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Top 5 Things We’ve Learned from the Occupy Wall Street Protests

Posted on the 30 September 2011 by Periscope @periscopepost

Top 5 things we’ve learned from the Occupy Wall Street protests

A protestor. Apparently he is 99 percent. Not 100 per cent then? Must be feeling peaky. Photocredit: _PaulS_

The Occupy Wall Street anti-capitalist protests, which began on 17th September, continue in New York. Now they’ve set out their propositions (punchily listed here); so will we listen to them? Probably not, is the answer: occupier numbers are dwindling.

So what have we learned from the Occupy Wall Street protests?

1. Capitalist manwhores. The founder of Vibe, the network used by anarchists to tell each other what’s going down, is a “wholly capitalist famewhore”, according to Gawker. He apparently paid a student the princely sum of $900 to promote his company, as she was number 1 in the queue for an iPad.

2. There are real issues. The hood needs to be the first community to occupy Wall Street, says Dr Cornel West on Youtube. It’s a “moral disgrace” that black children live in poverty in the richest country in the world.

3. Occupy what? The Occupy Wall Street protest isn’t actually on Wall Street. It’s nearby, in Zucotti Park, which is actually owned by a company called Brookfield Office Properties, that’s getting “increasingly annoyed” with the protestors.

“Look at these kids, sitting here with their Apple computers,” he said. “Apple, one of the biggest monopolies in the world. It trades at $400 a share. Do they even know that?” said Adam Sarzen, who works on the New York Stock Exchange, quoted on The New York Times.

4. They really don’t know what they want. ““I want to get rid of the combustion engine,” John McKibben, an activist from Vermont, was quoted on The New York Times .

5. There is a designated cigarette roller. He’s called Micah. It  “isn’t a defined role,” according to Micah, “but we got a lot of donated tobacco,” he told Vice magazine.

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