Rational Advice to the Irrational "Occupiers"


I've commented that there is some point to the angst of the occupiers.

But, sadly, they are too stupid and too inept to express it properly and definitely too stupid and too naive to actually accomplish anything.

Too many of them, at heart, are anarchists or Marxists - who want to effectively end capitalism and create an all controlling government oligarchy, based upon the concept of "from each according to their ability, to each according to their need."

Note to protesters:

They tried that in the Soviet Union, and it didn't work out quite so well.  Because it assures a poor standard of living for everyone, and requires complete and total control by the state - which means a cessation of a little thing called personal liberty.

Here's some free advice to the Occupiers:

Don't try to sell Marxist dogma to the masses.  It might appeal to your cool pals down at the coffee house, wearing dark turtle necks, but it isn't going to sell to 50% of the population, let alone the "99%" you profess to speak for.

Why don't you actually target some business you feel have either most egregiously hurt the economy(say, Lehman Brothers for example) or particularly large and dominant businesses who have perhaps been so successful, that they have negatively impacted the free market (say, WalMart).

And instead of asking the government to do the heavy lifting, why don't you realize upon the true potential power of the 99% and say, "We aren't going to shop at WalMart anymore.. who's with us?"

Move your protests, perhaps, from pointless city parks (I know they are all nice and comfy and all) and move them to WalMart parking lots. 

Eventually, if WalMarts close down - people are still going to need groceries and clothes and whatnot - and perhaps, just perhaps, if you're willing to spend a few more dollars from local businesses, you might actually change the concentration of wealth in a meaningful way.  And you might create opportunities for small local businesses.

Problem is greed.

The same thing that motivates the "1%" to establish their massive wealth, also dissuades the 99% from making decisions to reallocate that wealth because, gosh, it means I might spend an extra $40 for my groceries this week.

And, gee, I would go to the corner store to get my milk, but, darn, if I go to Superstore, I can also buy a pair of blue jeans and a coffee maker.

But - there you have it.

That's how democracy and capitalism works.

At the end, we get what we want, really.

And what we deserve.