Thursday, November 03, 2011

Occupy Seattle Oped

There is a local blog for Seattle called the Seattlest that has been chronicling the ups and downs of the occupy Seattle protests here in my back yard. On of the recent posts really nailed some points that I think spoke to why I think they are alienating the majority of people that should agree with their cause.  He notes that the problem with the people that attend are the ones that want to make it a festival and/or have a different ax to grind (legalizing Marijuana, or immigration or some other cause).  This makes the people there protesting the large financial institutions ability to affect their lives look silly, and turns people like me off to the whole thing.

I'm not going to go stand next to somebody championing a cause that isn't even tangentially related to the task at hand.  His article is really well written and references Orwell, so you know the man is very well read, sorry I'm a sucker for either Orwell or Mark Twain references.  Both men had a lot to say about contemporary culture and I'm surprised how much I like them the more I read by and about them.

9 comments:

  1. Interesting post!
    Nice blog.
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  2. yeah.. just like that

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  3. Nice read. I too am a fan of Orwell and Twain, and honestly, this is why I too have been turned off from the whole thing--because of people taking up their own agendas, or just plain acting stupid. I don't want to be 'represented' by the one guy who suddenly thinks it's a genius idea to throw a molotov cocktail at a police officer, because you know right after it happens, that's all people are going to talk about.

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  4. I couldn't agree more... the occupy movement definitely needs to be more streamlined. Also, people need to charge on washington, not sit around their local downtown areas holding signs.

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  5. I agree with you! People oonfuse people so much!

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  6. If they want change something, they must take their weapons to the streets, otherwise, it is just a waste of time. History agrees with me.

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  7. that seattlest article was really well written, and i can definitely see your point

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  8. History agrees with me.

    I do too

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  9. there was occupy oakland which is near where i live.

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