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Occupy Wall Street: An Axis of Enemies

A number of stark contrasts should be noted between the freedom of speech and assembly as practiced by Occupy Wall Street and Pamela Geller.

On the one hand, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has literally taken over a piece of public property near Wall Street in New York City by force of its protesters and with the tacit sanction of the city and its mayor, Michael Bloomberg. OWS has made itself not only a public nuisance, but an unsanitary and dangerous one.

OWS has attracted every collectivist, socialist, communist, environmental, and even anti-Semitic loon to its cause. It is a grab-bag of “movements,” ranging from the call for the “reform” of Wall Street (meaning its abolition) to the persecution of Jews. If you are “anti-establishment” and have a gripe against “the system” – whether you are a WalMart employee, an unemployed, a welfare recipient, a trust fund tyke, unsure of or unhappy with your gender, a pal of the Palestinians, an indebted career student, a Facebook socialist, a son or daughter of Woodstock, a public employee, an SEIU or UAW thug, an “artist,” “writer,” or “musician,” a fan of Farrakhan, a New or Old Black Panther, a Jew against Israel, a Muslim against Jews, an anarchist, a neo-Nazi, a Marxist, a Trotskyite, or something in between – OWS is the place to go and be.

The Sugar Land Tea Party reserved a conference room at the Hyatt Place Houston/Sugar Land Hotel to hear Pamela Geller, prominent anti-jihadist and anti-Sharia advocate, speak last week on the subject of the dangers of stealth Sharia and stealth jihad in the United States. The Hyatt abruptly, with little or no notice, cancelled the event, originally citing “security reasons.” The Sugar Land Tea Party rushed to find another venue for the event, a community center. What security reasons did the hotel name? “Complaints” by Muslims that Geller’s explanation of Sharia law constituted “hate speech.”

The Mainstream Media (MSM) has drooled over, cooed about, and coddled OWS, providing it with free publicity it could never afford to pay for itself and implicitly approving of its multitudinous aims. It is tantamount to inveighing against prostitution, but demonizing the “johns” and painting the prostitutes as “victims of the system.” The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (aka Communist Public Brainwashing, “funded by viewers and taxpayers like you”) through its outlets of NPR and PBS is standing in the corner, treating OWS “neutrally” as though it were a volcanic eruption or an outbreak of salmonella, but not questioning the legitimacy of the protest.

All one hears from OWS, however, is “hate speech” directed against the rich, against corporations, against Jews, against capitalism, against freedom. This is “hate speech” approved by the MSM, while anyone who criticizes Islam, Sharia law, or anything remotely Arabic is branded an “Islamaphobe” or a “racist.”

Some protesters, apparently, are more equal than others. This is how things are done and said on America’s own Animal Farm, a leftist fantasy park that exists only in the minds of the MSM.

Had Geller a right to object to the Hyatt cancelling the venue of her talk? Did the Hyatt’s action constitute suppression of speech? Did it violate her right to speak?
Nominally, the Hyatt exercised its right to cancel the venue, because the hotel is private property. If someone or some organization uses another’s private property as a “soapbox” to promulgate specific views, it is with the tacit or express permission of the property owner. But Geller was not going to address her audience about the wisdom of buying gold stocks, life insurance, or new computer technology. Nothing as mundane as that. She was going to speak on the perils, inequities, and insidiousness of Sharia. This is an ideological subject, not a “practical” one. The Hyatt may have been indifferent to the subject. It is reflective of the “What? Me Worry?” attitude most American business executives exhibit when confronted with important moral and ideological issues.

That indifference ended when the local chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations mounted a telephone protest against the event, causing Hyatt to think twice and withdraw the venue. Hyatt executives then became “worried.” In concrete terms, the Hyatt did not violate Geller’s First Amendment rights. But seen in a broader context, Hyatt’s action contributed not only to the suppression of her freedom of speech by CAIR and its fellow Hamas- and Muslim Brotherhood-spawned organizations – dhimmis make such useful, facilitating proxies – but of its own, and in doing so advanced the agenda of Islamists to gut the First Amendment guarantee in order to protect itself from legitimate criticism and exposure.

