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BILL MOYERS: By coincidence I first met with Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on the very day Occupy Wall Street had sprung up in lower Manhattan. And I wondered, as so many others did, were we seeing the advance guard of a movement by organized people to challenge the power of organized money? Well, it’s still too soon to know. But in the weeks that followed, every time we went down to the encampment, there was no mistaking the message.

LINNEA PALMER PATON: I don’t have thousands of dollars to go buy myself a lobbyist to lobby for my views, but corporations do.

BILL MOYERS: Linnea Palmer Paton is 23 and an Occupy Wall Street Volunteer.

LINNEA PALMER PATON: This is supposed to be a government for the people, run by the people and if our voices don’t matter because we’re not wealthy, that’s really unacceptable and it’s dangerous.

HERO VINCENT: My name is Hero Vincent, I'm 21 years old. I’ve been here since day one. My parents were foreclosed on, my father’s been unemployed a couple of years. My mother was the only one taking care of the family for a while. I’ve been working since I’ve been 14 years old, you know, trying to put food on our table, trying to help out with the bills. So all these circumstances-- my sister is in college and she-- we can barely afford it, you know. And so it brought us here. The struggle brought us to this occupation, this day, this moment.

[NATSOT]: It ain’t hard to occupy if you’re set on freedom.

BILL MOYERS: Amin Husain is a former corporate lawyer. He’s now an artist who has become one of the many organizers of Occupy Wall Street.

AMIN HUSAIN: This connection between government and state regulating money and the flow of money at the expense of 99 percent of the population is untenable and it’s no longer being accepted. There’s been a shift in the way that people think of themselves in this political process. That there has been a level of empowerment. But this movement is about transforming society.

WOMAN AT PROTEST: I just need to interrupt one second and say you’re doing a great! I love you. All of us who are sleeping at home, we’re writing letters, we’re thinking about you.

AMIN HUSAIN: Thank you, thank you. I really appreciate it.

WOMAN AT PROTEST: We’re changing our bank accounts!

YESENIA BARRAGAN: My family’s home was almost foreclosed in Hackensack, NJ. First by Providian Bank, then by Bank of America, then Chase. The names changes. And we were almost homeless.

BILL MOYERS: Yesenia Barragan is working for her doctorate in Latin American history at Columbia University.

YESENIA BARRAGAN: We were able to gather enough resources, enough money within our family to save the house. So we like to say that we were the lucky ones. And I’m basically here because I don’t want to live in a world where there are lucky ones and unlucky ones.

DANIEL LYNCH: My name is Daniel Lynch, I live in Manhattan. And in my spare time I try to trade stocks. I might even be center-right! And I still support this, and I want people to know that, right, 99 percent exactly, right? I’ve been worried for a long time about problems with wealth inequality in the country, income inequality, and I just wanted to throw my support a little. I don’t march, I don’t carry a sign. But I come down at night I talk to some people.

I believe in capitalism, I believe in capital markets. But unchecked like this, especially the way we have estate taxes, income taxes, it subverts capitalism, it becomes feudalism. Owners of capital are winning so much more than laborers, right capital it has no roots, right? To just deny that that’s happening and not have a little bit of an activist tax policy about it, I think is naïve, it’s destructive, and it’s just absurd.

NELINI STAMP: My name is Nelini Stamp, I’m 24 years old.

BILL MOYERS: Nelini Stamp is a community organizer. She joined Occupy Wall Street on its first day.

NELINI STAMP: I’ve been fed up with having to worry about living pay check to pay check because of corporate greed and because we don’t have a very high minimum wage in New York. I really just wanted to take a major leap in fighting back.

I think that we need to, first of all, have public financing of elections. That is a huge deal one of the reasons is why corporations-- because there’s an unlimited amount of donations that they can give to political campaigns. And it’s about time we all stand up and take this back.

TYLER COMBELIC: I found my voice. I’ve been very apathetic, very cynical of the system that: do I matter? Do I matter to politicians? Do I matter to government when policies are being made?

BILL MOYERS: Tyler Combelic is a volunteer with the media outreach team.

TYLER COMBELIC: Personally, I want to see money out of government. I’m a very big proponent of campaign finance reform, of limiting the role of lobbyists, and limiting the role of corporate personhood because I feel right now, who has the largest war chest is the determiner of who’s going to be elected for a specific office or what kind of laws are going to be passed by Congress. And that corporatist-type of government is not what the United States is supposed to be.

