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Forum Post: Editorial on Occupy

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 17, 2011, 5:51 p.m. EST by Brandon37 (372)
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that expresses some concerns about the motives and tactics.

Dubious honor for Occupy movement

The socialistic philosophy of redistribution of wealth is the driving force behind the Occupy Wall Street movement. Instead of trying to tear down the prosperity engine of our free-enterprise system, they should be protesting the national administration's anti-business policies that stand in the way of economic expansion. President Barack Obama's blocking of the Canadian pipeline project is but one example of government interference that prohibits the creation of new jobs.To add further confusion, and add credibility to this movement by malcontents, Time magazine named the “Protester” as its Person of the Year. We have to remember that Time also picked the Ayatollah Khomeini for this same honor.

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[-] 4 points by LSN45 (535) 12 years ago

Yeah - this is what the establishment wants you to think.

It is incorrect to say "the socialistic philosophy of redistribution of wealth is the driving force behind the Occupy Wall Street movement." The protestors are not asking for "Wealth Redistribution," they are asking for "Political Influence Redistribution." Right now both the right and the left our bought and paid for by the corporations and special interests and legalized bribery through campaign donations and paid lobbyists has put the American people in the back seat - they want their democratic process back!!! The biggest, and most important issue the protesters are pushing is the message that America need to get the influence of corporations and special interests out and let WE THE PEOPLE make the decisions.

You are right though, some wealth redistribution will happen automatically since the corporations and otherwise rich and powerful will have a harder time using their money to "speak" as if they represent millions of Americans. It will be a sad day for them when they realize they won't be able to legally bribe a politician to further their business interests at the expense of the American people.

The Keystone XL pipeline IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE!!!. They want to tap the Canadian Tar Sands - one of the largest remaining carbon deposit on the planet (the process of extracting the oil from the Bitumen is extremely dirty and requires a lot of energy to do so).

Jobs today are nice, but not if it means you great grand children won't be able to breath. This decision should be made by the American people, not the oil companies (they will privatize the profits and socialize the pollution and other externalities every time.)

[-] 3 points by PetadeAztlan (113) from Sacramento, CA 12 years ago

Dear Brandon37 ~ I suggest your study more. The Free-Enterprise System you toot up for is at its core cruel corporate capitalism protected by state fascism. We need to at least examine the powerpoints of a democratic socialism. I also suggest you check out Democracy Now! for starters. Please remain open to seeing connected reality from the perspective of others. ~Namaste, @Peta_de_Aztlan

[-] -2 points by Brandon37 (372) 12 years ago

I didn't write the commentary.

Aztlan? get serious.

[-] 0 points by April (3196) 12 years ago

I think wealth and income inequality is just a clever ploy - a marketing tactic. It has some mainstream appeal. The driving force is anarchy. How many people are gonna sign up for that??