|The sky's not falling |
yet, but it could
As we settle down to yet another Occupied night at Union Square, mesh netting now covers the scaffolding used by Occupiers for shelter, placed there by building management to deny us our right to use part of a public sidewalk as a protest area, aided by the ever present NYPD with a new weekly strategy to simply arrest one protester a day whether they're doing anything or not - George Soros pops up on my iPhone in a Newsweek story to tell me that what I and the rest of the Occupy movement are doing is not just totally bat-shit crazy. "I am not here to cheer you up. The situation is about as serious and difficult as I've experienced in my career.", says Soros, who, at the age of 13 saw Nazi soldiers invade and occupy his native Hungary in 1944, only later to have that fascism replaced by the totalitarian Soviets - only to watch that fail as well. “The collapse of the Soviet system was a pretty extraordinary event, and we are currently experiencing something similar in the developed world, without fully realizing what’s happening.”, he continues.
But for Occupiers, the system has already collapsed and those who deny or decry Occupy, are just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. “We are facing an extremely difficult time, comparable in many ways to the 1930s, the Great Depression. We are facing now a general retrenchment in the developed world, which threatens to put us in a decade of more stagnation, or worse. The worst-case scenario is a collapse of the financial system.”, Soros sees, and he fears the government's reaction to this protracted financial crisis and related Occupation protest could be worse than the problem itself. “It will be an excuse for cracking down and using strong-arm tactics to maintain law and order, which, carried to an extreme, could bring about a repressive political system, a society where individual liberty is much more constrained, which would be a break with the tradition of the United States.”
So there we have it. A man who knows police states, watching the formation of the world's newest police state - the formerly, 'Land of the free, home of the brave' good ole' USofA.
This morning as roughly 6 or so Occupiers arrived to began setting up organization info tables, no fewer than 12 cop cars could be seen lining 14th street in front of the rather smallish Occupation - all police picking up that ever sought after $60 an hour overtime. Earlier in the week two uniformed and smiling NYPD officers had been spotted in Chelsea at 9th in front of the Apple store distributing community alert pamphlets highlighting an increase in neighborhood burglaries. Hmmm. How many police detectives does it take to figure that the $17 million spent thus far on overtime for policing Occupy might be far better spent, fighting actual crime? Maybe it just takes one concerned with protecting the 1% constituency of people like George Soros:)