1977. It isn't 1789, despite what Creepy Annie says. It isn't any other year than the revolutionary one we're in. And in this year, the people in America are not fighting the police with anything other than frustration of a sea of cameras pointed right at the cops.
But from the point of view of the rich masters and their police protectors, the people protesting the injustice, protesting the lack of jobs, the lack of commitment by government to taking care of the working class and the poor, is that the people are unquestionably thieves.
Why is that? Because in the capitalist model, there are two kinds of human:
1. Capitalists, who take advantage of labor and consumers to make profits.
2. Victims (i.e. idiots, dolts, dumbasses), the vast herd of labor and consumers who get run over by the bus instead of owning it.
Actually, in the capitalist model, there is a third class of human being, sometimes mutated out of the second class of victims. These are the thieves, the people who want to steal the hard-earned property of the capitalists to redistribute it to the victims (from whom the capitalists stole it in the first place).
The capitalists are deeply afraid of the third class of thieves. They know that frequently the thieves will whip up strong emotions in the second class of victims, and the first class of capitalists can end up being swept away in revolutions by those events. Of course, American capitalists, much influenced by halfwits like Ayn Rand, consider that kind of possibility simply the worst thing they can possibly imagine. They equate their freedom to steal profits from the majority the very essence of American liberty. Any other form of liberty—say the liberty of a poor child from hunger via a social commitment of the state—is un-American hatred of (their) liberty to be selfish monsters.
When the capitalists get afraid, and when they see the people doing something like occupying Wall Street, the capitalists call upon the police, the state-supported security force of the rich, to smash the mouths of the protesters, to burn out their eyes with pepper-spray, and to corral them like cattle and put them into jail. THAT kind of freedom, of the people to demand that the system treat the people with equality and justice, is simply not something the capitalists can afford in their economy.
It might be wise then for the people to consider approaching the coming revolution with a different set of economic assumptions than the ones valued and police-perpetrated by the rich.