In my last post, I asked if anyone could describe the leadership or goals of the Occupy Wall Street, New York City General Assembly. My concern, and a question every supporter should have asked of themselves, is that we have no idea who is leading this movement. Yes, for the most part is lacks clarity and much leadership at all, but there is clearly somebody organizing things like when and where to protest as well as putting out "official statements" on the group's website.
No matter how democratic any group may wish to be, the larger the group gets, the less truly equal participation and leadership can be. Somebody has to be making decisions with a decently long view into the future if it wishes to accomplish anything at all. This is known as the Iron Law of Oligarchy. Think of trying to make a movie. Which would be better, if the script were written by one writer, a small team of four to five, or collectively by a stadium of 100,000? The last is completely impracticable. There will be no consistency to the story, no pattern. How do you get the input from that many people, how do you integrate it? That's why classical direct democracies worked through smaller committees, to determine what issues were to be discussed, when discussion would end, voting, etc. The General Assembly has taken a similar course with its committee system.
The New Republic has done a little research into this group and unsurprisingly has found a small core leadership attempting to maintain some level of control over apparently rather transient "committees" formed by who knows who. In many ways, this explains why the group really lacks any coherent message or the ability to perform actions to further those goals. This is a spasm more than a movement. Movements go somewhere, spasm's are just violent shaking in all directions.
Anyway, unless this group resorts to violence and attacking property, they won't last long. Fits of anger might be fun for a while, but as this goes on with no resolution to the undefined goals, people will eventually get bored. Perhaps worse, everyone else in the world will get bored, too. Amorphous blobs are fun to look at for a while but they make horrible pets. Come up with something definite and we'll talk. Assuming, that is, anyone actually wishes to discuss the motivations and goals of Occupy Wall Street.
I officially declare myself bored of this protest, subject to change should they actually do something.