Of all the commentary spilled over the Wall St. protests of the fall of 2011, the two best words come from, of all people, Al Gore. As quoted by New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristoff, Gore called the boiling-over frustration “a primal scream of democracy.”
That’d be about right. People are beyond annoyed — so very beyond annoyed with the placid denials of the financial district and of politicians that physical protests feel like their best outlet. Some — on Wall St. of course – have described the protests as a temper tantrum. I’ve yet to hear anyone on their side summarize their position as powerfully as a ‘primal scream.’
Wall St. has the money. Where’s its message?