Things are moving in the right direction. Despite the evictions of protesters from public spaces across Canada, Linda McQuaig writes that the Occupy Movement has managed to “change the public discourse, putting inequality front and centre — something activists and writers, myself included, have failed to accomplish despite decades of trying.”
Even members of . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: There Is A Long Way To Go, But. . .
As Toronto police cleared St. James Park this morning, one of the few remaining protesters yelled at an officer, “Excuse me! Who do you serve? That’s the basic question behind the Occupy Movement. And every elected official needs to answer that question — in the context of what the figures tell us.
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The reaction is starting to set in. The Occupy Protesters have been evicted from their camps in London and Halifax. Mayor Rob Ford has told the people in St. James Park it’s time to go. John Gardiner, who calls himself "an old hippie," writes that the civic officials who are evicting the protesters don’t get it: They don’t understand why people are willing to endure the squalor and the . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: They Get It
Paul Krugman writes that the Masters of Wall Street are beginning to whine: “The modern lords of finance look at the protesters and ask, ‘Don’t they understand what we’ve done for the U.S. economy?'” They really do not understand why people are in … . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Life Gets Tough
And what it is is increasingly clear. The people who were responsible for the financial crisis of 2008 — and the growing economic inequality of the last thirty years — are starting to get scared.Eric Cantor said last week that “mobs” are now dedicate… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Something’s Happening Here
The Occupy Wall Street Protests are moving north. Under the banner “Occupy Toronto,” protesters are due to take to the streets on October 15th. It’s easy to dismiss these folks — as many have — as simply lazy kids with nothing better to do. But, as T… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: Here They Come
Robert Kuttner writes, in today’s Huffington Post, that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a sign of what is to come:For three years, we have been wondering, where is the outrage? For a time, it was co-opted by the Tea Parties — a faux populism, atta… . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: We Need More George Baileys