Occupy Wall Street is the rage of a privileged elite. Here are some images of the digs of some of those arrested.
Most of Occupy Wall Street have no demands at all – they are just astroturf, like the grotesquely well paid “striking” employees of the City of Oakland, sent by the the Mayor to join the protest on full pay. The protestors did not block the Port, rather the Mayor told her port employees not to show up for work. They were “blockading” an operation that had been shut down by the Mayor. It was confrontation theater, the appearance, but not the substance, of confrontation.
Yet there is real rage: Of course, at the protests, hard to tell the real rage from the choreographed rage, though when they smash up a Whole Foods shop or a Men’s warehouse, obviously there is some real rage. Rage is perhaps more evident in the art world, where official artists blessed by the government as real artists (unlike mere kitsch peddlers who have to humbly rely on people voluntarily choosing to buy their stuff) tend to produce utter garbage, to show their contempt for the bourgeoisie that are forced to pay them, the San Jose dog turd being an infamous example. The message of the San Jose dog turd is “I can shit on you, proving I am more powerful and important than you are.” The dog turd statue is spittle directed at la bourgeoisie.
The TSA conveys a similar message: “We can capriciously humiliate you and degrade you, and you dare not resist, or even complain, so we are powerful and you are powerless.” Obviously security should be given back to the control and discretion of the airlines, and in particular, the captain should carry a gun, and have final decision making authority over security. No one dares propose abolishing the TSA, even though it is obvious that such abolition would be hugely popular.
Most real Americans think that money is status, think a wealthy guy is high status, though unless he is rich enough to fly by private jet, he gets the TSA treatment like everyone else, and probably with knobs on, since the TSA does not like wealthy Americans. A lot of George Washington’s resentment of the British may have been that though he had land, money, education, and military experience demonstrating courage, leadership, and competence, the British did not consider him a gentleman, and since he was not a gentleman, felt his money and land to be rather illegitimate and improper. The “Occupy Wall Street” mob view the wealth of the productive with disdain similar to that with which the British viewed Sam Adams.
One striking difference between the “Occupy Wall Street” mob and real Americans is that the the “Occupy Wall Street” mob thinks that only the virtue industry is high status: They think that only their inferiors should degrade themselves by producing goods or services that la bourgeoisie actually want and are willing to pay for. They think a low paid job in the virtue industry is higher status than a rich man who produces what la bourgeoisie actually want. Their vision of their personal bailout is not that the government bails them out by giving them a well paid job, but that the government bails them out by giving them a virtue industry job, a job where they get to morally or culturally improve their inferiors whether their inferiors like it or not.
The politicians do not rule, merely compete for the job of public relations officer for the permanent and fireproof government employees. Government employees were made fireproof to supposedly depoliticize the public service, yet somehow recruitment has become more political than ever it was, as illustrated by the infamous Department of Justice, the EPA, and the SEC. The “Occupy Wall Street” mob reveals these people who rule us are inferior to us, dislike us, and like to harm us.
A real change of government would require a mass political purge of government employees.