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Ah equality … where some are always more equal than others.
Ever been trapped with someone for 24-48 hours (or Heaven forbid longer) on a long trip or during a storm or after a disaster?

The filth and stench and drugs and assaults and rapes and theft aside, all is not well in the Wall Street “Occupy” protest community radiating out of Zuccotti Park.

Awhile back I tweeted a question asking what would happen if a protester happened to win the lottery. Would he/she share it equally with everyone in the movement?

I was told by one person who chose to respond, “yes”.

And I chuckled.

Well, no one has won the lottery yet but guess what?

It seems the “occupy drummers” earn almost $300 a day in tips and somehow have accumulated approximately ONE HALF MILLION DOLLARS.

Oh, the irony!

It seems the 1 % of the 99 percenters want their cut to distribute as they deem necessary, and have actually imposed a 50% drumming tax - which isn’t set well.

Taxation without representation I guess.

And some “Occupiers” are apparently more equal than others.

“Bring on the snow. The real revolutionaries will stay in -50 degrees.”

Not all of the “Occupiers” have the most noble of intentions either:

“The sunshine protestors will leave,” said “Zonkers,” a 20-year-old cleaner and longtime occupier from Tennessee. (He asked that his name not be used due to a felony marijuana conviction.) “The people who remain are the people who care. You get a lot of crust punks, silly kids, people who want to panhandle ... It disgusts me. These people are here for a block party.”

Yep, there is a hierarchy emerging in this supposedly anarchic and eclectic movement with an elite determining rules and policy and what is acceptable behavior or not. Some of the “Occupiers” don’t like being pushed around, especially without being able to argue their case.

I mean, didn’t they escape mommy’s basement for a while because they got tired being scolded about making their beds and tossing out their pizza boxes and beer cans?

And that doesn't even consider the anger and outrage from the people who live, work, shop, and attend school around these glorified block parties.

But back to the “Percussion Tax” and all.

To Shane Engelerdt, a 19-year-old from Jersey City and self-described former “head drummer,” this amounted to a Jacobinic betrayal.

“They are becoming the government we’re trying to protest," he said. "They didn’t even give the drummers a say ... Drumming is the heartbeat of this movement. Look around: This is dead, you need a pulse to keep something alive.”

Seen any fist fights on NBC or CNN or PBS?

I figured.

Wait until someone does a cd … maybe called Zuccotti Beat!

Remember you heard it here first.

Ah, the evil of property rights and the glory of collectivism.

You just can’t “beat” The System.

A bearded man began to gather up a tarp and an occupier emerged from beneath, screaming: “You’re going to break my f**king tent, get that shit off!” Near the front of the park, two men in hoodies staged a meta-sit-in, fearful that their belongings would be lost or appropriated.

Daniel Zetah, a 35-year-old lead facilitator from Minnesota, mounted a bench. “We need to clear this out. There are a bunch of kids coming to stay here.” One of the hoodied men fought back: “I’m not giving up my space for f**king kids. They have parents and homes. My parents are dead. This is my space.”

Oh, I could go on but just read the article and go back and read Animal Farm and some more George Orwell and Ayn Rand and Aldous Huxley and Eric Hoffer - if your “facilitators” permit you.

Check back when you do, but be careful.

Big Brother IS watching, you know.


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Oct. 21st, 2011 05:51 pm (UTC)
Hee hee.

You are so right.

Spread the word.
Oct. 21st, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
It seems the 1 % of the 99 percenters want their cut to distribute as they deem necessary, and have actually imposed a 50% drumming tax - which isn’t set well.

And what if the drummers refuse to pay the tax? Or evade it? How will this be enforced? And what happens if the real police decide to interfere with this enforcement?

I think that the problems with "anarchy" are starting to crop up ...
Oct. 21st, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)
Read Hoffer's The True Believer if you haven't already because he addressed so much of this.

The main problem here and in most cases is that the media are slanting and filtering the reporting and hiding facts from their viewers and readers.

It's a tough row to hoe.
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