Remember back a couple of years ago when thousands of people decided to march on Wall Street and protest … something? Well unsurprisingly the actual demand or point of the protest itself is still up in the air. It wasn’t just Wall Street, even our fair city of Orlando had an occupy movement as well. Which, sort of ambled about in a couple of local parks near the Bank of America building downtown. All that seemed to do was draw the ire of local law enforcement and virtually no major reaction from the community. The real party it seemed was over in places like NYC and Berkley where it degenerated quite rapidly into a virtual smorgasbord of police violence. I mean you had so many options to choose from, getting punched, beaten with knight sticks, and my personal favorite mace to the face. For any reason really. Even sitting still, fuck you have some mace. Predictably one of the most famous cases of which, by the way, led to the charges against the police officer being dropped even though there’s video evidence of him just walking along macing everyone in his path with little to no rhyme or reason.
The Orlando Occupy movement, after the national tolerance for the whole affair seemed to wane on it’s facebook page degenerated into the typical collage-hipster dabbling into the whimsical world of communism. Going so far as to quote people like Mao and Stalin, who were, as we all know, paragons of morality and righteousness. Both, having a collective body count that actually beats Hitler’s best estimates almost ten times over. When I think of men to inspire me to greatness, lord knows that’s my first choice every time. Don’t get me wrong though, I don’t think that the occupy movement was a bunch of collage communists who got what they deserved. The problem was trying to start a non-movement movement to begin with. The issue with Occupy Wall Street was that it’s greatest strength in the opinion of the people involved was also it’s greatest weakness. You can’t expect people to rally behind a cause when you advertise the real reason for your cause as some vague and esoteric mystery that you are either clued into or are not. As hinted in the movement’s ‘official’ poster:
Try and explain how this poster makes sense, is inspirational, or in any way helps define a major social movement. Go ahead, I dare you.