MAN AT PROTEST: You got a better chance of being an organ donor than seeing any retirement money!

PETER CRAYCROFT: I think this is a perfect kind of forum for us all to come and talk about--

STEPHEN HAYS: Back and forth.

PETER CRAYCROFT: Yeah. I’ve seen many souls changed in the last three days.

STEPHEN HAYS: Really?

PETER CRAYCROFT: Yeah. On all sides. Including the other side of the--

STEPHEN HAYS: You see I came through the Woodstock generation and I thought it’s just back to business as usual and sort of it was a big party. That’s what I see this as, a party with no cover. I’m a defender of money. Freedom, individual freedom, rich people. Because I’m still, even though I’ve got gray, I’m still trying to be one. Because the more money I have the more good I can do. And it will be my decision as to how I allocate that good. How I allocate that capital.

When I look around at all these buildings, hospitals, colleges, I don’t see many poor people’s names. They’re all rich people. Reverend Ike a black minister who used to preach up here in New York. Used to say, “If you curse the rich, you’ll never be one.”

CALVIN BELL: Look at the people out here! You think they’re out here just hanging out? I mean, that blows my mind that you came out here and you said, well, people out here, you know, they have something against wealthy people, you know, wealthy people should be allowed to be wealthy people, because while we’re wealthy people we’ll throw money out and sprinkle them all and make people’s lives better. It’s not happening. Wealthy companies are not making the common person’s lives better. They’re taking their money, they’re moving it abroad, they’re doing different things. What’s that got to do with anything?

STEPHEN HAYS: You’ve got a nice camera, you’ve got clothes, you’re blessed.

CALVIN BELL: I just told you that I’m not one of the ones—

STEPHEN HAYS: I can’t be so pessimistic about things.

CALVIN BELL: I’m being realistic.

I live in a very nice house, my family’s blessed. So I’m not going to pretend that, you know, I don’t have anything. But I do also recognize that a lot of the situations we’re in now is because of greed. It’s because – it’s not what he said, you just let people take their money and they’ll do good things with it. Not all people do good things with their money.

WILLIAM K. BLACK: (During a teach-in) The one percent have dominant political power over both parties.

BILL MOYERS: Organizers invited Bill Black to lead a teach-in at “the people’s microphone.”

WILLIAM K. BLACK: (During a teach-in) How many think they stole from all of us?

BILL MOYERS: A senior federal regulator in the 1980s, Black cracked down on banks during the savings and loan crisis. He now teaches economics and law at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

WILLIAM K. BLACK: What we have is recurrent, intensifying financial crises driven by elite fraud and now it's done with almost absolute impunity. So the whole idea of noblesse oblige and such and that the rich were supposed to have special responsibilities, that's all gone, right? They have a God-given right to the lowest conceivable taxes.

When you put anti-regulators in charge of the agencies who believe that regulation is bad and completely unnecessary and they destroy it, creates a self-fulfilling prophecy that produces massive fraud at the most elite levels.

But, worse, it all feeds into politics. So, once you get a group that completely dominates the economy, they're going to completely dominate politics, as well.

WILLIAM K. BLACK: (During a teach-in) There is no excuse for not prosecuting. It is an obscenity. It’s surrender to crony capitalism.

WILLIAM K. BLACK: What's distressed me, and I think is one of the major reasons we get recurrent intensifying crises, is we seem to have lost our capacity for outrage. And it's only people getting outraged that produces really positive social change.

[NATSOT]: We are the 99 percent! So are you! We are the 99 percent! So are you!

MARILYN BRANDEE: I’ve been waiting years for people to get angry enough to do something. We want to just support these young people and the people who are sacrificing so much comfort for all of us.

RONNI TERR: I have a brother who’s been out of work for two years. He has a family, I think it’s just terrible that they don’t care. They’re making millions of dollars. Mitch McConnell is a multi-millionaire, John Boehner is a multi-millionaire. They don’t care about the people, they really don’t. And their own districts have many people who are unemployed, who are having foreclosures. And it’s time they stop playing this game and really said, you know I think maybe we’ll pass something that will help build our infrastructure or get people back to work. So this is a start, I hope that it makes a dent. But the fact that it’s not just here, it’s all over the country now, means that somebody is waking up.

