FS: “I would like to ask you your position on the Occupy Wall Street campaign. There are many within the movement that are extremely inspired by you, and we want to know if you are supportive of the movement.”
Noam Chomsky: “Not only supportive, but sent a strong message of support.”
I know - a rather brief and fragmented response for a Professor of Linguistics at MIT, but it is great that A) he responded, and B) that he supports the movement.
We sent him a follow up asking if he has any messages for the participants or those around the world watching the demonstration, and he responded again with the following:
“Below a message I sent to the organizers at their request, last week
Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.”
The feed is mesmerizing! Everyone who comes before the cameras of the LIVE FEED has something important to say. These people are making sense! I don’t know where this is going, but I definitely support #OCCUPYWALLSTREET!
A video has surfaced that appears to clearly show an Omaha man being brutally beaten by police, even though he is subdued. Robert Wagner was at Creighton University Medical Center to see a cousin, an alleged gang member, who had been murdered.
Wagner reportedly became upset when his girlfriend wasn’t allowed to see his relative. Police asked Wagner to leave the hospital, which he appeared to be doing when police say he started name calling a female cop, who then ordered him arrested. At that point Wagner was tasered several times and swarmed by cops who punched and kicked him. Wagner was charged with felony assault on a officer. Two officers are now on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation takes place.
Some amateur video shot on The Main has put the Montreal police in the spotlight again for its apparent use of excessive force. Police were called to St-Laurent Blvd. near the corner of Prince Arthur St. late Wednesday night to deal with a case of public drunkenness.