Oct 14, 2011
I discounted much of what was happening on the Occupy Wall Street rallies and its sister rallies in other cities. The movement seemed shallow and unserious. Many of the marchers just sound like idiots: it was hard to find any intelligent comments from any of them.
Yes, it is easy to demonize rich people; it has been a fodder for politics and social movements for ages. It is much easier to label a demon than to make a serious effort to understand the problem. Large corporations are evil….. except of course large corporations like the New York Times which gives voice to such opposition. Perhaps Whole Foods is OK because they sell organic shoes and lots of lettuce. Speilberg is ok because he makes movies about evil rich people. I guess Apple, the world’s largest capitalized corporation, is acceptable because they just have cool products. Google, Facebook, Northface, Fender instruments and other corporation that make stuff we like are surely just the exceptions.
It should be no surprise that when Wall Street and the money industry is demonized that Anti-Semitism is not far away. Jews may be the only ethnic group that have been criticized for being both Communistic and Capitalistic. When the mindless embrace conspiracy over substance anti-Semitism seems to thrive.
Pajama’s Media published More Anti-Semitism at Occupy Los Angeles. It includes episodes from rallies other than Los Angeles as well. I recommend you view the videos at the end. The anti-Semitism is beyond blatant. Also note my recent post Which Rich, which featured a placard of Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein with his severed head on a pike.
This is not to conclude that all the protesters hold such views, but it does indicate that modern anti-Semitism has found a much larger welcome mat on the left side of the political spectrum. Noted leftist feminist Phyllis Chesler noted this years ago in her book, The New Anti-Semitism. If a fraction of the these outrageous displays had been found at the Tea Party rallies (which were much larger) the airwaves would have been saturated with the images and the movement would have never gotten off the ground.
George Will comments that the OWS movement is a gift to the GOP. Read his article, Conservatives Should Hope OWS Endures at Investor’s Business Daily. It provides a face for the left that the GOP can easily capitalize on. Herman Cain’s direct and daring response to the OWS crowd may have been a major source that propelled his campaign in the last few weeks.