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“Occupy” and the power of fear

October 25, 2011


Perhaps a quivering child crawls in the psyche of our slam-your-fist-on-the-table society. Perhaps greed is a symptom more than a disease. It’s the splayed claws of the wounded tiger, the adrenaline of the cornered fugitive, the panic-stricken roar of the captured lion. We’re more fearful than we’re greedy.

Fear stopped me Monday from savoring the dream-come-true of any humble narcissist: A smiling television reporter lifted the microphone and asked me an innocuous question, “Why are you here?” I could now wax eloquent on my reason for joining thirty-five clerics about to march the half mile from Asylum Hill Congregational Church to the “Occupy Hartford” encampment at the junction of Farmington and Asylum avenues. This was my moment, my opportunity, my fifteen seconds of fame … And my overbearing prayer was, “Please God, don’t let the people of my church see this!”

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“Occupy Wall Street” comes to Hartford and brings a host of questions

October 9, 2011


One wonders: Will they swap a concrete overpass for the wobbly pedestrian bridge? Will the New Left see the wisdom in forging its long-delayed alliance with the Old Left? Will independent-minded vegans learn from well-honed, meat-and-potatoes union members?

Such were my questions as I snapped pictures of the spreading “Occupy Wall Street” campaign, which moved into Hartford, Connecticut, last night and featured 350 marchers lofting signs and chanting “We are the 99 percent!” Some camped on the corner of Broad Street and Farmington Avenue. I was on the ball: I arrived ahead of schedule but at the wrong location and I found no marchers – thus my Saturday-afternoon pictures of orphaned signs and a small knot of sleep-deprived organizers planning their next assembly, scheduled for 3 p.m.

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