BILL MOYERS: Waking up is right. Waking up to the reality that inequality matters. It matters because what we’re talking about is what it takes to live a decent life. If you get sick without health coverage, inequality matters. If you're the only breadwinner and out of work, inequality matters. If your local public library closes down and you can't afford to buy books on your own, inequality matters. If budget cuts mean your child has to pay to play on the school basketball team or to sing in the chorus or march in the band, inequality matters. If you lose your job as you’re about to retire, inequality matters. And if the financial system collapses and knocks the props from beneath your pension, inequality matters.

I grew up in a working class family. We were among the poorest in town, but I was rich in public goods.

I went to a good public school, played sandlot ball in a good public park, had access to a good public library, drove down a good public highway to a good public college, all made possible by people I never met. There was an unwritten bargain among the generations -- we didn’t all get the same deal, but we did get civilization.

That bargain’s being shredded. The occupiers of Wall Street understand this. You could tell from their slogans. A fellow young enough to be my grandson wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the words: “The system’s not broken. It’s fixed.” That's right. Rigged. And that’s why so many are so angry. Not at wealth itself, but at the crony capitalists who resorts to tricks, loopholes, and hard, cold cash for politicians to make sure insiders prosper and then pull up the ladder behind them.

Yes, Americans are waking up. To how they’re being made to pay for Wall Street’s malfeasance and Washington’s complicity. Paying with stagnant wages and lost jobs, with slashing cuts to their benefits and to their social services. And waking up to the grotesque Supreme Court decision defining a corporation as a person, although it doesn’t eat, breath, make love or sing, or take care of children and aging parents. Waking up to how campaign contributions corrupt our elections; to the fact that if speech is money, no money means no speech.

So the collective cry has gone up loud and clear: enough’s enough. We won’t, as I said, know for a while if this is just a momentary cry of pain; or whether it’s a movement that, like the Abolitionists and Suffragettes, the populists and workers of another era, or the Civil Rights movement of our time, gathers force until the powers-that-be can no longer sustain the inequality, the injustice and yes, the immorality of winner-take-all politics.

Our coverage of politically engineered inequality continues in our next two broadcasts. First, David Stockman, a one-time enforcer of the Reagan revolution.

DAVID STOCKMAN: There was clearly reckless, speculative behavior going on for years on Wall Street. It was encouraged by the Federal Reserve which is dominated by Wall Street.

BILL MOYERS: And John Reed, a banker’s banker who was there when Washington loaded the dice, and Wall Street rolled them.

JOHN REED: It wasn't that there was one or two or institutions that, you know, got carried away and did stupid things. It was, we all did. And then the whole system came down.

BILL MOYERS: And at our new website, BillMoyers.com, I interviewed two Occupy Wall Street organizers who give us insight into the movement and what it hopes to accomplish. We'll also link you to our interview with the editors of Mother Jones magazine, and their coverage of the "dark money" that has cast a deep shadow across this election year. That’s at BillMoyers.com. See you there, and see you here next time.

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Bill Moyers Essay: Occupying a Cause

The Moyers & Company team visited the Occupy Wall Street site several times between October and December in 2011 — visits that reveal real faces, real people, and a true common cause. In this premiere Bill Moyers Essay, Bill talks about their anger — not at the concept of wealth itself, but at the crony capitalists who resort to tricks, loopholes, and hard, cold cash for politicians to make sure insiders prosper… and then pull up the ladder behind them.

 

 

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  • JamesN.

    Your surgical precision in identifying the issues; and your cogent reply to the question: “ Why does inequality matter ? “;  is a clarion statement pointed directly through the lense we are viewing focused on this condition. Bullseye !

  • Mpope65

    Glad you’ve returned to remind us that the Occupy movement had valid points for the common people.

  • Anonymous

    Great essay. Gets at the heart of the matter, above all the superficial media coverage of what the protestors look like. Also, isn’t that New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez in the middle of the front picture?

  • http://www.billmoyers.com Theresa Riley

    Yes, it is.

