Occupy Wall Street is a Rorschach test. Some folks come expecting meth heads, hippies, and conspiracy theorists… which is exactly what they will find. Others come expecting middle class workers, Marxists, and grandmothers… which is of course exactly what they will find. The truth is, they are all there. The kooks, the anarchists, the kids, the grown ups. You can easily find whatever you want to help convince you of what you already believed to be true.
Which is why I get such a headache trying to discuss “What is Occupy about?” with others. Sometimes I’ll hear someone say “They just want to destroy capitalism.” and I have to bite my tongue. Though I think most protestors just want reforms to the current system, I can’t honestly deny the presence of those that believe that capitalism would be better off replaced with some other system.
I may frequently disagree with the signs I find lying around the camps, but I certainly believe in the rights of those protestors to say them.