Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Occupy Vancouver's Enlightened Cost/Benefit Analysis

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Abby Zimet

In response to officials' claims that Occupy Vancouver cost the city a million dollars in expenses over its 37-day life, ingenious protesters tallied up what they gave back in social services: over 37,000 meals worth $129,500 served, over $672,000 in primary medical care provided, over $92,000 worth of housing to 30 people given, etc. Others, they suggest, should try it.

"As an extra bonus, such an evaluation would also prove to be a source of unflappable encouragement for those protestors thanklessly working for the social betterment of an antagonistic world filled with uninformed water-cooler chatter, villainizing media pundits, and hostile civic and federal authorities."

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