What Planet Are These Folks From?

Ezra Klein on those Occupy Wall Street folks:

It was a Tumblr called, “We Are The 99 Percent,” and all it’s doing is posting grainy pictures of people holding handwritten signs telling their stories, one after the other.

“I am 20K in debt and am paying out of pocket for my current tuition while I start paying back loans with two part time jobs.”

These are not rants against the system. They’re not anarchist manifestos. They’re not calls for a revolution. They’re small stories of people who played by the rules, did what they were told, and now have nothing to show for it. Or, worse, they have tens of thousands in debt to show for it.

“I am a 28 year old female with debt that had to give up her apartment + pet because I have no money and I owe over $30,000.”

College debt shows up a lot in these stories, actually. It’s more insistently present than housing debt, or even unemployment. That might speak to the fact that the protests tilt towards the young. But it also speaks, I think, to the fact that college debt represents a special sort of betrayal. We told you that the way to get ahead in America was to get educated. You did it. And now you find yourself in the same place, but buried under debt. You were lied to.

There are a few realities that these folks don’t seem willing to confront:

1) College is expensive and when you graduate, you will be POOR for a while. Several years, most likely. Your car, your phone, your clothes, your lattes? Many people simply don’t have those perks right out of college AND NEVER DID. You got a room mate. You drove a junker. Happy hour was cool because there was free food.

2) Going to college does not guarantee you a job, well paying or otherwise. It never did. And, in the current state – jobs are hard to find, because no one is hiring. See SCOAMF for why.

3) I advise you to look toward those who a) have told us that everyone in the entire country needs to go to college and b) those responsible for the rising price of a college degree. These folks will NOT be found on Wall Street.

I find it sad and troubling that faced with sorry economic times many of these folks are ready to go full board communist as a solution.

Occupy Wall Street wants a “guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment,” along with a minimum wage of twenty dollars per hour. This would require the large-scale seizure of assets from working people to fund the “guaranteed living wage” of those who decide not to work. More force would be required to suppress those desperate to find gainful employment, and willing to work for less than $20 per hour, in the graveyard economy OWS seeks to create.

Of course, the protesters want “free” college educations, which would require the enslavement of either teachers, or those compelled to subsidize them. They want universal single-payer health care, insisting that “private insurers must be banned from the health care market.” Obviously, force will be required to shut down the entire private insurance industry.

They want to “begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end,” which is obviously not something the residents of industrialized nations will do willingly. Trillions are demanded for “infrastructure” and “ecological restoration.” You can’t accumulate that kind of dough by asking for voluntary donations.

Perhaps most tellingly, one of Occupy Wall Street’s demands is “immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness for all.” Everything from sovereign debt, to home mortgages and personal loans, would be wiped out instantly. They explicitly demand this on a planetary scale.

In the imaginations of the 99%ers, we just need to all get together and beat our drums to remake the world as we wish. In reality?

A fairly large number of people would have to be gunned down in cold blood to fulfill these demands. Anarchist mobs can’t grind that kind of meat – it’s a job for fascist legions. Far from agitating for any species of liberty, even the kind envisioned by the hopelessly lazy and disaffected, these protesters are demanding the final dissolution of economic liberty. Their daydreams could only be realized by totalitarian government on a towering scale, in which meaningful dissent from “compassionate” collectivism has been entirely eliminated.

So, when dreamy reporters and actors say cra like this:

RUFFALO: You know, this is a — is a movement that started with the idea that — what I saw down there is a celebration of democracy. I saw the celebration of justice, freedom, freedom of speech and — and the rule of law over all men. And — and I saw — there’s a real sweetness there, a real kindness. And all kinds of different people — I saw moms, single moms with their kids, I saw single dads with their kids. I saw old grannies, I saw young people, I saw — I saw — people out of work, kids out of work. Kids graduated from college with degrees who can’t find work, because our work’s been taken overseas. And it was a — to me, a — just a beautiful celebration of democracy.

No, this is a deep dissatisfaction and a loss. And what I’m saying is — if you have your dignity intact, if you have your decency, if you are able to still muster that up and remember what it is to be a human being, and know that you have a place in the world, that you have a voice, that you’re important in this world — then stand up and use that voice. Because now is the time. We are the change that we’re waiting for. We have put President Obama into the office because we wanted change. That’s why he overwhelmingly went into office. That change didn’t happen to come about for many, many different reasons.


RUFFALO: But the spirit of change, the idea of change, the promise of change is more alive in people today than it was four years ago.

Keep in mind where this leads.

Are they communists? Hell fucking yea ..

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3 Comments on “What Planet Are These Folks From?”

  1. MJ Says:

    Spot on.

  2. DougieOh Says:

    Am I the only one who sees shades of ’68 and the Democratic National Convention? As the President and his party align themselves with a lawless, incoherent, moronic rabble the vast majority of Americans – ones with jobs and property and, well, brains – will gravitate heavily in the opposite direction. ’12 will be a landslide for Republicans. Obama would be wise to pull a LBJ.

  3. Car in Says:

    It could very well be. I think he’s going to TRY to play both sides. Appease the looney left, then pretend that he’s a moderate.

    They media’s always payed along before, he figures. He prolly going to have to throw Eric Holder under the bus, but I think *he* knows where all the bodies are buried, and also a close friend.

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