“Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders ... and millions have been killed because of this obedience. ... Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves ... [and] the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.” ~ Howard Zinn
Uranus/Pluto are the harbingers of revolution, change, transformation. In this Equinox chart, the Moon (the people) was closely aligned with Mars (anger) in the sign of Leo (children), and we saw throngs of people descend on Wall Street in order to bring attention to the greed and inequity in the American financial system. Their civil demonstration took on dramatic and even violent overtones on September 24th, when police were caught on tape brutalizing demonstrators, and macing young women trapped in an orange mesh enclosure.
If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. ~ Malcolm X
The people holding the fort down on Wall Street are self-described as over-educated and under-employed. In an interesting article entitled, “The Cancer Stage of Capitalism”, John McMurtry suggests that “our social immune system is being overwhelmed by a growing out-of-control money market cancer.” He describes a ‘cancer’ as an uncontrolled and unregulated agent in the host body that:
- is not committed to any function of the host body;
- increasingly appropriates nutrients from the host body in its growth and reproduction;
- is not effectively recognized by the immune system;
- possesses the ability to transfer or metastasize its assaultive growth to sites across the host body;
- progressively infiltrates and invades the host body until it obstructs, damages or destroys successive organs of its life-system; and
- eventually destroys the life-host in the absence of an effective immune-system recognition and response.
These young people occupying Wall Street are a healthy immune response to the Cancer in our system, because they are drawing attention to its existence, so that the host body will recognize it, and then do something to correct it.
Next week there is going to be a demonstration and occupation in Washington, DC, which carries the banner “Human Needs, not Corporate Greed” and beseeches to: “get money out of politics” and “put workers before profits” as well as to “protect the planet”.
This general unrest is being felt globally, not just here in the US, with demonstrations erupting spontaneously everywhere, and in solidarity with the young people. And this... is just the beginning.
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.” ~ Thomas Jefferson