Thus, it is heartening to note that an initiative has begun, taking inspiration from the middle eastern Arab uprisings, for the staging of a similar protest for occupying Wall Street for two months from September 17th 2011 onwards. It is extremely significant that the protest is to be staged in Wall Street and not in Washington as it underlines the fact that that it is the financial kleptocrats of Wall Street who actually control the US Government and so the whole world.
At the moment the initiators of the movement do not have a clear charter of demands. In fact they have said that the website is an open source platform and the demands and the strategy will have to evolve through discussion. Obviously it will not be possible for these people while occupying Wall Street to completely alter the way the world is doing business at the present moment. But there is a realisation that some minimal concrete demand that can force the administration to negotiate has to be put up. Here is the latest from the initiators of the movement -
"Strategically speaking, there is a very real danger that if we naively put our cards on the table and rally around the "overthrow of capitalism" or some equally outworn utopian slogan, then our Tahrir moment will quickly fizzle into another inconsequential ultra-lefty spectacle soon forgotten. But if we have the cunning to come up with a deceptively simple Trojan Horse demand … something profound, yet so specific and doable that it is impossible for President Obama to ignore … something that spotlights Wall Street's financial capture of the US political system and confronts it with a pragmatic solution … like the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act … or a 1% tax on financial transactions … or an independent investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into the corporate corruption of our representatives in Washington … or another equally creative but downright practical demand that will emerge from the people's assemblies held during the occupation … and if we then put our asses on the line, screw up our courage and hang in there day after day, week after week, until a large swath of Americans start rooting for us and President Obama is forced to respond … then we just might have a crack at creating a decisive moment of truth for America, a first concrete step towards achieving the radical changes we all dream about unencumbered by commitments to existing power structures."
The challenge of course is about how to remove greed from the matrix of socio-economic and political arrangements. It is all very well to talk of decentralisation and people's control but to dismantle the present system and bring in a decentralised one is not an easy task. It involves the reversal of a ten thousand year trend towards more and more centralisation of wealth and power.