Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I'm Not Alone

For the record, here is about where I am when it comes to the #OccupyStuff folks. Glad to know others out there have a similar view:

In New York, marchers chanted, "This is what democracy looks like," but, actually, this isn't what democracy looks like. This is what freedom of speech looks like. Democracy looks a lot more boring. Democracy requires institutions, elections, political parties, rules, laws, a judiciary, and many unglamorous, time-consuming activities, none of which are nearly as much fun as camping out in front of St. Paul's cathedral or chanting slogans on the Rue St. Martin in Paris.


Protesters in London shout that "we need to have a process!" Well, they already have a process: It's called the British political system. And if they don't figure out how to use it, they'll simply weaken it further.



jeffrey said...

And, coming soon, the inevitable and most enduring effect of all this. A new vector through which marketers can approach the 18-35 demographic. Eventually this will all be about the fashion and romantic lifestyle of "asserting individuality" and free speechifying and stuff which will be neatly packaged and sold by "big evil corporations" like Viacom right back to the doofuses who are out railing against "big evil corporations" right now.

jeffrey said...

Or to put it another way.


Because there's nothing new under the sun. Ever.