Taste and Compare

The NY Times, this morning, says the Occupy Wall Street protestors don’t know what they’re doing, or why:

“This,” presumably was the opportunity to air societal grievances as carnival. Occupy Wall Street, a diffuse and leaderless convocation of activists against greed, corporate influence, gross social inequality and other nasty byproducts of wayward capitalism not easily extinguishable by street theater, had hoped to see many thousands join its protest and encampment, which began Sept. 17. According to the group, 2,000 marched on the first day; news outlets estimated that the number was closer to several hundred.
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That cause, though, in specific terms, was virtually impossible to decipher. The group was clamoring for nothing in particular to happen right away — not the implementation of the Buffett rule or the increased regulation of the financial industry. Some didn’t think government action was the answer because the rich, they believed, would just find new ways to subvert the system.

if you’re surprised that the write sounds like a sheltered, and quite comfortable, idiot, don’t be: it’s Ginia Bellafante, whose “writing has been criticized for its superficial treatment of gender issues”. Here, she proves she’s just a superficial when it comes to economic justice as well.

It’s interesting to me that someone approaching 50, someone who’s worked her whole life as a journalist, just doesn’t get it. But taste and compare: here in Philly, young people barely half Ginia’s age know EXACTLY what’s going on:

With a degree in economics, Yevgeniy Levich, 23, may understand better than most why so many people his age are out of work.

He blames the lack of jobs on a myriad of reasons: the lack of regulation in banking that led to this economic crisis; a failed theory that lowering taxes leads to investment; a proposal for infrastructure jobs that doesn’t do much for someone who doesn’t work with his hands – that’s all the macro stuff.

Microeconomics is this: Levich, a Central High School graduate with degrees in economics and journalism from New York University, is still living with his parents in Northeast Philadelphia and hoping that he’ll land a job as a nightclub office assistant.

His interview was Friday.

On Thursday, the U.S. Census Bureau released figures showing that one in three young people, ages 20 to 29, were unemployed in 2010. In Philadelphia, the situation is worse, with barely more than one in two on a payroll.

“The jobs aren’t there,” Levich said. “Everyone wants experience that we don’t have, because no one is offering us the jobs to get the experience.”

So, who’d like to call up the Times on behalf of Mr. Levich, and suggest that they dump a hack like Bellafante, and hire this promising young man who seems to actually understand how the system has broken down/

2 thoughts on “Taste and Compare

  1. The best response to this article came from a re-tweet via Roger Ebert:

    “A NYTimes piece as dripping with descriptive condescension and presumption as this about the wealthy would end a career.”

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