Standing In The Gap Of The Real And Perceived
In the article above, the authors seek to demonstrate the relevance of the Occupy Wall Street movement. They start out by stating that this discontent with the rich and powerful is something new and fresh.
Really? Are any of them over twenty years old? Where have they been living all of their lives? This discussion (Labor vs. Capital) has been ongoing for over 100 years in the United States, for 50 years before that in Europe (The Communist Manifesto) and at least 50 years before that in France (French Revolution).
I’m not saying that there are no social inequalities or injustices that need to be addressed in the Western world. There are plenty. I, for one, would like to see Federal Reserve abolished. But the Occupy movement is largely just a clueless nod to rehashed Marxism.
The insanity of it all is that the problem lies not with corporate overreach, per se, but rather the inextricable fusion of government and corporate interests, resulting in a functional indifference to taxpayers/workers. And that fusion of government and industry is exactly what Marxism advocates. Street level Occupiers are unwittingly doing the work of their enemies by demanding that the noose hanging them be tightened.
The author of the link above talks about “freeing government from corporate dominance.” Fine. How about freeing corporations from government dominance? Not any government influence, mind you; just government dominance. If corporations control the U.S. federal government so completely, why are so many of them leaving the USA for more business friendly countries?
The noise of the Occupiers is like the hands wanting to hold a gun to the heart because it gets all the credit, without even knowing that the brain exists.