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November 16, 2011

Slate has an article called “Married to the Mob: It may make sense for OWS protesters to end the occupations—but they just don’t want to

The question it poses – why, when the OWS/Occupy people can’t come up with any specific demands, do they continue to want to “protest”? Why continue to invade private space, and keep the public out of public spaces when they don’t seem to have any specific end goal that can be objectively attained?

I think the answer is simple: living real life – which involves more responsibility & grunt work than drama – is not as appealing to a set of people who were raised on the notion that simply because they breathe and are mostly sentient THEY are special, THEY are going to achieve greatness, THEY can make a difference in the world

They can’t get into the cushy policy-wonk jobs they want. They aren’t making it into reality TV. Working a job ‘to make ends meet’ – a thought that was acceptable to the “greatest generation” and even some of the Boomers – is not what they want. They want Utopia, Eden – they want a SPECIAL life – they want EXCITEMENT – and they want it NOW.

One of my sons gets into a mode where he wants every day to be special – we call it the “Disney World effect”. Go to Disney with your kids for longer than 3 days and you’ll see it emerge: “But EVERY day should be magical! Why are we just doing the normal day, homework, dinner, dishes routine…what’s special about that?”

It’s bad enough in a 10 or 12 year old – it’s very unattractive when the bearers of the message are presumably well into adulthood.

Here’s what they want – perhaps someone could donate some land in a remote location that allows them to set up their own little reservation of paradise?

“It’s a symbol to show we have the right to be here,” said Ball. “It’s the people’s land. Also, for political reasons, it’s a slap in the face of the people in power to be here. …. “We’re not lawless, but there are no laws. That’s our goal, to create a new form of society, a new form of community, where we don’t need external laws to tell us how to live.”

oh, wait. Living separately in their own little commune requires then to GROW and COOK their own food. Silly me. They want a really big moral equivalent of “Permissive Mom and Dad’s basement living” where ready made meals are just a stumble away between video games like “Halo: Police edition” and “Reporter Kong”

UPDATED: Adding link to Hot Air where they talk about the OWS gearing up for the next live video game tomorrow & use the same quote about “new society”

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2011 7:21 am

    I’ve got a son like that too, LOL. Three day weekends are enough to create the Disneyland effect, even if we didn’t do anything special.

    The longer these OWS things go on, the worse they look, so they make no nevermind to me. Except for the fact that they are hurting small businesses and getting people sick along the way . . .

  2. November 16, 2011 12:35 pm

    At some point the reality will sink in, I’m sure. Unless as somebody put it they are trolling for cushy positions at Think Progress and easy lay, hanging out at #Occupy is a waste of time.

    • November 16, 2011 11:10 pm

      or, it’s just for the “time wasters” 🙂
      I can’t imagine how bored I’d be by now – and one more up twinkies…down twinkies…”can we make a decision people?” Couldn’t do it. I’d go insane

  3. November 16, 2011 11:39 am

    I contrast this with the kids I was talking to yesterday at a local high school who are fighting to find a way to get to college with scholarships, and they’re willing to take the long path to a degree as long as it doesn’t require a lot of debt. Maybe the right message is getting out despite the whiny temper tantrums going on in the parks.


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