    Full caption for the image above is:

    New York Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, second from right, marches with Occupy Wall Street protestors before an attempted re-occupation of a vacant lot beside Duarte Park, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Best-
    Theresa Riley
    Moderator

  • davidp

    I am glad you are back Mr Moyers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mark-Keister/1713475478 Mark Keister

    Like many, I have grown up and through the social movements of the last 50 years; yet for the last 35 of those years it has been extremely  obvious that a small percentage of the whole dominated any movement toward change by keeping the rest of us with little “change” available to do much or what again is extremely obvious that needs to be done; whether social, political or environmental change.  Many of us voted for Hope  four years ago only to watch that Great Human Hope be tied to the tree of Status Quo, we watched, we grumbled and did little else . . . Now the time to drive the MONEY CHANGERS from the Temple of Humanity is at hand.  The lash we will use is our Human Dignity.

  • Mpharveyco

    Excellent piece. Well done and thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=826120136 Joseph Psotka

    Great essay.  Terrific summation.  Get Wall st. out of Congress and the Fed.  Tax the 1% 66%.

  • Anonymous

    When I grew up my parents expected me to better than them. I did but now my kids don’t have the same advantage that I had and even worse I see dark things ahead for my grandkids if OWS don’t succeed. Hopefully if will morf into a strong third party and crush the bankster’s parties.  Sure good to see Bill doing what he does best.

  • Karen Melin

    Wonderful, wonderful esssay!  Thank you for presenting this issue so well!

  • Ssnroebl

    Thank you for giving us access to your work…….my local stations are not broadcasting your show and I was concerned that  would miss the interviews and commentary.  Your subject matter is extremely important to me and, as always, I value your approach and skill!  

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Moyers, welcome back! Thank you so very much for this fair view of the people that Occupy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZYQNQOY2DO5FZ76PLZOO3BK3AM Flickr Lynn

    Welcome back, Mr. Moyers. We need you. Your clarity and your good heart can help us move forward and occupy the future so that it is not just a dream.

  • avv

    You’ve been missed–we need your voice at this crucial time in history, Mr. Moyers!

  • http://www.sangiovanniart.blogspot.com/ Omar Sangiovanni

    enjoyed your show…excellent piece!

  • http://www.waynecoady.blogspot.com/ Wcoady

    If we are to ever take back our system of government from the 1 percent,then we must stop supporting political partys, because these political gangs are nothing more than vehicles use to hijack government bureaucrats and elected officials.         For years we have been sold a bill of goods that political partys were the cornerstone of democratic values…..this is a myth. If we truly want to send  Washington a message then we must avoid the ballot box …this is the only way to protest against the abusive system we have now.

  • Winnie

    Your essay on the corrupt system that gave birth to the Occupy movement was spot on. 
    Welcome back to PBS!

  • Concerned2

    Wow! and Thank you so very much for going “out on the limb” to bring us this information.  Your showing such great courage.
       The times are so very scary – but we must come together to have the Freedom to Ask Questions.
    Democracy- a Republic demands that we are educated so that we can make good decisions.  That is why our founding fathers put Education right up there with Freedom of Speech – and gave it to the states to be in charge of, not the government.
        The people Occupying Wall Street – and other places are so very courageous.  It makes a person stand tall and say:  There is Hope!  Shoulder to Shoulder “We can do this”.
    I applaud them also because they know that we have a right ot make changes – but, it must be PEACEFUL.  Without harm.       Martin Luther King would be very happy with you.  So would Ghandi!

  • Etana Finkler

    So glad to have your sane, heartfelt and clear speaking back, and choosing a topic of such importance.

     If things
    continue the way they are going, everyone will lose and America will not
    be the first nation in history to fall. Michael Moore showed in Sicko
    that there is still room for rich people to keep some wealth, but this
    greed has become an addiction for 14-carat gold bathroom fixtures, while
    the working class are losing their homes and jobs. This is beyond
    inequality, it is a nation crumbling in on itself.

  • Concerned2

    Please, no – we must vote.  This will be the most important election in the history of our nation. 

     The top 1% want us NOT to vote so that they can “win”.  They want us disgusted, upset, and so annoyed and frustrated so that we don’t vote. 
    I am NOT advocating any one candidate:  I AM BACKING AMERICA.

    The people we don’t want in the Federal government are part of a group based in Europe.
    There are two groups in the USA, and they say that “they are not part of a conspiracy”, they have a Members List for all to see.  Please do look at it.
    These groups represent the Top 1%: 
    The Trilateral Commission.org     (TRC)
    The Council on Foreign Relations.net  (CFR)
    These two sites give straight facts from these two sites:  Modern History Project.org
                 NowPublic.com
    You will “see” that it is extremely important to vote.
    We need to keep our country a Great Nation..we must vote positively for it – it is worth it!

