They even came close to burning books in the OWS library! Each day they reveal themselves more. They have been there generation after generation. They own the country and pass it on to others. They are faceless because they are not people. They are a system. Oh yes we have names of some the recent manifestations. Yet just who is in charge? Who decided there should be a conference call before the Iron Heel squashed us once more? Can you find someone in charge? I doubt it. Why are they so concerned that they can not identify single people behind the occupy movement? Do you see the symmetry? One system clashing with another. No generals no dictators, just power versus a challenge to that power. Read on below for more on this.
First of all the "system" is in trouble. Just what system do I mean? There's a good question if you believe the thing we are fighting has that kind of identity. The faceless global system that takes and takes and reduces the source of what they take to pawns and servants of one kind or another. They used to talk about the "Bosses" in the old days. Things have changed in some ways but they basically remain the same.
Have you ever experienced the sneer that someone who feels "better" than you because they have learned to share in the process that robs you of the fruits of your work and thereby can lord what they have as a result over you? That never changes.
I, as a University faculty member, never lost my working class roots. I was a pawn just like the janitors or the steel workers or any one else who was always on the losing side of the struggle to get a fair return for what I contributed. I watched the State or the Corporation (Harvard) strip us of what we deserved. Oh yes, the people who teach kids and the policemen and firemen all got even worse screwings as well, but the fact remains that wealth has accumulated in the hands of a very few. The administrators and the entertainers (sports) some how got a better cut of the droppings if they kept us all in line.
There are no real exceptions that I know about. The system pays CEOs to accomplish this. Good management keeps the stockholders happy. The pockets fill and all you need do is be good at gambling with other people's money.
That's the more familiar part of the system. There is much more but you get the picture. So now the system has at least a two pronged attack against it. It was bad enough when things began to seemingly spontaneously unravel. Yet every time there is a crash they come out better, what a strange set of coincidences. Every chain letter scheme has and endpoint where the unstable relations that keep it going fall apart for one reason or another.
Now on top of that the great unwashed are playing in the parks. how annoying. Why don't they get dressed up in suits and ties and work for the system's candidates like they did to kill the sixties movement? How long will they keep this up? How much naked force will they endure? Rubber bullets, tear gas, horses, whatever. Kent state was real bullets. Debs and Joe Hill and so many others were eaten by their power. When will it stop? It depends on you and I. We can not let them be crushed. We can not let them burn the books and erase the progress made these last few months. The people are awake. They see the ugliness of the system. They want it over. They will not turn back. We do not need a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing.