@davidgraeber “first they ignore you, then they mock you, then they say - “what? we totally support this sort of thing!”
This weekend the big bastions of traditionally leftish-leaning media have gone from ignoring and deriding Occupy Wall Street to choruses of wistful hossanas.
The New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg, after soliloquizing about Chou Enlai, organic dinner parties and puns on OWS declared that it was “not to late to hope” that OWS would save the Democratic Party the Obama presidency.
The New York Times made the most prominent reversal. The same media outlet which had described 1st described the protest as a gaggle of confused jugglers and unicyclists, now described the movement (Now With New Union Support!) as “the first line of defense against a return to the Wall Street ways that plunged the nation into an economic crisis from which it has yet to emerge.”
The turn could be attributed to a change of heart, or a “getting-to-know-you,getting-to-know-all-about-you, getting-to-like-you, getting-to-hope-you-like-me” development that simply took the better part of month to play out.
More likely, however, is projection: A leaderless movement, with broad grievances and demands, it’s being discovered, can easily serve as a Narcissus well for the old left’s old dreams. They’re beginning to see what they love in Occupy Wall Street. They’re beginning to see themselves.