Happy Anniversary Occupy
Nearly a dozen protesters have already been arrested outside the New York Stock Exchange leading up to today's milestone: it is the one-year anniversary of the grass-roots Occupy Wall Street 'organization'.
It's a shame the group has evolved to exude little more than a disorderly and entitled persona, despite possessing some widespread grievances felt by many Americans in today's corrupt society.
The fist-fights and vicious arguments that ensued this morning and in the past weekend painted an even poorer picture of the OWS movement.
Even the movement's own members have become dismayed and disheartened by the lack of structure, pointless rants, and ridiculous list of demands the group has created to overshadow the 'real' issues that originally brought them together.
Pete Dutro, a tattoo artist who acted as a Treasurer for Occupy's finances before bidding the group farewell after a all of the fighting and foolishness associated within the OWS movement. Dutro said, "We weren't talking about real things at that point... we were talking about each other."
Perhaps they should have tried to better address the ideas of trickle-up economics, an emphasis on educating everyone in society to give them a competitive capitalistic edge, and instilling good values like hard-work and providing incentives to get people working hard.
Surely this would have gone over better than demanding a minimum price for every piece of art created by a starving artist. Why this organization claims they stand for liberty, and social as well as economic justice, then boldly demands more government control on things like art is beyond me...
The social de-equilibrium was perhaps at the heart of the academics of the movement, but the entitlement class is taking over. Occupy is falling apart and they only have themselves to blame.
Nobody understands who they are or what the stand for anymore, and their childish demands make it impossible to take them seriously. Surely if they do, in fact, consider themselves as a “brand for the quest of bettering this world” – as protester Jason Amadi said – they ought to find a better way to “better the world.”
A simple argument regarding the problems associated with income inequality quickly became a rant about anything and everything wrong with the entire world. It grew too big too fast, according to some ex-occupiers.
Today's anniversary its a metaphor of an anniversary of an abusive romantic relationship– the protesters are clinging to the nostalgia of the revolution's spirit and dreams that came alive so vividly in the beginning. Today, all that remains is a nonsensical screaming match matched with unrealistic demands from entitled partners (protesters), ultimately resulting in violence and police intervention... they're holding on to something that's already dead.+9
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