Steyn on the 'Occupy Wall Street' protest

Rick Moran
Leave it to Mark Steyn writing at NRO to get to the nub of the matter regarding the Occupy Wall Street protest. In short, hypocrisy and stupidity is not in short supply:

In the old days, the tribunes of the masses demanded an honest wage for honest work. Today, the tribunes of America's leisured varsity class demand a world that puts "people before profits." If the specifics of their "program" are somewhat contradictory, the general vibe is consistent: They wish to enjoy an advanced Western lifestyle without earning an advanced Western living. The pampered, elderly children of a fin de civilisation overdeveloped world, they appear to regard life as an unending vacation whose bill never comes due.

So they are in favor of open borders, presumably so that exotic Third World peasants can perform the labor to which they are noticeably averse. Of the 13 items on that "proposed list of demands," Demand Four calls for "free college education," and Demand Eleven returns to the theme, demanding debt forgiveness for all existing student loans. I yield to no one in my general antipathy to the racket that is American college education, but it's difficult to see why this is the fault of the mustache-twirling robber barons who head up Global MegaCorp, Inc. One sympathizes, of course. It can't be easy finding yourself saddled with a six-figure debt and nothing to show for it but some watery bromides from the "Transgender and Colonialism" class. Americans collectively have north of a trillion dollars in personal college debt. Say what you like about Enron and, er, Solyndra and all those other evil corporations, but they didn't relieve you of a quarter-mil in exchange for a master's in Maya Angelou. So why not try occupying the dean's office at Shakedown U?

Ah, but the great advantage of mass moronization is that it leaves you too dumb to figure out who to be mad at. At Liberty Square, one of the signs reads: "F**k your unpaid internship!" Fair enough. But, to a casual observer of the massed ranks of Big Sloth, it's not entirely clear what precisely anyone would ever pay them to do.

Indeed, what is startling about this group is not only their lack of focus, but also the gobsmacking idiocy of their complaints. Not that corporate power shouldn't be reined in - along with the power of unions, lawyers, doctors, and other big lobbies - but that giving 5 seconds of thought to what they are advocating would mean the end of the economy; any economy at all.

They are modern day levelers whose unstated solution to their grievances is outright confiscation of wealth and property. Those who have too much will be punished. And I mean really, really chastised - in the biblical sense. Presumably, the very wealthy will be able to get away with their lives but not much else. Considering the additional trillions in spending the protestors want to see ("free college education," a trillion to repair environmental damage. etc.), the engine of confiscation will, of course, be the government.

They'll have to trample a little bit on the constitution but that's no problem. They don't believe in limits to government power anyway. And once the corporations are destroyed, the rich, impoverished and the economy collapsed, where will they be?

Protesting in Washington for a job in a non-existent economy at non-existent private companies, paying non-existent cash for non-existent products.

Long live the Reality Based Community!


Leave it to Mark Steyn writing at NRO to get to the nub of the matter regarding the Occupy Wall Street protest. In short, hypocrisy and stupidity is not in short supply:

In the old days, the tribunes of the masses demanded an honest wage for honest work. Today, the tribunes of America's leisured varsity class demand a world that puts "people before profits." If the specifics of their "program" are somewhat contradictory, the general vibe is consistent: They wish to enjoy an advanced Western lifestyle without earning an advanced Western living. The pampered, elderly children of a fin de civilisation overdeveloped world, they appear to regard life as an unending vacation whose bill never comes due.

So they are in favor of open borders, presumably so that exotic Third World peasants can perform the labor to which they are noticeably averse. Of the 13 items on that "proposed list of demands," Demand Four calls for "free college education," and Demand Eleven returns to the theme, demanding debt forgiveness for all existing student loans. I yield to no one in my general antipathy to the racket that is American college education, but it's difficult to see why this is the fault of the mustache-twirling robber barons who head up Global MegaCorp, Inc. One sympathizes, of course. It can't be easy finding yourself saddled with a six-figure debt and nothing to show for it but some watery bromides from the "Transgender and Colonialism" class. Americans collectively have north of a trillion dollars in personal college debt. Say what you like about Enron and, er, Solyndra and all those other evil corporations, but they didn't relieve you of a quarter-mil in exchange for a master's in Maya Angelou. So why not try occupying the dean's office at Shakedown U?

Ah, but the great advantage of mass moronization is that it leaves you too dumb to figure out who to be mad at. At Liberty Square, one of the signs reads: "F**k your unpaid internship!" Fair enough. But, to a casual observer of the massed ranks of Big Sloth, it's not entirely clear what precisely anyone would ever pay them to do.

Indeed, what is startling about this group is not only their lack of focus, but also the gobsmacking idiocy of their complaints. Not that corporate power shouldn't be reined in - along with the power of unions, lawyers, doctors, and other big lobbies - but that giving 5 seconds of thought to what they are advocating would mean the end of the economy; any economy at all.

They are modern day levelers whose unstated solution to their grievances is outright confiscation of wealth and property. Those who have too much will be punished. And I mean really, really chastised - in the biblical sense. Presumably, the very wealthy will be able to get away with their lives but not much else. Considering the additional trillions in spending the protestors want to see ("free college education," a trillion to repair environmental damage. etc.), the engine of confiscation will, of course, be the government.

They'll have to trample a little bit on the constitution but that's no problem. They don't believe in limits to government power anyway. And once the corporations are destroyed, the rich, impoverished and the economy collapsed, where will they be?

Protesting in Washington for a job in a non-existent economy at non-existent private companies, paying non-existent cash for non-existent products.

Long live the Reality Based Community!