Harvard Kinda Misses the Point of OWS

Populism.Photo: Jorge Salcedo/© Jorge Salcedo, 2008

Harvard University students have begun their own offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street protests, complete with a tent city near the iconic statue of John Harvard in the Yard. Except the university seems to have missed the whole populist part of the endeavor: They’ve banned non-Harvard students from attending the protests, and stationed campus security to check IDs outside the Yard to enforce the ban. Perhaps organizers — who aren’t happy about the policy — will have to tweak the movement’s slogan a tad: “We are the 99th percentile in standardized test scores” might work?