«Occupons Wall Street» commence à faire des émules

La mobilisation anti-Wall Street dure depuis le 17 septembre, dans le cadre du mouvement «Occupons Wall Street»

«Mettons fin à la banque centrale!»,

«Quand les riches volent les pauvres, ils appellent ça les affaires,
quand les pauvres se défendent, ils appellent ça de la violence»

ou

«Anéantissons la cupidité de Wall Street avant qu'elle n'anéantisse le monde»,

figuraient parmi les slogans des manifestants.

«Occupons Wall Street» a commencé à faire des émules, notamment à Boston, Chicago ou Washington.

Le mouvement se présente comme «un mouvement de résistance sans leader» et non violent. «Nous sommes les 99 % qui ne tolérerons pas plus longtemps la cupidité et la corruption des (autres) 1% », précise son site internet

Deux articles sur le sujet, ils semblent avoir de plus en plus de gens qui supportent leurs causes, même des gens de Wall Street.

Plus certains commentaires de blogueur :


Extrait de: What Do They Want?, Justice, Robert Scheer, Huff Post, 10/6/11

How can anyone possessed of the faintest sense of social justice not thrill to the Occupy Wall Street movement now spreading throughout the country? One need not be religiously doctrinaire to recognize this as a "come to Jesus moment" when the money-changers stand exposed and the victims of their avarice are at long last offered succor.

Not that any of the protesters have gone so far as to overturn the tables of stockbrokers or whip them with cords in imitation of the cleansing of the temple, but the rhetoric of accountability is compelling. "I think a good deal of the bankers should be in jail," one protester told New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. That prospect has evidently aroused concern in an industry that has largely managed to escape judicial opprobrium.

"Is this Occupy Wall Street thing a big deal?" the CEO of a major bank asked Sorkin. "We're trying to figure out how much we should be worried about all this. Is this going to turn into a personal safety problem?"

It should pose a threat, not because peaceful demonstrators will suddenly morph into vigilantes fatally damaging their cause with violent action, but rather because government prosecutors should fulfill their obligation to pursue justice and incarcerate some of the obvious perps. As Sorkin conceded, in one of the rare instances of the business press attempting to understand the protesters: "the message was clear: the demonstrators are seeking accountability for Wall Street and corporate America for the financial crisis and the growing economic inequality gap."

Sorkin ended his account with snarky comments about the protesters using ATM machines and about the ever-admirable Code Pink founder Jodie Evans having flown a commercial airline to get across the country to the demonstration. He also offered the predictable dismissal that could be made about any genuinely spontaneous movement, that "the protesters have a myriad of grievances with no particular agenda."

But ignore the mass media's nitpicking and mostly derisive coverage and wonder instead why it took so long for this grass-roots movement to emerge as an alternative to the tea party, which exonerates the thieves of Wall Street.

·         With 25 million Americans unsuccessfully looking for full-time work,

·         50 million experiencing mortgage foreclosure and

·         an all-time high of 46.2 percent living in poverty,

·         including 22 percent of all children,

isn't it logical that the faux populism of the tea party be confronted with a progressive alternative?

The Republican narrative, which the media have treated with considerable respect, blames "big government" for our ills, not when Washington bails out the banks, or feeds the maws of the military-industrial complex, but only when it might go to the aid of the victims of the financial conglomerates.

It was the Wall Street lobbyists, with the complicity of Democrats and Republicans in Congress, who caused the Great Recession by destroying a sensible regulatory system -- one that had kept U.S. banking reliable since the Great Depression -- and by legalizing the securitization of homes.

Ah, ce cher Congrès qui ne représente plus le peuple, mais surtout Wall Street et les multinationales qui profitent de la mondialisation.

But the Wall Street titans escaped being held accountable for the excesses of their greed: They got their lackeys in government to throw them a lifeline bailout while their victims among the unemployed and foreclosed were abandoned.

"We bailed out the banks with an understanding that there would be a restoration of lending. All there was was a restoration of bonuses"

is the way Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz described it in speaking to the protesters on Wall Street.

Une des raisons, pourquoi je respecte Stiglitz, il ne couche pas avec les groupes d’intérêts.

