Over the past few days the media has been giving a lot of attention to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. These latest protesters have been compared to the tea party movement. That’s quite a stretch. After a tea party rally is over, the participants are picking up any litter that remains and are putting it in rubbish cans. Then they go back to their homes, which they have paid for because they have jobs. After the “Occupiers” depart a park it is a stench-pit of sewage, litter, rubbish and everything else that stinks. The city of New York has already spent nearly a million dollars cleaning up after the “Occupiers in Zuccotti Park.
These newest protesters are largely socialists that want government to redistribute income on their behalf. They’re upset that Wall Street got bailed out by the Federal Government. I’m all in on that one. But they aren’t really anti big government, because they will need the force of government to make sure producers are coerced to give income to them, the non-producers. Never mind reiterating the deleterious effects of “Robin Hood” politics on economic incentives…the Occupiers either don’t listen or don’t want to know.
Honestly, I don’t think the Occupiers are here to stay. They’ve got two obstacles that they can’t overcome in the long run; winter, and generation X.
The effect of winter is obvious; don’t look for any January overnight protesters in Minneapolis. The Occupiers will have to spend the winter months in warmth of their parents’ basements.
Generation X has absolutely no sympathy for the Zuccotti park protesters. Gen X, the children of the baby boomers, were born between 1965 and 1979. They also were told that they would never have it as good as their parents’ generation. Mat Honan’s Tumblr Blog recently ran a humorous, yet stinging admonition to the “Occupiers”. You can link to it at:
To the “Occupiers” Generation ‘X’er Mat Honan says:
“Generation X is tired of your sense of entitlement. Generation X also graduated during a recession. It had even shittier jobs, and actually had to pay for its own music. (At least, when music mattered most to it.) Generation X is used to being fucked over. It lost its meager savings in the dot-com bust. Then came George Bush, and 9/11, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Generation X bore the brunt of all that. And then came the housing crisis.
Generation X wasn’t surprised. Generation X kind of expected it. Generation X is a journeyman.”