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The 13 Best Protest Signs Seen at Occupy Wall Street

The Occupy Wall Street protests have moved into their third week, and the protesters are well aware that this is a movement that needs advertising: Their marches and sit-ins are being exhaustively videoed and photographed. The protest is as much a social media phenomenon as it is a physical one. (And, of course, the genesis of the movement is Adbusters, the Canadian anti-advertising magazine that is read as voraciously on Madison Avenue as it is among campus radicals.)

To that end, sloganeering -- the art of picking a political tagline -- is a big part of Occupy Wall Street. Marchers have made acres of signs and laid them out on the pavement in New York's Zuccotti Park for anyone to pick up and carry away. They also have their own newspaper, The Occupy Wall Street Journal.

Can a movement be branded if it has no brand managers? You be the judge. Here are 13 of the most witty signs snapped by Flickr users David Shankbone and kapkap, CC.



1. Obama is not ...

The right does not have a monopoly on religious political arguments, apparently.


2. Do you feel it trickle down?

Perfect weather for it.


3. Honk if you pay your taxes

This seems to be some sort of sly commentary on Tea Partiers who believe taxation is inherently evil.


4. Wall Street is Nero ...

It certainly involves fiddling.


5. None are more hopelessly enslaved ...

Did she just blow your mind? (That philosophy major finally came in useful!)


6. Don't kill the flowers!

Of course there are hippies -- it's a protest.


7. The only way to deal ...

Easier said than done, of course.


8. Privatize profits, socialize losses

More of a statement of fact than opinion.


9. Fix are skoolz

She'll still get partial credit for "fix."


10. I won't believe corporations are people ...

Citizens United is turning out to be the Kelo v. New London of the left.


11. Ignore me go shopping

And his T shirt says "I'm a goat."


12. America; 99 percent poor ...

I did look this up and it turns out to be wrong. Oh well.


13. End the war ...

Pacifism and a return to the Gold Standard aren't mutually exclusive, of course. (Just very, very rare.)
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