Study Shows Occupy Wall Street was the 1 Percent


Wait… isn’t that Cannibalism?

I could have told you that myself just by walking past them, but I’m not a Sociologist. I’ve never seen so many Trustafarians in one place since a New Yorker party. And I’ve never seen so much concentrated entitlement in one place since Bloomberg gained 20 lbs.

Like so much of phony liberal class warfare, Occupy Wall Street consisted of unemployed liberal rich kids protesting against… their parents.

According to a new study from sociologists at the City University of New York, more than a third of activists in the Occupy movement in New York City had household incomes above $100,000, placing them at the cusp of the top quintile of income distribution in America.

Researchers surveyed 729 people who participated in a May 1 rally last year and were involved in the “occupation” of Zuccotti Park in the fall of 2011, and found that they were more affluent, whiter, younger, much more highly educated, and more likely to be male than the average New Yorker.

Non-Hispanic whites constituted 62 percent of all respondents, though they make up only 33 percent of New York City residents. While only about a third of Americans hold bachelors’ degrees, 76 percent of respondents who had completed their education had a four-year college degree and 39 percent had graduate degrees. Among college graduates, more than a quarter went to top-ranked schools, which might help explain why the majority of graduates under 30 had some student debt.

39 percent had graduate degrees. Graduate degrees. That’s a higher percentage than Berkeley. OWS was actually concentrated Berkeley. It was a one-block Cambridge. It was a smellier Ann Arbor.

It was an Ivy League protest pretending to be a populist movement.

  • Mary Sue

    Graduate degrees that likely were little more use than toilet paper. "Liberal Arts Degree Please Take One".

    • http://twitter.com/jmylive @jmylive

      Mary Sue, you're right. I have a Liberal Arts degree. I've been unemployed for 2 years. But I'm not out there protesting about it. I would have been better off getting a job right out of high school than wasting my time in college.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        " I have a Liberal Arts degree. I've been unemployed for 2 years. But I'm not out there protesting about it. I would have been better off getting a job right out of high school than wasting my time in college."

        Then you have learned important things in spite of their deceptions. It will come to use over time. I think you can still learn a lot in college as soon as you understand the reality of what is being attempted. There are also hopefully at least some classes in math and sciences that are not yet corrupted by leftists, but nothing surprises me any more.

        Good luck.

      • Deep Space

        There's nothing wrong with a Liberal Arts degree but if you took one in hopes of landing a senior management position right out of school you probably misunderstood what's happening in the working world. I hope there were some courses that gave you some valuable perspectives on history and society. Anyway, there are lots of other people who have studied more "relevant" things and don't have jobs either. Plus think about all the people who've had years of experience and are out of work.

        • Cat K

          Deep Space, Sadly, just about every subject taught on a college campus is defined by leftist ideology whether at a state school or Ivy. So, sending kids off to college results in smug, ironic, brain washed young Marxists with few exceptions. Campuses are also highly anti-Semitic and pro Islamic terror (poor victims we forced them to do it with our Racism/imperialism/ or what have you).
          It's like giving your precious children up to become pod people in some tacky Sci-Fi movie. Sad.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Sadly, just about every subject taught on a college campus is defined by leftist ideology whether at a state school or Ivy. So, sending kids off to college results in smug, ironic, brain washed young Marxists with few exceptions."

            Precisely. Only by figuring out early what is happening can you direct your own objectives and use the resources to your best advantage. Otherwise you might only learn after experiencing life the hard way, trying to reverse the damage.

            Still, even lies create a reference point to eventually navigate to the truth. It's only time wasted until you start to rectify things at some point…we hope.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Sadly, just about every subject taught on a college campus is defined by leftist ideology whether at a state school or Ivy."

            Speaking of leftist insanity on campus:
            http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/01/whatever_h

      • http://chillis.com steve

        The greatest lessons that are learned in college are now being systematically removed at taxpayer expense, and by creating huge debt to the students. A degree meant something when a student had to struggle just to pay tuition, not because of price, but because it was not handed to them by a grant, a scholarship, or their parents use of retirement funding. Virtually every student worked, constantly. We learned that in order to have what we wanted (educational advantage) we had to do things that others would not (2 jobs + school – sleep). This struggle, like most others, hardened the mettle of the student. In fact, even if the student didn’t graduate, they still learned the value of the dollar, and how important a serious work ethic is to achieving goals.

        The only way to return to a higher education system that actually works, is to remove the incentive to become lifelong, non working, students. The pain of struggle is an excellent motivator.

      • JacksonPearson

        Your college education and experiences will never go to waste, unless you want it to. Perhaps take a lower paying job while still keeping an eye, and ear open, while applying for what you went to college for.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Your college education and experiences will never go to waste, unless you want it to."

