Occupy Movement: The Duck Test
This will probably be the last post on the Occupy movement for a long, long time…further proof that there is a God and He is merciful.
This journey was about discovering not only what the group was about, but to hear it from those participating. I wanted to believe they truly wanted to represent the 99%, and I wanted to believe their mission and actions would incorporate truly bi-partisan ideas.
I met some very nice people. I want to emphasize that–some were really enjoyable, and some I’d easily be willing to spend time with. But this wasn’t about how nice the people were–I wasn’t judging a pageant. And if I had been, there were plenty that reacted not-so-nicely on the Occupy Tacoma Facebook page.
I was told of people who were from the supposed right side of the aisle, and was even given links to their stories. But I wasn’t doing PR work, though I gave liberally of my own time and in allowing differing viewpoints on this blog. But nice anecdotes do not a movement make. Token members do not reflect a general population.
I even asked pointedly what the movement was about. Yet all I received were vague ideas, philosophies, and plenty of “information”, much of it bordering on conspiratorial. Oh, and lots of hits against the media, and in particular Fox News. Did I mention we don’t have broadcast or cable TV?
But what’s with the duck?
The duck test is a simple inductive reasoning test:
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.
Simply put, the actions of the Occupy movement are left-wing, the talk of the Occupy movement is left-wing rhetoric, and the support of the Occupy movement is decidedly left-wing…so what can we fairly safely surmise?
This is no movement of the 99%. Saying it is doesn’t make it so, just as calling a duck a goose doesn’t make it one.
This will probably be the last post on the Occupy movement for a long, long time…further proof that there is a God and He is merciful. This journey was about discovering not only what the group was about, but to hear it from those participating. I wanted to believe they truly wanted to represent the…