Beyond haha lookit the hippies:
"Suddenly, the issues of equity, fairness, justice, income distribution, and accountability for the economic cataclysm – issues all but ignored for a generation — are front and center. We have moved beyond the one-dimensional conversation about how much and where to cut the deficit. Questions more central to the social fabric of our nation have returned to the heart of the political debate. By forcing this new discussion, OWS has made most of the other participants in our politics — who either didn’t want to have this conversation or weren’t able to make it happen — look pretty small."
The smallest of those minds have fallen back on two ancient memes for expressing disdain for the Occupy Movement: (1) the protestors are "dirty," in as many senses as you can imagine; and (2) they're "Marxists" (which, come to think of it, is intended as a form of dirtiness).
To alienate oneself from a perceived enemy on the basis of cleanliness is at heart a racist instinct. And to label those seeking economic equity as "Marxist" is a throwback to the "red-baiting" of the 1950s and guilt by association. I very much doubt that you could find one in a thousand of the protestors all across this country who've ever read a single paragraph of Karl Marx (1818-1883), but who can tell a hawk from a handsaw ... in these days of concentrated wealth and concentrated political power that comes from being able to buy politicians.
Attempting to make the political enlightenment of 2011 untouchable and unholy by labeling it with primitive and crude terms from past centuries will not turn this tide.