Occupy Wall Street: Now 99% More Chaotic

The 99% Occupy Wall Street movement has been actively protesting for over a month now and has been developing in interesting ways. The origins of the 99% and their original intentions seem to have been obscured by competing internal interests that have each injected some of their own agendas into the fundamental 99% message. After only a few short months the movement is now so amorphous that it has come to be in danger of being inconsequential. With the inclusion of so many fringe elements the directions of the 99% movement, its targets for protests and the demands that it has issued have become muddled in a mélange of new age greenie, conspiracy theorist inspired fairy dust.

When David GeGraw originally began the 99% movement he had just a few simple goals- to dismantle the Federal Reserve Bank and the ‘too big to fail banks’ that had caused the GFC with their poor speculative efforts, to ban private investment in US political campaigns so that the middle classes can be properly represented in government and for ‘RICO laws to be enforced against the criminal class’. With the introduction of the hacker group Anonymous to the 99% movement the call for the enforcement of democratic laws, and for a return to equity became tinged with the anarchic chaos espoused by Anonymous. OWS was really the offspring of the Rothschild-World Bank conspiracy theory and with their new partners the range of conspiracies to combat widened considerably.

Anonymous, now with a potentially large marching crowd called for ‘a Day of Rage’ and through 99% organized an occupation of Liberty Park in NYC, the scene of many Vietnam protests in the 60s, connecting the 99% with other pro the people demonstrators. This first effort was a flop but out of it came an affiliation with a highly politicized group called the New York City General Assembly (NYCGA). This group brought some structure to the 99% movement and a definite libertine political agenda with it. By now almost the entire original message of the 99% was buried in a mass of often conflicting goals. On October 24 the 99% OWS movement posted a list of demands (see: http://occupywallst.org/) that reads like a laundry list of wishes rather than a serious manifesto. By this time the posturing of the group had become more threatening, partly due to their successful occupations across the US and around the world, and partly due to their lack of political savvy. No one should have been surprised when the authorities forcibly moved them along- it’s what the authorities always do. In the final analysis the authorities had been very tolerant as the protests had all exceeded the limits of their permits.

In the latest developments OWS is now becoming a well funded organization, raising questions of who is getting the cash and what they are doing with it. It seems that in trying to work outside of the system they have ended up needing to use it to progress. From a horizontal organization they have had to become more pointed in order to harness the force that they have invoked. The political naiveté of the group couldn’t be more evident than in their list of demands so it remains to be seen if they can actually develop a working platform and a realistic set of goals. Their original objective of dismantling the Fed was nowhere to be seen on their October wish list indicating that there is not much continuity within the group, perhaps few of them were even involved at the beginning and most don’t even know what they were asking for at the start. It remains to be seen whether OWS really is an innovative social movement or if it will be just another footnote in the history books of the world.

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D G Mattichak jr was born in 1963 in Syracuse New York and immigrated to Melbourne Australia with his family in 1972. He was educated in one of Melbourne’s exclusive private schools before studying art at Preston Technical College. D G Mattichak jr has been a student of the occult arts since the early 1980s and has become well known in Australian magickal circles and, in recent years, around the world due to a string of essays on a variety of occult subjects http://www.scribd.com/dmattichak/shelf . He discovered the “key to the order & value of the English alphabet” from Aleister Crowley’s Book of the Law in 1983 and has since used this English Qabalah to unlock the secrets of Thelemite magick. Success in these methods admitted him to the highest levels of attainment in various Hermetic disciplines and until recently he has been passing on his knowledge to private students, many of whom have gone on to become notable occultists in their own right. After almost three decades of study and development D G Mattichak jr has finally been able to distil his knowledge of magick and Thelema into a book- A Comment on the Verses of the Book of the Law, the first in a planned series of books on Hermeticism and Thelemite magick, revealing, for the first time in over a century, the secrets of magick that have been hidden in Crowley’s magnum opus, the Book of the Law. D G Mattichak jr currently lives in Melbourne Australia with his artist wife Michelle and their two cats. He has had a long career as an al a carte chef in Melbourne’s vibrant hospitality scene and now spends his time writing blogs on cooking, writing and, in the guise of Master Ankh af na Khonsu, about magick. He is also one of the founding members of the Mt Franklin Annual Pagan Gathering and regularly contributes to its official website http://mountfranklinannualpagangathering.blogspot.com/ as both an administrator and as an author. D G Mattichak jr’s first book Loot was released in 2009. His books are available through amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias=stripbooks&field-keywords=D G Mattichak&x=13&y=20 .
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3 Responses to Occupy Wall Street: Now 99% More Chaotic

  1. Ed Hurst says:

    I agree. For the most part, they’ve lost their way. Leaderless resistance works only when the group is relatively homogeneous in their objectives. The only thing these people share is the urge to protest, and the blood in the streets has only just begun.

    • Here at the occupy Melbourne protests the numbers have been small and they held a meeting to decide what they were protesting against! I don’t see the 99% having much political longevity.

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