New at Reason: Mike Riggs on the Occupy Movement's Hollow Altruistic Language

The phrase, “We’re doing this for you,” and many variations of it, have been said countless times since the Occupy movement began in September. And countless times, protesters have expressed their frustration that other people don’t seem to get that all this—the protests, the general strike, the blocked sidewalks and streets—is for the non-Occupiers as well. But it begs the question to say that people who aren’t on board with OWS don’t understand what the movement is trying to accomplish. What if people simply don’t want what Occupy is offering? Will the revolutionaries give it to them regardless? Associate Editor Mike Riggs makes the case that the Occupy movement should stop treating its opponents like they need to be saved, and start using the rhetoric of self-interest. 


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