Wall Street Protest Starting to Look Like Tahrir Square, Egypt
Alexander Higgins reports:
NYPD police scanners are estimating a crowd up to 5,000 are occupying liberty square in a scene that is now starting to look more like Egypt’s Tahrir square.
The protests have become so large that Fox News has set up a live stream covering the protests. Here are some screen shots from their camera.
Here are some additional photographs from a helicopter.
Who Are the Protesters?
Wall Street is trying to write all of these people off as being “hippies” who “need to get a job” (to which the protesters would respond: That’s the point – There are no jobs, because Wall Street has destroyed the economy.)
But all types are marching, including grannies and pilots:
Marines and other military men and women.
On the other side of the protest line, Mayor Bloomberg is whining that the protesters are targeting bankers who “are struggling to make ends meet”. He has a point: if Wall Street is reined in so that the rest of the country has a chance, the bankers might have to cut back on their mistresses, prostitutes and solid gold toilets.
As Warren Buffet – one of America’s most successful capitalists and defenders of capitalism – points out:
There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war ….
Leading economists note that rampant inequality was one of the main causes of the Great Depression and of the current economic crisis.
Indeed, given that inequality in America is worse than Egypt (or Tunisia, or Yemen or most Latin American banana republics), and that social mobility is lower in America than in most European countries (and see this), we have been predicting these types of protests for years.
If Wall Street is starting to look like Tahir Square, it is because America is starting to look more and more like Egypt – with a handful of super-rich, and crumbs for everyone else.