Black Friday is a symbolic conclusion to the Occupy campaign

25 Nov

Shopping crowds on Black Friday

What sublime timing that as the last tents come down in Occupy camps around the continent, the doors swing open for the ultimate shopping day of the year.

Did the Occupy movement get it all wrong?

They’ve been targeting their message at Big Business and corporate greed, but as rampaging bargain hunters on this Black Friday make plain, greed is hardly the exclusive province of the vendors.

There is an old Chinese proverb that the fish rots from the head down. But Chinese medicine looks also to the feet to determine the health of the entire body.

When our society has gotten to the point where shoppers carry pepper spray on Black Friday to keep others away from the stuff they want to grab, and when store clerks can be trampled to death as they open their doors for business, it’s clear that more than a little examination of western society’s feet is required.

But just not today. You’ll be crushed under them.

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5 Responses to “Black Friday is a symbolic conclusion to the Occupy campaign”

  1. Amy November 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Totally. *SO* totally.

  2. Doug Brown November 25, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    Amy, I think Black Friday is a good barometer of how much work as a society we have to do before Occupy will ever make a dent. This is the look of the 99% in action not words.

  3. David November 25, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

    I can testify about the pepper spray…

  4. SPLee November 30, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    Well said, Doug. If Adam Smith and Karl Marx were still around it’d be interesting to hear what they gotta say : )

  5. Doug Brown November 30, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Thanks SP. They’d probably say, among many unprintable things, “Educate your kids well about this phenomenon lest the cycle of greed be perpetuated.”

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