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December 7, 2011

#OccupyOurHomes Meets the “Housing Authority” — Roll Tape

If it’s a super-simple picture, I find it unusually powerful. Beyond the haunted and haunting quality of this abandoned foreclosed house, otherwise lost to the elements, to the taggers, to the person who comes around with the official notice and the staple gun, and to the groundhog day ritual of that mail carrier carefully sliding still another notice in between the exhausted others, we have the genius of the caution tape.

How smart, simple and confident it is for the movement to not only occupy the foreclosed home but to co-opt officialdom’s own institutional ritual for keeping the public at bay. I think the creativity and the audacity goes further than that, though. Occupy is not just “crossing the line” and appropriating the boundaries of a political and economic structure that has left American’s very access to shelter in limbo, the movement dares to occupy caution tape itself. Even if the smell of pepper spray will soon be wafting down the block, it’s quite a lucid and audacious assertion of the people’s authority.

I also liked this.

(photo: Mike Segar/Reuters caption: An Occupy Wall Street tape hangs across the door of an abandoned foreclosed upon property where demonstrators protested in the East New York section of Brooklyn in New York City, December 6, 2011.)

  • Bugboy

    This meme about OWS being all about free handouts is rather ironic if you consider the dynamics of foreclosure: The customer takes out a loan to acquire real property, but only gains a promise that said customer will own the property once the loan is paid in full (plus interest); the customer doesn’t actually own the house. The bank does. 

    On default, the lender can repossess the property, which they owned all along.  The customer is paying all the costs of this erzatz asset ownership, while the bank gains all the benefits, ie, they actually own it.  The only assumption keeping this con game going is that the customer will be able to sell the asset at a profit later, while paying fees and interest to the lender. You know what they say about ASSUME?Now, who is getting a free lunch?

  • Anonymous

    Per the picture, mail delivery is a government service that still works — contrast financial regulation and board room law enforcement. Currently, because of an arbitrary change in the rules for funding post office pensions, the USPS is teetering on the brink of financial crisis. Looks like the geniuses of Wall Street are ogling out of work post office workers as their next round of bonuses.

  • Sirius_TheStarDog

    Next up:  ‘Do Not Cross – Crime Scene’ caution tape around bank buildings.

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