It was a thought echoed by George Soros in expressing his support for the demonstrators:

"The decision not to inject capital into the banks, but to effectively relieve them of their bad assets and then allow them to earn their way out of a hole leaves the banks bumper profits and then allows them to pay bumper bonuses."

Those bonuses are part of a practice throughout the corporate world that has far less to do with corporate performance than with the power spoils of CEOs. As The Washington Post points out,

"The gap between what workers and top executives make helps explain why income inequality in the United States is reaching levels unseen since the Great Depression."

While the median pay for top corporate executives has quadrupled since the 1970s, the pay of non-supervisory workers has declined by more than 10 percent.

"Ultimately this is about power and greed, unchecked," Jodie Evans told the Times' Sorkin, and it is a protest that the columnist's newspaper, along with the rest of a mainstream media that editorially enthused over the radical deregulation that unfettered Wall Street greed, should now honestly cover.


Dear Occupy Wall Street: Will You Stand with Me?. BY SHAH GILANI, Capital Waves Strategist, Money Morning, OCTOBER 7, 2011

Dear Occupy Wall Street Demonstrators,

Let me start by saying that I applaud your initiative. Grassroots protests are the essence of democracy. And as we've seen with the Tea Party movement and the Arab Spring, nonviolent protests are a powerful way to effect meaningful change. 

Yet even though I'm 100% behind you in spirit, I can't fully support your cause. 

Don't get me wrong, I want to join you. But I can't - not yet, anyway. 

And the reason why I can't support your ultimate goals is a simple one: I don't know what they are. 

So how about this? I'm going to tell you what I stand for. I'm going to tell you what my goals are. And if you agree, then we can stand together. And i f you agree with me, I won't wait another minute before joining you whenever and wherever I'm needed. 

So here it goes.

The reason I'm already leaning towards your side is that the fountainhead of your disgust seems to be "Wall Street." 

Now, I don't know what Wall Street means to you. But to me, it means all the crony capitalists and market manipulators whose calculators and spreadsheets say the present value of their self-serving greed is worth discounting all of America's future. 

That's the Wall Street that I'm committed to fighting - the Wall Street that's littered with greed and corruption.

But to me, the "Wall Street" we're fighting against is not synonymous with capitalists. The enemy we share doesn't include the entrepreneurs and self-starters that have built this country up brick by brick. 

So if you think socialism is better than capitalism, you can count me out. If you think that redistributing earned income from hard working Americans to support lazy, self-indulgent, able-bodied crybabies is fair, count me out. If you think that making a lot of money, fairly and honestly, is un-American, count me out. And, if you're thinking about violence or destroying other people's property, count me out.

But:

·         if you're mad that Wall Street money has bought our Congress;

·         if you're mad that there's an oligarchy of banker puppeteers pulling the strings of the U.S. Federal Reserve;

·         if you're mad that Wall Street is hell-bent on toying with the stock market and turning the screws on fixed-income investors, parents, and retirees to expand their profit margins; and,

·         if you are mad that "too-big-to-fail" banks can wreck the economy and get bailed out, only to become bigger bullies while tens of millions of Americans lose their homes, jobs, and retirement savings,

then I am solidly with you.

And, if you're with me, we agree that we need to tear down Wall Street to rebuild Main Street!

That's where we stand, hopefully united.

Now let me offer up a list - a manifesto, if you will - that you may or may not choose to adopt. But remember, I'm not trying to hijack your movement. I just want to offer some vision and clarity.

