Sunday, October 16, 2011
EconStu on the Ground
These are some images from the Occupy London protests (one of the sister movements to Occupy Wall Street). As any good source of information ought to, EconStu trekked through this grey, English city to St. Paul's cathedral, where the show was under way.
I wrote a post on the movement earlier, and now, having seen it in person, I would like to reiterate a couple of points.
Firstly, I still don't think many of these people know what they're protesting against. If you have problems with government bailouts for banks, why aren't you at Parliament or Congress? There was also, of course, some of the "usual suspects:" People looking for a cause, without even having a stake in it.
Secondly, I would like to say, I still think this is the BEGINNINGS of a good movement. Currently, it's kind of directionless. However, so was the Tea Party. I think once this circus gets a ring-master we might end up with the counter-weight to that Tea Party, and that's something we need.
The protesters have organized themselves into working groups, such as toilets, entertainment, donations, etc... A lot of time was spent with speakers from each of the groups tackling administrative business. And for the most part, they're actually quite organized. Invisible hand anyone?
Thanks to Peter Honey for the photos.