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There's something happening here

Original post made by Tom Cushing, Danville, on Oct 4, 2011

With apologies to the Buffalo Springfield, what it is really Ain�t exactly clear. What we know is that thousands of disaffected, mostly young people have descended on lower Manhattan, in a now weeks-long demonstration known as Occupy Wall Street (OWS). And that it appears to be spreading to other cities, fueled in part by social media. Its driving grievances are an unfocussed amalgam of issues from �greed� (in several of its baser forms) to global warming. A common thread appears to be concern for the direction of the society, and the protesters� perception that working for change within The System won�t work.

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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

I've seen a number of the protesters interviewed. They wore college sweatshirts, including one young woman with a "Harvard" logo. They were incredibly uninformed! One commented the military had been privatized. They appeared to be a bunch of bored trust fund babies looking for a cause. Unlike the UC protesters in the '60's protesting Vietnam, there seemed to be no real purpose.

Like my San Fran uncles used to say in the 60's, "Hey, what's going on in the park (Golden Gate) today?"

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Posted by spcwt
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

Aren’t these protests fueled by envy?

Maybe these protestors should be thankful for what they’ve got rather than lusting after what their neighbor has.

The poorest American enjoys luxuries that most people can only dream of. Half the world lives on $2 a day or less. American capitalism has been kind to these protestors. They need to be reminded that they’ve got it pretty good.

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Posted by Donna
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:16 am

I agree with Tom and hope that OWS is able to formulate a "manifesto" and plan of action. Where is Abbie Hoffman when we need him?

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Posted by Tom Cushing
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

One of the news photos today shows a protester with a sign that reads: EAT THE RICH. Isn't that a Hoffmanism? Not even "eat the job creators" -- things are getting serious.

I have no doubt that there are some trust beneficiaries in the crowd; obviously, they won't provide the leadership OWS gets, if it gets it. As to the count-their-blessings argument, I'm guessing the future looks quite lousy to those millions who are trying desperately to enter, or return to, the labor market.

The bedfellowage will get still stranger later today, as union members join the fray.