As city officials in one of America’s most left-wing municipal governments begged the “Occupy Oakland” movement to stop trashing the struggling, heavily minority city’s streets, public buildings and YMCA, delusional “Occupy” protesters spoke of establishment plots and evil police conspiracies.
In the strange mental landscape where they dwell, some Occupiers seem to have convinced themselves that they represent a force for “social change” that is so powerful that the Oakland government, obviously the stooge of the Bilderbergers and the ruling class, will stop at nothing to destroy them. Their cat and mouse games with police and random acts of vandalism are magnified into apocalyptic struggles over the future of the world.
It is Oakland’s bad luck (partly due to its mild climate) that the Occupy protestors have dragged on so long and so violently there, but nothing can halt the movement’s resolute march toward the irrelevant fringe. An embarrassment to potential allies, a nuisance to the general public, a welcome reminder to the right of all the reasons it loathes the radical left, the Occupy movement is running on fumes.
It is likely to remain a beacon of hope to all those who dream that some kind of anarchist or socialist revolution could happen in the US or could be a good thing; like a candle drawing moths on a summer night, it dazzles them with false promise, consumes their energy to no purpose, and wastes their time.