In a piece entitled “Occupy Movement Regroups, Laying Plans for the Next Phase,” the NY Times gamely attempts to keep the hope for a left-wing counterweight to the Tea Party alive. But no dice. There’s nothing to see here but hand-waving, hyperbolic rhetoric, and vague promises of ill-planned action by career activists:
Jumping on a proposal from Portland, Ore., groups in 34 cities have agreed to “a day of nonviolent direct action” on Feb. 29 against corporations accused of working against the public interest. Then on May 1, they will try to persuade thousands of Americans who share their belief that the system is rigged against the poor and the middle class to skip work and school, in what they are calling “a general strike” — or “a day without the 99 percent.” […]But some experts who credit Occupy’s achievements to date wonder if the earnest activists will overplay their hand. Some question how many people will heed a call to stay home from work on May 1, especially since labor unions, which have generally supported Occupy’s message, say they will not strike for the day.
A pool of leftie activists is always on call for this sort of thing. And every few years, another crop of energetic leftie college students dreaming of a new sixties or even a revolution pops up, hangs out in tents on public property, and breaks camp to go to law school.The inescapable truth is that the worst U.S. recession since the Great Depression has so far conspicuously failed to generate a serious populist movement on the Left. Ron Paul has made a bigger impact on American politics than Occupy—and his presidential campaign is an electoral non-starter.That is how lame Occupy is. This so-called “movement” doesn’t even have the clout and enthusiasm to match one wing of the Tea Party—the weak wing.