  • Anonymous

    By all means vote at the polls if you are allowed, and do not vote for either the greater or lesser of two evils. Remember there are many other ways of “voting” besides what has been a rigged and exclusionary ballot. Just by writing on this commentary you cast a tiny vote. By informing yourself about the concentration of wealth/power in the USA you have voted a little stronger. I would say that to participate in Occupy and contribute your voice to the resisting consensus is right now a more powerful, and more costly patriotic act, than voting in an election. Invent and discover as many peaceful and responsible ways of “voting” as you can, and use them early and often.

  • Wcoady

    We have been voting all along and what has that got us eexcept where we are today. Voting only justifies the abuse of power we see now. In order to correct this corrupt political system …we not support any of these private political gangs , tat like to call themselves political partys.

    All we have been doing to date is electing lawyers, bankers and big business persons , who in turn stand gauard over our system to feed their peers in the big corporate world.

    They get rich, while we fall behind….these political gangs are nothing more than vehicles used to hijack “government” bureaucrats and those candidates of these political gangs .

    Time to wake up America …stop supporting a system that abuses the 99%, while the 1% feast off our backs.

    This 1% has been involving us in wars, killing our environment and stealing America Blind. Time to stop these abusers and take back our system.

  • Wcoady

    The best way to send a message to a corrupt system …is to avoid taking part in the corrupt system. To do other wise will only continue the abuse of power.

    If the mafia operated as these political gangs do..would you continue to suppport them? 

    These political gangs have been involving us in wars…thus killing our children…parents ..brothers and sister, while they sit in their ivory towers collect the dollars being made offf these war.

    These political gangs have been destroying our enviornment by introducing laws that allow the distruction of the earth, all in the name of the all mighty dollar …which just happen to fall under their control.

    These political gangs SHACKLE “their” candidates , these candidates must follow the party line ..now is that democracy? No, it sounds more like communisium.  

  • Dgamberg

    Well said!

  • leftofcenter

    One key to maintaining the movement is this. Eventually you’ll have to have a leader or leaders. All successful movements have had leadership. Being normal human beings, this means disagreements, ego battles and more. This also means a target that the neocons can zero in on to destroy.

    Just having endless discussions won’t cut it. Then again, nobody seems to want to deal with that.

  • John Scehovic

    Bill,  all of America, especially the 99%,  is so fortunate to have you back on PBS with your insightful guests, interview questions, and summary essays.  This level of quality in journalism has been missing since you retired.  And just in time for a presidential election! 

    Thanks so much for coming back.  I wish you many more years of good health and high energy to keep doing what you do better than anyone else.  I won’t miss even one program.  Godspeed.

  • Mayu Godoy

    Thank you for keeping the facts straight and correct. Many accuse protestors of  “loosers”, I believe they are the most educated people trying to make this a fair and just society…!!! It takes courage to be in this movement and lots of  good conscience to make a better world for all… Mayu

  • @Snot4you

    To the Civil Rights movements of OUR time.

  • Betsy Wood

    Bill, 
    How wonderful to have you back. For me you were always the best thing on public TV.  I’ve really missed you. For years growing income inequality has concerned me deeply and now people are talking about it.  First program was great.
    Thanks,
    Betsy Wood, Oakland,CA

  • AJ

    I have participated in several Occupy and MoveOn events in Marin County  (Calif.) and today I listened to a talk by Chris Hedges on Death of the Liberal Class and the last part of your program on Winner Take All Politics. Thank you for doing these programs – it is so heartening and makes me think we, the people, really are beginning to wake up and do something.

  • Onequitamrelator

    Bill, it will take all of US to change the current money system that is in place to in America. It was very good to see Bill Black once again fighting for immoral behavior by our Corp. Institutions. There has been sooo much social injustice in our country for the last 30 years it’s staggering. Thank you from the bottom of my heart Bill you a a true Patriot to America. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dib2-HBsF08&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • Jfdowning99

    Then, what is your suggestion, leftofcenter?

  • Jfdowning99

    Yay! Yes…vote!! We must vote. So important and powerful…yet the majority of those able to vote neglect to do so, hence the minority wins.

  • Jfdowning99

    How? By doing what?

