Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On Occupy Wall Street and Capitalism

The response to the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City from right-wing talking heads has been to portray the masses of people as against capitalists and capitalism. As many others have pointed out, there is little truth in this charge. But that really doesn't matter, since the point of ascribing to them a hatred of capitalism is to portray them as politically essentially a sterile movement with nothing to offer. They are anti-capitalist in a vehemently destructive sense -- they want to get rid of Wall Street jobs and the job creators! -- or so many republicans would have you believe. What the right wants you to see as a passionate hatred of capitalism, is actually people who have dared to entertain and have come together to nourish their hope for making America a country in which workers can earn a living, raise a family, afford education and health care, and retire. The protesters do not hate capitalism; they hate the plutocratic undoing of democratic politics in which vast numbers of people - the 99% - are supposed to matter more than vast sums of money.

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