You know there is something different in the air when Rand Paul is railing against “fat cats” and a fat cat is worrying aloud about pitchforks in Politico Magazine.
It all harkens back to one of the greatest grassroots awareness
campaigns in history, variously called Occupy Wall Street or “We Are the
99 Percent.” In a messy, tarp-filled outpost in Zuccotti Park in lower
Manhattan, the message of enforced inequality via the 99 percent brand
was plastered across posters, hand-made t-shirts, street puppets, and
even flashed onto skyscrapers in a creative blend of marketing savvy and
social activism. From there, it tweeted around the world.
This was creative destruction at its finest: calling out a failed
system of crony capitalism that was only working for the 1 percent while
creatively protesting for change in the streets – the only method left
since the system was metastasizing under the Supreme Court’s 2010
Citizens United decision which opened the spigots to a flood of
corporate money in elections.
Capitalists supposedly love creative destruction where failed systems
and business models are meant to collapse in order to be replaced with
more efficient, innovative ones. But Occupy Wall Street was crushed with the brutality of a wrecking ball and the collaboration of a vast surveillance network.
The Department of Homeland Security funded a high-tech, joint spy center in the heart of Wall Street where
the New York Federal Reserve, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and other
Wall Street mega banks had their own personnel working alongside NYPD
officers to spy on the activities of Occupy Wall Street protesters as
well as law abiding citizens on the streets.
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) demands made by the
Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), we learned that the
Department of Homeland Security obsessed over the social media savvy of
the protesters and evaluated daily the media coverage being given to
In one October 2011 memo, an agent wrote: