I found an interesting conservative British view of the 'Occupy Wall Street' protests in the Telegraph today. Here's an excerpt.
The failure of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its descent into Lord of the Flies-style chaos, and in many instances thuggery and criminality, is emblematic of the dramatic decline of the Left in the United States.
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Occupy Wall Street has been an act of desperation by the liberal Left, which now represents a small minority of Americans in terms of ideology. In many ways, OWS has been the antithesis of the Tea Party. It has failed to shape the political debate on Capitol Hill and has been driven by an anti-capitalist agenda that does not resonate with most Americans. In addition, while the Tea Party has been an unfailingly law-abiding movement, with tremendous respect for the police and the rule of law, Occupy Wall Street has descended into anarchy. In many ways, OWS is an anachronism, a wannabe 1960s-style protest movement in an America that has moved on. And it is above all a symbol of a Left in decline amidst an increasingly conservative nation that has had enough of the kind of big government, anti-free market policies the liberal protestors crave.
There's more at the link. Recommended reading.
I find his reference to OWS as 'a wannabe 1960's-style protest movement in an America that has moved on' to be intriguing. Looking at the ageing Baby Boomers (he names some of them in his article) who've overwhelmingly been the ideological and political motivating force behind OWS, it's hard not to think he may have a point. Has OWS been the 'last gasp' of former hippies, hoping against hope to recreate the political and social momentum of 1967's 'Summer Of Love', or the anti-Vietnam War protests of the 1960's and 1970's?
I'd be interested to hear readers' perspectives about that in Comments. What say you?