Op-Ed: Occupy Wall St. Protests Doing More Harm Than Good
Daniel Perez, Jewish Voice EditorThe writer was editor of the Jewish Voice of New York. His work has appeared in a variety of news outlets, including A7, Yeshiva World News and JNS. Mr. Perez is currently working as a freelance writer and consultant . He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With no coherent overall message, the “Occupiers” rage against everything from economic inequality and corporate corruption, to the War in Iraq, to our nation's healthcare system...and of course there are those brave individuals warning us all about the insidious Jewish conspiracy that is at the heart of our nation's political and economic woes – what kind of revolution would it be, after all, without the rerequisite Jew-baiting?
This makes total sense. By cutting off traffic from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the protestors teach us a very important lesson: That it isn't okay to go to Brooklyn?
One of the top concerns among OWS activists seems to be our lagging economy. This particular demonstration hindered the freedom of movement for thousands of individuals. And containing the protest couldn't have been cheap. In fact, policing the protests has cost New York City taxpayers millions of dollars. But at least it probably created a few new jobs at the NYPD!
By cutting off traffic from Manhattan to Brooklyn, the protestors teach us a very important lesson: That it isn't okay to go to Brooklyn?
October 3: Hundreds of protesters in New York City dress as "corporate zombies" and zombie walk past Wall Street with painted faces, carrying fake dollar bills.
I don't see how anyone could fail to take this seriously. Obviously these are serious-minded people with legitimate grievances, bringing real solutions to the table.
This makes a lot of sense. By blocking train and bus service, they're really stick it to the man – those corporate fat cats won't know what hit them! Oh, wait. Do you know who uses mass transit? People who can't afford cars! People who work for a living! Granted, bus and subway riders represent a broad cross-section of New Yorkers, not limited to the working class. But this kind of indiscriminate disruption indicates that the Occupiers aren't terribly concerned with who they hurt, as long as somebody is late for work.
That same day: In honor of the movement's two-month anniversary, and in response to the eviction of demonstrators from Zuccotti Park, hundreds of protesters march toward the New York Stock Exchange and eventually occupy other locations throughout the city.
To borrow a line from another famous leader: If the Occupy Wall Street movement and its various offshoots last for a thousand years, men will say: This was their finest hour.
The Milk Street Café recently opened a second location on Wall Street.. But we might not be able to enjoy that restaurant for long.
Vote with your wallet. Don't like a certain corporation's practices? Don't invest in them! But don't take out your frustration in ways that are a pointless waste of time at best (I'm looking at the corporate zombie parade), and at worst, are positively harmful to small businesses, with whom you have no grievances.
I may not be the 1%, but if this is what the 99% is about, I'll be having no part of it.