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Occupy Wall Street Or Glenn Greenwald’s Empty Head?

The Unhinged Mind, Glenn Greenwald pondered, from Salon [1]:

It’s unsurprising that establishment media outlets have been condescending, dismissive and scornful of the ongoing protests on Wall Street. Any entity that declares itself an adversary of prevailing institutional power is going to be viewed with hostility by establishment-serving institutions and their loyalists. That’s just the nature of protests that take place outside approved channels, an inevitable by-product of disruptive dissent: those who are most vested in safeguarding and legitimizing establishment prerogatives (which, by definition, includes establishment media outlets) are going to be hostile to those challenges. As the virtually universal disdain in these same circles for WikiLeaks (and, before that, for the Iraq War protests) demonstrated: the more effectively adversarial it is, the more establishment hostility it’s going to provoke

Barbara O’Brien, Mahablog [2]:

Occupy Wall Street, on the other hand, reeks of the usual crowd of juvenile attention-seekers who protest for the sake of protesting. Their “demands” (which, they are careful to say, are not really demands, just ideas) are a grocery list of feel-good sentiments, not a call to action.

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Occupy Wall Street doesn’t actually have an official agenda, other than how they want to formulate an agenda. I’m serious. They plan to hold “people’s assemblies” someday to decide what they want to demand.

I cannot tell you how weary I am of this kind of pretentious shit. I’ve seen it at too many liberal/progressive gatherings over the years. Somebody comes up with some too-precious gimmick that’s going to change the world, and they whip up a little enthusiasm for it for about ten minutes, and then everyone loses focus and goes home.

Hat tip:   Donald Douglas, American Power [3].

Even Barbara O’Brien can not find a cause in the Occupy Wall Street stunt.   Time for the protesters to go home and get a real job.

more, video:

Hat tip video and more: Jammie Wearing Fool, Human Events: [5]

In the event you’ve been busy leading a productive life and haven’t noticed a motley bunch of human debris protesting in Lower Manhattan? the past couple of weeks, this loosely-knit band of miscreants have been railing about capitalism and the evils of Wall Street or something. They apparently want to see the end of our current financial system in order for it to be replaced with some Utopian Shangri-La where everyone chips in and we all live in harmony.

Not that would expect these human walking piles of dung to actually be able to figure this out, but prosperity is the ability to consume commodities.

A viable economic system is one where people both willing produce and consume commodities. This human excrement in intent on only consuming commodities and not producing them.