Conductor James Levine has returned from an absence of more than two years to lead…
- Posted on Nov 15th 2011 5:48PM by Cameron Matthews
"I just marched with Occupy Wall Street yesterday (Nov.7)," he told Spinner from a dimly lit office at Warner Brothers Records in New York. "I think that, like the Democratic Party, [OWS is] a fractious, fractured, fragile coalition of people with different agendas. But the primary points of Occupy Wall Street are corruption in government, corporate control of politics and the growing income disparity between rich and poor. The middle class is ceasing to exist in America and without a middle class you can't have a true democracy. You'll either have an oligarchy of rich people and then you'll have [a lot] of poor people. The income disparity is getting worse every year and the republicans are about nothing except continuing that and making it even more so. I think that is dangerous for democracy and I think it's bad for our country."
Mills also had harsh words about conservative pundits, including a Fox News mainstay: "You listen to Hannity and all those idiots talking about 'Well, they just want freebies!' No, they don't want freebies. They want a country that takes care of its less fortunate people and they want a country where all this great opportunity is available to more than just the top 1%.
"I was down there in Zucotti Park and there are a lot of people there that will scare the Sean Hannitys of the world because they don't understand them. But that's not the point. It's not the point if there are weird hippies running around there -- of course there are. The point is that this income disparity and corruption and crony government operation is going to destroy democracy in this nation and that's where Occupy Wall Street is correct."
With recent news that the occupation has been court-order to end in Zuccotti Park, Mills' feelings are more relevant than ever. Do you agree with the venerable bassist or is the Occupy Movement out of fuel?