On G+ Thomas de Lorenzo challenged his readers to explain the following video (showing Oakland police attacking occupy protesters) to a 6 year old. I thought this was a pretty interesting exercise so I decided to give it a shot.
Well son, people all over the country are upset with our government and the companies who give money to people who work in that government. The people aren't really sure what to do about it because everything they've done so far has just seemed to make things worse.
So they are camping out and calling attention to the problems in the best way they know. The government doesn't like this one bit and they want to kill the people but they are afraid if they do, that even more people will come and maybe take their jobs and power away. So they are trying to scare the people and let them know that if they keep complaining they'll give them something to really complain about. You know when I tell you sometimes that if you don't stop crying I'll give you something to cry about? Well it's like that except that they really will give these people something to cry about.
The people in the government want to go back to the way things were when the people didn't notice that they were bad and hurt people for fun and stole their money and their property.
You know how I tell you that you NEVER talk to a policeman, that they are "scorpion men" like that old fable of the scorpion and the frog? Well this is what the scorpion men do. They pretend that they are protecting the people but really they want to make the people their slaves and rob them of their property and money.
But it's much easier to do this if there aren't so many in one place and when they don't think anyone is watching. But the scorpion men you're seeing in this video are a bit like the worker ants. They just follow the orders of the real scorpion men we call Mayor or Governor or President.