Occupy Everywhere Lecture Naomi Klein Michael Moore The New School


Don’t my friends please. the ship has sailed in.  The ship will leave.


As Bill said, many of this things have happened in our 200 plus year history, uhm have failed.  Urban crushed and this is our moment.


This is the moment for it to happen and it will only happen if every single person in this room.  Tonight when you leave and you go home.


You have to say to yourself,  ”What am I doing?  What can I do to be part of the Occupation?  What am I gonna do to Occupy Wall Street?”


Everybody watching this at home…



Crowd:  (claps)



Michael Moore:  On The Nation’s website.  Anybody watching this right now.  Every, every one of you, it doesn’t matter if you’re living in Boise.


Your living in, in the most far away reaches of upper Minnesota.  No matter where you are.


I’ve seen, I’ve seen Occupies that are 2 people big (laughs)


Crowd:  (laughs)



Michael Moore:  And if this is where it got to start.  And it always starts that way, right?  I mean…



Richard Kim:  Yeah



Michael Moore:  Mark’s he just got angels.  That was all that was all he had (laughs)



Crowd:  (claps & cheers)



Michael Moore:  I mean it was like.  They’re just; they’re 2 old farts sitting around keeping their hands warm over the fireplace in London.  Talking shit to each other and they (laughs)…  And they came up with this idea.



Crowd:  (laughs)


Michael Moore:   And Jaycee, Jaycee had 12 fisher guys.  Look at what happened with that? Wohohoho! (laughs)



Crowd:  (laughs)



Michael Moore:  So, so if you’re at home and you’re watching this.  And you’re in some out of the way place, you already own it!


This is already your country.  You, you…



Crowd:  (claps & cheers)



Michael Moore:  You, you have been Occupied by Wall Street.  Your homes have been occupied by Wall Street.


Your Government has been occupied by Wall Street.


Your Media has been occupied by Wall Street.


And it’s okay for you to say “Not anymore. those days are over”



Crowd:  (claps & cheers)



Michael Moore:  End of story.



Crowd:  (claps & cheers)



Richard Kim:  Bill I, I know you had your hand up Bill and I’m gonna, I’m gonna get to you to discuss this.


But I want to weave in some questions now also.  So this one the one that I’m gonna pitch to you Bill to, to fold in.  There have been a couple of questions here.


Uhm… How do you see Occupy fitting into the upcoming 2012 elections?


Uhm… Do you think Occupy Wall Street should feed into candidacies outside the ineffective Neo-liberal 2 party system?  A 3rd Party? question mark.


How do you see campaign finance reform as part of the solution?


So Bill you’ve written about these issues.  Taught about 3rd parties and I’m gonna ask you about them.



(William) Bill Greider:  You know I think ah, this is why I keep going back to Larry Goodwyn’s very precise description of how a movement moves through sequences of development.


And talking about next year’s election is way out of line with the development of this movement.  Way out of line.



Crowd:  (claps)



(William) Bill Greider:  And ah, ah…  let me take up on what Michael was saying.  There is a broader way for this movement.  Whatever it will call itself to have profound political impact.


That’s an old fashioned political manoeuvre called Fear.


We need to put fear in the hearts of the regular system.  With a purpose of liberating the political system, I mean that literally.


Not just liberate the country from the suffocation and the propaganda of, of the economic system,  but at the same time need to break free of the representative system and perhaps change it profoundly.


Ah the second point, I talked about con- democratic conversation and this is hard.

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