Wednesday, January 4th was a long day for Rich, a ruddy-faced and Bronx-accented member of Occupy Los Angeles. There was an event planned that afternoon at the home of Faith Parker, a 78-year-old retired schoolteacher and mother facing foreclosure. The problem: Ms. Parker lived eleven miles away in South Central. Rich, 20 years homeless, rose early and began walking. “Sure, I could’ve bummed bus fare. But then you don’t get to see anything along the way,” he later told me.
The Hedges / Graeber debate is a tremendous distraction from the current reality of the occupy movement. Hedges argued that black block is a ‘cancer’ in the occupy movement, while Graeber rebutted both in an open letter and on twitter.
For eternity, people who were opposed to their governments or oppressors have united against them. In a democracy, we are theoretically allowed to peacefully throw off an unwanted government by voting them out. However, most of us of any experience or knowledge of our vertical political process in the U.S. know that in our country, the political process is rigged against the people.