The Rule Of Law Vs. The Golden Rule

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.

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  • jams o donnell  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    as in he who has the gold makes the rules? Plus ca change,,,,

  • karmanot  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What’s the next move? A take down of Bloomberg.

    • Steve  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      karmanot, as tempting as that sounds, the problem is much larger than Bloomberg. Look at what happened to Occupy Oakland. I understand Occupy Phoenix was raided overnight. And Occupy Berkeley? the original home of the original liberal activists? We’re. um, preoccupied with a lot of places!

      I took it as a “given” that neither Occupy Wall Street nor any of the other physical site occupations could last indefinitely, even in places where the cops were (more-or-less) friendly. No, we need to figure out an approach to the root problem of wealth gone wild. We have a second fuckin’ Gilded Age on our hands! If there’s a way we can continue to point to that in the news regularly, we have a chance of accomplishing something. Otherwise, it’s just more kabuki for the rich. I, for one, don’t propose to give them that entertainment for free… hey, I was once in the business of selling them entertainment! 🙂

  • Bryan  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Steve, in New York the Supreme Court is the lowest state court, and the opinion will be appealed. This is by no means over in court, this was just a preliminary ruling without any presentation of arguments.

    • Steve  On Tuesday November 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Bryan, that’s well and good, and it would be good to see Bloomberg & Co. get their just deserts. But that doesn’t change the fact that Occupy Wall Street… the original, the one that started it all… is effectively over and done with. Those people will go somewhere, do something, get on with their lives, deprived, in fact if not in law, by a deliberate purge inflicted by Bloomberg and his thugs. Bloomie won. and there’s no certainty there will be another round in NYC. Forgive me if that saddens me as much as it angers me.

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