If I were the mayor, I wouldn’t move the Occupy protesters one inch

The City of Oakland suffered a black eye when its attempt to rout the Occupy Oakland not only failed to move the protest, it managed to create the first martyr, an antisemitic ex-Marine who hates the Marines with an abiding passion.  I’m sorry that Oakland made the effort.  If I were in charge, I would let the Occupy people stay as long as possible.  The benefits of their continued presence in any given City are twofold.

First, in one of those great ironies, the occupiers are learning that their principles work well in theory, but fail completely in fact.  My personal favorite story in this genre involves the food situation at OWS:

The Occupy Wall Street volunteer kitchen staff launched a “counter” revolution yesterday — because they’re angry about working 18-hour days to provide food for “professional homeless” people and ex-cons masquerading as protesters.

Two of my favorite writers commented on the lessons that those youngsters enthralled with the Leftist world of unicorns and fairies are learning from this little run-in with reality.  First, James Taranto:

In truth, the Obamavillians are learning why Obama is wrong–why socialism doesn’t work. A society that makes a virtue of dependency ultimately encourages freeloading and grifting. The instinct to prevent it is a healthy one. A lot has been written about the similarities and differences between Obamaville and the Tea Party, and here is one: Whereas the latter arose out of the instinct to reward self-reliance and discourage dependency, the former is having it awakened by an encounter with the real world.

Ace has his own take on the lessons the OWS crowd is learning.

Lessons of social evolution, part 8: Sharing of resources only works within a small group with some natural connection (such as familial bond) or other emotional/personal fondness for each other. Sharing of resources generally only works for a brief period of time — the natural resentment towards Takers can only be briefly suppressed — and usually during special occasions (such as communal feasts).

Being expected to share with individuals outside of one’s kin group quickly produces resentment, and soon after, a codification of the principle of private property, which is, of course, the right to exclude others from the use of one’s property as one deems fit.

Or, to put both more simply the conclusions that Taranto and Ace draw:  a conservative is a liberal who is mugged by reality or, in this case, has to share food with grifters.  The longer the encampments exist, the more the denizens will see that their Socialist dream is just that — a dream.

The encampment’s continued existence might also help make non-resident sympathizers realize that these protesters aren’t romantic heroes.  If you want to protest in America, you use the ballot box.  The protests are for show, not for real political effect.  As it is, having people defecate on doorsteps seems to be making OWS’s neighbors — all of whom claim to support OWS — a bit hostile to the movement.

The growing and instinctive revulsion against the movement probably holds true for the San Franciscans, most of whom are ordinary working stiffs, who have to walk by overflowing PortaPotties near the Embarcadero.  It turns out that the protesters were able to rouse themselves sufficiently to order PortaPotties, but hadn’t figured out that they needed to be emptied. I’m sure that the random piles of vomit, feces, and used tampons surrounding the protest area aren’t so exciting either.

As for the public health issues,, it’s important to remember that the people at these protest sites are there voluntarily.  If the filth, vermin and discomfort become too much, they can leave.  This is true even if infectious diseases start spreading within the confines of these Obamavilles.  Unlike concentration camp inmates, or the people trapped by war in refugee camps, nothing stops these residents from moving on.

Filth and potential disease risks notwithstanding, I have too admit that I don’t feel that bad (at least not yet) for the nearby residents, because they’ve embraced social and financial policies that provided the perfect breeding ground for these anarchist protests.  Chicago?  San Francisco?  New York?  All relentlessly blue politically.  As I noted above, even the Zuccotti Park homeowners have, so far, been paying lip service to the protesters’ virtues.  Now, these seem voters/taxpayers/tuition payers are getting to see the real world effect of their ideology.  Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap, right?

