OWS in Chicago (a photo essay)
The Occupy Chicago people hang out most of the time at their sidewalk headquarters at the corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard. At this corner is the Chicago Board of Trade, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Bank of America Building.
Instead of protesting at the offices of financial institutions, the protesters should be protesting at high schools, colleges and movie theaters. Those are the institutions that made them so ignorant of the history of the century in which they were born that they naively fall for dated and discredited Marxist rhetoric.
On Saturday, October 22, 2011 an evening rally was called next to a monumental statute in Grant Park. Grant park is where the battles between Marxists and cops took place during the 1968 democratic presidential convention.
The protestors announced their intention to camp in the park and ignore the curfew, a strategy that resulted in 175 arrests the previous week. The Chicago Police were hovering around the rally.
The demonstrators are naive. They apparently believe that the "rich" are the root of all evil. A speaker screams workers of the world unite and no one laughs.
One of the protesters studied enough economics to at least know that the Chicago School of economics exists.
A stop police brutality sign is ready, waiting for some actual police brutality.
Most of the speakers identify themselves by their first name, as if they are at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. But the representative of the SEIU, Obama's pet union, fearlessly identifies himself and announces a $5,000 contribution to support the movement.
Someone in the crowd has heard about Atlas Shrugged and John Galt.
Later that night the police peacefully arrested 130 protesters. The rallies and occupations of Grant park are not likely to continue much longer. It will soon be November in Chicago.
For perspective, at the same time that a few thousand protestors attempt to occupy Grant Park, the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team played the Colorado Avalanche at the sold out 19,000 seat United Center. The previous day the city sidewalks were full of visitors from California wearing USC fan clothing in preparation for the USC versus Notre Dame game in South Bend, Indiana.
Norman Rogers is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Heartland Institute and maintains a web site www.climateviews.com.