Thursday, October 06, 2011

You Say You Want a Revolution by Katherine Ernst - City Journal

You Say You Want a Revolution by Katherine Ernst - City Journal:

My Dad bought me Eric Hoffer's Working and Thinking on the Waterfront. History's repeating itself. A new generation of privileged American kids need to read him.
Ernst below on an encounter with the Occupy WallStreet kids,

Indeed, any honest contact with this group brings to mind some textbook Eric Hoffer, True Believer stuff:

The permanent misfits can find salvation only in a complete separation from the self; and they usually find it by losing themselves in the compact collectivity of a mass movement. By renouncing individual will, judgment and ambition, and dedicating all their powers to the service of an eternal cause, they are at last lifted off the endless treadmill which can never lead them to fulfillment.

New York magazine polled “100 protesters who are in it for the long haul.” The numbers: 50 percent of the group is aged 20-29 (a whopping 60 percent are under 30), 66 percent are male, and 55 percent didn’t vote in the last election (you might want to try the ballot box first, guys). The real takeaway is this, though: 34 percent are “convinced the U.S. is no better than, say, Al-Qaeda.” In other words, a significant percentage of this tiny-but-loud group of protesters are chasing a dragon.

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