If you think I’m overstating the effects of revulsion and disenchantment on any but the truest of true believers, think about the effect a visit to Haight Ashbury during the summer of love had on George Harrison.  Remember that the Beatles, with the best will in the world, supported and advanced the whole hippie movement, which they thought was a step in the ultimate fulfillment of human kind.  The Beatles were therefore very excited about visiting Haight, which they thought would be the apex of the hippie movement, filled with peace, love and harmony.  What Harrison saw, instead, were “bums.”  There wasn’t any flower power.  There were just pathetic addicts wallowing in filth:

I went there expecting it to be a brilliant place, with groovy gypsy people making works of art and paintings and carvings in little workshops. But it was full of horrible spotty drop-out kids on drugs, and it turned me right off the whole scene. I could only describe it as being like the Bowery: a lot of bums and drop-outs; many of them very young kids who’d dropped acid and come from all over America to this mecca of LSD.


It certainly showed me what was really happening in the drug culture. It wasn’t what I’d thought – spiritual awakenings and being artistic – it was like alcoholism, like any addiction. The kids at Haight-Ashbury had left school and dossed out there, and instead of drinking alcohol they were on all kinds of drugs.

Harrison gave up LSD after seeing the Haight:

That was the turning-point for me – that’s when I went right off the whole drug cult and stopped taking the dreaded lysergic acid. I had some in a little bottle (it was liquid). I put it under a microscope, and it looked like bits of old rope. I thought that I couldn’t put that into my brain any more.

I, who grew up fairly near the Haight, never took drugs for precisely the same reason.  These people weren’t romantic, they were disgusting.

Perhaps many of today’s play-acting radicals will give up Socialism after spending some time in their Occupy [pick a city] socialist paradise. After all, if news reports are true, these People’s Parks aren’t just figuratively mugging liberals with reality, they’re really mugging them, and raping them too* (not to mention the masturbation that keeps people warm on a cold morning).  So let’s keep these Occupies going as long as we can.  They’re the liberal petri dish we’ve been waiting for.


*Don’t give up on that link, which may well return a denial of service or some other dead page.  Because it is a pithy, easy-to-read summation of the ugly side of OWS, it’s been under constant attack from liberal hackers.  If you find yourself completely unable to get through, go to Gateway Pundit, which has been consistently document the complete societal breakdown in the Obamavilles.

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  • Lyte Lee

    “They’re the liberal petri dish we’ve been waiting for.” Great line and so true.  Once again though, human nature is being ignored.  Our fallen natures drive us to be self seeking.  Profit and peronsal gain drives us to do a lot of things. (I still havent acturally figured out if that’s a circumstance of falleness or the way God made us?)  A sense of community has to be cultivated.  Even the Pilgrims gave up on communal living because no matter what someone produced, they still received back from the community pot the same as the next guy whether productive or not.  William Bradfords records the change they made because they realized this principle at work.  So they changed the rules and required a certain percentage from the harvest but anything above that amount that people produced was there’s to do with as they wished.  So even the Pilgrims, which of course you would never learn about in liberal land public schools, tried socialism and discovered that it failed miserably.  More evidence that it fails whenever it’s been tried. 

  • http://thatmrgguy.wordpress.com Mike G.

    Great summation of the OWS mess.
    As to the porta-potties, we use them on our job sites. They will handle ten workers for a normal work week. Overuse will make for unsatisfactory conditions. Everyone we’ve ever rented has this information clearly printed on a label inside the enclosure. Reckon those folks need to have them emptied twice a day instead of once a week, eh.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    This isn’t America, this is Obamaca and I’m an Obamacan.

    Or that’s what I heard from one Obama voter drunk on power and evil in 2008. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    Btw, Oakland’s problem is still their lack of martial law and the total eradication of fall filth in that place. That hasn’t changed.

  • Charles Martel

    Book, I don’t think waiting out the OWS tapeworms would make a whit of difference. The occupations will inevitably descend into rioting, and when they do, the ever compliant whore media will be there to make sure we all perceive police actions as oppressive. We’re not going to win in that respect.

  • bizcor

    This is why I read and recommend the “room” all the time. I grew up through the 50’s and 60’s was in college in the 70’s and have smoked a joint or two. Never did I get caught up in the “down with the government” movement.  A conservative from inception I understand that the kids just don’t understand but they will. Let’s just hope it isn’t too late.

