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Occupy Wall Street vs the 1 percent

If there is one thing I know, it is that the 1 percent loves a crisis.

When people are panicked and desperate … that is the ideal time to push through their wish list of pro-corporate policies: privatizing education and social security, slashing public services, getting rid of the last constraints on corporate power. Amidst the economic crisis, this is happening the world over.

And there is only one thing that can block this tactic: the 99 percent. And that 99 percent is taking to the streets from Madison to Madrid to say “No. We will not pay for your crisis.”

“Why are they protesting?” ask the baffled pundits on TV. Meanwhile, the rest of the world asks: “What took you so long?” And most of all: “Welcome.”

Occupy Wall Street has chosen a fixed target. … It is a fact of the information age that too many movements spring up like beautiful flowers but quickly die off. It’s because they don’t have roots.

Let’s treat this beautiful movement as if it is most important thing in the world. Because it is. It really is.

[Excerpt of a speech given by Naomi Klein to Occupy Wall Street protestors]

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