Thursday, October 13, 2011

NOLA on the Occupation

Oyster thinks the #OccupyStuff folks need to learn from the Tea Party.

Passionate Tea Party demonstrations have succeeded in pushing Republican candidates to the right, and supporters helped the GOP retake the House of Representatives in 2010.

This was the greatest success of the Tea Party, which should give hope to the #OccupyStuff kids. Think about it: both "movements" are more emotional responses to cultural and economic panic than an organized faction with goals and a coherent message. Both also lamented a perceived lack of agency when it came to participating in the process of governing. I guess that's why all the school board and city council meetings where decisions are made are sparsely attended affairs.

Over on the Yellow Blog, Jeffrey levels a more brutal assessment of "the 99%":

Mostly what we're seeing is a lot of Yuppies suddenly disappointed that their decision to buy into a corrupt system hasn't affirmed their claim to superior personhood through material reward. Particularly telling is that so many of the messages include citations of advanced degrees. We're hearing from people who think they're entitled to something they've "earned."

That's more scathing than any tired trope the right-wing has been trotting out in recent days to engage in their favorite past time of hippie-punching. (Yes, I'm looking at this nonsense.)

But Jeffrey doesn't stop there, he looks at the deeper educational narratives as well, and how they have contributed to the cultural and economic panic of both the Tea Party and the #OccupyStuff crowd:

[T]hat complaint only makes sense if you believed the con in the first place. 99 Percenters who believe, like Rick Scott wants them to believe, that "education is the key" to the comfortable life and have dutifully committed their time and resources to pursuing whatever bland ambition Scott prescribes for them are understandably feeling a little ripped off right now. Because they've internalized the con, however, they're just as likely to remain disdainful of those who haven't, in their estimation, "earned" the right to demand a fair living standard.

Damn. And people thought I was being harsh.


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