  • Leda Meredith

    I am so, so happy to see Bill Moyers back speaking truth. Thank you for coming out of a well deserved retirement to do this. We need your voice.

  • http://www.deepthroatcove.blogspot.com/ Wcoady

    Voting only justifys those you elect, to continue “their” abuse. They always win when we vote and we lose…history has well proven that to be true.

    Our voting gives them the power to destroy the environment…fatten up the bank accounts of big bankser / CEOs , it empowers then to create wars and send our children off to be killed.

    Face the truth..our country is hijacked by a bunch of greedy mindless crooks and we let it happen when we vote and support their dirty system

  • SHREDDER100

    JAIL THE LOBBYISTS !!!

  • Anonymous

    Welcome back to Moyers, Wayne Coady. beretco.op@hotmail.com

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, I’ll try to unparticipate more. My money is out of the banks and I’m not buying anything on credit. It that like what you meant?

  • Anonymous

    Yes, both very well-stated, but so many people think any correction of inequality spoils the Social Darwinism of the “free market.” 
    And that is why the “future survivors” cheer when Rick Perry or Ron Paul are touting policies that condemn people to die. Mitt gets pleasure from firing and Newt from ending unemployment benefits and food assistance (selectively for racial minorities?). Barack uses drones for “punctuated equillibrium”. Are they brave patriots all; or tyrants, with empathies too small? And aren’t the “winners” they serve, doomed dinosaurs, with too much nerve?

  • http://twitter.com/OQPiCanonCity diane offineer

    i wish you would try to interview Dr. George Henderson at the University of Oklahoma. He was the first head of a department, Human Relations. His story is fascinating and he said decades ago that all the “ism” were rooted in classicm. I had never heard that before him.

  • leftofcenter

    Check out any Occupy group’s Live Stream or chat room, and what will you see? Arguments, hackers, video loops and more. That’s to be expected in the early stages of any movement.

    Now, how do they maintain their momentum? Stay “relevent” according to the MSM. If you do that, that longevity will win out over the neocons who are trying to kill it. They should also protect themselves from others who are trying to cash in on the movement. Examples: Van Jones and the DNCC.

  • Anonymous

    Dave Barry said the only thing they could agree about was the need for porta pottys and I suspect he’s right.

  • Matthew Kesner

    I guess trying to watch the videos online is useless, they play for a while and then freeze up. Luckily I’ve got my DVR set now….

  • Esthermiller

    I am thrilled to have you back.  I look forward to many more thought-provoking and illuminating shows.
    Esther M.

  • Pkf38501

    Thank you Bill Moyer: a commentator for the little people; for having the guts to stand up for the ‘occupy Wall street’ people who are trying but do need direction; and for exposing ‘crony capitalism,which is a serious problem.        Yes we do need a bill or a Constitutional amendment to limit  corporate donations, to stop the lobbiests.

  • Mike Padgett

    Welcome back. Your thoughtful voice of reason in our world where shrill and deceptive politics has become acceptable is needed now more than ever. You may have failed retirement, as you wrote, but your work can help others save their retirement plans.

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    I am so glad Bill Moyers is back. Last year when he
    announced last year he was leaving television it physically affected me (a good
    analogy would be when Obi-Wan Kenobi felt the destruction of the
    planet by the Deathstar), briefly I felt a great force for good would go
    silent. Happily and to my relief I found out he had plans to return. 

     

    I have watched our society steadily decline economically and
    the increasing social problems this decline brings. I gave felt marginalized by
    the political system and pushed to believe that I am a failure if I oppose the
    conformity forced on me by mass marketing and mass media. I am Angry at those
    who have so much, believe that it is not enough . . . and therefore need more.
    I am angry at being taught that I had equal participation in the political
    system only to find out it has bee rigged by those that want a guarantee for
    their own success,  achieving it not by hard
    work and dedication, but by owning the best and brightest to represent only
    their interests in Washington. I am Angry at being told that my children, and
    their children and I have some responsibility for an outrageous national debt. I
    am Angry of being a part of unjustified war. I am Angry that any non-entity
    should be giving the same rights as me.

     

    I have been Angry for a long time about the condition I now find
    myself in, alive in this country at this time in history. I had been confused
    as to how these things, cloaked in obtuse secrecy were making me angry, Angry to
    the point of apathy. I am still ANGRY  .
    . .  now I need to do something about it.

