Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It’s about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become.
- Matt Taibi
One of the best political and current event writers going (well, as far as I’m concerned, he’s the best, but there’s a chance I’m wrong), Matt Taibi chimes in on Occupy Wall Street. He’s also the main reason for still paying attention to Rolling Stone. The quote was pulled from a great Matt Taibi article, but I first found out about it in the also great (and extensive) write-up on Occupy Wall Street that Ian MacKenzie posted, which you should check out.
I made this mix tape about 10 months ago, but I was listening to it last night and couldn’t help but notice how much more relevant the songs and audio clips sounded today (i.e. with all these protests from fed up people). For example, Paul Simon singing about New York and asking “whose side are you on?” or Alex Jones rant from Waking Life or Tracy Chapman saying “poor people gonna rise up” or etc and etc.
Listen for yourself and see. The evidence is all there.
Now, I don’t want to say that it is responsible for this whole Occupy Wall Street movement, but a whopping 18 people have listened to this mix since I put it up. So if a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa can start a hurricane in Asia, maybe…