So these are the goals I'd like for us all, as fed-up Americans, to undertake:

1.      Break up too-big-to-fail banks so they aren't threatening our financial system .

2.      Investigate failed banks for fraud, and indict and incarcerate guilty parties.

3.      Scale banker bonuses progressively with long-vesting stock options.

4.      Legislate pay claw-back provisions and criminal statutes for bad banker behavior.

5.      Eliminate volatility-inducing high-frequency-trading and ETF program arbitrage.

6.      Make all derivatives exchange traded, highly margined, and transparent.

7.      Limit credit default swaps to two times the value of at-risk underlying credits.

8.      Mandate exhaustive studies of the potential market impact of newly created financial products.

9.      Create simple, effective, light-touch regulations with heavy criminal penalties .

10.  Cap Wall Street's political contributions and make them transparent.

11.  Audit the Federal Reserve and limit its lending to domestic banking institutions.

12.  Give the Consumer Protection Finance Bureau (CPFB) criminal indictment powers, including over the Federal Reserve.

13.  Make Wall Street answer to the needs of Main Street, not the other way around.

Please don't get me wrong. It's not that there aren't plenty of other things in the United States that need fixing. I think we'd all agree we need to simplify and "fairify" the tax code, if not throw it out altogether. But, your movement is Occupy Wall Street, so let's stick to that. 

There's one last thing. I'm certain that with thousands of supporters you'll find a broad spectrum of ideas and beliefs. That we may be united in belief does not necessarily mean we are all alike . 

Take me, for example. In some ways, I am a "Wall Street" guy, and in other ways I am one of the 99% you claim to represent. I want an opportunity to make a good living, honestly and fairly. But, like all of you, like all of America, I am sick and tired of the powerful, moneyed oligarchy that runs America profiteering off the backs of hard working Americans

That's why we need strong, transparent and fair capital markets and honest, smart leaders. The two aren't incompatible. 

So what I'm saying is that I'm ready to join your revolution, if you're ready to accept a Wall Street insider who's determined to restore the system's integrity - not destroy it.

And that's why you're going to hear more from me every week, as I call Wall Street's biggest players onto the carpet. And I can promise you this: Some of the indictments I make are going to shock you. 

Sincerely,

Shah Gilan


Les blogueurs :

John | October 7, 2011

The fact that you responded with some ideas shows that you understand what the protesters want. It's a message to start the conversation about corporate greed. Just look at how long it took the media to start covering the protest. The mere fact that they were reluctant to cover it shows just how intertwined these corporations are. I doubt this movement will ever have solid "demands" because it's not that kind of protest. The conversation is starting, this is what they want. The vast majority of us who have relied on social media understand what they want

Steve Molnar | October 7, 2011

It is a good start, but it should not stop here. We must throw out at the next election , all of the Corrupt Congressmans and Senators. Make the corrupt U.S. Supreme Court Justices to resign, too. Out law the Lobbyists and so on. The list is too long to mention all. Make the Elections MONEY FREE. Every single Current and Future elected Officials are bought and pay'd for by the Corrupt Corporations!!!!! Thanks to the Corrupt U.S. Supreme Court decision; of un-limited donations, and you don't have to disclose; who gave to whom, how much and why?????

Judi | October 7, 2011

YES!!! But how do we throw them ALL out? Aren't they all corrupt to some degree. How can we start with a clean slat and who would be able to mandate that they all resign? (Without getting violent, of course. But, is that what it would take? A true revolt/revolution?)

I especially agree that it HAS to be MONEY FREE! I thought about Obama's camppaign war chest and thought how many people would be helped with that money. With foreclosures and unemployment on the rise, the homeless and jobless I am sure cannot appreciate any candidate spending millions to get elected in the face of their blight. How dare they. How arrogant. I don't wan to see anyone of them get elected if they can be so neglectful.

And, Mr. Gilani, I agree with what you are "for" and "not for." But, in your list, I would like to a goal that folks with underwater mortgages have their mortgage revalued to current market value and payments adjusted accordingly. That's the least the banks can do in return for receiving their bailout help. Folks need a bailout as well. This is NOT just about restructuring Wall St. Is is about keeping homes and jobs on Main Street for the 99%; because theat is what ultimately runs Wall St (Right? everything we buy/do, influences commercial stocks in some way or another). This is about the 99%! and whatever their goals and cause THEY bring to the table. As it was stated by Occupy Wall St, they don't just have one agenda. It is broad so that anyone who is fed up will support the cause of protesting in union and solidarity. Folks are fed up about a lot of things. It just seems that the tidalwave began on Wall St. Well, it also began in D.C. That's next on the list. Stay tuned. But, thank you for your support.