I’m in Portland to give a talk on water rights at Lewis & Clark College tomorrow, and arrived just in time to witness the “Occupy Portland” protest in solidarity with the “Occupy Wall Street” protests in New York. The message of the protest is, if anything, quite diffuse. There are lots of signs disparaging Wall Street and greed (“People before profits,” etc.), but lots of other random stuff as well, including signs advocating, peace, democracy, drug legalization, anarchy, universal health care, education funding, solidarity with Central America, and even “End the Fed.” It’s almost a protest just for the sake of protesting. To the organizers credit, however, they made real efforts to quell any talk of violence, including property destruction.