Mostly people using their constitutional right to free assembly. No bankers — the people who bet against the American public and squandered untold millions — have been taken into custody.
I understand if you don’t like hippies. I went to Ithaca College in the early 90s. You don’t even know from hippies until you’ve been crammed into the Haunt to see Blues Traveler while Bush I is in office. This isn’t about whether or not you like hippies. Occupy Wall Street isn’t about bringing down capitalism. I love capitalism — a (regulated) market gets shit done. It created the electric car. It created antibiotics. It feeds my kids. Occupy Wall Street is about a word that Republicans throw around pretty freely: accountability. It’s about holding the people who created the financial crisis — deregulated banks like Lehmann and BofA and Goldman Sachs — accountable. Have people involved with #OWS pooped on cop cars? Yes. Are there some flaky, unwashed hippies out there? Sure. But if all you take away from a protest are the visuals, then the tea party is just a bunch of diabetics who like revolutionary war cosplay.
Happy Birthday, Occupy Wall Street!