So they have cleaned out Zuccotti Park. It’s interesting because the park is one of those odd public/private spaces where the mobile soup kitchen I used to run would stop to feed homeless people in the evenings. There were periodically times when the corporations that owned the space would decide who counted as the “public.”.
Looting is bad, just to say the obvious, but it’s hard not to think of all that has unfolded this year in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, et. al. while looking at reports of the London riots. You could certainly say that there are no similarities, that it’s pure avarice, criminality, and there are no lessons to be learned, but I would say that there are a lot of people who are angry–at the police, at the lack of opportunity, at being tantalized by the glossy consumable world. Are we going to address that?