If one were to describe the populace of the United States as a family, who would be the children, and who would be the parents? I would argue that the occupiers, as representatives of the 99%, would be the “children”, and that the parents would be a self-serving Wall Street and a sluggishly responsive government.
To therapists, calling someone a “child” is the opposite of an insult. It’s often the children who are the most thoughtful, insightful, caring and aware. The body politic—in this instance a metaphor for a family–is one in which the people in charge are not taking care of the family system as a whole, despite their hold on the power of the system.