     

    An occupy movement sounds like a very good way to at least
    turn my anger into something positive.

     

    Patrick McLaughlin
     

  • Patrick McLaughlin

    P.S. Sorry for the formatting. I don’t know why it did this.

  • http://www.billmoyers.com/ AnneLBS

    Sorry Matthew, thank you for your patience while we address technical issues with the video player. Know that every show has a transcript file immediately under the video.

  • Mtch72

    Mr Moyers,
    I have missed your rational voice. Welcome back!

  • Kent Allen

    Welcome back Bill. Your two pieces on “Winner Take All” (Politics) and “Crony Capitalism” were the most enlightening shows I have seen in years. I ordered three of your recommend
    books. These two plus -
    Gretchen Morgensons  ”Reckless Endangerment”

  • http://www.economicgps.com Thad Cummins

    MBA growth since the Reagan Revolution appears to relate to ever lowering GDP. http://goo.gl/ZrF

  • H20sock

    It is so refreshing to see you back Bill Moyers. We need you to help get out the word. I applaud the brave who are putting themselves out there, giving up a comfortable home, spending the day on the streets to get attention to this problem.
    Thanks to all of you.

  • http://www.economicgps.com Thad Cummins

    MBA growth since the Reagan Revolution appears to relate to ever lowering GDP.  http://goo.gl/ZrFOT 

  • Anonymous

    Keep us informed about your resistance Pat.
    Maybe we can join in and help.

  • Anonymous

    But Newt says  (Charleston debate) that “Big people doing Big things is what America is about; I’m grandiose because the country is grandiose.”
    Will Republicans nominate Mr. Delusions-of- grandeur who thinks he resembles Winston Churchill? Look out little people, Newt’s walking!
    “Never have so few fleeced so many of so much.
    We shall defraud them on the beaches; We shall bamboozle them in the air. And we will not stop our scams until the last penny is sucked from the last piggy bank.” (Maybe he looks more like a piggy bank. Soon he may get busted.)

  • Anonymous

    And the best holistic colleges have been reduced to business academies at University prices.

  • Anonymous

    The indoctrination involved in a business or economics degree is often akin to religious training. MBAs are the priests of corporate capitalism, and they’ve been running an Inquisition. Nouriel Roubini has said so repeatedly. The Holy Mother Church never accumulated wealth so fast as under those trials, tortures and property seizures.

    Excellent link Thad.

  • Georgedwhitney

    AN ANSWER!!!! A PLEDGE FOR LEGISLATORS: I PLEDGE HEREAFTER TO ACCEPT AS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST ANY CONTACT WITH A FOR PROFIT CORPORATION AND THEIR REPS AND IF FOUND GUILTY MUST HAVE A MANDITORY 10 YEAR JAIL SENTENCE. TO ALL- VOTE ONLY FOR THOSE WHO AGREE TO THE PLEDGE.
    George Whitney in memory of Thomas Paine.

  • http://www.economicgps.com Thad Cummins

    Lobbyist are like Lilacs.    When you whack them back they come back ‘bushier’.   Only a lack of water will kill them.

  • Gerald Falbel

    MY OUTLOOK ON 2012

    Gerald Falbel

    gfalbel@optonline.net

    203-357-0626

    In
    my opinion, the Occupy Movements are equivalent to the unrest previous to the
    French Revolution, but it is useless for Madame Defarge to start “knitting”,
    because the current political system is so widely entrenched with extremely
    well funded special interests.

    As
    Professor Herbert Gans noted in a recent NY Times Op-Ed piece, followed up
    later by Tom Friedman, that the inconvenient truth is that the US has a growing
    structural problem of superfluous workers, even when we recover from the
    current recession, because computers, automation, and foreign outsourcing have
    taken over the jobs of blue collar workers and medium skilled white collar
    workers.  In order to recover from our
    present malaise, we need a huge infusion of government funds similar to those
    of World War II, which brought us out of the Great Depression.  Eliminating another World War, we can use the
    Saudi Arabian Model, where its citizens and workers are subsidized generously
    by the profitable energy receipts of the government.

    The
    US can achieve
    this model without increasing taxes or increasing the National Debt, by
    implementing a proposal I have made to US Movers and Shakers and the Media for
    over 32 years and specifically to Newt Gingrich on February 25, 1995, without receiving any cogent response
    or rebuttal. 

