19 November 2011

Occupy: SDS deux

As someone said, the only thing the Occupy Wall Street folks were doing 6 months ago was occupying their parents' basements.

What are the OWS types all about? They are all about slogans and overthrowing the United States government.

Why, you ask, would they want to destroy the best and most democratic country on the face of the earth? Because they are blind to the benefits of Capitalism.

From the article:

Every semester I ask my students: "What would you rather be? King of England in 1263 or you?" Every student would rather be themself. They enjoy using their iPhone, indoor plumbing, central heating, refrigerators and electric lighting. All of these things are available to the average person in America today and none of them were available to the aristocracy when the West operated under the feudal system..

How is it that for thousands of years mankind made very little progress in increasing the standard of living and yet today half of the goods and services you use in the next week did not exist when I was born? It wasn't that there was some change in the DNA such that we got smarter. The Greeks knew how to make a steam engine 3,000 years ago and never made one. The difference is in how we organize our economic system. The advent of market capitalism in the mid 18th century made all of the difference.

That is precisely the point: We have evolved in technology by creating an environment where the free markets and the sovereign individual are free to follow their impulses. The difference between now and 1263 is that there is no king to be beholden to. There is no Central Authority that you must go to to get a job, or medical care or a permit to buy a plot of land. You are not born into a feudal class system - you are a freeborn citizen who is free to follow your dreams; make the better mouse trap, open a book shop, write a best selling novel or run a homeless shelter.

Do the OWS people get this? Of course not. They're too busy thinking that they are the only "enlightened" segment of our population, and are all too willing to buy into the Leftist pabulum espoused by Mark and Alinsky. They are too busy demonizing "the rich", "the corporations", "the lack of fairness", "Big Oil", "Big Pharma", and any of the other hundred things that they don't understand.

We've seen this all before and it is nothing new.

Here is the 1962 Port Huron statement written by Tom Hayden. It was the "founding document" of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

As a social system we seek the establishment of a democracy of individual participation, governed by two central aims: that the individual share in those social decisions determining the quality and direction of his life; that society be organized to encourage independence in men and provide the media for their common participation.

In a participatory democracy, the political life would be based in several root principles:

* that decision-making of basic social consequence be carried on by public groupings;

* that politics be seen positively, as the art of collectively creating an acceptable pattern of social relations;

* that politics has the function of bringing people out of isolation and into community, thus being a necessary, though not sufficient, means of finding meaning in personal life;

* that the political order should serve to clarify problems in a way instrumental to their solution; it should provide outlets for the expression of personal grievance and aspiration; opposing views should be organized so as to illuminate choices and facilities the attainment of goals; channels should be commonly available to related men to knowledge and to power so that private problems -- from bad recreation facilities to personal alienation -- are formulated as general issues.

The economic sphere would have as its basis the principles:

* that work should involve incentives worthier than money or survival. It should be educative, not stultifying; creative, not mechanical; selfdirect, not manipulated, encouraging independence; a respect for others, a sense of dignity and a willingness to accept social responsibility, since it is this experience that has crucial influence on habits, perceptions and individual ethics;

* that the economic experience is so personally decisive that the individual must share in its full determination;

* that the economy itself is of such social importance that its major resources and means of production should be open to democratic participation and subject to democratic social regulation.

Like the political and economic ones, major social institutions -- cultural, education, rehabilitative, and others -- should be generally organized with the well-being and dignity of man as the essential measure of success.

In social change or interchange, we find violence to be abhorrent because it requires generally the transformation of the target, be it a human being or a community of people, into a depersonalized object of hate. It is imperative that the means of violence be abolished and the institutions -- local, national, international -- that encourage nonviolence as a condition of conflict be developed.

Hayden and his cronies didn't see the paradoxes in their own philosophy. You can't say that you honor the individual and then foment compulsory policy initiatives by "public groupings." While they publicly denied being communists, their writings and initiatives were clearly of the Marx-Engels bend. The hippies that occupied Grant Park in 1968 put up tents all around the park with signs that read "Free Community Hospital" or "Free Food" or "Peoples Grocery Store". The irony is that they had to rely on donations and volunteers from the medical profession to staff and supply those "Free" boutiques.

We are seeing the same thing with the Occupy folks. They are ignorant of our history and of the proper role of government.

On the one hand they want to be "more free" but then they also want more regulation (ie. more government intrusion). Do they think that this is 1908? Do they think that there are no regulations? The 2010 Federal Register contains 81,405 pages of regulations. The Federal Tax code contains 72,536 pages. The EPA is busy rolling out more and more regulations that are unnecessary but the administration is using them to deny YOU more of your liberty. The 4th Branch of Government bypasses the voting box and installs regulations that directly affect your life and prosperity.

Just look at ObamaCare. It is the biggest Civil Rights issue to come before the courts in the last 30 years. It has 2,000+ pages and remember that not one of the legislators that voted for it even read it! Nancy Pelosi said,"You have to pass it in order to read it."

Obama said you could keep your doctor, get better care and your rates wouldn't go up. All of those were lies.

The NYTimes wrote that premiums are skyrocketing precisely because of government intervention. 30% of companies have dropped private medical insurance for their employees because the government is pricing them out of the market. Rationing care is starting to happen and people are getting worried that when they need it, they'll just be sent to some faceless bureaucrat to get the life-saving care that they need. Palin, derided by the media for highlighting Death Panels, was correct. There will be panels put in place that you will have to succor in order to plead your case for health care. It will be a the whim of some accountant that your baby gets a brain scan.

OWS is simply the face and voice of Tyranny. They are ignorant of what makes this country great. It wasn't Government that makes us great, it is a limited-restrained government that created the environment in which its citizens could realize their potential.

And what potential they displayed! Victory in WW2, developments in medicine, space travel, transportation, computing and telecommunications. Influenza, small pox and measles were virtually wiped out by our innovations.

Today in 1863 Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

So think of all those brave men who died on the battlefield at Gettysburg in order to preserve our beloved republic. And look at the offal that inhabit the ranks of the OWS. Night and Day.


Writing Jo Lawler said...

I cannot imagine a more aptly written summation. Your breadth of knowledge of history and current affairs in the light of genuine democracy leave me in awe.

Keep bringing the truth to light - I'll spread the word!

Thank you!

Rue St. Michel said...

Wow. Thanks for the kind words.

Anonymous said...

Alot of those OWS types have the same thing in common as the ultra rich. They little or no taxes.

This great American system of which you write cares notjing for the working man. Wake up and smell the bacon.

The free market system is anything but. We need a FAIR markey system.


Rue St. Michel said...

Hi Lefty -
Quit seeking perfection within a political system. There is no such thing but, we are the closest thing to a fair system already. We've gotten away from a truly free capitalist system because of so many government intrusions.

It's the government: not corporations that is the problem. You Statists complain about the private sector then use the instrumentalities of government to set up the private sector to fail. If you'd just leave it alone, it would work just fine.