Declaration of the Occupation of New York City


“As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies. 

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.”


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‎”Play with the interactive graphic a bit, and you can see that it was not always like this in America. In the decades after World War II, the gains were larger, and they were more broadly shared.To find a period like the last few decades, go back to the years just before the Great Depression. It’s almost identical to our period, which is not exactly encouraging.

We can debate what should be done. A more fair tax system that asks high earners to pay more is an obvious place to start, but won’t change the basic dynamic. We’ll need to search deeper, looking at issues like education and job training, trade policy, infrastructure spending, and rules on union organization.

The protestors don’t have all the answers. But they have raised the big question. And it’s about time.”

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