A real live meeting of “Occupy Washington”
We had heard that the “Occupy Wall Street” / “Occupy Philadelphia” / “Occupy Washington” / “Occupy Peoria” movement was pretty weird, but it turns out to be much weirder than we thought, as you will see from Guy Benson’s column and video clip at TownHall.com. And remember, this is a movement that has been embraced by the New York Times, Nancy Pelosi, and the entire Democratic left.
Here is the first part of Benson’s column in which he introduces the clip—which, believe me, needs an introduction:
Having watched this clip all the way through several times, I still can’t stop chuckling. Here’s a quick primer to prepare you for what you’re about to see: The video — taken yesterday afternoon — begins as civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrives at #OccupyAtlanta, hoping to express solidarity and articulate his support with some brief remarks. Unfortunately for him, the Congressman is totally unacquainted with the gathering’s “rules,” which make the U.S. Senate look like a model of brisk efficiency. The group’s “leader” (the hippie with the bullhorn) speaks in three-second intervals so the rest of the assembled group can chant his partial sentences back at him. They’re speaking with “one voice,” you see. In order to build a consensus, they “debate” whether Lewis should be permitted to speak, or if the program should continue as planned. This quasi-vote is taken through a juvenile system of silent finger-wiggling (yes, really). The consensus shifts several times before the group settles on a conclusion: Lewis is not any more valuable than any other human being, and his request to speak is therefore denied. This decision prompts an angry outburst from Lewis supporters, who immediately earn angry jazz hands of scorn for chanting out of turn. This is seriously beyond parody… [see video].
The ten-minute video you linked to was well worth watching in its entirety. This is the vision of leftist governance—spending more time to decide whether Rep. John Lewis should speak than it would have taken for him to say whatever he had to say. The main leader, bearded and skinny with twig-like arms, was a cartoon of the ineffectual liberal, and the crowd, repeating his words in mindless fashion, suitably herd-like. Two couples got up and left; perhaps they just had other business to attend to, but I’d prefer to think that they became disgusted by the whole spectacle.Richard P. writes:
I was just watching the video of the OccupyAtlanta protests. My five year old son walked up and watched over my shoulder for a minute. He then slapped his forehead and said “Those people should all go to jail.” After I stopped laughing I asked, “Why?” He said, “Because they talk like babies.”Ken Hechtman writes:
Yeah, I just remembered why I stopped going to anarchist meetings. In the early 1990s they started to get goofy. They took weird-looking practices that we did when there was a reason to do them and they made a religion out of it. The crowd-repetition thing was originally so the people in the back row of a big crowd in a big space could hear what was said without amplified sound. The finger-wiggling is the way deaf people clap. We started doing that because it’s a way of applauding that the speaker can just talk over. It doesn’t force the speaker to stop every few minutes and make a long meeting longer. Those things weren’t an identity badge like they are now.Kathlene M. writes:
Did you read the rest of Guy Benson’s column? He quotes the following from “The People’s Document.” It’s rather telling that teachers and academics would make more than Congress and just a bit less than the President. What “The People’s Document” doesn’t explain is, if doctors and nurses earn less than teachers and academics, wouldn’t there then be a shortage of doctors and nurses and way too many teachers and academics? I guess that’s why police are also deemed worthy of earning a $36,000 salary, so that the police can keep the social order from collapsing.October 11
Alexis Zarkov writes:
Kathleen M. writes, “What ‘The People’s Document’ doesn’t explain is, if doctors and nurses earn less than teachers and academics, wouldn’t there then be a shortage of doctors and nurses and way too many teachers and academics?” Indeed. There would certainly be such shortages as well as many others. To implement such a policy would require people get assigned to various jobs. This what’s known as a command economy. An early example of which was WWI German General Erich Ludendorff’s “war socialism.” Some historians (such as Paul Johnson) assert that Lenin copied Ludendorff for his “War Communism” in effect from 1918-1921. From this reference we get the primary features of War Communism:Sam writes:
I believe Voltaire once prayed, “God, make my opponents ridiculous.” I watched the video. God has answered Voltaire’s prayers on our behalf.LA replies:
Some people would say that that is democracy.LA writes:
Because my computer would not play the clip smoothly yesterday, I’ve only seen the entire thing this morning. What strikes me first is, how can any human beings want to be part of such a ridiculous gathering, with the kindergarten-like repetition in which adults sound like little children, with the finger waving and all the rest of it? Did we have any notion that the left in America is this silly? That these are the people who we fear are tearing down our country? Why, they have no more substance to them than the Wizard of Oz, the little man pulling his levers behind his curtain. Which doesn’t mean that they can’t do real damage. Still, it’s a little embarrassing to realize that our opponents are not Goliath of Gath but a bunch of ridiculous children.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at October 10, 2011 07:33 PM | Send