Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Oops... forgot someone seeking to co-opt Occupy Wall Street: Matt Taibbi

Matt Taibbi of The Rolling Stone is yet another member of the gang of outsiders seeking to co-opt the Occupy Wall Street movement. In his article entitled "How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests" he re-interprets the "aims" of the movement as:
... I'm beginning to see another angle. Occupy Wall Street was always about something much bigger than a movement against big banks and modern finance. It's about providing a forum for people to show how tired they are not just of Wall Street, but everything. This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one's own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it's flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.
Who knows, maybe a lot of the true, card-carrying, legitimate members of the OWS movement  may agree with Matt or at least his general sentiments, but then we are once again faced with the prospect of a supposedly leaderless organization being "lead" by someone outside the organization.
Or maybe we will essentially get a new OWS-Prime social-political "movement" that is the original movement (co-opted) wrapped in the protective ideological cloak of the co-opters, whatever that might really be.


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