Amitai Etzioni summarizes it well:
Given that Occupy Wall Street has not advocated any specific ways to reduce inequality and does not have the political organization to back up such an agenda, either others will have to find ways to curb inequality or we will see little progress on this front in the great budget battles to come shortly after the 2012 election.
Most assuredly, a general strike that fizzles will not serve the cause of reducing inequality, or even help Occupy Wall Street find its sea legs. Occupy Wall Street will have more opportunities to show that it did not flame out; however, it had better come up with a more cogent strategy, or it will soon be one more wasted force, one more protest movement that vented feelings but engendered precious little real social change.
To me, another problem is the movement's anarchist roots. If they can't create a consistent message, then others will step in and do it for them. Another problem is with the anarchists in the movement such as Brandon "Skabby" Baxter and the idiots in Seattle and San Francisco and Oakland. By the way, at Dan "you pansy asses" Savage's magazine, where he is editorial director, one of the writers defended the violent acts against property at the Seattle May Day gatherings and elsewhere, while at the same time saying he is not a proponent of same. You see, breaking windows and other things at businesses isn't violence, it's vandalism, so it's all good. Anyway, the Dark Knight has weighed in...
...and he's nonplussed. Same with the Village Voice:
We witnessed several of Tuesday's May Day festivities. While not everyone involved in the demonstrations were "bums" (which we pointed out in a post yesterday), the media's take doesn't seem to be too far off -- it's hard to take many of these people seriously when they're biting cops, dumping buckets of feces in public places, and strolling around New York in Halloween costumes.
As Susan Ostrowski, a 55-year-old woman who works at a Wall Street insurance company, suggests, it seems some of the occupiers would be better served by "find[ing] jobs and protest[ing] on their time off. They should get involved politically, register to vote rather than sitting and sleeping on the steps in sleeping bags."
As we mentioned yesterday, not all of the occupiers are unemployed hobos. Unfortunately, the non-unemployed hobos involved with Occupy Wall Street get lumped in with the "bums" because the "bums" and their antics get the most ink in the press.