Occupy Demonstrators Are a Drab Lot Unlike Those of the ’60s and ’70s

Posted on November 20, 2011


It’s been coming on for a long time. In Paris – that capital that used to be so chic with women who wore clothes and accessories only they could wear – is no more – just look at the crowds.  Europeans have become, well, drab.  This drabness  has been communicated to millions in America.  OR perhaps it’s the other way around this time.   And it’s not just because many have lost their jobs or that they haven’t had baths and are sleeping in tents, they preach the same drab Marxism that emanated from Moscow for years.

It is the drab sartorial expression of the Occupy demonstrators that causes me to miss the colorful, spirited expression of the so-called  “hippies” of the ’60s and ’70s.  Their clothing, their songs, their demeanor expressed their up beat work for social justice in compelling if not colorful and memorable terms. They were filled with hope for a better America.  They were not out to overthrow the US government. Only a handful then saw clearly that they needed to bring socialism and/or communism to the US as the goal of their movement.  Even the more radical groups were enraged within a context that included riots but not overthrow.

“Hell no, we won’t go” was shouted by crowds of  anti-war demonstrators.  But things didn’t get truly rough until the Democratic National Convention in 1968  .  Finally as many have written in the blogosphere, it all came down to earth with the shootings at Kent State.  Now ordinary folk took on the cause with the hippies and eventually the war ended.  So did the draft later.

Activist radical Angela Davis was in jail for God’s sake and yet the years have been kind to her.  To come upon her today,  you will meet a woman whose dress is understated chic.

About Angela Davis:

Professor Angela Davis is an American political activist, educator and author. Davis was most politically active during the late 1960s through the 1970s and was associated with the Communist Party USA, the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Panther Party. Prisoner rights have been among her continuing interest; she is the founder of “Critical Resistance”, an organization working to abolish the prison-industrial complex. She is presently a retired professor with the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz and is the former director of the university’s Feminist Studies department. [Next Year Country]

Now ask  yourself, is there a leader of the far left today who you can recognize at once and who is an effective leader?  The only colorful leader today is on the far right, Sarah Palin.

See current video here.

When I see the crowds gathered on Wall Street to do battle with the banks, they only serve to remind me of the flocks of drab gray and white seagulls I meet in McDonald’s parking lot.  They too are begging.  They are calling for the 1% extremely wealthy to give them more of what they have rather than a calling for new laws and regulations that would make  it easier for them to earn it themselves.

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