Then there is the question of whether there will be leftist-initiated violence on Black Friday. It’s anyone guess. As John Nolte has documented Occupy supporters have defecated on police cars, committed rape, assault, arson, and hundreds of other crimes and acts of violence.
But it seems more likely that obnoxious and annoying occupiers, vastly outnumbered by enthusiastic shoppers, will more or less behave themselves.
Occupy Black Friday activists are probably more likely to be stampeded by bargain-hungry shoppers not interested in being lectured by anarchists and socialists.
The Left is hoping this new round of demonstrations will give birth to a new spinoff movement. According to Adbusters:
This year’s Black Friday will be the first campaign of the holiday season where we set the tone for a new type of holiday culminating with #OCCUPYXMAS. As the global protests of the 99% against corporate greed and casino capitalism continues, lets take the opportunity to hit the empire where it really hurts…the wallet.
On Nov 25/26th we escape the mayhem and unease of the biggest shopping day in North America and put the breaks on rabid consumerism for 24 hours. Flash mobs, consumer fasts, mall sit-ins, community events, credit card-ups, whirly-marts and jams, jams, jams! We don’t camp on the sidewalk for a reduced price tag on a flat screen TV or psycho-killer video game. Instead, we occupy the very paradigm that is fueling our eco, social and political decline.
Meanwhile, some Tea Party groups are organizing a counter-action called “BUYcott Black Friday,” encouraging consumers to spend money on Black Friday to promote economic growth.
“At a time when our economy is most fragile and ratings agencies are talking about another downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, it’s completely irresponsible for Occupy Wall Street to attempt to bring the U.S. economy to a halt on the busiest shopping day of the year,” said John Sullivan of Liberate Philadelphia/Liberate America.
So, let’s go shopping!
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