What does the Left’s new resistance movement have in common with the old one?

What does the Left’s new resistance movement have in common with the old one?
Pussyhat Project founders Krista Suh and Jayna Zweiman (Image: Pussyhat Project)

Don’t tell me you’ve already forgotten about the “Occupy” movement? Initially christened Occupy Wall Street, the movement was warmly received by the Obama White House until the administration discovered that OWS — name notwithstanding — wasn’t opposed to just big money but to big government as well, including the man at the top.

Always seeming to be in search of a raison d’être that forever eluded the organizers, OWS metastasized beyond New York, spawning branches — and mayhem — in major urban areas across the country. A common bond, however, united the satellites with the mother planet, which took up residence in New York’s Zuccotti Park. All were run (to the extent that they were run at all) by latter-day hippies, who expressed their dissatisfaction with the establishment by defecating on and/or burning things.

Another commonality was their general disregard for cleanliness. On Nov. 20, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that Occupy L.A. had left 30 tons of debris behind them after vacating their encampment outside City Hall.

The Occupy movement came to mind when I read in the far-left publication Slate that the massive, if directionless, protest in D.C. and other Zip codes this past Saturday had sown the seeds of the next resistance movement. The author of the piece, Michelle Goldberg, cites a poll from last December that found:

[O]utrage over [Donald] Trump’s sexism has done more than anything else to spur people to political action post-election. Looking at respondents’ attitudes toward Trump and women, PerryUndem’s report says, “[N]o other demographic factors are significantly correlated with taking action, including Party ID.”

So the overage flower children will give way in the next incarnation of Occupy to fat women in pussy hats!

I don’t know if these women intend to follow their predecessors’ lead when it nature calls (here’s hoping not), but they’ve already adopted the habit of trashing the environment. This video shows a man in a Make America Great Again hat policing the mess protesters left behind on the National Mall after Saturday’s demonstration.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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