Nosferatu and His Pull-Toy

October 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street is the best things that’s happened to the American and world psyche in many a year: demonstrations by ordinary people of many countries against the glaring sequestration of huge amounts of the world’s wealth. And, the best part is that it began right in the maw of raw capitalism; the place where capitalism has been allowed to run most rampant; at capitalism’s symbolic center: Wall Street USA. It makes me proud to be an American again.

“Thousands of anti-Wall Street protesters rallied in New York’s Times Square on Saturday, buoyed by a global day of demonstrations in support of their monthlong campaign against corporate greed.

“Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, protests on Saturday started in Asia and rippled through Europe back to the United States and Canada. Protesters fed up with economic inequality took to the streets in cities from Washington, Boston and Chicago to Los Angeles, Miami and Toronto.” Huffington Post 10/16/11

Although the goal of the movement has been clear as bell from day one: curb the carnivorous greed of the financial industry and of corporations to bring fairness to our economic system, critics claim protesters do not have clear goals.  What they really mean is that protesters don’t have the right goals. They don’t have goals approved by Wall Street. They don’t have goals that would render the whole movement moot.

But the path forward will be difficult because so many ordinary people have been intentionally bamboozled by rhetoric flowing from Wall Street and its stooges in government —people like John Boehner and Eric Cantor who, in displays of twisted reality, call our “job-shifters” “job creators” (if they’re job creators and doing as fabulously as they’re now doing, where, oh where, are the jobs?)

A for-instance of bamboozle is this reaction to the demonstrations noted at Huffington Post:

” ‘This is disgusting’ said Anatoly Lapushner, who was shopping with his family at Toys R Us in Times Square. ‘Why aren’t they marching on Washington and the politicians? Instead they go after the economic lifeblood of the city.’ “

It’s as if Anatoly has not heard of the financial understanding that exists between members of congress and Wall Street.  Its as if he’s oblivious to the fact that The Supreme Court has ruled that corporate bribery of elected officials is perfectly legal. Its as if he really doesn’t understand the depth of the relationship between corporations and government and who really calls the shots in it.  If Anatoly is an average American worker his shopping at Toys R Us while asserting Wall Street is the “lifeblood of the city” has a certain sad irony: Anatoly really doesn’t understand that he’s a consumer pull-toy of corporate government.

If Wall Street is the lifeblood of New York it’s only because its real name is Nosferatu and the corpuscles Anatoly is referring to are disappearing to the “giant sucking sound” made famous by one-time presidential contender, Ross Perot:

“…while the bottom 99 percent of incomes grew at a solid pace of 2.7 percent per year from 1993-2000, these incomes grew only 1.3 percent per year from 2002-2007.  As a result, in the economic expansion of 2002-2007, the top 1 percent captured two thirds of income growth.” 

Anatoly may be high enough up the food chain to be only slightly affected by the economic downturn brought to us by Wall-Street-favoring policy decisions of congress and presidents —accelerated astronomically  from 2000 to 2008— but if he’d just disengage from his pull string he might just walk across the street and join the dissenters, because if things don’t change what’s happening in Wall Street will eventually eat him alive too.

Jim Culleny


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