Jeffrey Sachs on Occupy Wall Street Out of the Park

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Jeffrey Sachs, economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia, and author of The Price of Civilization, talks about the city clearing protesters from Zuccotti Park and what it means for the Occupy Wall Street movement. He wrote an op-ed about the movement's potential in Sunday’s New York Times.


Jeffrey Sachs

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The order does not prevent Zuccotti park demonstrations, but says protesters' First Amendment rights not do include remaining there "along with their tents, structures, generators, and other installations to the exclusion of the owner's reasonable rights and duties to maintain" the area.

That is screwed, they should be allowed to keep the tents. I wonder if the decision can be appealed?

Nov. 16 2011 02:49 PM
Rose B from NYC

I found Mr. Sachs" analysis somewhat simplicatic. Pres. Obama has saved the country from a Great Depression because of his policies. He is getting us out of Iraq, he institued a health plan in spite of the Republican oppostion, something no adminstration has been able to do since the 1960s, he has gotten rid of the "don't ask, don't tell policy." Mr. Sachs does not mention the rise of the religious right as well as the corporate world as a cause of our current dilemmas. The President has been working against great odds and it's a miracle he's got anything done.

Nov. 15 2011 02:16 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

As long as "Occupy Wallstreet" tolerates open racist anti-Semitism, "Occupy Wallstreet" is discredited.

Note that when some Tea Party rallies had racist posters, (which may have been leftist socialist operatives trying to smear the Tea Party) Tea Party people said the racists were NOT part of the Tea Party and drove them away.

Nov. 15 2011 02:09 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

OWS needs to expand their protest playbook and grow up by adding a comprehensive information component to the mix.

Nov. 15 2011 01:44 PM
Michael of Brooklyn

Everything Mr. Sachs has said is correct. The problem with OWS is that it became fashionable, and therefor, meaningless after it became a news media darling.

Nov. 15 2011 01:35 PM
downtowner from Tribeca

So, maybe Mr. Sachs can explain the last 15 years he's spent with exactly the "wealthy campaign" contributors he denigrates trying to get them to give money to his millennial project. Speaking of which, how is that "ending poverty in ten years through millennial villages" thing going? Hypocrite.

Nov. 15 2011 01:35 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Where is Occupy Havana, Occupy Moscow, Occupy Tehran?

We do know that Occupy Damascus is drenched in blood.

Nov. 15 2011 01:32 PM
rss reader from brooklyn

Heads up, Leonard: The NY Supreme Court DID rule that the protestors can continue their protest in the park, w/ their tents, etc. That ruling came this morning, though the police have refuse to allow protestors to exercise the court-protected right, according to CNN:

Nov. 15 2011 01:32 PM
Michael of Brooklyn

The Ides of November?

Nov. 15 2011 01:32 PM

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