Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries from October 2011

Occupy Oakland planning a general strike on Nov 2

October 31st, 2011 · Comments Off

Following last week’s violent police crackdown, the Occupy Oakland General Assembly passed a resolution calling for a general strike on November 2nd. You can watch a video of the Oakland General Assembly voting to pass the general strike here. While general strikes are rare and hard to enact, this one is gaining steam. The International [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Labor

Glenn Greenwald on Chris Hayes Show

October 31st, 2011 · Comments Off

This is a really great segment on Chris Hayes’ show featuring Glenn Greenwald and talking about his new book, With Liberty and Justice for Some. I haven’t read Glenn’s book yet, but it’s on the top of my pile and will be my next read.

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Tags: Rule of Law

Bill Black at #OccupyWallStreet on putting banksters in jail

October 29th, 2011 · Comments Off

It’s hard to read or watch Bill Black talk about the scope of criminality in our current financial crisis and not get really, really mad. Black says that Obama should ask for Ben Bernanke to resign from his role as chair of the Federal Reserve. He also says that Obama should fire Tim Geithner and [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Rule of Law

Obama fundraising 2012: True, but not accurate

October 28th, 2011 · Comments Off

Originally posted at AMERICAblog During the Washington Post versus New York Times battle over whether Barack Obama’s reelection campaign did or did not raise more money from Wall Street than Mitt Romney and the other GOP candidates, the Obama campaign and its defenders arrived at a position which while technically true was not accurate in [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Elections

Stoller on OWS, Obama and the Federal Reserve of Oil

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Two pieces by Matt Stoller that I think are worth reading, but I don’t have time to do analysis of. At Alternet,  Stoller writes about Occupy Wall Street as an unofficial primary challenge to President Obama. Stoller also has a piece on Dylan Ratigan’s website, The Federal Reserve of Oil, which looks at one of [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy

Dahlia Lithwick on Occupy Wall Street & the Press

October 27th, 2011 · Comments Off

Dahlia Lithwick: I confess to being driven insane this past month by the spectacle of television pundits professing to be baffled by the meaning of Occupy Wall Street. Good grief. Isn’t the ability to read still a job requirement for a career in journalism? And as last week’s inane “What Do They Want?” meme morphs [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · The Media

Schneiderman & Biden investigating criminal charges for foreclosure crisis

October 26th, 2011 · Comments Off

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Last night on Rachel Maddow’s show, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman revealed that he and Delaware AG Beau Biden are investigating criminal acts in connection to the foreclosure crisis. Skip to 2:37 where Maddow starts talking about foreclosures. If you want to [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Rule of Law

Taibbi on what #OccupyWallStreet wants

October 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

The whole post by Matt Taibbi is must-read, but this closing observation is the real point. These inequities are what drive the OWS protests. People don’t want handouts. It’s not a class uprising and they don’t want civil war — they want just the opposite. They want everyone to live in the same country, and [...]

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Tags: #OccupyWallStreet · Economy · Rule of Law

Laughable: Mean DNC will lead Republicans to oppose foreclosure fraud deal

October 25th, 2011 · Comments Off

Ben White of Politico’s Morning Money reports that the chances of a deal with the five largest banks and all fifty state attorneys general on foreclosure fraud has been reduced, thanks to an ad by the Democratic National Committee which hits Mitt Romney on his comment suggesting the need to speed up foreclosures. MORTGAGE SETTLEMENT [...]

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Tags: Economy

Mitt Romney and the 1%

October 24th, 2011 · Comments Off

New York Mag has a cover this week that will have the DNC drooling for days. Beyond the cover, the piece by Benjamin Wallace-Wells goes after Romney’s wealth and background in as a Master of the Universe. The ["corporations are people"] incident, in retrospect, did less to peg Romney as a creature of privilege than [...]

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Tags: Economy · Republicans