Read the rest at New American Media (via TruthOut), Why No Demands? Occupy Wall Street is a Rebellion, Not a Protest by: Michael Levitin
Let’s get something straight: this movement has issued no demands. It is not a protest. It’s an occupation. Rebellions don’t have demands.
Michael Levitin is the managing editor of The Occupied Wall Street Journal, and former assistant news editor at the San Francisco Public Press. He was a Berlin freelance correspondent for Newsweek, the Daily Telegraph, the L.A. Times and others.
Levitin emphasizes that the difference this time is that the protestors have been joined by organized labor.
Let me just add that at the time of the Vietnam anti-war movement and countercultural revolution, we DFH's were really anxious to have labor join in since it was their fight, too.
That never happened for several reasons. First, the fight was not economic. Secondly, it was about the aspirations of the young, not workers. Thirdly, the media was successful in marginalizing and demonizing the protestors. Fourthly, the protestors were not only protesting the war but also what they perceived as cultural repressions. An essential aspect of the countercultural revolution was "freaking out" the cultural establishment and confronting traditional values. They called us "hippies." We called ourselves "freaks."
This time it's different. It's about economics, corruption, and control, and yes, perceived state capture by an elite. This is going to have reverberating economic implications as well as political and social one, whereas the Sixties and Seventies were about social revolution and to a degree political change, but not so much economic matters.