Here’s how a liberal looks at it: a long time ago workers in this country realized that industrialization wasn’t making their lives better, but worse. The captains of industry were making a ton of money and living a merry life far away from the dirty, dangerous factories they owned, and far away from the even dirtier and more dangerous mines that fed raw materials to those factories.
The workers quickly decided that this arrangement didn’t work for them. If they were going to work as cogs in machines designed to build wealth for the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts and Carnegies, they wanted a cut. They wanted a share of the wealth that they were helping create. And that didn’t mean just more money; it meant a better quality of life. It meant reasonable hours and better working conditions.
Eventually, somebody came up with the slogan, “8 hours of work, 8 hours of leisure, 8 hours of sleep” to divide the 24-hour day into what was considered a fair allocation of a human’s time. It wasn’t a slogan that was immediately accepted. People had to fight to put this standard in place. People demonstrated, and fought with police, and were killed. They were called communists (in fairness, some of them were), and traitors, and many of them got a lot worse than pepper spray at the hands of police and private security.
But by the time we got through the Great Depression and WWII, we’d all learned some valuable lessons about working together and sharing the prosperity, and the 8-hour workday became the norm.
The 8-hour workday and the 40-hour workweek became a standard by which we judged our economic success, and a reality check against which we could verify the American Dream.
Look, guys, when you do stupid shit like this, the media is going to go “huh-HOH, look at these dumb dongs dressing like zombies! No content or meaningful message here, just a bunch of rowdy kids being dipshits!” and you undermine the message of the entire movement.
It’s MARKETING. Get it through your heads. Your message isn’t intended for the Wall Street bankers who probably don’t give half a fuck anyway, it’s intended for the people out there who will see reports about the protests, whose sympathies you’ll need to gain if you want to make any headway at all. And they’re not going to find your idiotic antics adorable and charming, on the whole. They’re going to see a bunch of kids playing dress-up for shock value.
Nobody’s going to give a shit about cops pepper-spraying or otherwise assaulting some dumb shit dressed up like a zombie, because they’ll see “police beating up someone who doesn’t look or act like me in any way, and who was probably being disruptive anyway”. It’s wrong, and it shouldn’t matter, but it does. It’s why billions of dollars get pumped into advertising and marketing and PR: because people react in predictable ways that you can manipulate to achieve the effects you want. There IS a Right Way to do this, and it’s definitely not dressing like zombies or otherwise being sensationalist retards.
Know your audience, and play to it. You’re not impressing anyone, and nobody’s going to take you seriously, and you’re ultimately going to be the focus that the sensationalism-hungry “journalists” end up focusing on. By which I mean, you’re taking the focus away from the actual message of the movement, which is the important part. With antics like this, you are nothing but a distraction.
Stop acting like dipshits, and Viewers Out There will start realizing that you’re not. Please.