Saturday, October 01, 2011
Can "Occupy Wall Street" Revive Left Activism?
“You say you got a real solution? Well, you know, we’d all love to see the plan.”
- John Lennon, “Revolution”
“I’d join the movement if there was one I could believe in”
- Bono, “Acrobat”
I was reminded of the above rock star quotes as I read criticisms of the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) protest. No, not the predictably smug mainstream dismissal of almost all activism as the domain of bored rich kids.
Rather, I’m thinking about the smug left wing dismissal of any activism that isn’t inspired by theoretical purity, e.g. Lauren Ellis in Mother Jones, who mockingly summed up the effort as “First make noise, then decide what the noise is all about?”
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