One week after attending NY Public Library gala, Bloomberg destroys #OWS library containing honorees' books (and his own)

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21 Responses to “One week after attending NY Public Library gala, Bloomberg destroys #OWS library containing honorees' books (and his own)”

  1. Erik Erikson says:

    I 100% support OWS, but lmao if you think he was even AWARE of this Super-bookshelf.

    • daneyul says:

      Of course he’s wasn’t aware of all the details on the street.  But the irony of attending such an event–in a library—about honoring the expression of ideas….and  then only a few days later give orders that resulted in destroying books and stifling expression can’t be denied.

      Oh did I say irony.  I think I meant hypocrisy.

      • Erik Erikson says:

        I just feel like it’s a bit petty. I don’t believe that anyone would have been any happier if he came down personally, laid on the ground before the OWS library as the police approached, and screamed at the top of his lungs “No!!! Not the books!!! Go ahead and beat the everliving shit out of those guys playing hackeysack though.”

        Basically, to expect anything other than “Just tear shit up” from City Hall is a little naïve.

        Edit: What I’m TRYING to say is that focusing on this one (albeit important) piece of OWS being gone doesn’t reveal anything about Bloomberg. Obviously a Mayor is obligated to go to these library galas, I don’t think anybody ever thinks to themselves “Wow, he must really care about literature” and then feel betrayed when a shitty decision of his destroys some books in the spillover.

        • daneyul says:

          I see where you’re coming from, but I think you’re wrong about it not being revealing.  Maybe it’s no surprise, but it neatly illustrates that Bloomberg doesn’t practice or protect the ideals he professes to honor.  

          And anyway…there’s a visceral element to seeing books destroyed.  Police can always claim the hackeysack guys threw something, resisted, whatever.  But books?  Books are defenseless.  And inviolable to most people.  So it’s important to focus on what they did to the library. 

          The side that’s burning the books is ALWAYS the wrong side.

  2. eryximachus says:

    There is something incredibly, horribly wrong about destroying books… ANY books…

  3. Dub says:

    Why is this OWS library such a big deal? New York has libraries, doesn’t it? I know it has at least one, I saw it in Ghostbusters. Why go to the effort of creating this OWS library which was inevitably going to get trashed at some point?

    • Part of the big deal is that they said that they did not destroy the books, that all the property was returned. But in addition to that, if you’re arrested, it’s not OK for the police to just take things and not give them back. How does that make sense? 

      And then consider that this was 5000 books. Even if each of those books only cost two dollars, which they don’t, it’s a huge waste.

  4. Oka says:

    Library being rebuilt online: http://occupyeducated.org/  Why is the OWS library such a big deal? Because this is a protest about ideas.

  5. mpechner says:

    FAIL. The tweet link is 172 characters.  The details people.  They are important.

  6. sugarsails says:

    “This is just the beginning. Wherever books are burnt, people are burnt too.”

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/scobleizer/2818208809/

    not to be over dramatic, but this reminds me of the book memorial in Berlin

    • Moriarty says:

      “This is just the beginning. Wherever books are burnt, people are burnt too.”

      It’s not a “book burning.” Book burning is about censorship of undesirable ideas. I can assure you nobody is censoring Jonathan Franzen. (Well, Bloomberg isn’t, anyway.) The reason book burning is wrong has nothing to do with the mistreatment of the actual physical objects made of paper. They’re not sacred relics.

      So yes, I think you’re being overly dramatic, and rather widely missing the point of that quote, frankly. When the public library disposes of worn out copies of books, it’s not a sign that they’re about to start “burning people.”

      • daneyul says:

        When the public library disposes of worn out copies of books, they’re not ripping them from their owner’s tents and tossing them into dumpsters (while arresting and/or assaulting said owner’s).

        And if you don’t think what the police are doing is “about censorship of undesirable ideas” you haven’t been paying attention.

        • Moriarty says:

          “And if you don’t think what the police are doing is “about censorship of undesirable ideas” you haven’t been paying attention.”

          So is your assertion that Bloomberg is trying to suppress the works of Franzen, Bradbury, and himself? If so, please support that assertion. If not, what’s your point?

      • sugarsails says:

        Relax, I saw the memorial last summer and wanted to share because I thought it was beautiful.

  7. Donald Petersen says:

    Somebody at NYPL oughta tear up Hizzoner’s library card.

  8. Stonewalker says:

    Can somebody describe to me why people love Bloomberg?  I’ve only started being aware of his actions in the past two years, he seems like an absolute authoritarian in every way.  And being that he is somewhere in the 0.1-0.5% range, he has lots of weight to throw around. I understand that crime has gone down a lot under his mayorship, but New York City is also a police state (er, city) where all civil rights are trumped by whatever perceived threat there is to government or society. Which, by the way, totally defeats the point of civil rights. Civil Rights do not go away when they become inconvenient for our governments or for other people.

    I’m honestly trying to understand.  I mean, you realize that all the coordinated efforts of the NYPD over the past two months have (at the very least) been given his stamp of approval, right?  I suspect he initiated some of the actions.

  9. Surely there’s one OWS person who can occupy a locally elected government position? I’d like to see people running to Occupy Gracie Mansion, Occupy Albany, and Occupy Congress.

  10. Dan Kleinman says:

    The OWS Library voluntarily abandoned the equipment its members knew would eventually disappear anyway.  For details, see: “Occupied ALA Ignored Cuban Librarians; OWSLibrary is Not a Real Library and People Knew It Would Be Removed” http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2011/11/occupied-ala-ignored-cuban-librarians.html

  11. stayzuplate says:

    WTF?  Why do people take this OWS library shit so seriously?  These books were just the detritus of the scenesters at the hipster end of Zuccotti park.  The books weren’t targeted and are peripheral to the OWS movement.  Actually, this “library” kinda makes some occupyers look like they had too much time on their hands!   Can’t we get back to articulating some more concrete goals and kicking the 1%’s ass!

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