    This
    proposal, defined in detail in a 32 slide Power Point presentation, available
    on request, would build a solar power station on the moon in ten years by
    diverting a portion of the funds from the bloated, already-funded, US Defense
    Procurement Budget to the same companies and workers receiving them now.  As calculated in the Power Point
    presentation, this power station would beam 21 trillion kilowatt hours/year of
    totally clean electric energy to the earth 24/7, using the proven technology of
    microwave power beaming, which passes through cloud cover.  This energy would represent only 10% of the
    yearly world energy use in 2020.  At the
    current average electricity rate of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, the US Treasury
    would receive $2.5 trillion per year forever. 
    These funds would eliminate budget deficits, ultimately retire the
    National Debt, and fund an infrastructure improvement incentive program on
    steroids, turning the US into a “shining country on a hill”, as well
    as reducing and ultimately reversing global warming, thus saving $trillions
    more.  In addition to the above, with
    unlimited expansion of the above, the US would “corner the market” on world
    energy, and become a 19th century “Robber Baron” capitalist country,
    something even the Republicans would approve of.

    All
    that is needed is political courage.

    Gerald Falbel
    472 Westover Road 
    Stamford CT  06902

  • Geezoid

    Ummm, creating a new religon? Call it the Church of Latter Day Occupiers? Trying to introduce a third alternative political party doesn’t seem to be getting much traction.
    The new church could qualify for non profit tax breaks and form a Super PAC. I dunno, think outside the box and legal structures people.

  • gloria

    I am as delighted as anyone in having Bill Moyers centerstage again but sorry to say that PBS was hardly a prime mover.

  • Jemi_22

    Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sue-Barnhart/1174933441 Sue Barnhart

    ok go ahead and follow the crowd & claim both parties are the same.  But I’ll make 2 points. 1.) every single supreme court justice who voted FOR Citizen United was appointed by a Republican.  2.) We have NOT had a Democratic president w more than 2 year of Democratic majorities in Congress since the civil rights movement of the 60s.  So go ahead & make the false equalancy.  Our political leaders respond to the voters who actually get out & VOTE and the fact is the actual voters have been more conservative for more than 40 years now.  Even the union busting president Ronald Reagan was voted in by so called  ”Reagan democrats” who were mainly white working class union people especially in states like Michigan & Ohio…. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this video. It is so validating.

  • Anonymous

    Young people in Oakland helping ‘reveal real faces, real people, and a true common cause.’  This is good, big, inspirational stuff that might represent one way that Occupy has inspired a spring resurgence.  See:  http://insideoutoccupyoakland.wordpress.com/

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Inside-Out-Occupy-Oakland-Group-Action/266702620063373

    Initial video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUJACkFZJO4

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/insideout_occupy/6947049943/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/insideout_occupy/6933865905/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/insideout_occupy/6787753754/

  • http://www.facebook.com/TallPhilosopher John Champagne

    I was very disappointed when I tried to engage Occupiers in SA on the topic of equal sharing of natural wealth. Disparity of wealth is a much smaller problem when natural wealth is shared equally.

    Environmental problems and sustainability issues are made smaller or they disappear completely when appropriate fees are charged to polluting industries and those who take natural resources in pursuit of profit.

    Why are these facts not mentioned on the public airwaves?

    Equal sharing of natural wealth promotes justice and sustainability:
    http://gaiabrain.blogspot.com/2011/06/golden-rule-and-public-property-rights.html

  • http://twitter.com/thirdcloud Thirdcloud

    I am continually shocked at how successfully the American people have been divided against their
    own interests.
    I appreciate OWS for keeping up the fight for Americans~even those who have yet to understand.
    Campaign finance reform is the first order of business and primary solution to all other problems.
    Election and campaign finance reform is the most significant challenge of our times~ask your elected representative what they’ll do to eliminate the corrupting influence of money in politics?

  • Anonymous

    So this is a year old and I’ve just noted it. But I would like to say a word to Sue Barnhart: I agree completely…it is, indeed, a false equivalency! A year later, I continue to believe in OWS; they continue to do good work rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy and I hear they are working in OK after the tornadoes. Thanks for letting me have my say!

  • Anonymous

    OWS is alive and well, even a year later. They need your help, and Patrick’s! They do such good work!