All Occupiers Are Equal — But Some Occupiers Are More Equal Than Others

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Animal Farm revisited.

Dissension among #OccupyWallStreet: Who would have thunk an Anarchical system void of leaders would produce divisions among the ranks as to what behavior is acceptable and which aren't? Extortion, bribes, directives without representation...

Wow, couldn't see that coming.

All occupiers are equal — but some occupiers are more equal than others. In wind-whipped Zuccotti Park, new divisions and hierarchies are threatening to upend Occupy Wall Street and its leaderless collective.

As the protest has grown, some of the occupiers have spontaneously taken charge on projects large and small. But many of the people in Zuccotti Park aren't taking direction well, leading to a tense Thursday of political disagreements, the occasional shouting match, and at least one fistfight.

Imposing structure and order seems to fly against everything the protests are about. The entitlement mentality is suddenly at odds with the concept of personal property - occupiers' possessions are being collected for "the greater good," and that isn't sitting well with those who are losing their property.

Another argument broke out next to the pile of appropriated belongings, growing taller by the minute. A man named Sage Roberts desperately rifled through the pile, looking for a sleeping bag. “They’ve taken my stuff,” he muttered. Lauren Digion, the sanitation group leader, broke in: “This isn’t your stuff. You got all this stuff from comfort [the working group]. It belongs to comfort.” [...]

As the communal sleeping bag argument between Lauren Digion and Sage Roberts threatened to get out of hand, a facilitator in a red hat walked by, brow furrowed. “Remember? You’re not allowed to do any more interviews,” he said to Digion. She nodded and went back to work. But when Roberts shouted, “Don’t tell me what to do!” Digion couldn't hold back.

“Someone has to be told what to do," she said. "Someone needs to give orders. There’s no sense of order in this fucking place.”

These kids are getting harsh lessons in the reality and necessity of government structure. Too bad they don't have the mental capacity to understand it.

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Posted by: DMartyr at 11:49 AM

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