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  1. 1. Occupy Wall SteetIt always disheartens me to see people stupider than I am defend a movement I agree with. Nodoubt in my defence of one thing or another a casual observer has thought the same of me. And Isuppose, thererfore, it must always be the spirit of the defenders which ressoantes with us – thejarring off-key bad jazz of their delivery aside. It is in this spirit I admire the refilling of politicscurrently taking place on wall street. The bankers have done something apprently, taken our money(a sentiment I may disagree with for moral/Lefitst reasons) and ran off with it. Someones notpaying their fair share and were angry. At least, I suppose, they arent wearing tea-bags.I shall be amicable and admit that drum-beating left-leaning TV hacks have managed to find somerather eloquent defences of the movement. Indeed the 99% reheoric I find goes precisely to theheart of what the movement is de facto about – uniting those dillusioned with the american dreamand the myth of a millionaire temporarily out-of-pocket. In pointing out the lack of shoes theRights regurgitated stop-think propaganda of pull yourself up by your own bootstraps becomeseven more absurd and unsatisfying.The trite cliché about the movement is its lack “of a message”. This is quite strange, sinceincoherence has previously awlays been the bellweather of media opprotunism: an avenue to co-opta movement and project one of its favourite messages on to it. Alas it seems the corporate (or thesubtly self-justifying main stream) media have only corporate messages and its difficult to co-opt aperoples movement for those*.What the media (and most of the protesters) fail to realise is a message-less protest is largelyunavoidable. Id draw an accessible parralel between this muddied lashing out and the riots inbritian but Im not employed to be pseudo-intellectually edgy (try Zizek). Clear however, is theprivous milk-skin coffee-stain artifice of The Left no-longer exists to unite those reactionaries withand without a message. The former group has always been the intellectual diriving force of leftistprotesting and is continued isolation and dissmissal has merely left us with the mobs theypreviously steered.There is something correct and moral about this protest, though I can quite put my finger on it and itreminds me of Thatcherism. In leui of admitting, they have a point I must simply exasperate Yes.(* but not impossible if you have the eminance grise RNC PR splay set)s

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