Tonight at 6:00 writers and readers from across New York City will gather in Liberty Plaza to reoccupy the space and rebuild the People’s Library. Authors will bring their books, readers will bring their favorite books to donate and together we will rebuild to create the revolution this country needs.
I invite those not in NYC to gather at their occupations, campuses, squares, and parks to read poetry and prose in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the 99%. Literature is a revolutionary force. Let’s unleash it against the forces who would divide and conquer us. Let’s make the sound of democracy heard across this whole country. Share your poems, your dreams, and your stories with each other. Stand in solidarity together.
Join us in NYC and across the world for a night of readings, poetry, and revolutionary ideas. Together we will change this country and reclaim our democracy for the 99%.
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My love and solidarity to you, my brother. It’s surely heart-breaking to have the library snatched, and weeks of effort front-end loaded in dumpsters as the authorities say, by their actions, “This is garbage.” Your reading poetry back at police and bystanders is an eloquent message and action, though; wish I was back to back with you there now. And that flicker of conciliation in the voice of the police—that is the impact, the impact on their humanity by your morality. It works slowly, but the morale of those on the line graudally crumbles before righteousness, the _act_ had meaning.
And regarding the materials, yes, you all will rebuild—but their presence and loss in the larger scheme had exactly the function we see now. Education and shared humanity are the first order meaning, but in the larger level they were there as a statement and an act against the connivance of power with wealth. And the desecration of those materials shows the gangrenous hand of power in this, so the loss _is itself_ a political act in support of the larger goals of the Occupation. We create; the 99% share; the powers take; the 1% gloats. We need this complex truth in front of the camera as we mobilize, and the materials have served their larger function, to challenge and to draw out the selfish hand of power.
The image I saw here, amongst many, of the People’s Library back up with four books beside a ledge is the more potent truth, to me. Get some sleep, watch your back, and keep on, it’s not in vain.
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Liberty and Property are words expressing all those of our possessions which are not of an intellectual nature. There are two kinds of property. Firstly, natural property, or that which comes to us from the Creator of the universe — such as the earth, air, water. Secondly, artificial or acquired property — the invention or men.
In this the latter, equality is impossible; for to distribute it equally it would be necessary that all should have contributed in this the same proportion, which can never be the case; and this being the case, every individual would hold on to his own property, as his right share. Equality of natural property is the subject of this little essay. Every individual in this the world is born therein with legitimate claims on a certain kind of property, or its equivalent.
What has determined me to publish it now is a sermon preached by Watson. Bishop or Llandaff.
The error contained in this sermon determined me to publish my “Agrarian Justice.” It is wrong to say God made rich and poor; He made only male and female; and He gave them the earth for their inheritance.
Instead of preaching to encourage one part of mankind in insolence … it would be better that priests employed their time to render the general condition of man less miserable than it is. Practical religion consists in doing good: and the only way of serving God is that of endeavoring to make His creation happy. All preaching that has not this for its object is nonsense and hypocrisy.
TO PRESERVE the benefits of what is called civilized life, and to remedy a at the same time the evil which it has produced, ought to be considered as one of the first objects of reformed legislation.
Whether that state that is proudly, perhaps erroneously, called civilization, has most promoted or most injured the general happiness of man, is a question that may be strongly contested. On one side, the spectator is dazzled by splendid appearances; on the other, he is shocked by extremes of wretchedness; both of which it has erected. The most affluent and the most miserable of the human race are to be found in the countries that are called civilized.
Poverty, therefore, is a thing created by that which is called civilized life. It exists not in the natural state. On the other hand, the natural state is without those advantages which flow from agriculture, arts, science and manufacturers.
The value of the improvement so far exceeded the value of the natural earth, at that time, as to absorb it; till, in the end, the common right of all became confounded into the cultivated right of the individual. But there are, nevertheless, distinct species of rights, and will continue to be, so long as the earth endures.
It is only by tracing things to their origin that we can gain rightful ideas of them, and it is by gaining such ideas that we discover the boundary that divides right from wrong, and teaches every man to know his own.
But the landed monopoly that began with it has produced the greatest evil. It has dispossessed more than half the inhabitants of every nation of their natural inheritance, without providing for them, as ought to have been done, an indemnification for that loss, and has thereby created a species of poverty and wretchedness that did not exist before.
In advocating the case of the persons thus dispossessed, it is a right, and not a charity, that I am pleading for. Nor it is that kind of right which, being neglected at first, could not he brought forward afterwards till heaven had opened the way by a revolution in the system of government. Let us then do honor to revolutions by justice, and give currency to their principles by blessings.
Thomas Paine – Agrarian Justice
Paine went on about a payment to all for what was taken from their natural inheritance. Those at the top no doubt have their wealth from society being civilized, their wealth well beyond what they themselves could obtain from a natural inheritance. That wealth has a responsibility of being fair to those of lessor means. If they are not fair Paine then wrote the following.
“When the rich plunder the poor of his rights, it becomes an example of the poor to plunder the rich of his property, for the rights of the one are as much property to him as wealth is property to the other and the little all is as dear as the much. It is only by setting out on just principles that men are trained to be just to each other; and it will always be found, that when the rich protect the rights of the poor, the poor will protect the property of the rich. But the guarantee, to be effectual, must be parliamentarily reciprocal.”
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