OWS and Flag Burning
Posted on January 31, 2012 by Lou
But since the sites were cleared out a few months ago, activists who claim to represent OWS in its present form haven’t added very much to the pubic discussion.
Though it’s hard to sort through who did what, the American flag burning episode in Oakland gives the right-wing a “we told you so” opportunity.
December’s “general strike” at the California ports – denounced by ILWU officials – aggravated union leaders.
And the New Year’s Pasadena Rose Parade demonstration didn’t get much traction at all.
This may not be the right time to kick up a big fuss about the direction of this movement. Progressives admired and appreciated the occupiers and credit those protests for helping Barack Obama hone a more populist message.
Maybe it’s just the nature of insurgencies that the clique that lingers on past prime time begins to feel marginalized.
And then starts acting out.
The way the weathermen went bonkers, for example, in the late 60s / early 70s.
I prefer the OWS focus on foreclosures.
But we might have to just wait and see how this movement evolves.
In the meantime, here’s a question:
Does anyone think it would be a good idea for OWS protesters to provoke a confrontation at the Democratic Convention in September?