We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The occupation is going about as I expected. Nothing there has surprised me as of yet.
As for the Zero Hedge article, I agree the name change is meaningful. It means the occupiers have lowered their sights and decided living in the USA is okay, at least for now. It's an admission of being wrong. It would be interesting to know who was involved in the decision and how the debate went on the name change. Whether the name change affected the fundraising is a matter of conjecture.
With regard to the money that is pouring in, I can't help but think the political grifters on the left are scooping up most of the greenbacks. I would speculate the occupiers and protestors are merely pawns. Therefore, I doubt that money will be used to fund the revolution.
In the end the article disappoints, the author says we are, "trending toward the perfect storm," but then never lays out what he thinks the perfect storm entails.
Anyway, in my view, the Seattle thing has been but a side show. It's the other things, the fear of the mob by the ruling class, the firings for holding the wrong opinions or merely be related to the sinners, the twisted logic and fantasies that so many seem eager to believe, the censorship of the Right . . . Those are the things that worry me.
The perfect storm is pretty obvious, in my opinion.
The political grifters have the corporations by the balls, and when (if) the opportunity presents itself, they will do what they can to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs. Because they may be politically savvy, but they are not economically or financially savvy.
So, in a sense, they are trying to engage Lenin's view that "we will hang the capitalists with the ropes they sell to us" - and there is an element of truth to this. These people are good at organizing, they are good at engaging their followers, and they are VERY good at creating social disruption.
It's going to be a long, hot, summer and you can bet cells of these idiots will be funded for activism all summer.
I don't think the name change is an admission of 'being wrong' - it's an attempt to align on a wider scale and revive the corpse of the Occupy Movement. Most of these organizers came from that group, anyway. I wrote how Occupy was trying to create, in Zucotti Park, a much smaller version of Christiana. That would have been very difficult for a variety of reasons (for one, it was privately held, another it was too small). They now have the scale, the support, and have promoted their movement as 'allowing' private businesses in the area to maintain activity but really it was a public space grab.
They'll try this a few more times, and get bolder if they are successful.
This is a perfect storm because, right now, NOBODY (well nobody who really can, yet) wants to stand up to any of these people...
I'm all for letting it play out. They will fail. It may take a long time (Christiana ultimately failed from its original plan, it required letting enforcement back in to 'fix' it).