"“Our government is being bought by corporations,” said Bruso, a Service Employees International Union member, who came to the march of his own accord.
“The middle class and lower class are being subjugated,” he said."
And yet Whole Foods, those corrupt 1%ers, was vandalized. Oh yes I checked, I still don't have impediments to my efforst or deductions from my pay that weren't put there by the government.
There was a rumor going around that Whole Foods had threatened to fire any employees that joined the strike. I'm not sure if it was true or not, but I assume that's why it was targeted.
That said, protesters got video evidence of police plants among the demonstrators, so at least some of the vandalism was likely the result of provocateurs.
Take any 100 of these protesters. Put a microphone in their face and ask them to explain the Money Supply.
Ask them to explain how money is created.
Ask them to explain what the Federal Reserve is and what it does.
Ask them to name the Chairman of the Federal Reserve?
How many of them do you think can do this?
There is your 1%! Probably less than that.
These people keep bashing "Corporations" when they have no idea what a Corporation is or how it operates. They have never run a Corporation nor do they know what is involved in doing so.
What is bad is not a legal entity but the people who own the entity? All Corporations are bad right?
Your post encapsulates why I think the whole "anti-capitalist" movement is at best well-meaning but misguided, and at worst a convenient dustbin cause for troublemakers, agent provocateurs and trustafarians who are just dabbling in anarchy before they revert to type and go and work in Daddy's bank.
"Capitalism: that word doesn't mean what you think it means."
First of all, they are not anti capitalist. They are not anti corporation. They are, however, anti corporate manipulation of the laws, violations of said law that is never punished, and the wholesale of our society to corporate greed. Furthermore, you make websites...what do you know about running a corporation?
Do you want examples? I can go global, with Dynacorp employees selling little girls into slave labor and sexual slavery to raping themselves. Dow Chemicals dumping toxic waste into communities and their water supply, causing the slow slaughter of entire peoples. Enron pushing energy deregulation so they could steal from California, causing those roaming blackouts which killed some older people btw, and shifting that energy illegally into other states. The privatizing of water sources in India and Boliva, where even rainwater is owned, and people are being shot for collecting it so they can let their children drink clean water. KBR for overcharging and providing unnecessary services on taxpayer’s dollar, bribery, exploiting third country nationals. More appropriate to the protests is the outright fraud committed by Goldman, AIG, Lehman, Bear Sterns, BOA, Merrill Lynch, etc...upon the American people resulting in a global recession worse than during the 30s, thus eliminating the jobs these people could be working in, and causing further cuts into each state's budgets resulting in a downward spiral. Get real dude.
Well put. The OWSers are coming from a number of different viewpoints as are the Tea Partiers. There's a fair amount of overlap between the OWS and Tea Party except I don't sense that there are many social conservatives or religious whack jobs among the OWSers compared to the Tea Party. As you said, most of them aren't opposed to capitalism. They are just tired of being screwed by the big Wall Street banks who have paid off billions of dollars to settle SEC fraud charges and other dishonest practices. The OWS people want to see the federal government regulatory authorities do their job against the banksters, the polluters, the big drug companies and health care insurance companies. And, most importantly, they want to see more effective measures coming out of Washington to reduce unemployment more quickly.
There are always these same people hijacking every demonstration. They used to do it in the sixties. They lived in my neighborhood. Genuine
anarchists and FBI agents giving a black-eye to whole movement.
All I can think of when I see the OWS movement is "where is the money coming from?" It takes a lot of money to sustain a protest, especially a camped protest. It's like feeding an army. I know this firsthand from the days when I was one of those straggly kids protesting against the beat downs in the World Trade Forum. There's money needed for lunches, to bus people in, for supplies. I'm too old now to stay naive. Somebody is funding this thing. I'd hate to see these kids manipulated so some politician behind the scenes can keep his job. That would be a shame.
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