The 1979 Wall Street Occupation

The 1979 march on Wall Street offered a smaller, more whimsical glimpse of what would come 30 years later. It’s fitting as a premonitory event, especially if one believes that the economic crises of the 1970s were never truly solved, but merely lay dormant before returning with a vengeance in 2008:

This is a short clip from the film “Early Warnings” that details the sit-in that happened on Wall Street on the 50th Anniversary of the 1929 Stock Market Crash. The protesters were demanding an end to financial support for the nuclear industry and the action was part of the larger occupations at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant. The costumed figures on stilts are from the Bread and Puppet Theatre.

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  • Quint X

    That was kind of sweet and nostalgic. Dig those Martin Mull look-a-likes!

  • Quint X

    That was kind of sweet and nostalgic. Dig those Martin Mull look-a-likes!

  • DeepCough

    Ugh, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

  • DeepCough

    Ugh, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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  • Akira

    …and beyond the wall street types -the .01% still run the show. They have no intention whatsoever in revealing the game nor changing the rules.   

    Keep on feeding/believing into the Hollywood scenario that life on earth probably will end somehow catastrophically.  It’s so much more likely to happen than to turn over and completely revolve our current corrupt system, right??

  • Akira

    …and beyond the wall street types -the .01% still run the show. They have no intention whatsoever in revealing the game nor changing the rules.   

    Keep on feeding/believing into the Hollywood scenario that life on earth probably will end somehow catastrophically.  It’s so much more likely to happen than to turn over and completely revolve our current corrupt system, right??

  • Smiling Sun

    One thing today has that 1979 did not, is the internet. We may not be sure how to start a new system, or what it should be, but I think there are a few things we can all agree on. Every new thought system takes time, of course things are going to be a little disorganized at first.

    1. The power to make money should not be given to private corporations. It should be given to the people, for the people.
     
    2. There should be no interest, because that is just plain stupid, unless you want to enslave a race, of course. There is a thing called a mathematically correct economy. The current system lacks all reason or intelligence.

    3. Things should be done, because they need to be done, not because we can ” afford them. ”

    4. We should all have at least food, shelter, clothing. Unemployed, well, I guess you have to do community service, build shelters, grow food, make clothing. Lots a prisoners doing shit. I rather help at the community garden, then go to my soul sucking job any day.

    5. We are a global community now, lets face it. I for one like that. I rather have a global mind.

    6. None of us are special, or all of us are special.

    Just throwing some things out there. Please add to the list. I would just like to add that the best way to start a new system, is to not fight the old one, but just start a new one, and ignore the old one. It may start out slow, but eventually it grows, like the mustard seed. This could also ease the transition. I think there are enough people out there looking for real change. Given enough people, we could start our own bank, the Peoples Bank.

  • Smiling Sun

    One thing today has that 1979 did not, is the internet. We may not be sure how to start a new system, or what it should be, but I think there are a few things we can all agree on. Every new thought system takes time, of course things are going to be a little disorganized at first.

    1. The power to make money should not be given to private corporations. It should be given to the people, for the people.
     
    2. There should be no interest, because that is just plain stupid, unless you want to enslave a race, of course. There is a thing called a mathematically correct economy. The current system lacks all reason or intelligence.

    3. Things should be done, because they need to be done, not because we can ” afford them. ”

    4. We should all have at least food, shelter, clothing. Unemployed, well, I guess you have to do community service, build shelters, grow food, make clothing. Lots a prisoners doing shit. I rather help at the community garden, then go to my soul sucking job any day.

    5. We are a global community now, lets face it. I for one like that. I rather have a global mind.

    6. None of us are special, or all of us are special.

    Just throwing some things out there. Please add to the list. I would just like to add that the best way to start a new system, is to not fight the old one, but just start a new one, and ignore the old one. It may start out slow, but eventually it grows, like the mustard seed. This could also ease the transition. I think there are enough people out there looking for real change. Given enough people, we could start our own bank, the Peoples Bank.

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