“The Highest of all Sciences and Services—the Government”
We’re sitting in fron of a building (City Hall) where these words are inscribed. I don’t know how many people here would agree with that statement, but as long as the incumbent politicians refuse to acknolwedge the need for fundamenetal reforms, it is apparent that the protests, and the expansion of the movement, will continue.
Andrew Young sees this as an “outcry” and said the difference between the various “Occupy” groups and previous activist movements is the lack of “organization and articulation” that he says is necessary to succeed. So, these words from our brothers and sisters at Occupy Wall St. are worth repeating here:
From Occupy Wall St. October 9, 2011
“There is a danger. Don’t fall in love with yourselves. We have a nice time here. But remember: carnivals come cheap. What matters is the day after. When we will have to return to normal life. Will there be any changes then. I don’t want you to remember these days, you know, like - oh, we were young, it was beautiful. Remember that our basic message is: We are allowed to think about alternatives. The rule is broken. We do not live in the best possible world. But there is a long road ahead. There are truly difficult questions that confront us. We know what we do not want. But what do we want? What social organization can replace capitalism? What type of new leaders do we want?”
Looking forward to an interesting week of progress as the movement "organizes and articulates" together as one, as we reflect on the purpose of our activism. To do that, this voice from the past may offer some guidance:
“It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”