I passed a notice on a wall as I was coming in to work this morning that read, “Occupy Melbourne”. They are apparently opposed to greed. No doubt the demonstration will be in favour of taking from the productive with redistribution towards the mendicant class, ie themselves. There are no doubt such movements popping up everywhere across Australia and the world, just as they have popped up everywhere across the US following the Occupy Wall Street “protest”. Amongst the strongest characteristics of anti-Americans is how slavishly they follow every American trend on the left. Here is yet another example.
Once again I am reminded that the left does not argue from reason but from sentiment. There is nothing there. It is all at the bumper sticker level of depth and sophistication. There must be some definition of greed, for example, that I might subscribe to – such as when applied to any of these “socialist” Presidents-for-life who squirrel away hundreds of millions, sometimes literally billions, in foreign bank accounts while their populations sink into poverty. But an actual ability to argue out a point, of this there is next to nothing. Whenever representatives of the people with the sentiments of the brain dead who show up at these protests actually take power, the misery that follows is unparalleled. That they never learn from history is just another part of the syndrome.
These people can know nothing at all about how things work, how economies create wealth or how individuals become free and more secure. They just wish to describe those who have earned incomes through running a business as a per se definition of greed. The aim is to take their wealth and give it to someone else, with themselves at the top of the list of the deserving.
We shall see where this goes, but it is a not a good sign for the future.
Update: Who knows. I might yet warm up to Herman Cain. He is the only one on the Republican side who is saying anything hard line on the Occupy Wall Street mobs, at least so far as I have heard reported, and he is saying the right sorts of things in just the right sort of way.
Republican presidential contender Herman Cain amplified his criticism Sunday of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement, calling the protesters ‘jealous’ Americans who ‘play the victim card’ and want to ‘take somebody else’s’ Cadillac….
Cain, surging in popularity among many conservatives, seems to have had among the most virulent responses to the protests.
On CBS, Cain suggested that the rallies had been organized by labor unions to serve as a ‘distraction so that many people won’t focus on the failed policies of the Obama administration.’
The banking and financial services industries aren’t responsible for those policies, Cain said. ‘To protest Wall Street and the bankers is basically saying you’re anti-capitalism,’ he said.
My very thoughts.