Such is the stuff American businessmen are made of today. Can you imagine what would not have happened had the colonials who gathered on Lexington Green, upon only hearing the distant tramp and cadence drums of approaching British regulars, said among themselves: “Uh, do we really want to do this? I mean, they can bomb our homes, harass our customers, make life miserable for us if we stand here. They got us out-gunned anyway. What’s the point? We got crops to tend to. I’m out of here.”

OWS, on the other hand, not only does not face the kind of obstacle and censure that Geller, Robert Spencer, and other writers about Islamic jihad and Sharia, but has been given a free hand by the MSM and various municipal governments, and without recrimination, retribution, or rebuttal, to slander, libel, trash, and spit on all the hands that feed its yelping, chanting, non-producing, parasitical minions, and make their sorry lives possible – corporations, investors, innovators, taxpayers, and even government.

Is the hand of President Barack Obama to be seen in OWS and the Hyatt back-down? One cannot but help suspect that the answer is Yes. Here are some interesting threads:
Obama “sympathizes” with OWS. He is on “their side.” This is his kind of “community action.” It follows the prescribed methodology and tactics of Saul Alinsky Rule No. 13 to bring about “change” or “reform”: Identify, isolate, freeze and escalate.

I think it expresses the frustrations that the American people feel,” he said Thursday. “People are frustrated and the protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works.”

This is Alinsky-lingo dressed in the pinafore of political verisimilitude.

The most important thing we can do right now is those of us in leadership letting people know that we understand their struggles and we are on their side, and that we want to set up a system in which hard work, responsibility, doing what you’re supposed to do, is rewarded,” Obama tells ABC News.. “And that people who are irresponsible, who are reckless, who don’t feel a sense of obligation to their communities and their companies and their workers that those folks aren’t rewarded.”

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Obama tried to equate the anti-big-government sentiments and civil behavior of the Tea Party rallies and town halls with Occupy Wall Street. It is his version of the Bronx Cheer:

The president also compares the protesters to the Tea Party. “In some ways, they’re not that different from some of the protests that we saw coming from the Tea Party,” Obama says. “Both on the left and the right, I think people feel separated from their government. They feel that their institutions aren’t looking out for them.”

Frankly, the government isn’t separated enough from Americans. There is hardly a realm of action in which the government does not set the terms or make life more expensive and complicated. Americans who value their freedom do not want their government looking out for them, except to protect their individual rights. They want to be left alone, not nurtured, regulated, and throttled from cradle to grave.
It is the rabble of OWS who wish to be wards of the government. Read their signs. Listen to their chants. Observe their behavior.

So, even if the Democratic National Committee actually has had no hand in the fomenting and growth of OWS, a sanction from the highest office in the land is culpability enough.

It should not be surprising that Islamist supremacists wish to share the stage with socialist supremacists. In too many photos of OWS in New York and of “occupations” in cities around the country can be seen men wearing Yasser Arafat-inspired keffiyah around their necks. These photos predated news of an Islamic sanction of OWS. Their presence among the rabble also comports with OWS signs that call for the end of the “occupation” of Gaza. Do we detect a smidgen of double-standards here, concerning “occupations”? Yes, but don’t tax an OWS protester with it. These people wouldn’t know a double standard if it bit them in their butts.

It is only a matter of time that we will see photos of neo-Nazis marching, chanting, singing, sign-waving, harassing, defecating, urinating, shoulder-to-shoulder with Islamist supremacists, flaunting their neo-Nazi swastika banners. Think that’s impossible? Think again. Rocky Suhayda, head of the American Nazi Party, assured his members it was okay to join OWS, even though there are “non-whites” taking part in OWS:

In a message posted Thursday on its official website, organization head Rocky Suhayda said members of the “pro-white” movement should join and support the Occupy demonstrators because they share a common enemy: The “Judeo-capitalist banksters.”

