I think one thing that we’ve been talking about a lot in Boston is the fact this is not necessarily anti-capitalism, and that this isn’t anti-wealth. And so, you know, we’ve found that some people who are just wealthy might be a little alienated by our movement. And so we’ve been sort of actively trying to reach out to them and say that, you know, it’s not that we have anything against wealth, and it’s not that we have anything against capitalism. We just want to make sure that our democracy is functioning the way that it’s supposed to function. – Jason Potteiger, brainwashed and unemployed recent graduate
And how is shutting down businesses, destroying property, and truly being a public danger and nuisance in any way a functioning democracy?
We’re not a democracy, we’re a representative republic, but if we concede the point for the sake of argument, the functioning “democracy” functions when everybody votes. Then you keep abreast of the issues and write to your congress-critters. That’s how it works.
Or, you can make a public spectacle and waste taxpayer dollars as an attention-whore and say stupid things like this:
“Inherently, in asking for demands, you are accepting that there is a power greater than yourself, which is something that this movement is categorically against,” Patrick Bruner, a 23-year-old protester, told the group. “This movement is founded on autonomous action and collective wisdom.”
There’s earned arrogance…
Arrogance has to be earned. Tell me what you did to earn yours. – House
And there is Patrick Bruner’s arrogance, which really doesn’t have a lot of life experience to justify it yet. Of course there are powers greater than ones’ self – it is a fact of life and you can’t change it even if you close your eyes really hard and wish for it to be different.
Sam Abrahamson… back in the NPR interview:
You know, I came out here, essentially, because I’m sick of the apathy that seems to be pervading through my generation. Just like Jason, I’m worried about paying off all this debt that I’m racking up from college. So one of the things that I’m hoping to accomplish from these protests is to get some financial reforms, that we can have support for people like myself who are in the middle class, who are not going to have the ability to pay these loans off by themselves.
Grammar is not a strong point of college graduates, obviously.
How is Occupy Wall Street supposed to pay off all the debt one racks up from college? The guy went to college in “pre-reforms” times, and surely must have known that he would be responsible for paying for the services rendered (obtaining an education). If you know you are not going to have the ability to pay off the loans by yourself, perhaps you ought to save up some money and then go to school.
What Abrahamson is trying to do is get the education and then not have to pay for it. Free lunch. As a graduate who paid off all of his loans the less-polite part of me very much wants to say to Abrahamson:
Stuff it, you snot-nosed litte dirtbag. Suck it up and be a man. The real apathy here is rooted in your inability to face that you have to work for things in life and the rest of the world owes you no favors. Stop being a child.
Idiots succeed in making statements like the ones above because no one calls them on it. The Democratic Party gets away with calling itself the party that includes blacks and minorities because they are allowed to. Media is allowed to slash the Tea Party as people clinging to guns and religion because they are allowed to (yes, I know Obama said that one).
And Occupy Wall Street is allowed the fiction of claiming that their 0.001% represents the rest of us in the 99% even though it is utterly untrue. They don’t speak for me even one tiny bit. They can’t even coherently speak for themselves since the liberal portion of this country is really composed of a bunch of special interests that band together as long as purposes suit rather than be held together by a common cause which is indeed bigger than themselves. Autonomous action and collective wisdom is synonymous with anarchy and chaos.
The politest fiction is that demonstrative liberalism isn’t rooted in hubris.
More later – I need a nap.