Wall Street Protesters = Nazis and Communists?
So first I read this piece By Peter Beinart this morning on Yahoo News about the Wall Street Protesters that I thought raised some good points on what has these people ticked off.
Next I saw this piece By Mark Whittington about how the Nazis and Communists like the protests…
The Nazis equate capitalism, which the demonstrators are opposed to, to their hallucinations of a Jewish conspiracy. This may be reflected in some of the anti-Semitic rhetoric coming out of the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations.
First of all, do I care what the Nazis think in this day and age? Um, no.
Next, who said the demonstrators as a whole are against capitalism? Oh I’m sure some are, but as a whole I doubt it is true. Let’s take a look at their demands:
As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.
They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.
They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.
They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.
They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.
They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.
They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.
They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.
They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.
They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.
They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.
They have sold our privacy as a commodity.
They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.
They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.
They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.
They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.
They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.
They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.
They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.
They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.
They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.
They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad. They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.
They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts.
Now I’m not going to say I agree with all of those statements, because I don’t, however, there are a number of good points. I see nothing in this list that is worth equating the NY protesters with Nazis and Communists.
So what else does Mark Whittington say:
Unlike the tea party, the movement is geared toward demanding that the government give people things, such as free education, free health care and guaranteed employment because they have a right to them.
I don’t see where they say they want FREE education, but I do agree the cost of education is too high and it would help our country greatly to better education our people because knowledge is power.
FREE health care? Again, I don’t see where they are demanding anything for free. That said, I think a lot of people know that health care is a mess in this country. A lot of countries spend a lot less in health care and help a lot more people. I think health care is a basic right for everyone and tweaking the current systems isn’t going to work.
Guaranteed Employment? I don’t see that ANYWHERE.
I think everyone understands nothing is free, but it’s not hard to see that this country has a lot of things going backwards right now.
All I see is a movement of a lot of ticked off people and it’s one that big business, the Republican party and Fox News can’t control. When that happens, get ready to see the smear campaign go into full gear and I think Mark Whittington is ready to lead the charge.