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PermalinkOccupy Wall Street: Revolutionaries or Hypocritical Douchebags?
I was just reading a thread complaining about EA's Online Pass and how unfair and greedy the OP thought this was. It got me thinking about this Occupy Wallstreet thing that's going on. As I look at the photos in the news, I can't help but notice right away that every single person in these protests has some things in common.

These things include:
Cell phones
MP3 players
Cameras and camcorders
iPhones, iPods, iPads
Laptop computers
Nice jeans, shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses
Comfortable, well made footwear
Fashionable sunglasses
Well manicured hairstyles
Cosmetics
Jewelry and fashion accessories

The brand names I've been able to discern include Sony, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Kodak, Nokia, Ericsson, Levi's, Wrangler, Ralph Lauren, Polo, Nike, Adidas, Rayban, Christian Dior, and many others.

Who exactly are these people protesting against? Big, greedy corporations.

What are they protesting for? Redistribution of wealth.

Apple officially has more cash on hand than the Federal government, and yet you can't look at a single picture of these people and not see at least a couple of iPhones.

It seems to me that if the protestors really and truly want what they say they want, then they should have the integrity to do it themselves. If they really meant it, they would stop buying all the things that give these big, greedy corporations all that money, cut out the middle man, and just go down to the street corner and start handing out cash to everyone who looks like they have less of it than you do.

So I'll tell you what they are really saying:
Someone ELSE needs to fix this!

That's it.

We like all of the nice things that we have, but we feel kinda uncomfortable around poor people, so someone should do something about that. All those big companies that we give all of our money to have loads of cash, so I think maybe they should give some of it to poor people so I can sleep better at night in my nice house on my Serta Perfect Sleeper with the $600 Ralph Lauren comforter on it. I really don't have the time, or the commitment, or the dedication, or the will, or the fortitude to give up all of my nice things so that others can have some of them - so YOU do it for me.

Of course, we'll just ignore the fact that if those companies gave away all of that huge hoard of cash they have in that mystical vault-o-wealth they have hidden somewhere, then they would no longer be able to afford to provide jobs for the 100's of millions of people that they employ and give paychecks to on a regular basis. I mean, fuck it! They can all just go on welfare and unemployment and we can pay for that with...oh, wait.

So you mean if those companies can no longer afford to employ people, then they can no longer afford to produce things, and then they can no longer sell nice things for me to buy, and then we can no longer tax them to pay for all the welfare and unemployment benefits for all those people that just got put out of a job?

SOMEBODY FIX THAT!

So, yeah, I'm calling "hypocritcal douchebags" on this one.
Posted by WeisGuy9 on 28 October 11 at 16:54
The Elven Jedi A couple issues with your rant:

1. the "occupy" movement is a little more broad than you seem to think it is. it's not just about one issue [at least anymore...]

2. your critique is a little overly simplistic and hyperbolic. Just because every member of the movement isn't Mother Teresa incarnate doesn't invalidate their concerns.

3.The middle class liquidating all of their day-to-day comforts/necessities wouldn't "cure poverty". Poverty is not something you can "solve" by throwing money at it. I think the more reasoned protestors would say that they are trying to affect change on a societal/political level.

4. Wanting to steer America/The West away from a plutocracy has little to do with charity. The erasing of the "middle-class" as we know it is not going to be rectified by that class selling all their possessions.

Good topic you chose, I'm eager to hear your thoughts! toast
Posted by The Elven Jedi on 17 Apr 12 08:39:14
WeisGuy9 Neither is it going to be rectified by the elimination of the rich. You said yourself that you can't cure poverty by "throwing money at it", yet the only understandable message coming from OWS is the redistribution of wealth, which patently, and by your own admission, is not going to help anything.
Posted by WeisGuy9 on 17 Apr 12 12:11:08