Some of the Groups Who Support Occupy Wall Street
Support Comes From the Left
I've done some checking into what organizations are voicing support for the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, and was interested to see that support appears to be coming almost exclusively from the left, as well as from some self-declared foreign enemies of the U.S. Here are URLs to some of the sites I found, so it will be clear that I'm not taking someone's word for this--read for yourself.
Communist Party USA: http://www.cpusa.org/communist-party-heralds-occupy-wall-street-movement/
American Nazi Party: http://www.americannaziparty.com/news/archives.php?report_date=2011-10-16
Socialist Party USA: http://www.socialistparty-usa.org/occupywallstreet.html
Working Families Party (an ACORN front group): http://biggovernment.com/category/acorn/
The Government of North Korea: http://www.kcna.co.jp/item/2011/201110/news18/20111018-22ee.html
Industrial Workers of the World: http://www.iww.org/en/content/iww-endorses-occupy-wall-street
FARS News Agency: http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9007160276
Marxist Student Union: http://marxiststudentunion.blogspot.com/2011/10/marxist-student-union-endorses-occupy.html
Hugo Chavez: http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/10/hugo-chavez-endorses-occupy-wall-street
It's my impression that many of the OWS protesters are peaceful and well-intentioned. However, they also appear to be profoundly ignorant of how the economy actually works, and what role the government plays in the country's current economic problems. Interview after interview shows protesters unable to give a coherent explanation of their goals or to provide any rational explanation for why they're there and what they hope to achieve. It appears to be a general, inchoate resentment of a world in which they cannot achieve peace, justice, and universal redistribution of wealth just by wishing for them, and an adolescent resentment of anyone they perceive as an authority figure: the police, the wealthy, corporations, and, more rarely, the government.
They demand free college education, free banking, and interest-free credit cards, but few of them appear to understand that none of those things is actually free; they all have to be paid for by someone. Those who do understand make it clear that the "rich" should be forced to provide them for everyone. The protesters sing chants and repeat familiar leftist slogans ("1 percent of the country owns 99 percent of the wealth," "Stop the War on Workers," "People over Profits," "Arrest the Bankers," etc.), but when asked to explain what they mean, they just repeat more slogans or complain that the rich oppress the poor. I haven't yet heard any who can make a coherent case to back up their complaints, or explain how their utopian system would actually work.
Are these innocents aware that their cause fits perfectly into the agenda of political activists who hate the U.S., capitalism, women's liberation, western civilization, etc., and would like to see them destroyed? I don't think so--the innocents don't appear to realize that there are some political groups who are taking advantage of the protesters' idealism to promote a world in which many of them--gays and Jews, for example--would be considered subhuman and subject to arrest, incarceration, and even death. An "Occupy Wall Street" protest would never be tolerated in those countries. Nor do the protesters appear to understand that their freedom to protest is protected by the very people and system they profess to hate.
I have no objection to political demonstrations, but I think the protestors ought to be able to state their goals and make a rational case for them. I also think they should be aware of--and guard against--the political groups who regard them as "useful idiots," as Lenin put it, and who are more than willing to exploit them for their own radical purposes.
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