George Will is the latest to weigh in on the comparison of the tea party with Occupy Wall Street:
The Tea Party’s splendid successes, which have altered the nation’s political vocabulary and agenda, have inspired a counter-movement — Occupy Wall Street (OWS). Conservatives should rejoice and wish for it long life, abundant publicity and sufficient organization to endorse congressional candidates deemed worthy. All Democrats eager for OWS’s imprimatur, step forward.
Most of us have at one time or another been young and foolish and can no doubt imagine ourselves saying, “Oh, Muffy, let’s go over to Zuccotti Park and urinate on a cop car. That would be like so cool.” It is quite a different matter, however, when presumed adults such as Eugene Robinson (“I love every little thing about these gloriously amateurish sit-ins”) or E.J Dionne (Occupy is the left’s tea party) wax ecstatic about these brats.
Woodstock Nation is the prototype of Occupy, and I might be tempted to quote the old chestnut about how history repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, except that Woodstock itself was pretty much of a farce. Unfortunately, it was a farce that has had an effect on the way we “think.” It has had "influence."
It may be that Occupy Wall Street is so incoherent that the movement will have limited appeal, except for our elites.
Will does helpfully break down the “philosophy” of Occupy:
Its meta-theory is, however, clear: Washington is grotesquely corrupt and insufficiently powerful….
Demands posted in OWS’s name include a “guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment”; a $20-an-hour minimum wage (above the $16 entry wage the United Auto Workers just negotiated with GM); ending “the fossil fuel economy”; “open borders” so “anyone can travel anywhere to work and live”; $1 trillion for infrastructure; $1 trillion for “ecological restoration” (e.g., re-establishing “the natural flow of river systems”); “free college education.”
And forgiveness of “all debt on the entire planet period.” Progressivism’s battle cry is: “Mulligan!” It demands the ultimate entitlement — emancipation from the ruinous results of all prior claims of entitlement.
I take it back about Woodstock—Woodstock’s Abbie Hoffman was an intellectual giant compared to Occupy.