From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.
However lovely those who've organized themselves into the Occupy Wall Street protests find communism's foundational principles, they are quickly discovering that human nature creeps in and messes everything up. The NY Daily News reports that Manhattan's Zuccotti Park, which has served as the HQ of the OWS movement, has become plagued with freeloaders.
[T]he swelling ranks of freeloaders and disturbed characters in the last few days has pressed the working group members who’ve organized the protest and so far kept it from going off the rails to refine their ideas about just how open their movement should be.
....The number of non-participants taking advantage of the resources that the activists have provided — free food, clothing, tarps and sleeping bags, hand-rolled smokes and even books, not to mention a sense of protection from the police, who have increasingly left the park to protect itself - has exploded over the past week, and is threatening to define the occupation itself and overshadow its political and social ambitions. Despite those resources, “spanging” (spare-changing, or panhandling) at Zuccotti has become commonplace, as have fights, near-fights and open-air drug sales.
“I mean you wouldn’t see somebody at the General Assembly smoking a joint,” said Smith, reflecting the frustrations shared by many working group members who have invested their time and energies in the occupation. “But in the back, they’re selling crystal meth.”
How will Occupy Wall Street respond to its freeloaders and lowlife hangers-on? We're either in store for a boat load of new Tea Party converts, or a delicious smorgasbord of irony and hypocrisy.
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