Protesting Capitalism

I was watching BBC this morning in my hotel room and the announcer was breathlessly discussing the anti-Wall Street protestors getting arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge.  “Is this a growing movement?” she asks.

The irony of protesting capitalism while wallowing in all its trappings seems to have escaped protestors and BBC comentators alike.  I didn’t see a stitch of homespun clothing on the protestors — lots of Gap-style t-shirts and cargo pants.  Lots of cell phones with video cameras too, catching the action.  I’m sure once they’re out of jail they’ll frantically start blogging about their experience from their laptops and iPads, while sipping Frappe Latte Mochawhatsits from their local Starbucks.

If they loathe capitalism so much, they should go into the woods, join a commune, and try living without it for a few years.  And don’t come back.



About Mystic Cowgirl

I worked overseas in the aid game for longer than I'd like to admit and learned several important things: 1) Third World countries aren't poor because America is rich. They're impoverished due to socialist governments that provide neither rule of law nor basic infrastructures; 2) These socialist governments redistribute wealth from taxpayers to the government workers. There's no benefit to the poor or downtrodden, and certainly not to the general welfare in terms of infrastructure improvements. 3) America is moving toward the Third World model. Rule of law has been subverted because equality under the law is disappearing as special interests carve out exemptions to regulations and special favors under the law. The redistribution of wealth to government began decades ago -- total compensation for government employees now outpaces salaries in the private sector.
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