Bloomberg, Cops Underscore Occupiers' Point
OWS about occupying the national agenda, not city parks
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2011 10:18 AM CST
Los Angeles police officers struggle to arrest an unidentified police provocateur in Los Angeles, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – With harsh police crackdowns against Occupy Wall Street protesters around the country, it's enough to make you wonder if Michael Bloomberg and the nation's police chiefs are actually on the side of the protesters, writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. Of course they're not really, he writes, but Bloomberg has freed protesters from the confines of Zuccotti Park—where they were annoying locals, losing supporters, and facing a nasty winter—and given them yet another symbol of elite bullying.

"Occupy Wall Street isn’t about real estate, and its signal achievement was not assembling shivering sleepers in a park," writes Kristof. "The movement has planted economic inequality on the nation’s consciousness, and it will be difficult for any mayor or police force to dislodge it." Searches for "income inequality" have quintupled on one news database since the OWS protests started, and now the stunning statistic that the wealthiest 1% of Americans have a greater worth than the bottom 90% is now etched in our national psyche, as is the US' declining class mobility. The importance is not occupying parks with tents, concludes Kristof, but rather this: "Occupy the agenda."

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Nov 21, 2011 3:24 AM CST
You knuckle heads just don't get it do you? this is not a Dem. or a Repub. issue and if you read this article I think you will find it is some thing both party's sort of agree on but are just protesting differently and are called some thing different, like TEA Party - Occupy Wall Street party.
Nov 20, 2011 11:06 PM CST
Just a heads up for all you Occupy Nothing crowd. If you actually believe that by willingly living in your own self imposed internment camps wallowing in your own ____, piss and vomit, while raping, stealing ( from one another ), doping, and banging on cat litter pails and dancing for months on end, only leaving due to being forcably removed by the local police is going to convince even one " real " American you are worth listening to, or ANYTHING for that matter, " You Just Might Be A Liberal Democrat " , so " Here's Your Sign."
Nov 20, 2011 8:55 PM CST
During the American Revolution, Wall Street was occupied by General Howe and Tories! The patriots countered with Beaumarchais! Who won? Clifford Spencer