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Occupy Wall Street is still going strong. Cornel West popped up yesterday (and got arrested) at an uptown protest, and folk legends Pete Seeger (who's now ninety-two) and Arlo Guthrie showed up to march with the protesters. As the protests continue, there are increasingly signs that this isn't an isolated incident of a few pissed-off hippies, but a genuine movement that might have real staying power.
As usual, a comedian said it best. Last night, on Real Time, Bill Maher summed up the state of the protest better than perhaps anyone else has to date, saying:
"There's not going to be a repeat of the last time the hippies were in the streets. Those hardhats you're depending on to turn against the lousy hippies? Here's what they're doing now: They're cheering them on. Because now, the hardhats are just as broke as everyone else. These people down there, they're not the counter-culture; they're the culture. They don't want free love; they want paid employment. They don't hate capitalism; they hate what's been done to it. And they resent the Republican mantra that the system perfectly rewards the hardworking and punishes the lazy. And the poor are just jealous mooches who want a hand-out. Yeah, because if there's one group of people who hate hand-outs, it's Wall Street."
If you've got a minute, the whole clip is worth watching, if only for his digs at Rush Limbaugh. A rather sweet video of Seeger and Guthrie with the protesters is also below.