How do you deal with a mob?
Or to put "mob" more politely, a populist movement. And by "deal with," that all depends on
what your answer is. I'm talking about the Occupy Wall Street protests here, but use whatever you like for a hypothetical mob. Is there any way for law enforcement to get these people to shut up... legally? Or do we just have to wait it out?
Unlike most cases, I'm not asking this question because I have some wonderful insight or a funny joke. I'm really clueless here. So clueless that I'm afraid that the premise of this question itself is ridiculous on its face, because of the right to assemble. But we always talk about the "harm principle"- what if these people are getting in the way of people actually trying to work?
Sorry if this sounds too much like your average "please Obama, give me a totalitarian police state that can end this madness" thread, but I just need to ask.