….and now back to Occupy Wall Street who took to the streets last night in solidarity with the striking students in Quebec. The Occupy protesters started in Washington Square Park and made a rambling cat a mouse (with cops) journey up to Times Square banging on their pots and pans the whole way. In Times Square, there was one arrest and one de-arrest, with the march wrapping up a few blocks away in front of the Canadian consulate.
The Quebec students have been protesting for over 100 days against hikes in student tuition fees and for the past 2 weeks, against a new law in Quebec that effectively makes any kind of protest illegal. The pot and pans are their symbols also called casseroles in French.
Two time Medal of Honor winner US Major General, Smedley D. Butler, said the following about his military career:
· I spent 33 years in active military service and during that period, most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
· I helped make Mexico and Tampico safe for American oil interests.
· I helped make Haiti & Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in.
· I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street.
· I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers.
· I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests.
· I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies.
· In China I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.
· Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.
· War is a RACKET. Always has been. It is the oldest, most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is international in scope and the only one in which profit is reckoned in dollars, and the losses in lives.
· A racket is something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the few, at the expense of the very many.