Adbusters

A Million Man March on Wall Street

How to spark a people's revolt in the West.

Revolutions are not unplanned and leaderless events. Nor do they happen like ‘spontaneous combustion.’ The mass protests that have erupted in Cairo's Midan Tahrir square, and are close to toppling Mubarak's regime, were orchestrated by a handful of Internet savvy organizers known as the April 6 Youth Movement. For two years they planned, strategized, thought things through. Their first act surprised even themselves: in the wake of Tunisia, they called for a day of protest and 90,000 supporters showed up. It was this initial mass, backed by popular enthusiasm, that then propelled the uprising.

To this was added tactical education. A pamphlet entitled "How to Rise Up" was circulated in the days running up to the Friday protests on January 28. The pamphlet, which has been partially translated by The Atlantic, covers everything from what to wear, what march route to take and how to fight back against the riot police.

Could an uprising like this happen in America? Over 25 million folks are now unemployed, 2.8 million homes are in foreclosure while the investment bankers who brought this economic misery cynically reap obscene bonuses and rewards. Blatant corruption rules at the heart of American democracy. And with corporations now treated as people, big business money dictates who is elected to Congress and what laws they shall pass. America has devolved into a corporate state ruled by and for the megacorps.

What would it take for the people of America to suddenly rise up and say "Enough!"? A double dip recession? A crash on Wall St.? A war in the Middle East?

If we want to spark a popular uprising in the West – like a million man march on Wall Street – then let's get organized, let's strategize, let's think things through.

–Kono Matsu

Adbusters 111 Cover

On Newsstands December 3

At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.

Subscribe to Adbusters Magazine

76 comments on the article “A Million Man March on Wall Street”

Displaying 51 - 60 of 76

Page 6 of 8

vestigialista

PROTEST. the word, the notion, is beautiful, but the idea -- like any idea -- can be corrupted or subverted by baser intentions.

instead of listing disqualifiers of a future world, we need to seriously ask:

WHAT DO I WANT? (not, what *don't* i want)
WHAT DO I WANT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? (see above)
WHAT SKILLS DO I HAVE TO START MAKING THIS HAPPEN?
WHAT MATERIAL RESOURCES CAN I OFFER TO THIS?

xoxo

vestigialista

PROTEST. the word, the notion, is beautiful, but the idea -- like any idea -- can be corrupted or subverted by baser intentions.

instead of listing disqualifiers of a future world, we need to seriously ask:

WHAT DO I WANT? (not, what *don't* i want)
WHAT DO I WANT FOR EVERYONE ELSE? (see above)
WHAT SKILLS DO I HAVE TO START MAKING THIS HAPPEN?
WHAT MATERIAL RESOURCES CAN I OFFER TO THIS?

xoxo

Anonymous

You are still using the same thinking. ME, THEM, SKILLS, RESOURCES.

Change the paradigm, evolve the thinking!

Anonymous

You are still using the same thinking. ME, THEM, SKILLS, RESOURCES.

Change the paradigm, evolve the thinking!

Anonymous

i just want to leave a slit in the wall to give my love and say keep going.

competition based societies and hierarchy based institutions will always serve to divide, keep the haves from the have nots, and will always leave corrosive and toxic tire tracks where ever they be. that is just why they will always be a pressure cooker for change.

things may take a little longer over here in the luxurious west, but blinds are not immortal and they certainly have to bare the effects of time and nature.

things are beautifully starting to change retrospectively in a world whose real changes are too slow to observe in action, and too reactive to run on anything other than change.

i think most importantly, and maybe obviously, is resistance to the status quo. a constant building and rebuilding of alternate means. we must resist condemnation of our fellow man and instead seek to carve out independent microcosms of healthier existence, relying on the forces that be to lead to the abolition of class and destruction.
non violent minded revolutions of frustration over indoctrination are spreading. i've never been more sure we will see a march on wall street and a sweeping alienation of consumer culture in our life times. the thing that ticks in a brain when it see's a person we've never even had a chance to meet starving in rags leaves no other way.

don't be too hard on yourself if you're young and you haven't worked out means and self control to completely withdraw your support from the things that keep others and ourselves blinded, cholesterol packed, and desensitized. don't give up either!

"John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?" -Emma Goldman

Anonymous

i just want to leave a slit in the wall to give my love and say keep going.

competition based societies and hierarchy based institutions will always serve to divide, keep the haves from the have nots, and will always leave corrosive and toxic tire tracks where ever they be. that is just why they will always be a pressure cooker for change.

things may take a little longer over here in the luxurious west, but blinds are not immortal and they certainly have to bare the effects of time and nature.

things are beautifully starting to change retrospectively in a world whose real changes are too slow to observe in action, and too reactive to run on anything other than change.

i think most importantly, and maybe obviously, is resistance to the status quo. a constant building and rebuilding of alternate means. we must resist condemnation of our fellow man and instead seek to carve out independent microcosms of healthier existence, relying on the forces that be to lead to the abolition of class and destruction.
non violent minded revolutions of frustration over indoctrination are spreading. i've never been more sure we will see a march on wall street and a sweeping alienation of consumer culture in our life times. the thing that ticks in a brain when it see's a person we've never even had a chance to meet starving in rags leaves no other way.

don't be too hard on yourself if you're young and you haven't worked out means and self control to completely withdraw your support from the things that keep others and ourselves blinded, cholesterol packed, and desensitized. don't give up either!

"John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?" -Emma Goldman

Anonymous

I would help, but i will be watching the superbowl game. And i could help tomorrow, but i have this video game that i really want to play. Maybe later this week, although i want to watch that tv show. Besides, rioting in the streets? That only happens in other countries...

Anonymous

I would help, but i will be watching the superbowl game. And i could help tomorrow, but i have this video game that i really want to play. Maybe later this week, although i want to watch that tv show. Besides, rioting in the streets? That only happens in other countries...

Jennifer2011

Friends invited me over to watch the Super Bowl this year, but in the middle of the Egyptian revolution especially, I couldn't stomach the spectacle.

But 111 million viewers watched, setting a record for the number of people to watch a television broadcast.

TV is most definitely the opiate of our masses.

Jennifer2011

Friends invited me over to watch the Super Bowl this year, but in the middle of the Egyptian revolution especially, I couldn't stomach the spectacle.

But 111 million viewers watched, setting a record for the number of people to watch a television broadcast.

TV is most definitely the opiate of our masses.

Pages

Add a new comment

Comments are closed.