Won’t you be my neighbor? Monday at the RNC, protestors and police convergedPhoto by Mallory Benedict.

Love that sign.


Noam Scheiber on how megabanks corrupt regulators.

“Is it even possible to regulate megabanks in any meaningful sense? After all, if the allegations are true, officials at the Bank of England weren’t sending these hints to Barclays because they took a shine to Barclays’ executives or because they stood to benefit personally if the bank’s share-price rose. They were doing it because they worried that a run on a bank as big as Barclays would destabilize the British economy and wanted to do everything possible to avoid that, even if it meant skirting the rules (again, according to the allegations). 

Which is to say, in order to get corruption in your banking system, you don’t need literal corruption of the Government Official X owns shares in Bank Y variety (or even Official X wants to work at Bank Y after he leaves government). You just need banks big enough so that the bureaucrats keeping an eye on them have nightmares about what happens if the banks fail.”

–– Noam Scheiber, “How Megabanks Corrupt Regulators, LIBOR Edition“ 

ataxiwardance: Corporatist privilege is so integrated into our global financial system that regulators simply understand their role as enablers of a recalcitrant hegemony, rather than policemen over an open market. The new regulatory capture! No bribes required.

This is really where Occupy and Anti-Statists intersect.

I might also recommend Matt Taibbi’s recent post on the LIBOR scandal.


According to the Huffingtonpost:

With the May Day arrests of at least 116 people at Occupy protests around the country, there have now been a minimum of 7,106 Occupy arrests in 114 cities across the United States since the Occupy movement began in New York on September 17, 2011.

“The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, so it’s not surprising that so many people are being arrested for speaking up, but it is still quite disturbing” according to Marianne Huber, spokesperson for St. Pete for Peace., a project of St. Pete for Peace, has been tracking these arrests and lists each chronologically, including number arrested, location, a brief description and links to source documentation.

The total number of arrests is conservatively derived, including only those instances in which at least two credible and consistent sources are found. Many additional arrests are often reported.

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Earlier today on the streets of Oakland.


Occupy Oakland protestors were shot on by tear gas, rubber bullets, smoke bombs, kettled. There was no way out, so they ran through a fence, reached Broadway, took a right, marched down Broadway, and then they were kettled at YMCA. No one was trying to occupy YMCA, and were not given a disperse order, they were just told over the loud speak to not resist arrest. 

They are now singing solidarity together.

Approx. 150 protesters in zip ties.

Silly citizens, rights are for corporations!

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Eye witnesses say that 500 riot police dismantled Occupy Oakland early this morning using tear gas, rubber bullets, a helicopter, a military device called an LRAD sonic canon, and flash grenades.  There have been several reports of injuries to protestors.

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Defiant Occupy Boston protesters were arrested and charged with unlawful assembly and being in a public park after hours in a massive, early morning crackdown at the protest group’s second tent city on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

“It’s important that we gain control and make sure the rules are followed, “ said Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who was on site during the police action.


Police attack and arrest Occupy Boston protesters on the Greenway in Boston, October 11, 2011.