Trying to get a feel for this "Occupy" movement. We saw the police out in big force in Munich today, where I guess there was a march. Didn't see the march, but there was a lady sitting next to me on the bus with some placard about taxes. I think she was late, might have missed it ;-) The bus driver finally told us all to get off because he couldn't get any closer. She filed out with the rest of us.
My sense is that there are both some similar and some very dissimilar characteristics to the Tea Party protests of some time ago. For one, of course, these protests are a lot angrier and in Rome went violent. Of course I get the feeling that any protest in Italy is bound to go violent. The Occupy protests are left (anti-capitalist) while the Tea Party protests were right (anti-communist). Both are against corporate bail-outs, one for anti-capitalist reasons and the other for libertarian reasons.
I think the best course is in the middle. The libertarian Tea Party approach leads to violent revolt by those who aren't self-sufficient. The anti-capitalist Occupy approach runs everything into the ground economically (and burns a lot of cars in the process).
But I'm not sure where the centrists are. Maybe we should protest the Tea Party and the Occupy people. I'll make the signs. Better yet, let's just go to Starbucks and talk philosophy.