by Allen L Roland and Jim Fetzer
The rapidly expanding “Occupy Wall Street” movement is reacting to anxiety, frustration and fear but it is being fueled by a powerful and worldwide desire for a major change in moral priorities, where cooperation and altruism replace selfishness and greed. OWS is in essence a worldwide intervention on a corrupt and greed addicted corporate state and the people will lead this evolutionary shift in global consciousness by demanding truth, fairness and justice.
“Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.” – Thomas Paine
Top down change is fueled by a selfish corporate state whose primary focus is profit and eventually leads to greed, deception and corporate fascism.
Bottom up change is fueled by empowered people whose primary demand is truth, fairness and justice which eventually leads to social cooperation, altruism and true democracy.
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators marked their 51st day of occupation yesterday, maintaining their Bottom up grassroots protest against financial greed, corruption, and the restoration of social and economic equality ~ and now the movement has spread like wildfire to hundreds of cities around the globe.
As Naomi Wolf writes in AlterNet, ~ “Suddenly, the United States looks like the rest of the furious, protesting, not-completely-free world. Indeed, most commentators have not fully grasped that a world war is occurring. But it is unlike any previous war in human history: for the first time, people around the world are not identifying and organizing themselves along national or religious lines, but rather in terms of a global consciousness and demands for a peaceful life, a sustainable future, economic justice and basic democracy. Their enemy is a global “corporatocracy” that has purchased governments and legislatures, created its own armed enforcers, engaged in systemic economic fraud, and plundered treasuries and ecosystems.”
The enemy has been identified, the war has begun and the people will not only prevail but a major shift of global consciousness is already happening.
The three stages of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement appear to be:
Stage 1. Occupy and establish a visible presence and a moral vision opposing wars of aggression, corporate welfare, cuts in social programs, and the subversion of the Constitution.
Stage 2. Demand the truth, including “9/11 Truth”, reform or abolition of the FED, the prosecution of Wall Street fraud and an end to the exploitation of the public by banks and other financial institutions.
Stage 3. Strike, revolt and demand real change, a living wage, where corporations are required to promote the general welfare and where stakeholders ( everyone effected including the environment ) are given priority over stockholders.
The OWS movement has already established a highly visible presence throughout America and is in the process of establishing a moral vision of fairness, cooperation, distributive justice and social responsibility. The diagnosis is fairly obvious and the OWS movement is part of the cure ~ which starts with truth and transparency.
As Robert Reich writes in truth-out.org on November 3rd ~ “The disconnect between Washington and the rest of the nation hasn’t been this wide since the late 1960s. The two worlds are on a collision course: Americans who are losing their jobs or their pay and can’t pay their bills are growing increasingly desperate. Washington insiders, deficit hawks, regressive Republicans, diffident Democrats, well-coiffed lobbyists, and the lobbyists’ wealthy patrons on Wall Street and in corporate suites haven’t a clue or couldn’t care less. I can’t tell you when the collision will occur but I’d guess 2012. Look elsewhere around the world and you see a similar collision unfolding. The details differ but the larger forces are similar. You see it in Spain, Greece, and Italy, whose citizens are being squeezed by bankers insisting on austerity. You see it in Chile and Israel, whose young people are in revolt. In the Middle East, whose “Arab spring” is becoming a complex Arab fall and winter. Even in China, whose young and hourly workers are demanding more – and whose surge toward inequality in recent years has been as breathtaking as is its surge toward modern capitalism. I spent part of yesterday in Oakland, California. The Occupier movement is still in its infancy in the United States, but it cannot be stopped. Here, as elsewhere, people are outraged at what feels like a rigged game – an economy that won’t respond, a democracy that won’t listen, and a financial sector that holds all the cards ~ Here, as elsewhere, the people are rising.”
The people are rising, indeed, and soon it will be time to demand the truth about this rigged game and our lost moral values ~ that in many ways started with the 9/11 cover up and has accelerated ever since.
Jim Fetzer, the former Marine Corps officer, McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, also recognizes the next step for the OWS movement ~ “What the movement eventually must appreciate is that their concerns about wars of aggression, including the invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan, have been justified on the basis of a theory about 9/11 that cannot possibly withstand critical inspection. The “official account” of 9/11 has 19 Islamic fundamentalists hijacking four commercial carriers, outfoxing the most sophisticated air defense system in the world, and committing these atrocities under the control of a guy off in a cave in Afghanistan. And yet the government has never been able to prove that any of those hijackers were aboard any of those planes. We know all those phone calls were faked. And the government has yet to produce even one of millions of uniquely identifiable parts from any of those four aircraft.”
“It is startling to realize that Flights 11 and 77 were not even scheduled to fly that day and that the planes corresponding to Flights 93 and 175 were not de-registered by the FAA until 28 September 2005. So how can planes that were not in the air have crashed or planes that crashed have still been in the air four years later? If the planes were faked ~ if they were just as phony as the rest of The 9/11 Report ~ then there are no hijackers; and without hijackers, there are no Islamic terrorists to blame; and without Islamic terrorists to blame, there is no basis for the ‘war on terror'”.
