"Absolutely. There hasn't been much violence because the Authorities know they have nothing to worry about from a bunch of underfed art-history majors. If the Occupiers had been true revolutionaries, there would unquestionably have been tanks in the street -- but there also would have been bankers swinging from every lamp post."
Occupy movement = astroturf. It's street theater meant to drain off and neutralize left wing anger just as the tea party is made to draw off and neutralize right wing anger.
Those who feel strongly about the government, banks, and wall street's robbing the country have something to join that is controlled and has no effect at all on events. Those who don't feel quite as strongly have something to cheer for. The media has something to laugh and sneer at. And the proles get the message not to mess with either one.
The wartime diary of Kriegsmarine Oberleutnant z.S. Max von Zatorski.