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Occupy Wall Street: The new Populists?
Los Angeles Times ^ | October 6, 2011 | By Christopher Ketcham

Posted on 10/06/2011 5:20:04 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Edited on 10/06/2011 5:24:22 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

They call themselves the 99 Percenters. "We are occupying Wall Street," they say, encamped by the hundreds in a park dubbed Liberty Square in Lower Manhattan's financial district.

US history teaches us that the politics of peaceful disruption has been an effective way to prod the establishment toward greater social and economic justice.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: communism; failure; liberal; noway2reply; socialism Comment #1 Removed by Moderator

To: Oldeconomybuyer
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2 posted on 10/06/2011 5:27:30 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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Populists = PARASITES

3 posted on 10/06/2011 5:32:14 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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99% = The Flea Party

4 posted on 10/06/2011 5:32:41 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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They have no demands! They have no plan! Their agenda is simply fomenting violence...


5 posted on 10/06/2011 5:33:16 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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I couldn’t make up the lists these people made of their demands. “Two time felon needs money”, “Can’t work, need to stay in someones basement”. Unbelievable!

6 posted on 10/06/2011 5:34:41 AM PDT by albie
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Occupy Wall Street: The new Commies and their useful idiots.

7 posted on 10/06/2011 5:38:42 AM PDT by lwd
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These people make some points, but their anger is directed in the wrong direction, which will be their downfall. With the way our country was raped with TARP and all of the bailouts and the way the Federal Reserve has trashed the dollar and urinated on the middle and upper-middle class with our own tax dollars and debt, they have a right to be angry with Wall Street. Heck, I am angry. Where they lose America (aside from their ridiculous set of demands) is where they paint the “rich” with a broad brush. I am from Newport News, Virginia. The “rich” around here are the doctors, lawyers, and successfull small business executives that work their asses off 80 plus hours per week to ensure they produce their goods and services to the greatest number of people for the lowest possible cost. Granted, their annual income would probably be an insult of a Christmas bonus to a Wall Street executive, but they are still well over Obama’s “rich” threshhold and they still create a vast majority of local, non military jobs. Hosing these local “rich” people isn’t going to help anyone. The problem is, and in large part because Wall Street has its tenticles all over government, we don’t have free market capitalism. We need more capitalism and less regulations and bureaucracy, not socialism.

8 posted on 10/06/2011 5:38:45 AM PDT by wolfman23601
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They call themselves the 99 Percenters

.......of the countries socialists, communist, union thugs, and freeloaders. They're 99% of the nations lowest.
Yeah. I agree. The protests have managed scrounge up about about 99% of them.

9 posted on 10/06/2011 5:47:47 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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Did I read correctly yesterday that some of these idiots planned to “walk out” of their college classes that they pay a hefty sum of money to attend? Brilliant!

10 posted on 10/06/2011 5:48:04 AM PDT by lwd
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They call themselves the 99 Percenters.

1. E Pluribus Unum?

2. Thou shalt not covet.....

3. Mediocrity vs. Diligence.

4. Same old hippies.

5. Get another hobby.

11 posted on 10/06/2011 5:49:36 AM PDT by Calusa (The pump don't work cause the vandals took the handles. Quoth Bob Dylan.)
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....and violence it will be IMO...

...these "youts" who have nothing better to do will start smashing windows and burning cars in a couple of days when they figure out that living in the streets is becoming more uncomfortable by the day. The nights in NYC are cold, and what if the rains come?

These people are vengeful, nasty people and will trash everything in sight when they are forced to leave by the "authorities", by the weather, or they just get bored and go home to mommie and their comfortable, warm bed...which, BTW, was worked for by the very thing that they protest....

12 posted on 10/06/2011 5:53:25 AM PDT by B.O. Plenty (Give war a chance...)
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The cops aren't wearing riot gear.

You're really a loser when you have a riot and the cops don't think you're a threat!

13 posted on 10/06/2011 5:58:09 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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Democrats Tap Into Occupy Wall Street Protests, Attack Republicans For Bank Ties
14 posted on 10/06/2011 5:59:25 AM PDT by blam
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To: lwd; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

I am curious. Do these “college students” realize that their OBSCENELY costly colleges are taking their money for a course of study so useless that they do NOT have to even bother going to class? I doubt it.
How many MEDICAL students, ENGINEERING students, SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY students are able to ignore class schedules to “do their thing”.
Bernie Maddof was tossed into jail for scamming his investors. The colleges and universities are scamming millions of students, demanding and getting HUGE tuitions as they indoctrinate those students in fields that “HAVE NO ECONOMIC FUTURE”.
Then the “UTES” protest they cannot find jobs that will enable them to repay the HUGE LOANS they peed down the drain at good old USELESS U.

