Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book "40 Days That Shook the World: From Occupy Wall St. to Occupy Everywhere." My OWS-relevant "Journeys With Beethoven" just published in print and e-book, my other books here.
4:00 Wild: Chris Moody at Yahoo! reports that rightwing activists at CPAC conference in D.C. are "bracing" for party crashing Occupyers. They also claim that many "infiltrated" OWS in recent month, "donning old jeans" to attend meetings and camps where they allegedly learned of threats of possible violence. "Often a prime target of liberal protestors, online publisher Andrew Breitbart said he was excited about a possible clash with Occupiers during the conference. ‘Screw them,’ Brietbart told Yahoo News in an interview in the hotel lobby. ‘I hate these people. They are the most evil, vicious people in the world.’" He also called himself "omnipotent."
2:35 And now, J.A. Myerson interviews Chris Hedges about his, ahem, controversial article… The Nation re-posts Todd Gitlin piece from couple weeks ago publishes elsewhere calling on Occupy to totally eschew violence. Fight cops or fight corporate state?
2:20 Going postal: Sen. Bernie Sanders calls out GOP on "manufactured crisis" and loss of 230,000 postal jobs.
12:30 The battle re: the streets continues: David Graeber, a vital OWS organizer at the beginning and at times Black Bloc participant, with new "open letter" to Chris Hedges. "This is the sort of misinformation that really can get people killed. In fact, it is far more likely to do so, in my estimation, than anything done by any black-clad teenager throwing rocks."
12:25 Another good break down on the mortgage decision by our own George Zornick.
11:30 Piece by the great Carne Ross here at The Nation on Occupy and the new "participatory democracy" in this "disorderly world."
10:50 NYT: Stop the presses! 33% of Americans have positive view of socialism. Time for my hero Upton Sinclair to make a comeback!
10:45 For my local home boys and home girls: I am giving a talk on Saturday night at Nyack Library before concert on my new Beethoven book (and partly on relation to recent and current political upheaval from Chile to China and back to Occupy).