Suhayda said though many “racialists” are concerned about the demonstrations because the “many protesters are non-white and/or ‘communists,’” that shouldn’t matter because they are all against the same “evil, corrupted, degenerate capitalist elitists.”

“… Even Adolf Hitler’s NSDAP had to vote with open communists on some issues to achieve their goals. WE need to utilize and support every movement of dissent against this evil American empire, regardless of which end of the political spectrum it originates from.”

Most people do not know that Hitler also stooped to dealing with those “racially degenerate” Arabs (who were as bad as or worse than those Jewish-led communists!) when it came to eradicating Jews. He had a close relationship with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and planned with him a Mideast version of the Holocaust.

Now, the Hyatt Hotel chain is owned or controlled by Penny Pritzker. Geller mentions her in her article about Hyatt’s dhimmitude. Pritzker is another billionaire on the Obama bus. She was his national campaign finance manager in 2008. She oversaw the Superior Bank subprime mortgage scandal. She was recruited to donate money to Obama’s campaigns. She is still active for Obama, serving on a committee to raise (more) money for his 2012 reelection campaign.

President Obama’s close relationship with Warren Buffett goes back to his Illinois Senate run; now the billionaire investor is helping Obama not only on the tax fairness front, but in fund-raising for his 2012 re-election bid. Buffett hits Chicago Oct. 27 for a $35,800-per person dinner and reception.

The host committee includes Obama’s major Chicago based finance team: Jim Crown, Vicki & Bruce Heyman, Mellody Hobson Steve Koch, Penny Pritzker, John Rogers Jr., David Scherer.

Who are all those people? Rich people. But the kind of “1%” rich people OWS studiously neglects to excoriate or curse. But, don’t bother pointing out the contradiction to the protesters. Contradictions are beyond their grasp, excised from their minds by “reformist” educators in public schools and in the universities.

My betting is that Pritzker ordered the Houston Hyatt executives to scratch Geller’s event. Word got to her, she was appalled (“I won’t allow hate speech to be spewed on my properties!”), or was warned, or was advised, and out went the order.

Occupy Wall Street is an in-plain-sight, transparent vortex of every collectivist and totalitarian cause and movement that ever befouled American soil and that ever assaulted American liberties. “Soaking the rich,” ending property rights, collectivizing or nationalizing all property, can only lead to across-the-board censorship, the end of freedom of speech, and the scuttling of the First Amendment. There would be no private property left on which to advocate or oppose anything. Pamela Geller insists on exercising her freedom of speech. Occupy Wall Street and all its enablers, supporters, allies, and financiers insist on ending it.

That is “Polarization” with a capital P. Anyone with an ounce of self-respect and who values his life, liberty, property, and pursuit of happiness, should be for it. After all, there is no “coming together,” no reconciliation, no “common ground” possible with OWS or Sharia law. They are both the mortal enemies of America.

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34 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    wow. just..wow. I'm amazed you could type all those 50cent words in your sleep. Because you clearly haven't woken up yet.

    My deepest sympathies.
    x

  2. Anonymous

    http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/page/4

    ^this is why you are wrong. shut down your hate-filled indignation and open your eyes, heart and mind.
    You will be surprised at what you will find.

  3. D. Flynn

    Piss off troll. Inspiring as always Mr Cline.

    Daniel.

  4. Anonymous

    What does it inspire, Daniel?
    Hatred and intolerance?

  5. Anonymous

    Clever remark, Anonymous. It must be your magnum opus. Your lifetime achievement. When someone asks you what you've accomplished in your life, you can point to your witticism (malicious though it may be)and say, "See, I wrote this nihilistic zinger. It’s not original, but originality is over-rated, anyway.”

    Cline

  6. Anonymous

    And yet you,perhaps not surprisingly, refuse to acknowledge that you may be plain wrong? just how shaky is your belief in the nonsense you spout?

