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    Occupy … Cornell?

    Occupy … Cornell?

    Today a bunch of college Dems have created an “Occupy Cornell” event. I don’t know what the objective of this is, but it looks like a pretty pathetic state of affairs in “solidarity.”

    Here’s the transcript of the “occupation” if your eyes are in need of a good roll. Here’s my favorite (my comments in bold):

    Speaker 7
    – just returned from Occupy Wall Street, sharing observations
    – unemployed, supposed to be too lazy to find a job, working for free [That doesn’t sound like a good use of their time. I know; I’m technically unemployed!]
    – saw the poor, supposed to be uneducated, reading books from the People’s Library [The People’s Library? Sounds like their reading the case for why they should be given other people’s money.]
    – saw the homeless, supposed to freeloaders and parasites, saw on serving end of the buffet line [First of all, I’ve never heard someone call another person a “parasite.” This is one helluva straw man. Second of all, I didn’t read that they were accused of paralysis.]
    – movement is supposed to be disorganized and divided, but we speak as one [End the Fed! End corruption! End the wars! Re-elect Obama? Hold on…]
    – we address criticism by leading by example [So they’re criticizing by creating? They’re opening up a local credit union!?]
    – they ask us for realistic demands, but what is more real than what we have demanded for ourselves
    – we want a real democracy, so we created one [Someone should give drug tests to speakers beforehand…]
    – free speech isn’t the ability to say what you want, but to say what you want and be listened to [Oh, that’s right! I forgot the ‘Free Printing Press for Everyone’ act of 1940.]
    – a better world is possible, but only when we resolve to make it that way
    – as Gandhi said, we must be the change we wish to see in the world [I think you mean “as Ghandi didn’t say“]
    – you can’t be neutral on a moving train
    – cynicism is an argument for the status quo

    Yeah, bro. Let’s start griping EVERYWHERE. That’ll solve things once and for all.

    The reason it seems like an amateur hour: they  didn’t use the progressive stack, their facebook event posted an end time (come on, the struggle deserves more than two hours!), they went inside of a building named after an investment banker because it rained, and, really, if you think you’re in a struggle at Cornell University in the People’s Republic of Ithaca, you have your priorities all wrong. 

    For a good piece on the merits of some of the complaints out of NY, please read Tim Carney’s write up in the Examiner.

    Update: Video of a townie (who doesn’t work for a financial firm) advises young Cornellians to heed his advice and end the “ivy league to Wall Street pipeline.” The chanting repetition really solidifies their objective to promote individuals, or whatever.






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    ConserveLiberty | October 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    First time I’ve actually listened to the “human megaphone,” or whatever its called. I was struck by how familiar it sounded. Then I realized its like an Episcopal Church service.

    I wonder if they know.

    The crude attacks of the ultra-right on the protests as “anti-American” will have little impact. Even police batons can only do so much. More dangerous is the embrace of those who claim to support the anti-Wall Street movement, but seek to divert it into support for the Democratic Party or—what comes to the same thing—into the orbit of the trade unions and various forms of gender and racial “identity” politics.

    Such an outcome would mean bringing “the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests against U.S. economic inequality,” as Reuters is obliged to describe them, under control of well-heeled, establishment forces who have presided over and profited enormously from the very growth of this inequality.

    eaglewingz08 | October 15, 2011 at 1:32 am

    You have to understand doublespeak “serving end of the buffet line” doesn’t mean that either the speaker or the homeless were doing the serving, they were being served (their rightful entitlement) free food. But they were juxtaposed to the servants, so they were on the “serving end” of the line.

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