Re-imagining Democracy

Amid the complaints of greed and corruption, a few names that should ring a bell or two:

Christopher Dodd, Barney Frank, Frank Raines, George Soros, and Jon Corzine.

Also of interest should be tax cheats Timothy Geithner, Caire McCaskeill, Charles Rangel, and Kathleen Sebeilius.

All liberals. Democrats, Of course.

When Barack Obama began flogging “Wall Street fat cats” and “hedge fund managers” in his speeches, it gave the green light for what would become the violent community organization known as Occupy Wall Street. Yet what will soon become apparent is that the movement was never intended to be financial. It was entirely ideological.

In short, liberals would be given a free pass while conservatives would be burnt at the stake.

Many Occupiers claim that Wall Street received special treatment. That those who caused the financial meltdown deserve to be tarred and feathered. Yet when actual names are named, liberals go silent when they realize that the evil corruption they rail against can be located in the political mirror.

While these names have never come up amid the Occupy X signage, the movement claims to be upset with the entire system. They don’t seem, at this point, interested in electing (or re-electing) reformers from the DNC. This is what their version democracy looks like :

Anyone who spends a little time at Zuccotti Park, however, quickly learns that those occupying Wall Street share more than the unifying conviction that money has undone the social compact; they share something even more precious: a belief that what democracy really is cannot be defined by how it is being practiced today. If the occupiers do not have demands and lack a palpable politics, they exemplify a powerful process that speaks to their principles.

To understand what’s going on, look at what OWS is, not what it does. Start by taking seriously the ubiquitous signs asking “What does democracy look like?” and answering “WE are what democracy looks like!” Look at the process, which is a bold attempt to embody a “horizontal” paradigm of participatory engagement as an alternative to “vertical” big league moneyball democracy.

They are radicals and would like to “re-imagine” the entire paradigm.

Yet the occupiers know that greed, narcissism, avarice, self-interest and egoism — radical individualism run amok and market ideology turned vicious — have so corrupted the system, that it appears to them to be beyond saving.

The current system is hopelessly flawed, and must simply be done away with.

MTV president Stephen K Friedman glosses poetic on the Millennials and their political movement:

Millennials are trying to remake existing structures to reflect what they expect from business and government. Consider the protests’ General Assembly — a transparent, open, fair and participatory government. The protesters have shaped from the ground up what it means to have a civil society. Or consider how inclusive the protesters are.

Unless, of course, you are not viewed as sympathetic to their cause. Then they’re not really so inclusive. Then, they are – how you say – the opposite of inclusive:

Were you afraid they would become physically violent with you? Did they threaten you with violence?

A very large group of male protesters began to surround me and chant “F— Michelle Fields” while others screamed in my face for working at The Daily Caller and being a “right wing extremist.” There were very few female protesters, but they were civil towards me. All of the people who harassed me were male protesters. At one point someone threw water at me so I immediately went to speak to a police officer who then spoke to some of the protesters individually about their behavior. Although the police officer tried to control the situation, the individuals continued to harass me throughout the evening.

How so?

Occupy DC assigned someone to follow me around the entire evening with a camera documenting my every move. He was always a few steps behind me harassing and filming me. I was only able to interview a handful of people last night because Occupy DC protesters would jump in front of my camera and interrupt the interview.

Today, David Crosby and Graham Nash are going to be entertaining the squatters in Zuccotti Park. Other left-leaning (Obama supporting) celebrities have associated their names with the movement in varying degrees; MC Hammer, Kayne West, Russell Simmons, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Yoko Ono, Alec Baldwin, Rosanne Barr, and Michael Moore.

I’m not sure how these democrat-supporting celebrities circle the square of supporting both the movement, and the politicians who certainly are guilty of the crimes to which the Occupiers decry.

If a movement so incompatible with Republican politics was occurring on the right, there would be endless articles about the “end” of the GOP. Has there been any discussion, anywhere, about how incompatible the OWWIE movement is with the DNC; That this is a signal of the end of the party?

Yea. I didn’t think so.

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One Comment on “Re-imagining Democracy”


  1. If they were really edgy, they’d be revisiting federalism.


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