          Agreed. In the long run you can recover value. It's just wasted time with respect to how we'd prefer things. In the end, recovering from leftist indoctrination might be an advantage relative to never having experienced it if you have to compete with the lunatics. Better to understand their behavior and Doublespeak more completely.

          • JacksonPearson

            I can fully understand a person's frustration of putting in four years or more for an education, than graduating into an unemployment line. Times aren't like they used to be. For the present, they're going to have to use that diploma to plug the holes in their shoes. They have to keep the faith, and things will ev eventually get better, after Soetoro's gone!

  • Viet Vet

    The OWS was about the furtherance of marxist ideology.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      The furtherance of Marxist ideology is indeed the end goal. And it is also the case that many of the radical left hail from cozy confines, particularly its leadership. Haven't we heard about Billy Boy Ayers and his whole cadre, back in the day? He, and his comrades, came from more than comfy confines yet found time to blow things up. In fact, aside from the hanger ons who may very well have been down on their luck, most of thee weren't. It was clear from the get go.
      In any case, when revolutionaries in suits head EVERY element in Washington, as well as its outside surrogates, what else can one expect? Soros has his tentacles in all of the above and the next chapter will be alot less "tame" – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/07/01/leftist-dogma

      Know this. The same type of well off rabble rousers also headed the "tent protests" in Israel recently. Each one came from affluent Tel Aviv backgrounds, and they were egged on by Stanley Greenberg and crew from the Dem outfit in Washington. Soros's fingerprints showed up too!!

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "The furtherance of Marxist ideology is indeed the end goal."

        I knew that after as much time as it took me to read the first headline about those losers.

    • Mary Sue

      well of course it was, because the organizers were all a bunch of marxists, and the Low Information Participants are a bunch of dupes.

      • sean

        They are useful idiots. But it is impossible to warn them.

    • JacksonPearson

      I didn't hear of any CEO's trotting out to write OWS I'm sorry for you checks, or even giving the pathetic morons care packages!

  • cxt

    Makes sense….people that NEED work…like they need it to eat…usually don't have the spare time to squat in the street for days on end. And most normal people actually have things to DO. And likewise can;t affrod to spend day after day after day doing nothing.

    Now trust-fund kids have time to do nothing all the time–and my guess is they treated their schooling the same way. "Something" to pass the time.

  • mark schwartzberg

    These facts were clear from the outset. The wholly spurious nature of the "occupy" movement has all the flavor of the 1930's "Popular Front" movements

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "These facts were clear from the outset. The wholly spurious nature of the "occupy" movement has all the flavor of the 1930's "Popular Front" movements"

      What was hilarious was all of the sickos trying to say how they were inspired by the "Arab Spring." How could that be? If anarchy inspires you, I guess they had that in common. But trying to imply they had anything in common with those in the middle east…what a joke.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE " Occupy Wall Street was the 1 Percent"

    Occupy Wall Street was sustained & perpetuated by 100% of the dialectical Left's Hegelian News media.

    The power which sustains leftism's Occupy Wall Street, is not based on rational argument, moral purpose, or even enlightened self-interest.

    The Left holds power through its pernicious insinuation into every nook and cranny of our public life which we have been taught to trust as fair and honorable: the news media; academia; foundations; the public school system; professional organizations.

    • JacksonPearson

      OWS was based on forcing, or extorting corporations to give them massive handouts. Other than them damaging the environment, I don't believe their efforts worked out to their benefit..

      • κατεργάζομαι

        Replying to JacksonPearson's comment: "OWS was based on forcing, or extorting corporations to give them massive handouts. Other than them damaging the environment, I don't believe their efforts worked out to their benefit.. "

        Jackson, – I grant OWS is not a serious political movement. None the less it is a well-organized squadron of Apple Heads, and ideologically (Hegelian dialectic) driven types who are sympathetic with The Communist Party USA and the various "spontaneous" groups as the "disorganized" 1992 LA "Rodney King" riot. (Cloward-Piven).

        The ancestors of today's recreational Alinsky politics would include a small portion of the civil rights movement, the unions, and much of the opposition to the Vietnam War.

        I do not agree that their efforts were effectively thwarted.

        THREE STEPS FORWARD – ZERO STEPS BACK.

        • JacksonPearson

          I think you hit it right by summarizing and heaping the OWS pile of manure into the Communist Party USA, Saul Alinsky and Cloward/Piven mentored Apple Heads….Says it all.

  • Rebecca

    Left wing hypocrisy? Surely you jest.

  • FPF

    Somewhere in Asia an adult killed his parents for not giving him their estate earlier enough. These liberals (left in disguise) wants to do it legally though government power. And apparently left filled higher education did teach them how to do that.

