Why the Occupy Movement is Wrong to Favor Forced Equality Over Liberty

0 Posted by - November 4, 2011 - Economics, Police State

 Why the Occupy Movement is Wrong to Favor Forced Equality Over Liberty*Taken from Reason. Written by A. Barton Hinkle.

The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, obsessed with fairness, has benefitted from the lack of it. The protesters don’t think so—but that is because many of them have not thought enough.

The demonstrators resent disparity. So consider the disparity in coverage of OWS and the Tea Party. A single (still unsubstantiated) allegation that someone in the crowd at a 2010 Tea Party rally in Washington hurled a racial slur at Rep. John Lewis sufficed to prove the entire movement a kissin’ cousin of the KKK. But that “Google Wall Street Jews” guy? A lone nut. As for the signs calling for the “death of capitalism” and telling Wall Street bankers to “Jump, you [expletives]” and declaring “capitalism can’t be fixed—we need revolution”? Unrepresentative, surely. Ditto the 5:30 Oakland seminar on Marxism 101, and the dude in the Lenin T-shirt, and. . . .

Don’t feel bad if you missed such tidbits on the nightly news. Every movement has its whack jobs, but those on the left get politely overlooked.


1 Comment

  • Argus November 5, 2011 - 12:48 AM

    Fairness, equality? What’s fair is someone keeping his own earnings. Unfair is the man with a gun taking those earnings away and ‘redistributing’ them.
    ‘Fair’ only comes when we take the gun off the man and make him (and his ilk) earn his share. If the share he earns is larger than most, but he gets what he deserves, we should all rejoice.
    Equal is when we all start with the same chance.
    OWS is when a bunch of well-intentioned people don’t do proper analysis, and target the wrong guys.
    Occupy Washington would be targeting the right guys; occupy the Pentagon would be suicide … and now we know where we stand.