Thursday, October 27, 2011

Your #OWS update

Irony abounds at Zuccotti Park in NYC:

To show they mean business, the kitchen staff refused to serve any food for two hours yesterday in order to meet with organizers to air their grievances, sources said.
The Assembly announced the three-day menu crackdown announced earlier in the day -- insisting everybody would be fed something during that period.

Some protesters threatened that the high-end meals could be cut off completely if the vagrants and criminals don’t disperse.

Unhappiness with their unwelcome guests was apparent throughout the day.

“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer.

A security volunteer added that the cooks felt “overworked and underappreciated.”

Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.

So, let's get this straight: a bunch of ne'er-do-wells existing essentially as homeless people and who are demanding things free health care and forgiveness on their student loan debt are chapped that some real homeless types and recently released from prison ne'er-do-wells are participating in some redistribution themselves. Good to know.

And still abounding:

Protesters got their first taste of the revolt within the revolt yesterday when the kitchen staff served only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and chips after their staff meeting.

Organizers took other steps to police the squatters, who they said were lured in from other parks with the promise of free meals.

A team of 10 security volunteers moved in to the trouble-prone southwest section of Zuccotti Park in a show of force to confront them.

“We’re not going to let some members of this community destroy the whole movement,” a volunteer said.

Some arguments broke out as the security team searched tents -- but no violence erupted.

Overall security at the park had deteriorated to the point where many frightened female protesters had abandoned the increasingly out-of-control occupation, security- team members said.
(italics, ours)

Yeah, they may be behaving like jack-booted pigs but at least they're #OWS jack-booted pigs. And #OWS jack-booted pigs with scant appreciation for the 4th amendment.

By rejecting the norms and institutions of civlized society they only find themselves recreating those institutions but without the underpinning of the rule of law. Without the rule of law, the Occupy "villages" become a study in the tyranny of the majority where pendulum swings in the "mood" of the General Assembly creates havoc in the encampments resulting in, as just one example, roving bands of "security" teams rousting its inhabitants and throwing them out of the village without any due process.

Governance by whim and capriciousness will collapse on itself.


Harrison said...

I wonder if the cooks felt they were being... exploited by the 99% of protesters? I wonder if they saw the irony of it?

Dean said...

I kind of doubt it.

Anonymous said...

aren't the homeless part of the 99%?

haven't any of these people read animal farm?

also, does anyone want to take a poll on how OWS will end?

B-Daddy said...

Dean, this quote nails it.
By rejecting the norms and institutions of civlized society they only find themselves recreating those institutions but without the underpinning of the rule of law.
This same process spun out of control in the French Revolution resulting in bloodshed and tyranny.

SarahB said...

Your next to last paragraph just nails it...will be borrowing.