15 posted on 10/06/2011 6:15:15 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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I’d like to go down to city hall in Austin and be a counter protester here today, but I have a JOB.

16 posted on 10/06/2011 6:19:50 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Dear God, thanks for the rain, but please let it rain more in Texas. Amen.)
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American Spring, anybody...???

17 posted on 10/06/2011 6:25:16 AM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong....)
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I have pointed out many times here on FR that the democrat party have always had a strong Populist contingency since their days as the Confederate democrats. It was the Populist (People’s Party) of the Confederate South that had combined with the Progressive movement and merged into the democrat party.

If you look at the platforms of the populist movements of the Confederate South they are not much different than platforms of the democrat party today or the positions of their base. Anti-Wall Street, pro-Union (workers not army) and anti-corporate.

“Populism not corporate fascism.”

This slogan is listed in the article as being from the Wall Street protesters but it is not accurate as to the stance of the protesters. The protesters only are against certain aspects of fascism (bail outs to banks and corporations) but not against bail outs for workers, or a host of other means whereas government and business may get into bed with one another. Most of these protesters would love to have government running the majority of businesses being they feel individual owners are too greedy. Thus they fully support fascism or all out socialism or communism even.

18 posted on 10/06/2011 6:30:44 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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Sorry. I meant for that last post I made to be a response to the OP. It was not directly intended for you.

19 posted on 10/06/2011 6:32:02 AM PDT by TheBigIf
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This country has historically experienced an outburst of anti-banker populism on a fairly regular basis. (Andrew Jackson, William Jennings Bryan, FDR’s New Deal banking reforms, etc.)

We are long overdue for the next one.

They are tapping into the same anger that gave rise to the Tea Party (bailouts with taxpayer money to Wall Street firms and large banks). However they have a totally different solution.

“Those institutions now owe ME, and it’s time to collect MY bailout!”

Do not underestimate how seductive that line of reasoning will be to tens of millions of voters. Particularly when the banks are stone-dumb enough to keep picking at the scabs with stuff like a $5 ATM card fee and forged signatures on foreclosure documents.

This could become really, really serious.

20 posted on 10/06/2011 6:51:04 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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Didn't ZERO say something about the Arab Spring and how he thought it was needed here? Somewhere I seem to recall something like that?

This is ZERO's aka SORO's doing, they no longer have Acorn to do their dirty work.

21 posted on 10/06/2011 7:14:33 AM PDT by annieokie
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With support from union leaders and the democrap party - this will become the ultimate Rent-A-Mob-Astroturf crowd.

22 posted on 10/06/2011 7:35:29 AM PDT by OrioleFan
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"This could become really, really serious. "

If SHTF, Could You and Would You Shoot Someone?

23 posted on 10/06/2011 7:38:55 AM PDT by blam ((Deliberate Cruelty Is The Worst Of Human Offenses - Kenko))
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Agreed...these are LEECHES....I often complain that the media (even Fox) don’t ask the following questions:

1. Where did they get the money for these idiotic signs?
2. Where did they get the money to GET to NY, buy food, etc?
3. What percentage of these parasites are getting my tax dollars in one form or another?
4. Since this was planned for MONTHS by “Progressive” organizations, how can the LA Times call it “populist”?

24 posted on 10/06/2011 7:39:24 AM PDT by Moby Grape (Formerly Impeach the change necessary after the Marxist won)
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Freeman Dyson, Heretical Thoughts

...To conclude this piece I come to my third and last heresy. My third heresy says that the United States has less than a century left of its turn as top nation. Since the modern nation-state was invented around the year 1500, a succession of countries have taken turns at being top nation, first Spain, then France, Britain, America. Each turn lasted about 150 years. Ours began in 1920, so it should end about 2070. The reason why each top nation’s turn comes to an end is that the top nation becomes over-extended, militarily, economically and politically. Greater and greater efforts are required to maintain the number one position. Finally the over-extension becomes so extreme that the structure collapses. Already we can see in the American posture today some clear symptoms of over-extension. Who will be the next top nation? China is the obvious candidate. After that it might be India or Brazil. We should be asking ourselves, not how to live in an America-dominated world, but how to prepare for a world that is not America-dominated. That may be the most important problem for the next generation of Americans to solve. How does a people that thinks of itself as number one yield gracefully to become number two?

25 posted on 10/06/2011 7:40:24 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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