  • Michael Adams

    Martel pegged it in #5. OTOH, for some of the participants, this could have the effect that O’Bozo’s presidency has had, i.e. showing up the Left, even the “soft” Left, for what it really is.
    Related: Black and Right had an infrared shot of the Occupy London site, showing the tents empty at night. I’d put up a link, but I only got up because my smoke alarm battery started its death chirp at 0400, and I need to do something fun until I get back to bed for a few more minutes. Naturally, I checked in with the Room.  Otherwise, it would be awakening the Beloved Spousal Unit for a nice chat, and getting her up in the middle of the night is something that never ends well.

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    The trash is occupying Gaia’s territory and it’s time to take out the trash and reduce the Bio impact. All this impure human habitation is introducing poison, toxins, and human global warming into Gaia’s pristine environs.

    I propose and mandate a total sterilization and purification of the premises for the Greater Good. 

  • Charles Martel

    Book, do you set aside nuggets of good room writing for your next published edition? If so, here are two more:

    “because my smoke alarm battery started its death chirp at 0400”

    “Otherwise, it would be awakening the Beloved Spousal Unit for a nice chat, and getting her up in the middle of the night is something that never ends well.”

  • JKB

    Ann Althouse has an interesting view of “occupy” as in “occupy space.”  She attributes it to the mild rebuke such as “are you doing you accomplishing anything or just occupying space.”  But that made me think.  Occupy means to deny use or benefit of to other.  If an army occupies a territory, the purpose is to deny that territory and any benefit from it to the enemy.  If you go to the bathroom and it is occupied, you have to wait, until, hopefully, the other person after a reasonable time exits permitting you to use the facilities.

    Now, from what I’ve read, it appears in Boston they are occupying a few bathrooms denying their use to others and, oddly, they don’t seem to be willing to take care of this appropriated property.  I wonder if those who will be enlightened first, are those who are willing to work to keep things up only to be disabused of their utopian vision by those who feel they should be kept up?

    As the holiday season is coming up, I’m reminded of this post The Great Thanksgiving Hoax – Richard J. Maybury – Mises Daily  See if you see any parallels between the Plymouth Planation and the occupations. 

  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com Ymarsakar

    JKB, he who controls the Present, controls the past. And the Demoncrats control the Present and hence how the Past is re-iterated. Yet none of the so called powers that be worrying about the Constitution or the Bush Wars, are somehow worried about this little issue in their heads.


  • Libby

    I think the OWS movement has already done damage to their cause by going on and on. Not only are we sick of seeing them on the news (when most big stories rarely last 1 week), but they will continue to annoy everyone in their path, be it neighboring businesses bearing the brunt of their bathing needs, regular folks who have to work or live nearby, or the city’s union employees (police, fire, sanitation) who are forced to work overtime dealing with these increasingly shrill and uncooperative idiots. And the fringe groups that are hitching their wagons to the movement – neo-nazis, CAIR, homeless, criminals – they’re only going to make them look worse. Regardless of the media’s attempts to put a positive spin on this, how can this end well? Especially when none of them have articulated a specific, credible demand that would satisfy them enough to go home.
    The one other thing that could end this would be the outside support – who’s sending them food, supplies, and money? At what point will they stop funding this?

  • Charles Martel

    Obama is one the way to having hundreds of millions of dollars, many of them untraceable bills from foreign sources, to finance his re-election bid. Some of the money for the OWS fecalfests, properly laundered, is probably coming from him.

  • Mike Devx

    Libby says: The one other thing that could end this would be the outside support – who’s sending them food, supplies, and money? At what point will they stop funding this?

    Supply free food, and a little bit of money to organize specific events… seems to me it would be relatively inexpensive to fund them forever.

    They’re turning into the “perpetual protest”.  Nothing more than an annoying nuisance, similar to an encampment of homeless.

    They will occasionally give us staged arrests, and occasional staged and timed violence; both with the media alerted in advance so the cameras will be guaranteed to be there for the planned events.  We just need to keep pointing out that it is all staged.  Already the American people are tuning them out as irrelevant.  That will only continue.

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