Saturday, 17 September 2011

Occupy Wall Street - Charging Bull Moose

In the United States, Adbusters has directed the organized direct action and occupation of  Wall Street in New York. In protest of the state-supported corporate and investment banker oligarchy that caused the financial crisis, that and enslaves, subjugates and devastates lives with its multi-nationally conglomerated vested interests that criminally control political establishments. It speaks for itself! It must not be overwhelmed with provocateur agitation in its bravery. 

A malevolent representation of the defending police brutality seems to be Wall Street's Charging Bull, an arrogantly vicious ode to its occupants:

Note that this hashtag has been censored by Twitter.

However, to me, the Bull reminds of President Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive "Bull Moose" Party. The Roosevelt, in his rally against corruption and monopoly, who wrote in an article entitled THE CONTROL OF CORPORATIONS AND THE "NEW FREEDOM", in articulate refutation of Woodrow Wilson: 

"If he reads the newspapers at all, he must know that practically every man representing the great financial interests of the country, and without exception every newspaper controlled by Wall Street or State Street, actively supported either him or [Republican Party nominee] Mr. [William Howard] Taft, and showed perfect willingness to accept either if only they could prevent the Progressive party from coming into power and from putting its platform into effect."

"But if he means that I say that corporations can do well, and that corporations can also do ill, he is stating my position correctly. I hold that a corporation does ill if it seeks profit in restricting production and then by extorting high prices from the community by reason of the scarcity of the product; through adulterating, lyingly advertising, or over-driving the help; or replacing men workers with children; or by rebates; or in any illegal or improper manner driving competitors out of its way; or seeking to achieve monopoly by illegal or unethical treatment of its competitors, or in any shape or way offending against the moral law either in connection with the public or with its employees or with its rivals. Any corporation which seeks its profit in such fashion is acting badly. It is, in fact, a conspiracy against the public welfare which the Government should use all its powers to suppress. If, on the other hand, a corporation seeks profit solely by increasing its products through eliminating waste, improving its processes, utilizing its by-products, installing better machines, raising wages in the effort to secure more efficient help, introducing the principle of coöperation and mutual benefit, dealing fairly with labor unions, setting its face against the underpayment of women and the employment of children; in a word, treating the public fairly and its rivals fairly: then such a corporation is behaving well. It is an instrumentality of civilization operating to promote abundance by cheapening the cost of living so as to improve conditions everywhere throughout the whole community."

And written in the Progressive Party presidential manifesto of 1912:

"Behind the ostensible Government sits enthroned an invisible Government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible Government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics, is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.... This country belongs to the people. Its resources, its business, its laws, its institutions, should be utilized, maintained, or altered in whatever manner will best promote the general interest." 

Accordingly, I believe the Occupy Wall Street, Day of Rage revolutionary movement in the United States, should claim the iconography of the Bull as its own. Though it does lack antlers. Maybe it should resurrect the Moose to designate its own noncompliance.

Internationally, we must obviously take heed and stand to take direct action in our own ruling financial institutions.

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