The leaderless Occupy Wall Street encampment is shifting away from its anarchic roots to something resembling a governed society, and not everyone in Zuccotti Park is happy about it. Daily Intel's Alex Klein investigated the rifts within the movement--where a general assembly model is giving way to a "spokescouncil" model where people can make rules about things like cleanup, neighborhood relations, security, and--perhaps most ominously for inter-demonstrator harmony--money. Says one member of the drum circle who've had to quiet their percussion section in the face of noise complaints:
The drummers claim that the finance working group even levied a percussion tax of sorts, taking up to half of the $150-300 a day that the drum circle was receiving in tips. “Now they have over $500,000 from all sorts of places,” said Engelerdt. “We’re like, what’s going on here? They’re like the banks we’re protesting."
But organizers have a plan to weed out such dissidents. Said one organizer: "Personally, I cannot wait for winter. It will clear out these people who aren’t here for the right reasons. Bring on the snow. The real revolutionaries will stay in -50 degrees."
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