Building for a fight
Detroit businessman shows another face of the Occupy movement
Published: December 7, 2011
"That's his solution? To be more like China? That's what he wants, for Americans to work for $10 a day and a bowl of rice?"
Meanwhile, the porcine former speaker of the U.S. House is sucking from a decidedly different trough, his company having collected at least $1.8 million for consulting for taxpayer-supported mortgage lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
So Hesse isn't waiting for the general assembly to make its decision. In a movement like this, people are going to do what they want. In less than two weeks, volunteers have cleaned the place up. Electricity, plumbing and the heating system are all now up and running. A so-called "affinity group" that's associated with Occupy Detroit, but not officially part of it, is taking over the space.
The whole thing is a case study of sorts, showing how internal squabbles are only an impediment if those who are determined to get things done let them stand in the way.
"I like that this is a movement without leaders," says Hesse. "I see hope in this movement. That's why I'm involved. We're going to fight to keep them from choking off the 99 percent, forcing them to live off less and less so that the 1 percent can have more and more and more."
Class warfare has been going on for a long time now. What the Occupy movement represents is the fact that all those on the losing end are just beginning to wake up and fight back.
"The more people get educated, the more they will understand that we've been robbed."
Hesse also says it's irrelevant at this point that the Occupiers are no longer actually occupying a Detroit park.
"Being in the park was great. A lot of people got involved in the movement that might not have been involved otherwise because of that. But now, it doesn't matter. They can throw us out of a park, but the idea is out there now. And there's no way to kill an idea whose time has come."
> Email Curt Guyette