Sunday, October 9, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Collaboratism in All Its Splendour and Glory

The following video, which is making the rounds on the internet, was originally published on Drudge. It is from Occupy Wall Street Atlanta and it features a "People's Assembly" in action, well at least kind of.

They are in the midst of their agenda when Congressman John Lewis arrives and so someone suggests that he be permitted to address the Assembly. What follows is 10 minutes of comedy gold, except for the "repeat after me" part, which is just downright creepy. In New York, they are not allowed to use megaphones, so the repeating is to ensure people can hear. Anyway, that is the rationalization. But even though the Atlanta leader (sorry, facilitator) has a megaphone they repeat everything anyway just because they like to do so.

If you want to understand the mentality of the people leading this "movement" you simply must watch this video.

These people want corporations to be taken over by People's Assemblies. God forbid! We would be running through the fields naked starving in a month. That is, we would if everybody did not die in the civil war.


Paul F. said...

I've been trying to write a comment on this post for about ten minutes now but nothing I think of seems to accurately capture the absurdity of that video.

This does remind me somewhat of the famous Stanford Prison Experiment. It's easy to be surprised at how quickly the guards took a downward spiral but I thought it was even more surprising that the prisoners continued to freely participate in such a demented experiment. I am truly amazed that so many people would sit in that park and repeat that garbage while showing off their "jazz hands". Wow.

Gordonhackman said...

I'm with Paul. Unbelievable. Simultaneously frightening and pathetic.

Lcook1227 said...

Awful. Ridiculous way of communicating. What is the point? Is it that nobody and everybody is running the show? Are they supposed to be exercising true democracy or preventing one group from taking over? Aside from being weird, it is a terribly slow way of coming to a consensus. Do they understand that if the crowd gets even a little bigger, their method of repeating the speakers words becomes impossible? But the main thing I believe they are missing is that the whole thing reeks of brainwashing. When someone says, "I think we should..." and you repeat, "I think we should....", you are taking ownership of those words. The "leaders", even though there supposedly are no "leaders", are getting the crowd to take ownership of their words. Scary. And odd.