Tag: Robert Putnam

The Occupy Crackdowns: Why Naomi Wolf Got It Wrong

On Friday, Naomi Wolf made the attention-grabbing accusation in the Guardian that federal officials were involved in, indeed ordered, the violent crackdowns against Occupy Wall Street protesters that we’ve been seeing across the country these past few weeks. Congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS [Department of Homeland Security] to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens. The next day, Joshua Holland debunked Wolf’s claims on Alternet. I don’t have anything to add to Holland’s excellent critique. Wolf gets her facts wrong, and he shows it. To my mind, though, the problem is bigger […]