I don’t understand why I haven’t seen this suggested as a political movement yet: why don’t the people who dislike Occupy D.C. simply occupy the “occupation”? That is, just go down to the protest, and occupy tents while their owners are out. When they come back and demand their tent back, declare that property is theft!
I’m not seriously advocating it, of course, I just think it’d be funny as something akin to performance art. And I’m also genuinely curious about how the average Occupier would respond to their tent being infringed upon in this way. Complain that you’ve illegally infringed upon their rights to private possession of property? Notify the police that you’re sleeping where you’re not supposed to? I can only imagine that the police would enjoy the irony of someone trying to evict a trespasser from their illegal encampment.
Then again, this is only funny if you expect the Occupiers to be consistent in any shape or form. While I appreciate the economic grievances that the Occupiers are venting, one thing I’ve learned from walking past (or through) McPherson Square every weekday for the last few months, it’s that there are a lot of views being represented there, many of which seem wildly inconsistent with one another. For example, here’s the anarchist flag they have flying over the camp:
And here’s the sign proclaiming that “Islam is the Way” sign that was, for a long time, the only sign visible from the western edge of the encampment:
If you don’t get why that’s funny, there’s an old Islamic proverb, “Better sixty years of tyranny than a single night of anarchy.” So maybe intellectual consistency isn’t the strong-suit of the Occupiers.