Some very good things happened this year, thanks to a strange, leaderless, constantly morphing group of protestors. Who have only had the last three and a half months to make their mark!
And they ain't done yet.
Thank you Occupy Wall Street and all your permutations. You have made the issue of income inequality huge in our minds. The income inequality was there all along, but it took OWS to get us to notice it, to get us heated up about it.
Occupy has also brought the simple right to assemble peaceably into the spotlight. If cops in riot gear think they can bust up nonviolent groups of demonstrators for no good reason, we, the 99%, now have more work to do.
But the cops persist in busting up law-abiding gatherings with batons and pepper spray, putting the fat, stupid bastards in the news, and shining a favorable light on the people. Thanks, cops. It makes our work easier, even if it hurts for a while, and you are prancing imbeciles until you get put on administrative leave.
When OWS burst onto the news back in mid-September, I felt immediately we had a new form, a new context, a new theater. Camping all night in pup tents? Crazy optics. Embracing the homeless, feeding everybody? Angelic. Making rules up as you go along? (Human Mic, those hand wiggles for approval or disapproval at general assemblies.) Radical.
I've seen remarks from ordinary people, even people I know, who don't dig OWS. They have decided that THEY know how OWS should be run: Get a leader, get an agenda, focus on jobs.
Enlighten me, what butt-headed Tweeter thinks he or she should tell OWS what to do? Are they running secret underground railroads through their apartment that I don't know about? No, they are in constant search of lattes, mani-pedis and coiffeur blow-outs, which seriously cuts into their revolutionary credentials.
When OWS needs leadership, it will emerge from the movement. Agendas are already there, if invisible to the un-punk eye. And jobs? Really, Occupy has to say "We need jobs"? We ALL need jobs. It's practically a moot point.
I hope you are looking forward to the New Year. It's going to be important.
I hope it's great.