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Monday, 10 October 2011

Occupy Wall Street?

There's not been much comment in my segment of the blogosphere on the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the MSM are describing it as 'anti capitalist'. The two may not be unrelated. In fact, from what I can tell, it's not anti-capitalist but anti-corporatist and anti-Big Government. If within the movement is a discernible bent towards laissez-faire capitalism and a society that owes more to Burke's little platoons than to State social planning then the movement should be supported. However, it's a protest movement - and by definition against stuff rather than for stuff - and this is why I suspect fellow bloggers are reluctant at this stage to identify with it too closely. If the movement is simply a conglomeration of angry young people with an inchoate focus for their ire, there is an opportunity to help clear the fog. 


Oldrightie said...

"If within the movement is a discernible bent towards laissez-faire capitalism"

"Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation."

Works for me, although if it gets hijacked by the leftie pillocks, "I'm out!"

Weekend Yachtsman said...

The great Pournelle has some interesting comments on this:

Anonymous said...

This protestor might be worth a listen:

Greg Tingey said...

Today's "Telegraph" has a sneering piece on this - which is swamped by the pro-protestor coments.

MarbellaBoy said...

"Works for me, although if it gets hijacked by the leftie pillocks, "I'm out!""

Unfortunately, the Socialist Workers Party and their ilk worldwide are always on the lookout for a movement to hijack, it's the communist way.

Don't think it will be any different this time. While I would agree with their dislike of crony capitalism, their answer as always is 'more government' not better capitalism.

What has really struck me though, is the number of people wearing Guy Fawkes masks from the the film 'V for vengence', this seems to be the influence of the Anonomous hacker movement. I do hope they start to espouse libertarian attitudes or Ols Holburn will not be happy.;-)