Jim also wrote on September 10th, 2011 ~ 20 Reasons the “Official Account” of 9/11 is Wrong, which makes abundantly clear that what we have been told by our government cannot possibly be true. And in “Peeling the 9/11 Onion: Layers of Plots within Plots” (with Preston James) how the convoluted politics of 9/11 was designed to deceive the public about responsibility for 9/11. And how the mass media has become massively complicit in misleading the public, “The BBC’s instrument of 9/11 misinformation“ (with Joshua Blakeney).
So why is re-opening the 9/11 wound so important? Because the 9/11 cover up is at the very root of our economy draining wars and occupations, our growing expensive and intrusive surveillance system and the anxiety, frustration and fear associated with our present state of being and economic depression. But above all, it’s responsible for the lack of moral trust in our government since the vast majority of the American people do not believe the official 9/11 cover story nor the severely tainted 9/11 Commission Report.
The big lie of 9/11 is slowly unraveling as more than 1,000 worldwide architects and engineers now support the call for a new investigation into the destruction of the Twin Towers and Building 7 at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Like an alcoholic who won’t face their addiction, the United States won’t give up its addiction to a thoroughly discredited 9/11 official story to justify and maintain its War on Terror, global military superiority and political domination over friends and enemies alike ~ and always at the expense of the people and tax payers.
Our point here is that one of the principle demands of the OWS movement is the demand for truth and transparency from our government ~ and that must eventually lead to 9/11 and the governments role in either condoning this tragedy or aiding in its implementation.
Wall Street is being targeted because the average Wall Street salary grew over 16% last year to $361,330 ~ which is five times the average salary of a private sector worker in the city. A recent study at the University of Michigan showed that banks did not significantly increase lending after their trillions of dollars in bailouts but instead invested (gambled) in risky securities that profited from short term price movements ~ Main Street be damned. And guess who has benefited, more than all the GOP candidates combined, in campaign donations from financial firm employees ~ President Obama to the tune of $15.6 million
In essence, the “Occupy Wall Street” movement is a form of massive intervention by the American people on a political system that is addicted to deception and not only will not listen to them but is quite literally afraid of the truth. Millions of Americans are demanding the truth, fairness and justice and are showing themselves willing to shut down the government to obtain it ~ just as the city of Oakland was shut down last Wednesday.
Don’t think a country cannot be shut down, because this is already happening in Greece ~ where ordinary Greeks are taking matters into their hands and inspiring the Occupy Wall Street movement in the process. The Greeks grassroots refusal to put up with austerity is quickly gaining momentum, as people give up on mainstream politics ~ which we may very well soon be doing. Authors Hara Kouki and Antonis Vradis, Common Dreams, elaborate ~ “People here feel the country is gradually sinking, carrying them down a path dug in arbitrariness and injustice. Yet at this very moment – when it is not only the rules of the game that are challenged but the game itself – they seem to feel empowered to act in ways that would not have appeared feasible in the past: they physically attack politicians, mock and cancel military-inspired national public parades and humiliate army officials attending them, participate in neighborhood assemblies and mass demonstrations (irrespective of the amount of tear gas thrown against them by the police), create grassroots trade unions to demand their labor rights, occupy workplaces, disrupt public services and protest in violent, impulsive, unpredictable ways.”
As America enters Stage Two of “Occupy Wall Street” ~ the demands for fairness, justice and truth will resonate throughout the entire country and world and if Obama, Congress and other world leaders continue to ignore this rising tide of revolt ~ we will soon have a situation similar to what faced Hosni Mubarak in Egypt ~ where Mubarak saw himself fully in charge of a country while the people of his country were occupying the streets and actively planning how they would run the country without him and his corrupt corporate cronies.
In other words, any President, politician or world leader who ignores the scope of the Occupy Wall Street movement will soon be looking back at the bus that ran over them.
Like the Germans in the 30’s, locked into a deep recession, we are being manipulated and conditioned by fear by the corporate state to slowly give up our rights, liberties, guns and freedom ~ and all in the name of National Security and the never ending so called war on terror
If you’re not deeply concerned, speaking out or taking to the streets, you’re not part of the revolution which is, in reality, a shift in global consciousness ~ and true change will become a consequence of it as it once did 235 years ago.
“What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the American revolution; it was only an effect and consequence of it. The revolution was in the minds of the people, and this was effected from 1760 – 1775, in the course of fifteen years, before a drop of blood was shed at Lexington.” – John Adams, Letter to Thomas Jefferson, August 24, 1815
This revolution or war will be much shorter because no world leader or corporate state can withstand the vast masses demanding truth, fairness and justice ~ and armed with the proven capability of closing down any corporation, city, state or government which does not honor those moral values.
These are indeed exciting times for true change is just around the corner and we, the people, are making it happen. It’s not politics as usual anymore ~ it’s a brand new ballgame and OWS is setting the agenda.
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About the Authors:
Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at email@example.com.
Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth. Jim can be contacted at (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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