It’s tough to keep up with the crime wave associated with the Occupy encampments around the United States and Canada, but we’re doing our best. We just caught up with Carl Stevens’s WBZ NewsRadio 1030 report that three people arrested Thursday night inside the Occupy Boston camp have been charged with dealing crack cocaine.
Stevens spent the night at the camp a few weeks ago and talked to a man who spends most nights at Occupy Boston. He testified that things have gone downhill. “Things have changed drastically. It seems to be deteriorating,” the man told Stevens. “A lot of drug use, alcohol use, people getting into fights…It’s deteriorating pretty quick,” he said.
The news report indicates that there’s a growing concern among the Boston police that people getting out of prison are joining the encampment for the free food and shelter. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s sentiment reflects that concern, but it also reflects the pathetic liberal governance that has encouraged the sickness that has manifested itself in the Occupy encampments. Menino says: “They have a message that’s not a clear message. The problem we have today is that we have different groups infiltrating the people who have the message. We have anarchists who are part of the group. We have homeless individuals who are part of the group.”
Here a little philosophy might come in handy. According to Menino, the real Occupy encampment differs from the Platonic idea of an Occupy encampment. Anyone closely following the news should have figured out by now that this is an epistemological error of the first order.
Menino is disoriented. He is even getting a litte bit judgmental. He says the people at the Occupy Boston encampment need to think about leaving. “I just wish that the group that’s demonstrating, not just here in Boston but nationally, will look to where the problems really are,” he said. “The problems are down in Washington. And nobody’s even addressing those issues of what Washington has done to our economy, to job training, to housing, to education. They’re directing their anger at the wrong location.” The observation is at too high a level of generality to be entirely helpful, but at last Menino has stumbled onto the truth.