Video: Cold weather to test Occupy Wall Street

posted at 2:45 pm on October 29, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

That’s what New York City authorities hope, anyway, which is why the city timed its “fire hazard” raids yesterday. They seized generators and fuel as fire hazards — which would almost certainly be the case in a crowded area like this — just in time for snowfall predicted for later today. CBS News notes that the Occupiers have some limited options, such as a public atrium on Wall Street itself owned (or perhaps just controlled) in part by the city that is required to remain open. However, that appears to be utilized by OWS as more of a leadership meeting space than an “occupied” zone, although that could change if conditions deteriorate at Zuccotti Park. Will this be it for the main Occupy protest zone, or will it take tougher measures than freezing temperatures and an inch of snow to dislodge the protesters?

Over at Occupy DC, they’ve already been dealing with bad weather and cold temperatures, although not as cold as predicted for New York City, and don’t appear to be diminishing. In fact, as The Daily Caller reports this morning, they’ve been busy working on a declaration of independence. Do the Occupiers want to secede? Er …

“They’re basically doing everything the Forefathers were doing in 1775 when they developed our Constitution.”

Actually, that’s not even close, champ. In 1775, our forefathers were trying to get the British to negotiate. In 1776, when King George III sent back a reply that called them traitors for challenging his authority, they began working on the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, which didn’t get started until 1787. And I’m pretty sure that it didn’t get approval one sentence at a time, either.

As for the “secession,” what Anthony Sluder is actually describing here is an autonomous collective, not a city. They’re missing quite a few things that cities usually have, including roofs, permanent infrastructure, and an independent economy. There is nothing illegal about forming an autonomous collective as long as it’s formed on private property, and as long as it doesn’t violate any other laws. If you want to hear an entertaining description of the political processes in an autonomous collective, try this clip on for size — and marvel at just how familiar this language is. Who knew that the Occupy Movement was the world’s biggest Monty Python skit?

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