I couldn’t help but note the irony of the above photo from yesterday’s New York Times. It shows tents erected by shoppers outside a Best Buy store. They want first crack at the incredibly inexpensive but in short supply electronics goods that were to go on sale in the early morning hours today.
The irony I see is that if you set up a tent outside a Best Buy, the mainstream media celebrates you as the hardy descendent of the pioneers who first settled this country, enduring physical hardship to get the best possible buy. But if you erect a tent on a public park in protest of the transference of wealth from the middle class to those who already possess great fortunes, you are portrayed by the mainstream media as a societal parasite who mustn’t want to work in the first place. It all depends on where you pitch your tent.