Occupy Wall Street turned two years old yesterday, and Bill de Blasio didn’t even send a birthday cake.
For if ever a politician has owed spoiled, bad-tempered kids a loud shout-out, it’s the 2013 Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City.
Indeed, it’s difficult to find any room between Occupy’s absurd animating ideology — that the city is an embarrassment of economic inequality, generally racist in origin — and de Blasio’s own campaign sophistries.
Occupy came first, of course, and then de Blasio picked its philosophical pockets. And therein resides his debt.
For Occupy’s principal contribution — if that’s the correct word — to the conventional wisdom during its months-long demonstration was to normalize the notion that New York City is an economic and social dystopia. When the media repeats a lie often enough, it might just as well be true.