Tragic choice of an acronym but Kunstler points out a placard that sums up the zeitgeist nicely:
All last week across the media landscape, in pod, blog, flat-screen, and crunkly old newsprint columns, fatuous professional observers complained that the Occupy Wall Street marchers “have no clear agenda” or “can’t articulate their positions.” What impertinent horseshit. I saw a statement on one OWSer’s sign that said it all:$70,000 College Debt$12,000 Medical BillsI’m 22Where’s My Bailout?
What part of that is unclear to interlocutors of what we called “the establishment” back in the day? That would be the day of the Vietnam War and the Aquarian Upsurge. One difference being that in 1968 we at least had some solidarity in the older generation coming from figures of gravity like Senators Robert Kennedy (bumped off), Eugene McCarthy, J. William Fullbright, George McGovern, Rev Martin Luther King (bumped off), and even one US Attorney General, Ramsey Clark. Today, the entire “establishment” is a clueless, hopeless blob of self-interested, craven opportunism. Even the arty fringe – the people who pretend to be an avant-garde – are nothing but narcissistic self-branding operations masquerading as culture leaders.
But they’re vilifying the Wealth Producers! If we hurt their feelings they might ship our jobs overseas! Oh…whoops…they already did that. Missing from every discussion in the The Liberal Media is any recognition that people are well aware that Wall Street continues to receive endless bailouts while they and others around them are flat-ass broke.