Anger Turns to Violence
November 8, 2011 12 Comments
Megan McArdle covers the recent escalation in tactics from the Occupy crowd.
As you may have heard by now, this weekend, at the Americans for Prosperity dinner (a group with which the . . . sigh . . . Kochs are affiliated), Occupy DC decided that it would be a good idea to blockade the attendees into the DC convention center. The video is pretty disturbing to me:
I wish I could say this is unsurprising but it isn’t. The Occupy movement coalesced around anger as the primary motivating emotion…and this is never a healthy organizing force. It also seems that as media coverage has declined they have abandoned their peaceful park sit-ins and are becoming much more aggressive. The video Megan links to is telling. Physically blocking people’s movement is ridiculous. Then of course they also play the victim if the people they are harassing lash out. Classic bullying tactic.
On a completely partisan note I will also note that we never saw anything like this from the Tea Party which is why they have had the longevity that Occupy will certainly not enjoy. McArdle makes an equally partisan note about the hypocrisy of those that ignore these latest actions:
I have no doubt that support for these tactics is a minority sentiment on the left. But where are the condemnations that our left-wing commentariat were so eagerly demanding from the right a year ago every time Michelle Bachmann or another tea party figure said something stupid?
Bringing guns to political rallies is pretty stupid and was condemned accordingly (although I will note that to my knowledge no one has ever been physically assaulted at a Tea Party rally). I really don’t see the actions of Occupy as any different.