    • 2brknot2b

      All power comes from the barrel end of a gun. which is why the left is concertedly trying to disarm American citizens. Only those with guns will fight back, and by systematically, and incrementally disarming Americans, they will eventually come to the point where they will be unchallenged. Let the brutality then begin.

  • Larry

    Sounds a lot like the make up of the Vietnam protest crowds, spoilt upper middle class brats.

    • Mary Sue

      Just like John Kerry. If he were a teen now he'd be an Occupy loser. Or if he was in Canada, an Idle No More idiot.

  • Katie

    "Quintile" = 20%. So, 33% of OWS participants surveyed were in the top 20% of earners. I don't see how this is an issue. Having a good income doesn't preclude having good ideas. Sloppy logic, sloppy writing. It's certainly no worse than the Koch brothers co-opting the Tea Party and turning it into the destructive force it became.

    • sean

      Katie, this is where Mr S, and company have confused you. The tea party existed well before the Koch brothers knew about it. Unlike OWS, the Tea party was a spontaneous, grass roots movement of working class people. I would estimate that over 90% of Tea party suppoters don't even know who the Koch brothers are. Much like the OWS crowd, but for a different reason. The Koch brothers have funded zero specific events, while Mr. S, or one of his funded organizations have organized and staffed virtually every OWS event, as well as all legal representation for the event troublemakers (Tea party events, and members, have less need for defense lawyers), Your assertion that the Tea party has become a "co-opted destructive force" is a bit comical.

      I would hope that you would skeptically read what I have written, and make an effort to check to see if my explanation is true. I have a strong suspicion, though, that you will not, as it will fundamentally change the way you look at the world around you.

    • 2brknot2b

      I would have loved to have had some Koch brothers money come into the Tea Party. Think of what we could have accomplished over a longer period of time if, like unions, and spoiled brat OWS'ers, we'd have had the money to hire people to make a spectacle of themselves to push our agenda. The left discourages participation, and rather than listen to "ewe, the people" they are worse overlords than the high falutin' folk OWS railed against. Pas the bill to know what's in it. Pole vault the bill over all other legislation, etc. etc. What about damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead about that don;t you understand. These leftists grab power and first thing they do is push the agenda they have been trying to for years, but which the opposition prevented. Now, either the rest of us kowtow, and follow suit, or they'll come for our disarmed asses one by one. It's time to come together people who believe in freedom, republicanism, constitution, and laws which hold to it. If we don;t, all is for nought. If you need a leader I shall be him, but I won;t be the one doing all the work. I will lead, but you must be willing to follow.

  • figment newton

    At the normal college age (18-24) neural pathways are still set and the brain has enough plasticity that radical teachings (in addition to 12 yrs of state run indoctrination) can be further enhanced and cemented into place.

    Add to that the independence of being away from parent's eyes, the society that is oversexed and focuses on whatever feels good, you have a recipe for creating the perfect moron. Easily enslaved, already carrying bookoo amounts of debt.

    • 2brknot2b

      I think you mean beau coup, but book'oo sounds pretty good considering the college degrees within OWS.

  • PAthena

    There was lots of money behind the "Occupy" movement. There were rented outdoor toilets. Didn't George Soros sponsor it?

    • sean

      I have not found any cancelled checks for porta potties. BUT, it is clear that Mr S spends a lot of money manipulating "news agencies" and blogs, and organizations that were absolutely involved in the planning, and funding of OWS events around the country.

  • Shane

    This is news to the clueless twits who voted for Barack Hussein! Of course, most conservatives knew that the leadership of OWS were hardcore left wing America-haters and that most of the members of OWS are "useful idiots," but most Americans who don't watch Fox News or read the Wall St. Journal don't know these facts. Spread the word!

    • Ren

      You have to balance social concerns with economic concerns, and I don't really think the Republican Party can do this. The Republican Party is eroding. I haven't got the slightest idea why. Occupy Wall Street appears to be a reaction to the lawlessness of bankers. My nose never belonged here.

  • Sam

    Bless, its really interesting to listen to all these claims that this Lefty movement. its always a good way to discredit a group by associating with Political idolatry. Perhaps this who hate of liberals is massive kick back to cold war. Its interesting how you can actually see from the person age group there reaction to the world Liberal or Left. I think this sort hate really show how much propaganda was spewed out at the time. I honestly don't think Occupy movement was really about Left or Liberal agenda. It is about saying to all those bankers who stole everyone money. giving them self's millions and millions of tax payers money in bonus and such. But lets forget that for a moment and just discredit a whole movement by calling them Liberal. The best thing people in Occupy movement were from all different political stand points. This was not about Liberal agenda. Its about greed!