As you may or may not be aware, at 4 AM yesterday morning, local time, several hundred police officers from the Oakland, California police department and a large number of police from surrounding jurisdictions turned up at the Occupy site in downtown Oakland and proceeded to deploy massive force, destroying the camp and arresting over half of its inhabitants. This was accomplished with rubber bullets, flash grenades, tear gas, and overwhelming numerical superiority.
From the San Jose Mercury-News: “A spokeswoman for the mayor, Karen Boyd, said Friday that the protesters had shown themselves incapable of self-governance. ‘As a collective, they cannot maintain the plaza in a safe condition,’ she said.” One presumes the municipal government of Oakland knows a lot about being unable to maintain public space in a safe condition, having notably failed to do so itself for many decades now. Indeed, such failure is endemic among exactly the institutions and classes that the Occupiers are criticizing: failure to safeguard the environment, to resist being bought by the super-rich, to provide employment for those willing to work, to even muster a whisper of response to the growing danger that sometime in the next several decades we’re all going to be boiled alive. The entire story of our modern elites is a story of such failures.
In the wake of yesterday morning’s eviction, there have been further protests, and at this point it appears that the city government and police department of Oakland are in a series of continuing pitched battles with their citizens. This will of course end well, with the protestors cured of their unfortunate cynicism about the police and convinced that the authorities are interested only in improving public health. A a new day of trust and understanding will dawn between the governors and the governed. Because that’s always how this stuff works out.