I thought the emphasis on the 99% was the better focusing point than the ambition of occupying a street or bank or whatever. I get the strategic engagement of these occupation protests, how they force the story and provide a template for different cities to riff off. But aside from the connotations of occupation (do you really want to be an occupier?), I don’t like how it has sort of boxed activists into one form of protest. I’m oversimplifying and I haven’t participated in any of these protests, so maybe I’m missing something.

I know I’m missing something.

I’m just saying 99% is almost scary in its genius.  Occupy? Dunno about that.


Update: I didn’t mention the port shutdowns yesterday but they were in the back of my mind–like the longshoreman I heard on the radio complaining about the protestors protesting on his behalf. Salon’s Andrew Leonard follows that thread:

The problem however, with attempting to target the 1 percent with a port shutdown is that the 1 percent are the best situated to ride out any extended shutdown.



Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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