Everything is quiet at Wall Street and Broadway. I have been reading a lot — huddled up with Heraclitus, Parmenides, Socrates, Plato, Descartes, Hume, Hegel, Wollstonecraft, Husserl, Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre, Maslow and others trying to stay warm. A new philosophy is birthing in my mind — an Occupy philosophy as the dialectical philosophy of our time. That is why I haven’t written in a bit — my mind is occupied with trying to fit together ideas and words. I find that language is so inadequate for the expression of ideas that I have to mull things over repeatedly in order to ferret out erroneous connotations.
Anyway . . .
The NYPD seems to have better things to do nowadays besides harassing us. However, it is not lost upon me that several of us have succumbed to the panopticonic control that has been inflicted upon us. The many video cameras watching us from all angles at all times do the job of the prison guard — the NYPD doesn’t have to be physically present in order to watch us, and thereby control our behavior. Some of us have started automatically obeying authority figures. This is, in my estimation, exactly the wrong mindset for an occupy action. Making friends with, and following the directions of, Securitas, Downtown Alliance, NYPD and other authorities will not accomplish the goals of Occupy Wall Street or this specific action at Occupy Trinity Wall Street. We haven’t come this far just to sit quietly and obey. We have chosen to change the world — it cannot be done by obeying authorities, and it cannot be done without fuss.
To be human is to be free. To be free is to choose. This world is created from past choices. Another world is possible. Our choice. No excuses.