If you go to Yahoo this morning, you might catch a news story proclaiming that the Occupy Wall Street movement is going global.
But let’s face it, America is actually late to the game this time around, since protesters have been demanding the right to free… well…everything!… in Greece, England, Italy and France for months now.
In fact, we’re not only late to the game, we’re far, far behind it!
Sure, Occupy Wall Street protesters have defiled lower Manhattan with their garbage – both physical and metaphorical – and ineffectively tried to beat up Wall Street “villains.”
Yup, Occupy Denver protesters defied an order to clear out from the Capitol area, where they were encamped for days, making an even bigger nuisance out of themselves than they already are.
And ok, Occupy Boston members may have harassed and spat upon a U.S. Coast Guard officer in uniform. But David Pendleton, a spokesman for that local chapter, doesn’t even want to claim those men as part of his group and even went out of his way to apologize for their actions if Occupy Boston was at all involved.
Clearly, they’re not the leaders of any worldwide anti-capitalist, pro-socialist drive behaving like that.
Europe, on the other hand – with its still not-so-distant bouts of full-fledged communism – knows where it’s at. When Europeans protest capitalism, they burn busses and attack police in full riot gear and overturn trashcans and ransack stores and cars and cause millions and billions in damage to both the private and public sectors.
And that is why the Occupy Wall Street movement can’t really claim any originality. It’s merely a less showy – though perhaps more tenacious, depending on how you look at it – version of European madness.
And let’s hope it stays that way.