never stop war.

  • JonathanShaink

    stop wasting your time and living off the system. get a fucking job…. hate me if you must but your word against the work man word..

    • Rich Zubaty

      Great I want YOUR job. Are you brain dead? There are 20 million people without work. I get a job, someone else gets fired. Don’t they teach math in school any more? Or weren’t you paying attention with that any more than social sciences?

      • JonathanShaink

        ahh a political writer . you must know how to fix this mess than. YOU fuck. Hate me if you must but you are wasting your time with this B.S.

        • InTimeAllisOne

          @Jonathan you are wasting your time trying to convince others that they are wasting their time. If you are upset at a movement that won’t give up then see for yourself that you too are bent on something, you Love to Troll this forum. You Love to hate.

        • Rich Zubaty

          Lick my anus you right wing parrot.

    • Banisteriopsis

      These big banks need to stop living off the system and get a fucking job!

      God may very well reward hard work, but he thinks you are an idiot.

  • JonathanShaink

    your cause is useless.

  • Quickspool

    im so glad Jesus Christ is coming back to get me, all this makes me think He’s closer then some may think He is….

  • Cmcase

    JonathanShaink’s inarticulate spluttering is an encouraging demonstration of the intellectual forces arrayed against Hedges, and the movement.

  • Lschwank

    I bet you half of the people occupying wall st. Are late on their 9% apr credit cards but decided it would be a nice idea to walk around in a park holding a stick. The whole focus of this “movement” is entirely misguided. The problem isn’t the intelligent business men that trade stocks, it’s the idiots in the 99% that bought the new shoes or xbox for their kid after driving all over town in their suv! Get real people, things won’t Change until their is a massive population decrease and a complete restart of the economy.

  • Hope

  • VAPatriot1

    Stop spending so much, stop lobby groups from being able to influence Congress elect responsible representatives that are more interested in our Country, not fundraising. Let’s start there.

  • Jeffrey Joseph

    I went to Ground Zero 10/11/2011 to see the Memorial . I wandered over to Zucotti Park to see what was going on there. I thought I was in a time warp back to the 60′s. Someone handed me a printed copy of the Occupied Wall Street Journal . I read it that night this article particularly caught my attention. I thought: now I get it.
    I keep hearing on the MSM how OWS has no goals no demands. They just don’t get it or more likely are so terrified of this movement they don’t want to.

    This should be the Official Manifesto of OWS.