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If you name something the “People’s Library,” you are implying a few key things: (1) that, like a public bathroom, the library is the property of everyone and everyone can do with it as they see fit, including, but not limited to reading and/or destroying the books in that library, as no one technically “owns” the property and is therefore both responsible for it and able to collect on the materials should someone deprive him or her of the pleasure of possessing them and (2) you, yourself, are not the person who “owns” said property, which proves a difficult concept to convey when discussing your standing to file a lawsuit to recover the value of such property.

More simply, how does one recover the value of destroyed private property from the state, when one believes that there is no such thing as private property? Apparently, the answer is to hire a civil rights attorney to navigate the treacherous waters of the Capitalist Pig’s rigged legal system.

That’s one hefty library fine.

Occupy Wall Street’s “People’s Library” settled a federal lawsuit Tuesday with the city over the destruction of 2,800 books during the police raid on Zuccotti Park in November 2011.

The city agreed to pay $232,000 — $47,000 to cover the costs of the books and $185,000 to civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who brought the lawsuit last year.

The city also agreed to shell out another $133,000 to settle two other lawsuits growing out the raid, which evicted members of the protest movement from the park after a lengthy encampment.

The very taxpayers they were protecting from greed will now pay $232,000 for 2800 copies of Bless The Beasts And The Children.
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