reply to post by la2
OK, so as an American, are you happy with the direction of the country? Do you think the current President has done anything to make your life and the
overall state of the country any better?
Generally speaking, the average person is far too stupid to entrust with delivering my message. Case in point: OWS.
There is a way to go about things. Stuff like this only leads to heavier-handed measures being levied against organized demonstrators. Which is not
going to end well in the long run.
Further - just because I am not very pleased with the way things in the U.S. are going; does not mean I am, at all, supportive of OWS.
I want a decentralized U.S. National Government with a return to more powerful State Governments. Which means the U.S. National government being
stripped of almost all funding and programs that do not fall under Defense or Emergency Response. That means an end to Federally funded healthcare,
retirement (social security), 'income assistance', etc. It also means repeal of almost every law passed since 1935.
But most of these OWS types simply want the government to do something to magically make their lives meaningful. Which is a personal problem that
cannot be resolved by any second or third party.
reply to post by deadeyedick
The story just does not make sense to me.
I don't believe the protesters would throw smoke bombs now after all this time.
These aren't the most intelligent people to begin with.
Further, it is a commonly known phenomena that many people will succumb to "group think" - whereby the intelligence of each individual member is
inversely proportional to the number of people in the group. By the time you have a hundred people - rational thought is no longer possible for
Rational thought returns in the presence of unquestionable acts of stupidity that often result in life-threatening situations. In other words - the
acts of stupidity must reach a break-over point where the instinct to survive exceeds the draw of group-think.
Which ensures that any group of people large enough will continue to grow and function until someone has done something stupid enough to make the
members fear for their own lives more than they enjoy being in the group. This is what, often, leads to the break-up of groups of certain sizes
(smaller groups often break up when the need for sleep, food, or other action requiring separation exceeds the desire to be in the group).
Human behavior, contrary to popular belief, is quite predictable.
I like to think of people much like one would think of fermion systems... but that's another story.
Basically - it's a given that large groups will persist until they eventually do something that causes everyone to go: "Oh... #..... RUN!" - And
for some people, that threshold can be quite high, especially when propped by the sense of being supported by "other people in the group" (which
really gets into 'groups-within-a-group' - but that's another discussion, as well).