Reverend Billy Occupies Wall Street
WATCH: Anti-Consumerist Preacher Reverend Billy Talen serves up a fiery sermon against the global economic machine at the ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstration in downtown Manhattan. There's a term for the present American system: "Totalizing." That means that consumerism/militarism comes all the way across the landscape - into every nook and cranny. It kills all the smaller systems, like the neighborhood economies, the gift-economies. This system is self-propelled to come into the arts, into medicine, into libraries, into our intimacy - and into our children's lives at the beginning of identity. At the Occupation of Wall Street you really feel this. Liberty Plaza is a small park where we say we're free of that system. The difference is so dramatic. We are starting a culture here - a way of life from scratch. It is clumsy and beautiful and frustrating. But no-one regrets being here and everyone knows what leaving this small island means. Go back into America and our freedom is portable, hidden near our hearts.