I don’t really understand what they’re all about, except in the sense that there is a relatively inchoate anger among my peers about the situation we find ourselves in, but I do have to agree with Keith Olbermann and his guest in the video below, that the reaction (or lack thereof) from the mainstream media is somewhat damning.
As they point out, if this were a Tea Party gathering of comparable size and the protesters were complaining about something batshit crazy, the Times and the Journal would be on it like white on rice. If there were a bunch of fat, old Aryan people calling for a return to the gold standard, Anderson Cooper would be live at the scene conducting interviews with octogenarians in electric wheelchairs. They’d be waving American flags, and shit. It’d make for great afternoon television. Instead, it’s people like me down there, disaffected 20-somethings who don’t vote enough to matter, but who understand loud and clear that our futures are mere bargaining chips for the Galtian overlords jockeying for position in the great Wall Street boondoggle. And of course, people like me are “just kids.” Kids are always complaining about something, because they’re dirty fucking hippies. Kids will grow out of it. Nothing to see here.
I don’t think it’s entirely too surprising that the media has been unable to grapple with the message that the protesters are conveying. The message is simply, “Fuck this.” Or, alternatively, “This is not what we signed up for.” We did not sign up for endless war, legally sanctioned torture, banks failing, failed bankers giving themselves golden parachutes, the requirement to incur thousands of dollars in student debt in order to be employable, housing bubbles, Social Security payments to nowhere, the rich getting richer, the middle class being decimated, food stamps, unpaid internships, raising the eligibility age for Medicare, or gutting the EPA’s budget. We did not sign up for the restriction of abortion rights, resurgent white rights movements in the era of an African-American president, or the odious phrase “illegal alien.” We signed up for progress, motherfuckers. And if you’re not going to help us get there, then get the fuck out of the way.
I don’t think that the protesters know exactly what they’re doing, but I think that’s perfectly okay. Fake it til you make it, and the best of luck to you all.
UPDATE: Also, what Greenwald said.