Forum Post: We Americans need to wake up: Are we giving up the COMMONS? Do we realize what that means?
Posted 12 months ago on Dec. 9, 2012, 1:38 a.m. EST by therising
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It's actually really troubling when you think about it... Americans (those of us with the energy and inclination) occupied public spaces peacefully and we were evicted from the parks with riot police. And that's where it sort of stands at the moment, with most of mainstream America sort of seeming to acquiesce to that, essentially ceding that ground (the commons) which is supposed to be theirs.
They sat on their sofas (not all but many) and sort of shrugged. Even if they agreed with the message of Occupy, they didn't get that these were their parks too and the fight that those brave souls out in these public parks were engaged in was their fight too.
Did the disproportionate violent crackdown seem odd to them, peaceful protesters being arrested, pepper sprayed, corralled? Did they wonder what exactly the threat was to the powers that be that such a violent response was necessary to a peaceful protest?