Occupy That!

Austin Hill, ladies and gentlemen:

Will you allow this question to “occupy” your minds for a moment? Seriously, what would happen to our country if we all chose to do nothing but take up space on “public” property (or even on other people’s private property as some of you have done), consume resources at other people’s expense, and spend several days in a row not producing things? Have you even thought of what might happen, if the rest of us followed your “example?”

Well, I suppose it would first depend on who all quit their jobs. If every politician, bureaucrat, and bankster quit their jobs, I would be willing to bet that everyone would considerably better off. Toss in superfluous workers that are only necessary because of government interference, like tax lawyers, compliance officers, safety managers, CPAs, etc., and suddenly this country wouldn’t be shackled in economic regression. As for everyone else, point taken.

However, it should probably be pointed out that many OWSers are able to OWS because they don’t have jobs. See, the funny thing about recessions, even those caused by massive government intervention leading to housing bubbles which are then exploited for massive profit by Wall Street banks who are defrauding home owners as well as Americans by using the Fed as an ATM machine, is that jobs tend to be more scarce. And when that recession turns into a depression, those scarce jobs don’t come back for a while. So, for the most part, Occupy Wall Street is not a matter of people quitting their jobs as much as it is a matter of people not having jobs in the first place because the government, acting as a pawn of the banks, decided to wreck the economy.

Participants in the nationwide “occupy” movement would probably be shocked to know this. But the fact is, their oh-so-important demonstrations are able to occur as they do because the majority of us in America do not think and act the way they do. In fact, to be even more precise, their choices are enabled in no small part by – gasp!- American-styled Capitalism! Yet just as those who burn the U.S. flag fail to understand that the object they desecrate is emblematic of the freedom they exercise, the occupiers fail to see that the “C-word” which they loathe is precisely what makes their occupying possible. [Emphasis added.]

Actually, it is the distinctly American form of crony capitalism, as typified by TARP and other recent bailouts, that led to the current set of choices OWSers face.  The banks have looted the American economy, quite illegally, it should be noted (and note that the linked article only concerns itself with judicial rulings, not investigative allegations, which means that the assertion of fraud was either proved in a court of law or admitted to by the perpetrators!)  Jobs are scarce because politicians had to tax small business and mid-sized businesses to death in order to fellate pay off the major banks that have bought them contributed to their campaigns in the past election cycles.  And the cost of those taxes have been jobs that would have otherwise be filled by those currently OWSing.Quite simply, the free market is dead in America, and has been for decades.  The result is exceedingly high unemployment—the U6 index indicates it’s been in the high double digits for some time—which is the direct result of massive government intervention in the economy, for the benefit of enriching the banks.  This is in no way free-market capitalism.  In fact, a certain someone has noted quite acutely that America doesn’t actually have a free market, in practice.  Yet, said someone wants to act as if suddenly the market is perfectly free and all the decades of government intervention no longer have consequences and therefore all those who are currently OWSing are simply socialists who want to redistribute the wealth.

But yes, American-styled capitalism has not only made OWSing possible, in that it has eliminated productive jobs, but it has also made it necessary because the system is corrupt and redistributionist.

Also, in regards to the burning of American flags, could Mr. Hill please provide proof of this occurrence?  I searched on Google for photographic evidence of OWSers burning the American flag, but all I could find was the occasional desecration, and a few instances of burning the Israeli flag, presumably in honor of Ben Bernanke.  I would very much like proof that OWSers are actually the anti-American protestors that the conservative media make them out to be.

(For those who are interested, Karl Denninger has a rather thorough takedown of Thomas Sowell’s article on OWS.)

3 comments to Occupy That!

  • Stephen

    Great article! I hope the majority of Americans wake up and stop listening to corporate media. In this great information age you would think there would be more people educating themselves instead of just accepting what television tells them they should believe.

  • Wingnut


    We ALL see the pyramid scheme symbol on the back of the USA one dollar bill. We ALL see the servitude infestation in capitalism. We ALL see the “pay up or lose your wellbeing” Chicago mob-like felony extortion widespread within capitalism. We ALL see the “join or starve” felony extortion done to the 18 year olds… by this ugly competer’s church called capitalism. We ALL see how forcing competer’s religions onto 18 year olds, and/or LURING them into it with bling-dangling and promises of empowerments… kills membership in the cooperator’s church (Christianity/socialism). We ALL understand that AmWay (American Way) (New World Order) got “the exclusive” (legal tender) on the TYPE of survival coupons (money) accepted in supply depots (stores) and leverages 18 year olds into the organization via that felony activity. (It puts AmWay-coupon slaving requirements called price tags… on all the survival goods). We ALL understand how sure-to-collapse farmyard pyramids work… from our childhoods. Upper 1/3 are “heads in the clouds” while the kids on the bottom ALWAYS GET HURT from the weight of the world’s knees in their backs. And, we ALL see how such systems are illegal, immoral, and just plain sick.

