For those of you who somehow forgot, today’s a special day: the first birthday of the “Occupy movement.”
The Occupiers celebrated the big day by staging some protests in lower Manhattan. About a thousand protesters gathered and tried to block access to the New York Stock Exchange and various office buildings, and about 150 were arrested for disturbing the peace. The stock market and other capitalistic activities went on undeterred, but one Occupier was enthusiastic about the turnout. “It is encouraging getting 1,000 people out to do anything,’’ he said.
It’s hard to believe that the “Occupy movement” started only a year ago. For a time the media and some politicians acted like the “Occupy movement” was going to be the next big wave, and there was a seeming obsession with breathless reporting about how the Zuccotti Park protestors engaged in self-government, used the “human megaphone,” and had drummers pounding away day and night. It seems like ancient history now, doesn’t it? What was supposed to be the next big thing now can only command a thousand protestors to commemorate a big day for the “movement” — and you’d be hard pressed to identify anything that was truly accomplished as a result of the urban encampments and drumming.
There may still be “Occupy” activities going on somewhere in Columbus, but if so I haven’t seen or heard of them. On its first birthday, it seems like there’s not much movement in that “movement.”