In a Dec. 28, 2011, satirical memo to “the Upper Ones,” author Michael Lewis ’82 pointed to the Occupy Princeton protests as a troubling sign:

“... At Princeton, 30 students masquerading as job applicants entered a pair of Wall Street informational sessions, asked many obnoxious questions (‘How do I get a job lobbying the U.S. government to protect Wall Street interests?’), rose and chanted a list of charges at bankers from JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs, and, finally, posted videos of their outrageous behavior on YouTube.

“The committee views this latter incident as a sure sign of trouble to come. The whole point of going to Princeton for the past several decades has been to get a job at Goldman Sachs or, failing that, JPMorgan. That Princeton students are now identifying their interests with the Lower 99 percenters is, in its way, as ominous as the return of the Jews to Jerusalem. …”

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