October 4, 2011


“I feel bad for them,” Tea Party boss Christen Varley said. “They have no charter, no mission statement. They are talking about anarchy, but they are in chaos.”

The loosely organized Tea Party movement grew rapidly in 2009, quickly developing principles and leadership that heavily influenced national politics with its small-government, anti-taxation message. As of yesterday, the loosely organized group calling itself Occupy Boston — inspired like others nationwide by the anti-corporate Occupy Wall Street — had failed to develop a mission statement or goals. The group calls itself a “horizontal democracy,” lacks leaders and devotes hours in “general assemblies” to getting group consensus on matters such hygiene and security, as well as arts and culture to entertain the campers, and media outreach — despite the lack of a cohesive message.

“I thought we were an autonomous collective.”

UPDATE: It’s all good revolutionary fun until some drunk starts vomiting on your tent.

And reader Bill Rudersdorf writes: “It looks like the ‘Occupy’ folks took the bumper sticker ‘Anarchists Unite!’ seriously (just to discover that it was really a joke). I guess it’s one way to learn.”

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