So the court, on appeal, ruled against Occupy Wall Street and in favor of Mayor Bloomberg’s police department. #Occupy cannot re-establish its occupation of Zuccotti Park. Is anyone the least bit surprised?
The worst thing about this is that it leaves the distinct impression that the rule of law was not well-served, that instead of the rule of law, what we saw was the Golden Rule… s/he who has the gold, makes the rules. Bloomberg didn’t get a ruling he liked from the judge this morning, so he sought a more “honest” judge: an honest judge is one who, once bought, stays bought. I don’t know if the appeals judge was bought, or, as appears more likely, selected by the city not at random but based on what Bloomberg knew his ruling would be. Either way, the Golden Rule trumps the Rule of Law. History suggests that in the long run, such predominance of moneyed interests does not bode well for the long-term stability of the society in which it becomes common.
So… what’s next? I’d be interested to read your creative suggestions… I’ve run dry for the moment.