Awright, so here’s the WSJ take in a nutshell:
Yet the Occupy Wall Street movement reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people…The protesters have a distinct ideology and are bound by a deep commitment to radical left-wing policies…What binds a large majority of the protesters together—regardless of age, socioeconomic status or education—is a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector, and protectionist policies to keep American jobs from going overseas…
Are you scared yet? They’re a bunch of commies!
But Kenneth Anderson over at Volokh agrees, or seems to.
These guys are out on a limb. Nobody really knows what to make of it all at this point. The protesters may be lefties and say lefty things, but lefties have been around the whole time and haven’t been camping out in the US financial center for more than a month.
More than a month.
This blogger seems more connected on the ground – and less sure.
Today Bill Bonner, who we quoted favorably yesterday, is stealing my ideas again and likening the whole thing to the days leading up to the French Revolution, so plaintively captured by Dickens a few decades after the events.
Maybe. I’m not sure one way or the other.