Mad, Passionate Love—and Violence


| 2/22/2012 10:25:26 AM


Tags: Occupy Wall Street, Occupy movement, protest, spring, banks, revolution, politics, TomDispatch, Rebecca Solnit,

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This article originally appeared on TomDispatch.

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When you fall in love, it’s all about what you have in common, and you can hardly imagine that there are differences, let alone that you will quarrel over them, or weep about them, or be torn apart by them—or if all goes well, struggle, learn, and bond more strongly because of, rather than despite, them. The Occupy movement had its glorious honeymoon when old and young, liberal and radical, comfortable and desperate, homeless and tenured all found that what they had in common was so compelling the differences hardly seemed to matter.

Until they did.

Revolutions are always like this: at first all men are brothers and anything is possible, and then, if you’re lucky, the romance of that heady moment ripens into a relationship, instead of a breakup, an abusive marriage, or a murder-suicide. Occupy had its golden age, when those who never before imagined living side-by-side with homeless people found themselves in adjoining tents in public squares.

bob bennett
2/27/2012 6:51:22 PM

"Trauma exposure has been linked to later substance abuse, mental illness, increased risk of suicide, obesity, heart disease, and early death.” (Leading Change: A Plan for SAMHSA’s Roles and Actions 2011–2014 – pg. 8 ) Among the things I hope comes out of the Occupy movement is a First Rate Mental health system and a complete overhaul of the justice system. Much of both systems is abusive and results in greater problems being experienced by the individuals who encounter either /both.


r cree
2/27/2012 5:04:33 PM

Capitalism creates pollution--and the capitalists benefitting from the system are not paying for their pollution. Everything derives from that assumption. Capitalists do not care about us and our vague discussions about inequality--but they do not have any arguements against how they are externalizing the costs of their economic system that benefits them onto the 99%. We didn't allow the capitalists to continue externalizing the cost of air and water pollution onto the 99%---why then allow them to externalize the cost of efficiently running their global economy onto the individual, the community, the society, the world. Don't expect economists to talk about this---they are bought by the rich and their corporations. Time to do our own economic analysis and guess like any good economist the cost of the pollution of capitalism on the 99%.