    We American Christian socialists are patiently awaiting the natural fall of the pyramid-o-servitude, or the busting of the free marketeers felony… by the USA Dept of Justice. We Christians are VERY CLOSE to issuing a cease and desist order until the servitude and inequality goes away… which means it turns into a commune. Commune is a word we LOVE when used in the word “community”… but its one the caps HATE when used in the word “commune-ism”. Go fig. PROGRAMMED!!

    Do a Google IMAGE SEARCH for ‘pyramid of capitalist’ to see a full color picture made way back in 1911, when capitalism was first discovered to be a con/sham instigated by the Free Masons/Illuminati. Folks sure bought into the thing… hook, line, and sinker just the same. The caps didn’t even check if a string was attached! Now THAT’S easy fishing, eh?

    Time to level the felony pyramid scheme called capitalism. Abolish economies and ownershipism worldwide, and hurry. Economies just cause rat-racing, and rat-racing causes felony pyramiding. BUST IT, America! Look to the USA military supply/survival system… (and the USA public library system) for socialism and morals done right. Equal, owner-less, money-less, bill-less, timecard-less, and concerned with growth of value-criteria OTHER THAN money-value. Quit doing monetary discrimination immediately, and make it illegal. There are MANY measurement criteria of “value”… not just dollars. Try morals, efficiency, discrimination-levels, repairability, etc etc. Economies are cancerous tumors, and to cheer for their growth… is just insane. Profiting causes inflation, so if caps LIKE inflation, and if they LIKE a terrible time in afterlife when they meet the planet’s ORIGINAL OWNER before caps tried to squat it all with ownershipism, then keep it up with the felony pyramiding. I dare you. While us Christians are finally bulldozing that pyramid scheme back to level, lets make servitude and “join or starve” (get a job or die) illegal in the USA, and lets level the architecture seen in USA courtrooms, too. Right now, USA courtrooms are church simulators or “fear chambers”, by special design. Sick.

    Isn’t that back-of-the-dollar pyramid… a Columbian freemason symbol? And WHERE is the USA gov located? District of Columbia? (Not even part of the USA!) How much more blatant can ya get? The “Fed” runs a pyramid scheme called the free marketeers. If you’re using the “federal reserve note” certificates, or using no-other-living-thing-on-the-planet entitles of ownership, you’re bought into a servitude/slavery con/sham… called capitalism. Pyramiding 101.

    Larry “Wingnut” Wendlandt
    MaStars – Mothers Against Stuff That Ain’t Right
    Bessemer MI USA

  • Ed

    What Mr. Wingnut does not understand is that…
    The described pyramid scheme is the greatest wealth creating and wealth distributing system ever to have existed on this planet. No other system has produced as much wealth in as short of time or distributed as much wealth to as many people as capitalism. That wealth creation and distribution allowed the largest number of people to have the highest quality of life ever seen in history. It is the ultimate rags to riches story ever to have been proven to work. Yes, the US government was setup to foster and protect this most valuable jewel, capitalism, and I am very thankful for that. Those greedy companies produce the shoes that I wear, the house that I live in, the food that I eat, the car that I drive, the leisure time that I have to write this comment and the Gibson guitar that I like to play on occasion.

    It is much better than the government control systems of the past that produced so much suffering. How far back shall we look to learn the lessons? – ‘the killing fields’ of communist Vietnam, the massacre of Mao’s revolution that is now being remedied by capitalism, the economic collapse of the Soviet Union where people would fight over what few goods were available, the deeds of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, the Egyptian forced labor that produced great wealth only for the Pharos, or the starvation of hunter gatherers during a bad year with the constant tribal warfare, Polynesian pole-people, shrunken heads, cannibalism, slavery and uncured diseases.

    It is unfortunate that in the midst of such wealth as we have in the USA that there are spoiled babies who spend their free time bashing the system that feeds them. Any idiot can destroy. It is much better to create. Some people want ‘something for nothing’ and try to reward those who think the same way. But ‘something for nothing’ creates nothing and leaves people fighting over what little is left. Other people want to contribute for what they receive and create wealth in the process. When you take their wealth, you also take their incentive to create more wealth. When you let them keep their wealth, you let them keep their incentive to produce more wealth.

    Government has no right to allow or not allow me to keep what I have earned. Government only has the right to protect my right to make that decision. Giving government power beyond this limit is a step back to the old oppressive systems of the past. It is unfortunate that the USA has crept more in the oppressive direction over time.

    The foundation of government is coercion and theft.
    The foundation of capitalism is incentive and trade.

    If you use force and take, you are behaving like government.
    If you offer incentive and create, you are behaving like a capitalist.

    Let people become rich and retire so that others can work in their place to create wealth and also retire. Stop taxing people so that they cannot become rich and retire and cannot let others take their place.

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