Occupy Student Debt Pledge Only 997,281 Signatures Shy of Goal

Posted by on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

For the movement that has supposedly gripped the nation and has the whole world watching (and snickering), you would think the  goal to have student debt eliminated (pure fantasy, of course) would have hundreds of thousands of  the indebted rushing to sign up, right?

Uh, not exactly.

Over the past three months, as Occupy Wall Street has pitched a tent in the American consciousness, doubters have had the same refrain: “But what do they want?” Mothers, uncles, family friends, family of friends, they’ve all asked me—their token 20-something—some version of this. They argued that a movement was not a movement just because it wanted to move somewhere. It also needed to know exactly how it was going to get there. Apparently, all revolutions must now come with a built-in GPS.

A month ago, Occupy Wall Street made a demand. Or, as is the way in the nested hierarchy of OWS, a subcommittee of a committee of the movement made a demand.  They want all student debt in the country forgiven. All $1 trillion of it. And if the government would be so kind, they’d appreciate if it would pay for higher education from here on out, as well.

So this is what they—or at least some of they—want. But what has happened with this proposal, this great demand that we’ve all been waiting for?

Hardly anybody has cared.

The number cited in the story is slightly lower than what current is on the site, currently at 2,719.

Such a paltry number, despite a ton of free publicity. Surely this is a measure of the apathetic feelings toward this movement, largely propped up by a sympathetic media.

And yet, Occupy Student Debt still only has those 2,694 signatures. Only 997,306 more pledges to go before its trigger kicks in. It is not that the media has ignored it. Fast Companythe Huffington Post, and NPR have all covered the campaign. And in theory an increasingly campus-centric protest like Occupy should be able to drum up signatures about an acutely collegiate issue.

So, what gives? Given the clamor for reform, the ongoing discussion of a shrinking middle class, and the 2/3 of 2010 graduates with student debt, you’d think now would be the time for this kind of thing to work. That people would be so fed up, they’d be willing to risk their future to save it. And yet, no.

Could it be that there just isn’t an appetite for this kind of radicalism?

That indeed appears to be the case. Who in their right mind wants to camp out in crime-infested, lurid environments with a bunch of life’s losers? Most of the useless scum you see protesting seemingly are more concerned with where they’re getting drug and alcohol money for the night, never mind paying off any debts.

Enough nails have been hammered into the coffin of this blight on the American landscape. May this be another reminder, and a signal to the media, that the party is over.

Apparently the author of the article has yet to connect the dots, despite the evidence.

As Occupy Wall Street has grown, it warped from a fringe radical movement to a mainstream political one. (Much the same happened to the Tea Party.) Its own popularity–however fleeting–overwhelmed its original base, both ideologically and physically, and it spilled from the radicalism of Zucotti Park into the diversified streets of the country.

Mainstream? Really?

Can anyone even find an encampment that’s left?

Amusingly, from their site you can also find links to faculty and non-debtors who’ve also signed the pledge. It sure doesn’t look like these miscreants have much support from academia.


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6 Responses to “Occupy Student Debt Pledge Only 997,281 Signatures Shy of Goal”

  1. sistrum on 16/16/11 at 2:25 pm

    What do they want? Why, they want their “money for nothing and the checks for free”. They want to be just as greedy as any bogeyman of a one-percenter they vilify. Knew it from the first, and didn’t need to wait for this pledge to confirm it.

  2. Mashiki on 16/16/11 at 6:36 pm

    They could always go to another country for school, and get the same education and real world experience to boot. Miserable little shit ants.

  3. keyboard jockey on 17/17/11 at 9:26 am

    I see Canada has the most pledges so Canadians are down here in the states going to school, and now they want us to pay for their education on top of them availing themselves of our higher education system?

    Adbusters is based in Canada. Canada has a pale pink problem it refuses to deal with. So the pale pink Marxist feel encouraged to take their show on the road to the lower 48.

    It’s time Canada did something about their antisemitic muslim, and leftist problem up in the Provinces – it’s spilling over into the U.S.

  4. srdem65 on 17/17/11 at 10:07 am

    The Occupiers cost the taxpayers an estimated 20 million dollars to clean up after them and accomplished nothing.
    The Tea Party changed the balance of power in Washington and cost the taxpayers $0.

  5. Wendy on 17/17/11 at 10:08 am

    “Can anyone even find an encampment that’s left?”
    There were a small number of tents in a parking lot on East Washington Ave in Madison, WI the other day, with their sign: “We’re the 99%”. It snowed last night – hopefully this will bring an end to the blight.

  6. Greg on 17/17/11 at 11:14 am

    The problem with most kids coming out of college today is twofold.
    1. They don’t know jack. Most are educated beyond their intelligence. I can’t tell you how many resumes I get each year with multiple misspellings, incorrect phone numbers and email addresses, etc.
    2. They all want to start at the top. They think that a degree is a ticket to the gravy train and the big money. The number one first question I get from a prospective employee almost always concerns what’s in it for them. Rarely do I get anything about what they bring to the table.

    And now they want ME and others like me, the producers, the makers, etc., to pay for their 4 years of partying, missing class, and indoctrination. I’m going to start recruiting kids out of high school, before they are too far gone to be of any use.