Occupy Everywhere Lecture Naomi Klein Michael Moore The New School

 

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

 

Richard Kim:  You recognize that guy huh.  Alright so I just, I really wanna thank Pam Tillis and Dean David Scoby of The New School for hosting this event, on such a very short notice.

 

And also providing us with electronic microphones.  Uhm so we don’t, we don’t have to use the human microphone, even though I love the human microphone.  Uhm it’s, it’s the latest but hopefully not the last.

 

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

Richard Kim:  It’s the latest but not the last in a series of collaboration with The Nation Magazine and The New School and so uhm… We should really pledge to Occupy this space again in the future.

 

Uhm and, and thanks to Peter Rothberg for The Nation of the Nation, for putting this event together and the uhm, really wonderful and soon to be world famous Nation Interns, who ushered you in here.  And uhm who ah without them this event would not be possible.

 

So we’re gonna devote the final part of this evening to your questions.  And, and you should have received index cards when you walked in.

 

Did people get index card?  Yes?  No?

 

Alright they will be coming around and were gonna ask you to write your questions on these index cards and then we’ll collect them.

 

And you know uhm I’ll sort of just throw them up in the air and pick one.  And uhm that, that sort of how we would determine questions.

 

Uhm so, how many have you been down to ah Occupy Wall Street?

 

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

 

Richard Kim:  Alright.  So you know, we have been asked to actually to, to not call it Zuccotti Plaza.  Because that’s it’s slave name and we are gonna call it Liberty Square.  Cause it’s been reclaimed by the people.

 

 

Crowd:  (claps)

 

 

Richard Kim:  So you know, I just want to say today Occupy Wall Street alone has fed thousands of people.  It’s hosted an exhibition on Occupy Art.  It’s held a teaching about “Why Public Resources should go and create jobs? Instead of to bail out Corporations.”

 

It educated people on non-violent tactics.  Lead a course in history and practice of direct democracy.  Held a meditation session.  And right now there is a meeting of a General Assembly going on.

 

Somewhere I’m sure there is also drum circle drumming.  Uhm that’s just what’s it done today at Liberty Square.

 

Uhm as those of you who have been down there know, there is simply no substitute for participating in the direct democratic discussion and actions that take place there.

 

And so I really encourage you to experience it for yourself firsthand.  This event is not a substitute for Occupy Wall Street.

 

It doesn’t speak for Occupy Wall Street, nobody can.  Uhm but we do want to do here tonight though is to shed some light on the political and economic context for the Occupied Movements.

 

And to reflect a bit on what possibilities of Occupy has opened up.  And I see people so excited about that and so that’s something were really in a jest to think about.

 

Uhm I think it’s safe to say that the past years have witnessed what we can call democracy deficit, right?  That’s a stark and galling failure of our political institutions to serve the people that they are supposed to serve.

 

Uhm poll after poll show that Americans want Washington to suspend money to create jobs.  Uhm but the conversation in Washington right now is about supremely undemocratic Super Committee.

 

And they are focusing not on job creation but on austerity, and how much of it to have, right?  Uhm American people intuitively know and many economists agree that extreme levels of inequality don’t make, don’t just make life miserable for millions of people.

 

They make the whole economic system untenable.  And yet for the past 30 years Washington and Wall Street have pursued policies that have created a situation where, the richest 400 families in America.

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