Bailout for OWS?


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But hypocritical or not, the funding comes at a desperate time for OWS. By all accounts, the movement is in shambles. Now that it is no longer generating media attention, the movement’s finances have fallen to $200,000, half of which is apparently designated for bail money for arrested occupiers. OWS also has nothing to occupy, having been evicted from its hijacked headquarters New York’s Zuccotti Park last November. To that end, funds from the Movement Resource Group are intended to pay for an OWS office in New York as well as stipends for “core activists.” Exactly who these might be is not clear, but given OWS’s history of violence, the infusion cash should raise eyebrows.

In fairness, not all OWS protestors have welcomed the corporate bailout. Some are already complaining that the movement’s financial backers want to turn it into a progressive nonprofit, complete with a liaison and formal operational structure. For a movement that prides itself on its decentralized nature, the imposition of a top-down hierarchy would be an embarrassing setback.

Still, the fact remains that without that bailout, OWS looks likely to disappear from the political scene altogether. The movement that drew media in flocks has become a distant memory. And nothing better underscores OWS’s irrelevance than the fact that the self-styled anti-corporate, anti-capitalist movement may soon be dependent on corporate cash to keep it alive.

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  • maturin20

    I don't think Sabra Ice Cream is going to be able to compete with Ben and Jerry's. Who wants to eat frozen goat's milk?

  • Ken

    I will never buy Ben & Jerry's again!!

  • Jim

    By the way Mr Author who is the president of the OWS or anonymous? Who is the treasurer?
    Say how about a list of the board of director

    Why do you not try to join? You know as well as I OWS is not joinable because it is not an organization.

    You must know the movement is under attack by co opters of the left who wish to turn it in to their own astro turff

  • mrbean

    Ben and Jerry are similar to couple of old limp-dicked hippies who did well in business trying to recapture their youth by joining any leftist feel good movement..

  • clarespark

    I tried to add a bit of precision to the Wall Street versus Main Street discourse, here: http://clarespark.com/2010/09/11/is-wall-street-s…. On the antisemitism in OWS see http://clarespark.com/2012/01/25/the-state-of-the…. I do agree that anarchism and the counter-culture are important elements of OWS, but these demonstrators are also allied with the Marxist Left, equally allergic to "finance capital." Put it all together and you have old-fashioned populism, with a whiff of the fascism they attribute to the One Percent.

  • Steve Chavez

    Do Occupiers buy lottery tickets and if so why? To become "Filty Stink'n Rich!"

  • joe

    anarchist inc with capitalist model

  • pyeatte

    I never bought Ben & Jerry's and this reminds me why. The only thing OWS attracts is rats, and the main thing it doesn't attract is soap & shampoo.

  • xios

    I stopped buying B and J's ice cream back in the mid 1990's- not only because of their leftism but because I never liked the taste of the flavors- Breyers is so much better.