I am finally back in NYC and caught up on sleep after a swell 15 day tour thru NY, PA, DC, VA, MA, QC, ON, MI, IL and OH with Dream Zoo, which also included some great noise collaborations sets with Nick Millevoi, Steve Norton, Colin Fisher and an NYC homecoming Halloween feedback laden guitar trio with Dave Ross and Rob Price. There were lovely visits with locals, some great eats, drives through the countryside and an interesting adventure with Canadian Border Agents that worked out for the positive in then end…I will post some stories, photos and audio links soon.
As to Destroy All Apathy…well it wasn’t all that big a part…and i didn’t pushed it very hard as there were just not that many chances to do so. Perhaps a tour solely focused on the subject like DAP I was…
My sense of the Occupy thing after being there early in the process and having traveled 1/3rd the USA and some of Canada is that it is a fascinating and real process – an effort toward real democracy. The organized politics/meetings involve many ethnic groups and ages, but are largely dominated by white, educated 20-somethings who have been raised on a much more equitable way of seeing life, politics and economy, are not interested in having a sharp focus but rather registering a general dissatisfaction with income inequality and political/financial coziness.
The movement is certainly on everyone’s radar now, but it is far from being part of the fabric of society, which it needs to be before anything really takes hold. When one is at Zucotti park (or other city occupations we visited on the road), it is completely infectious – like you entered an autonomous sanity zone, where sharing, dialog and debate reigns – really lovely.
Authorities want something to bust up and have found there isn’t anything to really clamp down on – efforts to that end have backfired because this thing is now more about a process – a large town meeting of freaks and normals. This has also kept it somewhat isolated to the physical spaces that are ‘occupied.’ In Washington DC, you wouldn’t know it even existed and when you leave the site, present reality returns and you wonder if you had just visited an amusement park or something.
Eventually something – some event – will trigger a movement of all these occupations toward something bigger – perhaps a march and a MASSIVE OCCUPATION on Washington – where the key to breaking the power of the oligarch’s lies.
I think everyone is waiting for that, maybe it comes in a year, don’t know. In the meantime, Occupy continues to refinea new form of dialog and political process that for those involved feels revolutionary when compared to the present corrupt process.