<html> <head><style type ="text/css">body { font-family: "Bloomberg Prop Unicode I", Verdana, sans-serif; font-size:125%; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; color: #FF9F0F; background-color: #000000; text-align: left; } p {line-height: 1.25em; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" );} h1, h2, h3 { text-align: left; font-weight: normal; color: #FFFFFF; } h1 { font-size: 130%; } h2 { font-size: 115%; } h3 { font-size: 100%; } #bb-style { font-size: 90%; max-width:900px; width:expression(document.body.clientWidth > 900? "900px": "auto" ); } b, strong { font-weight: bold; } i, em { color: #FEC54A; } pre { font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monaco", "Lucida Console"; letter-spacing: -0.3pt; line-height: 1.25em; } table { border: 0; font-size: 90%; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; } td, tr { text-align: left; } td.numeric { text-align: right; } a:link { color:#53B2F5; text-decoration: none; } a:visited {color:#53B2F5} a:active {color:#53B2F5} a:hover {color:#53B2F5} </style> </head> <body> <p>By James Gibney</p> <p>If you want to bring people out into the streets, inequality seems a poor draw compared with religion or nationalism.</p> <p>From Cairo to Jakarta, the Muslim world is burning up over some anti-Islamic bigot's Z-grade movie. Across China, angry mobs are torching Toyotas and pelting the Japanese embassy over some specks in the East China Sea.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street movement's one-year<a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-17/occupy-wall-street-celebrates-first-year-with-carnival-.html"> anniversary</a> seems to be many bongos short of a good drum circle, notwithstanding a continuing cavalcade of scandals involving top-tier banks supposedly chastened by the regulatory lapses that helped precipitate one of history's biggest erasures of wealth. Come on, guys -- at least torch a bus or sumpin'. You're making the U.S. look bad. As Country Joe sang in another<a href="http://www.lyricsbox.com/country-joe-and-the-fish-lyrics-vietnam-song-live-from-woodstock-dzgc6jx.html"> context</a>: "Listen people, I don't know [how] you expect to ever stop the war if you can't sing any better than that."</p> <p>We should of course be glad that no violent malevolent forces are stirring the Occupy pot, as the Chinese government has <a href="http://chinageeks.org/2012/09/chinas-anti-japan-riots-are-state-sponsored-period/">doubtless</a> done with the anti-Japanese protests (you can bet your bottom yuan that any Falun Gong or Free Tibet demos would be shut down in a Shanghai minute) or any number of anti-U.S. actors have in the Middle East. And you can give OWS props for getting people to mouth the words "income inequality" with more frequency (though a quick Google Insights for Search<a href="http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22economic%20inequality%22&amp;geo=US&amp;date=1%2F2010%2032m&amp;cmpt=q"> analysis</a> suggests that effect was evanescent). Still, given the dollar for dollar impact on people's wealth and the continuing toll of 8 percent plus unemployment, you have to wonder, as Bob Dole <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1996/10/26/us/dole-is-imploring-voters-to-rise-up-against-the-press.html?pagewanted=all&amp;src=pm">once did</a>, "Where's the outrage?" Maybe they're too busy securing their spot in line for their iPhone 5.</p> <p>(James Gibney is a member of the Bloomberg View editorial board. <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/jamesgibney">Follow</a> him on Twitter.)</p> <p>Read more breaking commentary from Bloomberg View at <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/view/the-ticker/">the Ticker</a>.</p> <p> </p> </body> </html>