We Are Free People


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No matter how many people get arrested, fear is not on the agenda. Photo: Scott Hess

The 1% is just beginning to understand that the reason Occupy Wall Street makes no demands is because we aren’t talking to them. The 99% are speaking and listening to each other. 4,167 people have been arrested since the occupations began; millions more are reimagining the world we want to live in.

Police forces have been deployed by Republican and Democratic politicians alike to break a movement that was first ignored and then mocked in what passes for the news. It’s not just America. This is a living democratic movement that is global in scale and growing in real time. That this beautiful thing is met with state violence says everything we need to know about the perpetrators. It also means we’re on to something. Their attacks are based on an understanding of power that’s dying, if not already dead.

Mubarak is Berlusconi is Bloomberg is Quan is Walker is pepper spray is broken politics bound to the past and we make no demands of them because free people constitute governments, not the other way around.

We don’t know how this is going to end, but the beginning is near.

This article was published in our fifth print issue on November 18, 2011.

This post is also available in: Spanish


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  • Shanghainick

    It is Time.

  • Rob

    Beautiful! So succinct and powerful – you speak for many many people!

  • Hanz Onya

    This is not a left or a right issue. As long as a few people are allowed to print money with nothing to back it up, and the rest of us have to work to get money, we are slaves. You can fire all the politicians you want. The 1% will just buy new ones with their fake IOU money. No person, country, or organization should ever have a monopoly on the production of money. Bank notes from local banks and credit unions who have assets on hand to back all of the notes in circulation. Get money back to being a local thing. Decentralize our currency’s and or banks worldwide. If any bank, circulates notes that they do not have assets to back up put the owners in jail. This includes the central banks in existence now.

    • http://twitter.com/Giadita Giada C M

      #AbolishFederalReserve

    • Abbylondon

      You are awesome.

  • Joe Motor

    This new document has surfaced and is now being supported my many in and outside the Occupy movement. It is called “The New Common Sense” a declaration to force leaders to do their jobs and uphold the Constitution, this is an amazing document, a MUST read : http://pastebin.com/gm2UV08D
    or listen to it here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQMtM0LuK_4

  • alessandro capece

    It’s enough that the States who have to pay a fake debt refuse to do it.
    I wonder why they go on to increase their debt and to throw people in an increasing poverty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-William-Majkowski/1507188872 Adam William Majkowski

    I don’t want to lay around with a stupid sign anymore. I want to work on something. I want to grow organic cannabis and sell it to people who need it to feed myself. I want a real honest job where I am the boss and I am in control of my own destiny. I will go on without fear. I will go my own way in spite of the gun toting legionaries crawling our streets, threatening to arrest me. I am free. If someone tries to arrest me, they had better be prepared to kill me, for I will disable anyone who touches me with a twist of the wrist, and figure four to the legs. I will stake my claim and claim my home. Invade my home, and you will know pain. Bother my family, and I will bother you to to your grave.

    • http://twitter.com/westendartist Kim Hunter

      Recently the Canadian gov. silenced the cure for cancer to protect big pharmaceutical profits. (CTV News) So I did some research to see what this natural free cure they referred to on the news.
      See movies: Run from the Cure, or When we Grow. 98% of Canadians polled think the cure should be legal. Our “Harper” government (yes he even changed the name) is trying to push through a crimebill that would see harsher sentencing for growers than pedophiles.
      The oppression of health and technology for private profits with public liabilities is coming to an end.

  • http://twitter.com/Kishin_D Jonathan S

    Every #Occupy -er needs to see this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Participism #OWS

  • Upnath

    power is with in us.let us withdraw our conscent to the structures built up on our energy. the structures will crumble.not wishful,we must act,that’s all.live through democracy….

  • Carmine Gorga

    Political democracy is empty without economic democracy.

    You can find ways to achieve economic democracy at http://me-a-new-economic-atlas-and-you.blogspot.com/

    How can I help?

    Carmine

  • Rob

    My sentiments exactly! But I could not have expressed them so beautifully, so keep up the great work! I can’t wait for the next editorial. Love you guys!

  • IndigoVII

    “The 1% is just beginning to understand that the reason Occupy Wall Street makes no demands is because we aren’t talking to them. The 99% are speaking and listening to each other. 4,167 people have been arrested since the occupations began; millions more are reimagining the world we want to live in.” I love this! So well put. Thank you.

  • Nono

    Barack Obama you are not president you are murderer and criminal and thief
    you are killing – usa – young men and innocents people just for stealing money and oil from arabic countries shame on you

  • Nono

    Barack Obama you are not president you are murderer and criminal and thief
    you are killing – usa – young men and innocents people just for stealing money and oil from arabic countries shame on you

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