Max Abelson of Bloomberg News has a wonderful account of the activists who met two weeks ago at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters building in New York City. They are the remnants of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and they are worried about “burnout” and “ossification.” But they have a plan.
On September 17, they are going to block traffic on Wall Street and try to encircle the New York Stock Exchange. They discussed making “citizens’ arrests of bankers,” although some argued against this “because they don’t want to validate the U.S. prison system.”
“We are just going to cause chaos, period,” said Drew Hornbein, 25. “Have you ever been in poverty in this country? Talk about inconvenience. I don’t have any sympathy for anyone who has any semblance of middle-class life in this country — no sympathy.”
Like teachers, maybe?
Don’t be fooled. These dudes aren’t social justice patriots. “In a way, the fringe is the core,” said one organizer. “That’s where you find a huge anarchist presence.”