I still have some steam left on it. I know these protests appeal to some libertarians as a rage against the machine event. And the message of anti-bank bailout is one I can definitely get behind. But these protesters think the solution is more government controls. One observer of the OWS crowd who writes for National Review says of the protesters:
Almost every organization present at OWS is explicitly communist or socialist. Almost every piece of literature being handed out is explicitly communist or socialist. I don’t mean half, and I don’t mean the overwhelming majority — I mean almost all of it. Yes, there are the usual union goons trying to figure out how to get OWS to do the bidding of the AFL-CIO and the Democratic party, and the usual smattering of New Age goo (the “Free Empathy” table) and po-mo Left wackiness (animal-rights nuts), the inevitable Let’s-Eradicate-Israel crowd (“Free Palestine, from the river to the sea!”). But, that being said, almost every organized enterprise and piece of printed material I have encountered has been socialist or communist. It’s been a long time since I saw anybody peddling books by Lenin. It’s been a long time since anybody told me the Ukrainians had it coming.
Read his full story on this, here.
And then there’s this video of OWS in Oakland, California this past weekend.
All the anti-capitalist and redistribute-the-wealth rhetoric at these protests reminds me that we need not fear a Red-Dawn style invasion by communists; they are already here.
And I can’t get over how many mainstream liberals are throwing their support behind this statist movement. I think in the days to come that will show itself to be a tactical error.