I put this up on Twitter this afternoon. The University of California at Davis, the media, and the Occupy Wall Street crowd are all up in arms that the UCD police pepper-sprayed some of the OWS protestors there. Maybe the cops over-reacted, maybe they felt legitimately threatened, who knows? But at the end of the day this was pepper spray. Pepper spray. A chemical considered so non-lethal that anyone can walk in off the street and buy some. Please.
Okay, protestor wannabees, let's talk about protests. Tienanmen Square was a protest. I wrote about it in one of my first blogs. The protest at Tienanmen Square was so effective that the Chinese government had to call out their army, send tanks into the square, and start killing people. Killing...as in dead. You were sprayed with pepper spray. Think about that. What happened in Tienanmen Square was, literally, world changing. It put the most populous country in the world on a course that, in a few years, changed it from a third world backwater to what will be the dominant economy in the world within the next ten years. You, on the other hand, just got pepper-sprayed and roundly ignored.
Your little encampments are being tolerated because you're threatening no one. Certainly not Wall Street, the banks, or "evil" corporations, who are ignoring you because they have the law on their side. The "law" that exists because it is supported by the power of the government, which oddly, you seem to have no issues with.
If you want to to take your "movement" beyond the exercise in quasi-intellectual masturbation that it has become to a legitimate protest, make sure you are protesting against the right things to the people who are really responsible...and when the police start using bullets instead of pepper-spray, you'll know you're on the right track.