Occupy Everywhere Lecture Naomi Klein Michael Moore The New School

 

And yet, they rose among themselves. They knew this about their situation.  Nobody was on their side.  Certainly not the money classes and the economic system.  And not the government either.

 

So if they were going to change anything.  It had to come out of themselves.  And they started having meetings first in Texas and the idea spread.

 

And it’s a long wonderful story.  I, I urge you to check out Lawrence Goodwyn’s history called The Populist Moment.

 

It the, I promise you would be inspired by the capacity of American potential.  And you would also understand how hard it is to do, what we’re trying to do.

 

And Larry Goodwin is a student, a stern student of social movements.  Nothing sentimental about the man and he understands how hard it is to make this happen.

 

And he described in great detail I won’t go through here.  The stages, the development that keep a movement centered at what it really wants to be.  And, and fighting off the opposing forces.

 

Think about what we’re hearing from these folks in the Occupied zones.  It’s very similar.

 

We have to do this for ourselves.  In fact, we intend to do this for ourselves.  Very old American virtues: Self Reliance.

 

And it should be the core of what we are building here now.  Uhm I think ah…  The populous failed in concrete terms.

 

But they set out to, to solve the problems for themselves, and they built a series of ingenious cooperatives.

 

Agricultural cooperatives mostly but also credit and so forth which was ultimately destroyed by the moneyed classes.. Bankers.

 

But out of that they developed bigger ideas.  I mean really bigger ideas about how to change this country and then lost politically.

 

I would ask, we should ask ourselves.  What are we building?  What is it we can build?  That is parallel to that cooperative movement.  Uhm I think the, I think we are already seeing the answer to that…  In, in the McPherson Square in Washington and the Wall Street, and dozens of other places.

 

The paper I worked for many years ago uhm…  Is, is got a competitor now in Washington called the Occupied Washington Post

 

Crowd:  (laughs)

 

 

(William) Bill Greider:  And it pleases me greatly (laughs) to see that

 

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

 

(William) Bill Greider:  And but now they had ah… Occupied Washington Post has a poster type headline.  “We Stand with the  Majority for Human Needs not Corporate Greed” 

 

That’s a pretty good start on a program I think.  And the, but I think the, I think what we are seeing now in our construction is beginning believe it or not, to convince even the Washington Post.

 

They have if you check it out in the style section today.  They have a marvellous map of McPherson Square encampment.

 

Done by hand with a kind of artist style and little labels of this and that and so forth, it’s quite beautiful.  And accompanying it, is one of their critics, an art an architecture critic.

 

With what can only be called a severe, a sincere appreciation of what he sees in McPherson Square.  And it’s the model of how this society could be organized.

 

That’s, it’s, people are all gonna say this.  What a powerful teacher, takes my breath away.

 

Now in my last book Come Home America oddly titled.  I sort of playfully fantasized, what America needs is what we could call Clubs for America.

 

Lots of them, millions of them really, people just coming together and having conversations.

 

And uhm one of my young friends who’s a Labor Organizer “Who’s gonna organize this?”  I kind of shrugged and said “The people will” and he looked at me and rolled his eyes like you know that’s nice.  And we moved on to other subjects.

 

 

Crowd:  (laughs)

 

 

(William) Bill Greider:  But guess what?  That’s who’s organizing this. The people.

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

(William) Bill Greider:  And the..  Isn’t there, I mean ah..

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