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Why aren’t the Wall Street Protesters Occupying These Places?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:38 pm - October 6, 2011.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,Random Thoughts

Seems that, for whatever reason, Wall Street has become the favorite punch-bagging for the politically correct and professionally anxious youth and well-educated politicians and intellectuals, but in a number of posts yesterday, Glenn suggested suggests places who might bear more responsibility for their current anxieties than our nation’s financial capital, including their own alma maters:

DAN PRIMACK: They Should Be Marching On Universities, Not Wall Street:
“Take a look at We Are the 99 Percent – a website on which protest sympathizers share their tales of economic hardship. Very few of them mention banks, or even bank bailouts. The vast majority of them, however, do mention college debt.” Universities are major Democratic constituencies, and as such unlikely to be targeted.

. . . or perhaps the seat of corporate lobbying . . .

BUSINESS INSIDER: They Should Be Occupying K Street.

OWS protestors are highly critical of big corporations lobbying Congress and Washington DC regulatory agencies to tilt the playing field in big business favor. It sounds like they don’t appreciate the virtues of crony capitalism, otherwise known as “The Chicago Way”.

Well guess what?

Companies that are successful lobbying the Washington DC apparatus are simply playing off big government. To kill the effect of lobbying, skewer the beast and make government smaller.

Allowing companies to stay alive with government support also empowers big government. Allowing the capitalistic force of creative destruction is something the Tea Party is behind. What about Occupy Wall Street?

There are some troubling signs with Occupy Wall Street. The SEIU is busing people to join the marches. Other unions, and socialist Senator Sanders are supporting the cause.

I mean, why do self-professed anarchists (almost) always protest the same institution targeted by leftists who, in favor government regulating more and more aspects of our lives, are perhaps the exact opposite of anarchists:

SURE, WHY NOT? What We Really Need is Anti-Corporate Anarchy, With Our ‘Organizers and the Law Team’ Writing Our Demands. “Anarchy — you keep using that word. I do not think it means…No, actually, you’re using absolutely spot-on, even if you don’t know it.” It’s not anarchy until it’s been through the approved committee process.

But really: If you’re not protesting against President Goldman Sachs, you’re not protesting against “Wall Street.” You’re just a hack. Sorry. “The modern anarchists are just the far-left’s muscle. Look at when and where they show up, who they march with and for, and how carefully the press ignores them and their acts.”



  1. Let’s start taxing and demonizing “Big College” the same way we tax and demonize “Big Oil”. What about finding a way to tax the revolving door of government to mdfia to lobbyist to government to media to lobbyist!!!

    Comment by Richard Bell — October 6, 2011 @ 3:50 pm - October 6, 2011

  2. Just wait until the higher ed bubble finally bursts and then things will get really interesting…

    Comment by JohnAGJ — October 6, 2011 @ 4:15 pm - October 6, 2011

  3. BUSINESS INSIDER: They Should Be Occupying K Street.

    Like I said earlier: OccupyWashington!

    If they really are “anarchists”… shouldn’t they worry about government first? But I think you got it before, Dan: in addition to being manufactured perhaps to distract from Obama’s great failures, this is all really a case of penisTea Party Envy.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 6, 2011 @ 5:30 pm - October 6, 2011

  4. Seen at AoS HQ:

    The idiocy of OWS in a nutshell:

    B of A charging $5/month to use a debit card? DIE! you greedy corporatist cocksuckers!

    NYU charging $200,000 for a BA in Patriarchal Loathing? Hell YEAH, we’re skipping classes today to rage against greedy corporatist cocksuckers!

    Comment by V the K — October 6, 2011 @ 6:28 pm - October 6, 2011

  5. This is interesting: They have moved on to OccupyDC… but… 1) still protesting the wrong targets and 2) as suspected, some of the ‘protestors’ are paid!

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — October 7, 2011 @ 12:44 am - October 7, 2011

  6. Because the universities are typically the places of indoctrination that shaped the warped worldviews of the unwashed masses. Why should they attack the very institutions that vilify corporations, Wall Street, and capitalism in general…

    Comment by Alan — October 11, 2011 @ 2:17 am - October 11, 2011

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