Jonah Goldberg offers the following observations in the latest National Review about the collection of protesters who make up the “Occupation.”
The tea parties are a remarkable and fairly novel historical development in part because they represent, in Rich Lowry’s words, “solid burghers who typically don’t have the time or inclination to protest anything.” Occupy Wall Street represents a class of people who enjoy protesting everything. “It’s about taking down systems,” one protester explained to the New York Times. “It doesn’t matter what you’re protesting. Just protest.” Or as a popular sign reads: “We Demand Sweeping, Unspecified Change!” This open-ended standard means that all points of view are welcome, including absolutely reprehensible ones. Put simply, Occupy Wall Street is operating under the rules of the hard campus Left: Every idea deserves space on the community bulletin board, and every cause has a right to hold meetings in the student union. Every cause, that is, that starts from left-wing or anti-American assumptions.
We’ve spent two years hearing that the tea parties are “extreme” because they want the government to borrow less money, send some federal responsibilities to the states, and cut subsidies for cowboy poets. This is quaint stuff compared with the OWSers who admit they want to “overthrow the government” — in the words of the communications director of NYC General Assembly, the ad hoc group that “governs” the Liberty Park crew.
But what is amazing is how liberals just don’t care. This you-had-me-at-hello weakness for radicals to their left has been the Achilles heel of the Democratic party for more than a half century now.