Happy is the person whose hour has struck. Tom Naylor's hour has struck. It is the hour of the 1 per cent.
Naylor's day job is as an economist at McGill University in Montreal. But his secret identity -- about as secret as any superhero's -- is Muckraker, a heroic figure reaching back to crusading journalists during the robber baron age in the U.S. Their Canadian avatar was Gustavus Myers, also an American, with his acidic A History of Canadian Wealth (1914). Naylor rakes Canadian and global muck joyously yet assiduously -- not a contradiction if you're happy in your work.
Less than a month after Occupy Wall Street began, a group was gathered in New York's historical Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village. This was a moment of critical growth for the movement, with increasing participation from the thousands of students attending the cluster of colleges and universities there. A decision was made to march on local branches of the too-big-to-fail banks, so participants could close their accounts, and others could hold "teach-ins" to discuss the problems created by these unaccountable institutions.
When thousands of Egyptian protesters took over Tahrir Square in events widely celebrated as the Arab Spring, I don't recall anyone being concerned that they were violating local bylaws.
Of course, Egypt was a dictatorship and the only way to protest the lack of democracy was by breaking laws.
Canada isn't a dictatorship, and so protesters -- like the group now ordered evicted from St. James Park -- don't have the same clear moral licence to ignore bylaws that their Egyptian counterparts had.
Critics argue that the Toronto Occupiers have made their point; if they want to take it further, they should join a political party -- attend all-candidates meetings, put up lawn signs, eat hot dogs at summer barbecues, become backroom operatives.