Unemployed Art History majors, unite!

(The following appeared on Planet Moron on September 17, 2013.)

It was two years ago today that Occupy Wall Street captured the imagination of a nation. Just not this one. Unless by “nation” you mean, “The New York Times Editorial Board.”

Occupy Wall Street (or “OWS” for short) was considered by many to be a progressive alternative to the Tea Party movement only with a lot more rape and public defecation.

And rape.

Largely made up of disaffected 20-something college graduates from elite universities, the OWS movement was a textbook example of Marxist class struggle in which the top 10% of society rises up against the top 1% in righteous fury and demands in the name of common human decency that which is the most fundamental of all human rights:

The right to not have to pay off your college loans.


So, what happened to OWS and why does it appear to be a shell of its former self? Personally we think it was the same peril that awaits many popular uprisings in their vulnerable early stages:

Irreconcilable conflict among the drum groups.

The Bay of Pigs?  A disaster primarily because the counter-revolutionary forces that were supposed to come to the aid of the commandos landing on the beach were still trying to settle on broadly acceptable nighttime drumming curfews.

However, according to reporter Rosie Gray who covered OWS for the Village Voice at the time, the number one problem was obvious:

The Radiohead hoax.

Look, if you’re going to protest for fundamental societal changes resulting in a reordering of the relationship between the individual and the state, you can’t make people believe that if they work hard enough, and commit to the cause, that maybe just this one time, they’ll be able to see their favorite art rock band live, only to have it turn out to be an elaborate prank. It’s just way too much of a bummer.

And so happy 2nd Birthday, Occupy Wall Street!  You may not have had any noticeable lasting impact, but you do have a twitter account.

Now shave off that scruff, put on a decent shirt, and go get a job.

5 Responses to Unemployed Art History majors, unite!

  1. Steve In Tulsa says:

    What the GOP should do is attach a mandate to the CR to implement Obamacare as written without any carve-outs or exemptions for Congress, no exemptions for Congress Staffers, no exemptions for Unions, no exemptions for Corporate Cronies like GE, Goldman-Sachs, and Warren Buffett. Let Obama veto that and explain why he is against implementing his own law. HT DrewM at ace Of Spades


  2. Benmo says:

    The OWS crowd obviously have too much time and too little responsibility on their plates. I’m still confounded by what they were doing, other than making a big mess wherever they went. Looked (and sounded) like a whole lot of “disturbing the peace” to me.


  3. We had an Occupy Purdue here in Lafayette, IN. They did their thing around the courthouse for one day then faded in studies at college. Never heard from them since.


  4. Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:
    Do you remember these old days?


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