Last Friday, October 14, will become known as a turning point in American and world history. When Mayor Bloomberg realized he could not evict the people in Zuccotti Park, it showed that OWS had become too big and too important to stop. The vector of history has now shifted. Conventionally, politics has been divided into left and right. More properly (as SouthernDragon has pointed out in an FDL comment I read), it should be divided into top and bottom. At least since the end of World War II, and probably much earlier, perhaps dating from the time of the Chicago Haymarket Riot in 1886 or the end of Reconstruction in 1877, the vector of American political life has travelled from bottom to top, away from the people toward the “elite.” A vector pointing from the bottom to the top of society indicates a tendency toward isolation, loneliness, social stratification, and oppression based on class, race, gender, sexual orientation and other forms of distinction. It indicates the condoning of bullying and the ostracism of individuals based on personality differences. There were temporary reversals of the upward vector in twentieth century American history (notably, the New Deal in the 1960s and the Civil Rights movement and Great Society in the early and mid 1960s before the Vietnam War dominated), but the long-term trend has been the same.
Now, with the advent of OWS, the vector has reversed! The downward vector points toward greater community, empathy, sharing, love. It points toward, not away from, the interests of We the 99 Percent. The oligarchy, through their ruthless policies, and their self-culling to an incredibly tiny membership (only a few thousand are now in the true American ruling class), have left themselves open to this shift, and OWS has seized the opportunity to make it happen.
Progress will be slow and there will be many setbacks. But a fundamental change has come. How do I know this? The same way all of us can. We are all subliminally linked far beyond our present intellectual knowledge. We can all feel the awesome burst of community over the past few days, which gives hope even in the face of the most daunting personal obstacles.