October 03, 2011
As with the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street is a big circus tent hosting a hodgepodge of disparate recurring themes—many that appear sensible, many that sound wacky, and not all of them reconcilable. But whereas the Tea Party agitated largely against Big Government, the bogeyman here is Big Money—specifically corporations and “the rich.”
The occupiers posit a hyper-simplistic class war that pits “the 99 percent” against the soulless, evil, everything-raping greed-pigs nestled in the top percentile of wealth, eating pre-peeled grapes and slurping up the proles’ blood just to be dicks about it. (It seems that only months ago, the prog-bots were framing the struggle as being the “98 percent” against the top “2 percent,” but apparently the 98th percentile has switched sides.) According to the Occupy Wall Street website:
We are all races, sexes and creeds. We are the majority. We are the 99 percent. And we will no longer be silent.
On Friday, Occupy Wall Street released its first official list of grievances. On Saturday the “hacktivist” group Anonymous, sounding like Robert Duvall’s psychotic Lt. Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, issued a statement urging protesters to “Savor the smell of tear gas, savor the feeling of pepper spray. Rejoice to your bruises and your tears.” Anonymous also taunted the amorphous “Wall Street”:
We are crowding your streets, we are filling its veins. This might be painful, but you will not open your eyes so we are being forced to dilate them….Can you hear the defiant beating of our drums? Keep trying to belittle us pundits, you lap dogs of the elite. Keep trying to sum up this movement in a sound byte. This is a cultural crisis, and you are simply too stupid to understand it.
Way to charm everyone’s socks off, you mischievously anti-consumerist situationist digital dilettantes!
I am definitely too stupid to understand how corporations steal anything from me. Unless they’re receiving government subsidies, I’m not forced to buy anything they produce. Not like I’m forced to pay taxes. And it’s the government, not the corporations, that claims a monopoly on violence. Only the government can throw you in jail and call it “incarceration” instead of “kidnapping.” I’ve never seen a corporation claim the exclusive right to wage war, but that’s the government’s reason for getting out of bed in the morning.
So I tend to believe that Washington, DC did more harm to the economy than Wall Street did. If forced to choose between the government and corporations, give me McDonald’s every time.
The whole “Occupy Wall Street” thing was launched in July when consumer-culture-hating Canadian magazine Adbusters ran an ad asking whether America was “Ripe for a Tahrir Movement.” Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn seems to hate all things American and love all things global. He openly endorsed “Not just a carbon tax, but a global across-the-board pricing system.” Adbusters also hosted a “One Flag” competition to design a flag symbolizing “global citizenship.”
Over the past decade, Adbusters Media Foundation is said to have received over $300,000 from the giant progressive golden calf known as the Tides Foundation, which in turn has received millions in donations from culture-busting globalist currency-meddler George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Adbusters is also said to have received an additional $176,500 “from organizations associated with…George Soros’s Democracy Alliance.” The US Day of Rage site, another agitant in the Occupy Wall Street movement, has also allegedly received Tides Foundation cash injections.
Just as I believe that most people who attended Tea Party rallies were sincere, I’m willing to cut the same slack to these corporation-hating hipster doofuses who clogged the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday. They’re frustrated and feel that the powerful don’t listen to them. Good for them.
But despite their sincerity, they may become the unwitting tools of those who love the idea of world government more than they claim to hate the idea of American capitalism. And no corporation on Earth could ever truly imperil the well-being of “the people”—all 99 plus 1 percent of them—more than a one-world government.