At Occupy Denver? Not so much. The word that best describes their attempt to figure out how to deal with the fact that 300 police with riot gear were about to descend on them is "hapless." They tried to vote on it, but half the people couldn't hear what was being said, the group split its votes, and they ended up declaring that they were going to leave although most of the people wanted to stay. Of course, then the crowd just ignored what was "decided" and did what it wanted to do anyway. Long story short: The average group of ten-year-olds playing kickball is far more organized than Occupy Denver.
3) They're useless as a political force: Occupy Denver doesn't like Obama, it has no central message, no real leadership, and my impression was that at least a third of the people attending would find holding a job as a fry cook at McDonald's to be as difficult as climbing Mount Everest.
At some point, if you actually want to accomplish something in politics that moves you beyond being just a yowling mob, you must get organized around some central principle. You're not going to really get anything done if all you can do is yell "Let's go" and have people follow you if they feel like it, based on whether it gets them away from the cops or sounds like fun.
4) They are dangerous to themselves: My impression of Occupy Denver at the park was that the crowd was a mix of hardcore activists, generally well meaning liberals, college students, thrill seekers, the homeless, and junkies. Mix all of that in with high tension, drugs, a "No snitches" attitude (that was written in chalk at the camp), and people staying overnight -- and you have a recipe for danger.
Imagining someone getting raped or murdered in Civic Center Park after dark isn't hard at all, especially when you have naive college kids who may think they're safe because they're "at a protest" mixing with street people in an area where the cops aren't welcome. No wonder they actually need "rape free zones" with guards to keep it that way at some of these Occupy events.
5) They are dangerous to everybody around them: Don't get me wrong; most of the Occupy Denver protesters aren't out there to hurt people. The problem, however, is that they are in essence little more than a free roaming mob that keeps wandering into volatile situations where they assume that anything that goes wrong is someone else's fault.
This would be dangerous under any circumstances, but there were people I'd classify as "violent" at every confrontation last week-end. The first time Occupy Denver came by Blog Con, a lady shoved Steven Crowder and another guy apparently attacked a cop and got arrested. The same lady was also around the second time Occupy Denver came to Blog Con and she shoved Crowder AGAIN. When the police cleared Civic Center Park, the violent guy who was arrested was there along with a guy screaming about having a gun. So you have a handful of people who are prone to react violently in the crowd, while tensions are off-the-charts because of a situation created by the Occupy Movement, and the other protesters automatically side with each other against everyone else. It's actually a surprise that there have only been 3700 plus arrests, 200+ incidents, and seven deaths caused by the Occupy movement so far.
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