Grassroots protest?

Undoubtedly you’ve heard about the “Occupy Wall Street” protests, or the “We are the 99” movement. They seem to be everywhere in the news these days, but also seem to be far too well orchestrated and media savvy for a true grassroots movement. Could that be because they were intentionally organized? From Craigslist:


Date: 2011-09-26, 5:09PM EDT

Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?] The Working Families Party (WFP) ( is New York’s most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare.

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Now I don’t have any idea if ┬áthe idea here is really to pay people to protest, but it sure does seem coincidental. And the whole event does seem to be very well planned, hardly the kind of thing that forms organically.

Generally though, it strikes me as a bunch of people who want everything given to them, without any concern for the economic reality of who would pay for it.

Tip of the hat to I Hate The Media.

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