In response to complaints from the freshmen living in the Yard whose mobility is hampered by the protest, we learn that
“Student inconvenience is not on the level of global oppression,” said Sandra Korn ’14, who is also a Crimson editorial editor. “I have little concern for students who have to walk 30 seconds more to get to CVS.”So local oppression is ok as long as it's in the name of fighting global oppression. When inclement weather broke the iron wills of some protesters, the movementarians responded
that the Occupy Harvard movement does not require a large number of people for the tent city in the Yard to remain active. “We don’t need all of our tents to be 100 percent full all the time,” Whitham said. “We just need to make sure there are enough people to hold down the fort in the encampment, and I think we’ll be ok.”Or maybe they don't even need to be 1 percent full 99 percent of the time? Why not just pitch 'em and leave? The university will treat a cluster of empty tempts just as diplomatically as it's treating a cluster of half-empty tents, and Drew Faust will issue press releases extolling free speech for tents if she has to. Harvard is very protest-savvy. This is no small issue--if you've ever done any college "activism," the scripts for this event will sound familiar to you.