For those who
know anything pay attention, there is this sublime hypocrisy in liberal ideology, born out in the protests on Wall Street.
Most of the
hippies protestors are young, unemployed, and entitled. They hear about the wealthiest 1% and all the money made by corporations and are outraged they don’t get any of it despite the fact that they don’t contribute anything, except in this case congestion and a foul odor to the world’s economic capital.
Inequality is nothing new to the U.S. economy. In fact, inequality is the driver of capitalism and is the basis for what we call the American Dream.
When the system works and people have jobs, no one complains about capitalism, but from April to July 2011, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old rose by 1.7 million to 18.6 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As this article from The PJ Tatler notes, activism tends to follow this pattern where people only care about a wrong when they’re the ones being wronged.
Back in the 1960s, college campuses were awash with anti-War protesters. They spoke, yelled, and screamed about American imperialism, about downtrodden Vietnamese villagers, and about blood-thirsty American soldiers. These vehement, and often violent, protests ended abruptly in 1973. In a way, this was rather surprising, because American imperialism, downtrodden Vietnamese villagers, and blood-thirsty American soldiers were still topping the nightly news. What changed, though, was that the college kids no longer had skin in the game: the draft had ended.
If you could still go to college and get a job just for going, do you think New York City would be filled with homeless
crazy people any more than normal?
If you could pay off $200,000 of debt because the job you got after getting your degree paid you a wage well above the minimum would there be this wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over capitalism?
The bail-outs make no sense, lowering interest rates mostly help people borrowing huge sums of money (other banks) , but hasn’t really helped the average person. These wars need to stop, and we need to focus more on local things: local food, local business, local politics.
The Wall Street protestors aren’t entirely
moronic off base. There is a tremendous amount of disconcerting truths when it comes to the structures of American society, particularly American government.
Corporations buying elections is bad. Corporations turning a profit is good. Liberals struggle with the second part.
Part of the reason the OWS people haven’t come out with a list of demands (the one being publicized by the main-stream media was just one person posting on their website and has since been denounced by the group) is because if you agree with some of the things I just mentioned, you can hook onto this group.
If you associate the group with the
dumbass poster of that list who demands everyone be paid a living wage regardless of their employment status, you probably think this group is a bunch of Looney Tunes completely out of touch with reality (Maybe you do anyway).
The media has latched onto this “list” and painted the OWS group as utterly ignorant and entitled (not far off).
On the other hand, the reality is better reflected by noting that this is a desperate group of people. They were desperate in 2008 and voted for a wildly underqualified leader who, in an anti-climactic twist, failed to deliver on his promises.
This is a group of people who are facing the toughest economic conditions for people their age in a century and simply don’t know how to handle it.
If they understood the problem, they’d probably be working.
A politician I used to cover was fond of saying that the most important place in his district was from lot line to lot line of each of his constituents. In other words: people care about politics only in as much as it affects them.
When the system benefits you, you love it. When it doesn’t, you hate it. Unfortunately for these
commie protestors, you can’t have it both ways.
The system, capitalism, is built to give back to those who put in. The government’s job is to make sure people don’t take from a pot they don’t add to. That’s basically the only role government should have in our economic system (Liberals obviously don’t get this, that’s why they love taxes which is the very definition of taking from the pot without adding).
If you don’t put in anything, you won’t get anything back.You don’t decide how much to get, only how much you give. The market dictates the value of your input. No system is more democratic (every voice in the marketplace has intrinsic value, at the very least important simply for being in the marketplace).
Guys, doing yoga in downtown New York, isn’t putting into the pot. No wonder you’re not getting anything in return. Being upset about it, isn’t democracy: it’s hypocrisy.