OWS represents four things to me:
- An expression of discontent protected by constitutional rights
- A convenient cover for run-of-the-mill hooligans, crackpots and anarcho-douchebags to abuse local business or yank the mic and step up on their soapbox as suits their fantasies.
- A political movement that, yes, like the Tea Party, represents the polarization of political discourse when confronted with intractable economic problems. In other words, a pointless endeavor.
- An occasional fantastic inconvenience for me personally since I live and work in the area. I HATED OWS for inspiring the NYPD to crank up security in the area (costing god knows how much money) and forcing me to constantly reroute my commute.