Tag Archives: Occupy Wall Street

Make This Election About the Court

With last week’s arguments safely behind us, President Obama has taken the first steps towards spinning the case, saying: Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law what was a strong majority of a Democratically elected Congress. I’d just remind conservative commentators […]


The Occupy movement discusses holding a “general strike” on May 1st, 2012 — that is, all Occupy-friendly workers, everywhere, stay home. General strikes have a sordid history, partially plumbed by Salon’s writer, and they’ve played a role in most major modern revolutions, so their ideological provenance is a bit murky. But tying a general strike […]

Talking About Taxes

The Hill trumpets a poll which, they say, proves voters want lower taxes. But look deeper at the methodology. Voters are asked to assign a percentage to each income bracket and, unsurprisingly, come up with a fairly low number, lower in fact than current tax rates, of which most voters were actually unaware. The same […]

The Rich Man’s Burden; or, Trading Lessons Between the Classes

This week’s Economist reduces to op-ed form what is (apparently — I choose to take them at their word) the thesis of Charles Murray’s latest book, Coming Apart: the State of White America. That is, that the social morality of the haves- in this country, the 1 or maybe 10% who serially send their kids […]

A New Birth of Freedom

I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while (especially while taking a break from writing over the last few weeks), and as an important one, it seems an altogether fitting topic with which to close 2011. In brief, it’s time for us to reclaim one of the most important words in our political vocabulary. […]

Has Occupy Wall Street Won?

While the right will happily delegitimize the 99% movement based on the excesses and failures of these particular messengers, the message, it seems, has landed precisely as it was intended. For one, this week’s New Yorker highlights a discovery Politico made earlier this month: “the use of the phrase ‘income inequality’ in the media has […]

How Not to Run a Movement

It’s unclear to me how a strategy of harassment wins converts to the cause, but that’s the route Occupy Wall Street chose to take today. Commuters wealthy, middle-class and poor all alike suffered a complete severance of subway service to and from Wall Street in the early morning rush hour; worse-than-normal barricade and police presence; […]

After Zuccotti

Although admittedly without cracking my First Amendment book, Judge Stallman’s order upholding the eviction of Zuccotti Park seems as correct as his decision to temporarily enjoin the eviction, pending litigation, was admirable. “Reasonable time/place/manner” restrictions are the critical and necessary “but” to every claim of a First Amendment right to protest, and especially given the reports of […]

The 99% Movement Isn’t (or Shouldn’t Be) About Identity Politics

Earlier this week, Politico ran a header casting insurgent liberal leader Elizabeth Warren as “a well-off voice for the poor,” and musing about how “her financial well-being will likely hand conservatives a new line of attack,” and could potentially hurt her reformist credibility. How? Why? Wealthy advocates for the poor are not exactly a new […]

“There Is No Class Here”

There exist some battles in American politics such that to fight them is to lose them. The Republican Party seems to have stumbled squarely into one of them — unrepentant defense of the rich. More’s the pity. Specifically, Politico spotlights not one but two examples of Republicans adopting the rhetoric, if not the solutions of […]