Over at the Instapundit we have this note:
Michael Ubaldi emails: “The Occupation movement is doing for anarchist theory what the Obama administration has done for European-style socialism: put all the myths festering on college campuses over two decades to the test so the world can watch them falter utterly.”Now that is interesting.
And couple it with the first President of modern Poland, Lech Walesa, electing not to go. He apparently didn't like the people who seemed to be in charge of this grand organization that has no leadership. In the words of Adam Andrzejewski of Andrew Breitbart's Big Government:
He is not comfortable with the “organizations” behind the movement.Hat tip to the Althouseblog.
But, back at the Instapundit we have a link to this article New York Magazine, which talks about the OWS organization.
Early in my days in Catholic Charismatic Renewal I listened to a tape (cassette tapes were the blogs of the day, back in the 1960s and 1970s) in which the speaker noted that in any prayer group that claimed to be lead solely by the Holy Spirit, and not by man, to pay attention and the human leaders would soon stand out. And so it has become with OWS. Here is what Professor Glenn Reynolds quoted from the magazine article:
All occupiers are equal — but some occupiers are more equal than others. In wind-whipped Zuccotti Park, new divisions and hierarchies are threatening to upend Occupy Wall Street and its leaderless collective. . . .It will be interesting to see how OWS evolves, especially as the winter approaches.
Facilitators spearheaded a General Assembly proposal to limit the drumming to two hours a day. “The drumming is a major issue which has the potential to get us kicked out,” said Lauren Digion, a leader on the sanitation working group.
But the drums were fun. They brought in publicity and money. Many non-facilitators were infuriated by the decision and claimed that it had been forced through the General Assembly.
“They’re imposing a structure on the natural flow of music,” said Seth Harper, an 18-year-old from Georgia. “The GA decided to do it … they suppressed people’s opinions. I wanted to do introduce a different proposal, but a big black organizer chick with an Afro said I couldn’t.”
To Shane Engelerdt, a 19-year-old from Jersey City and self-described former “head drummer,” this amounted to a Jacobinic betrayal.♠ “They are becoming the government we’re trying to protest,” he said. “They didn’t even give the drummers a say … Drumming is the heartbeat of this movement. Look around: This is dead, you need a pulse to keep something alive.”
The drummers claim that the finance working group even levied a percussion tax of sorts, taking up to half of the $150-300 a day that the drum circle was receiving in tips. “Now they have over $500,000 from all sorts of places,” said Engelerdt. “We’re like, what’s going on here? They’re like the banks we’re protesting.”
All belongings and money in the park are supposed to be held in common, but property rights reared their capitalistic head when facilitators went to clean up the park, which was looking more like a shantytown than usual after several days of wind and rain. The local community board was due to send in an inspector, so the facilitators and cleaners started moving tarps, bags, and personal belongings into a big pile in order to clean the park.
But some refused to budge. A bearded man began to gather up a tarp and an occupier emerged from beneath, screaming: “You’re going to break my f***ing tent, get that s**t off!” Near the front of the park, two men in hoodies staged a meta-sit-in, fearful that their belongings would be lost or appropriated.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The Jacobins were identified with the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Originally moderate, they moved to the use of force to impose their own ideas and to prevent counter-revolution. With the death of Robespierre, a leader, the Jacobin Club went away.