  7. Anonymous

    wow. and now you're censoring free speech?
    hah. you have a great future in fascism!

    love and peace
    x
    jane doe

  8. Anonymous

    Jane Doe aka Anonymous: This is not an attempt at censorship. Only governments can impose censorship. This is a private venue and its host (not me) can choose who may or may not publish or comment on it. OWS is too reminiscent of the student and Brownshirt riots of Nazi Germany, and you apparently are participating in the American version. Or endorsing it. So, look in the mirror and ask yourself who is the “fascist.”

    Cline

  9. Anonymous

    I looked in the mirror,
    My conscience is clear.
    I'm not the one spewing the hatred 'round here.
    I love the way you keep throwing in those played-out straw-men, Sharia and Nazism – the 21st century bogeymen.
    Breaking with your obvious inability to form a coherent rebuttal that isn't merely an ad hominem attack on my character, exactly what about #OWS is reminiscent of either?

  10. Anonymous

    Anonymous: Let’s see. Someone calculated the actual percentage of what OWS represents, which, taking the entire U.S. population into account, comes to between 0.82% and 0.83%. Not the “voice of the people” by a long shot. And, I have this question: if what I write so offends you, why do you read it? Trolls are the most disturbed people I’ve ever encountered. These are my last words to you. Conversation ended. Have the last word. The last word isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

    Cline

  11. Anonymous

    ooh 'someone' calculated that, eh? pretty compelling use of source data there, chief.
    I'd hate to make you, you know think but I have ACTUAL data, collected and collated by ACTUAL people. Real facts, not just something you pulled out of your ass.

    http://thinkprogress.org/special/2011/10/17/345914/poll-nyc-voters-ows/

    http://www.fastcompany.com/1789018/occupy-wall-street-demographics-statistics

    Are you capable of reading words that are not dripping in hatred-filled rightwing spittle?
    Because you sure can't write 'em.

    love and peace
    jane doe
    x

  12. Anonymous

    Hi Ed,

    Thank you for another great article. What you write is always insightful and thought-provoking.
    The problem is that this gray foggy mass of creatures that we are dealing with is incapable of thought. This troll "jane doe" is another example. I sometimes try to argue with Muslims or other collectivists like that and sooner or later always realize that regardless of how many facts you give them and how many logical arguments you present to them you always get the same answer – illogical and senseless name-calling, intimidations, appeal to feelings, ignoring your facts, perverse logic in the style of religious apologists, etc. Trying to fight those creatures with logic and reason is like trying to fight rats and roaches with the same. We can only hope that there are enough people still open to logic and reason left out there that can be addressed and won over. Public education has done a tremendous damage to this country. I have a feeling that the Founding Fathers had more rational albeit religious listeners to deal with. I think a mind untouched by education is more prone to reason than the mind of a know-it-all creature that has been "educated" beyond its ability to comprehend. I don't know if reason can win as long as education stays in government hands. I honestly wish these goons could actually try some of that "medicine" that they are seeking. Unfortunately, that can't be achieved without all of us going down with them.

    Elena

  13. Anonymous

    So, if I am getting this right (hint – I AM), anyone who dares to have an open mind and a more evolved opinion hereabouts is called a 'troll'.

    Very interesting definition.

    I honestly can't work out if this place is the most subtle example of satire I have ever read and therefore brilliant…
    Or is it just another round-robin lemon party where everyone sits around slapping each other on the back about how many irrelevant sentences they can cram into a single incoherent foamy-mouthed rant about things they clearly have no clue?
    p.s. Elena – paragraphs, for the love of christ! PARAGRAPHS.

    love and peace everyone!
    jane doe
    x

  14. Grant

    Don't feed the trolls, they exist for getting attention.

    Great essay, Ed. The 0.99% bums have no conception of how wealth is created. All they can do is parrot the sounds of their Marxist professors.

  15. jayeldee

    Grant wrote, "Don't feed the trolls, they exist for getting attention."

    I agree. They are best ignored, blithely … –unless, until, they resort to fraud or physical force–which, sooner or later, they'll have to: it'll be all that's left to them. How close that point is, is anyone's guess.

  16. A. Morgan

    "until, they resort to fraud or physical force–which, sooner or later, they'll have to: it'll be all that's left to them. How close that point is, is anyone's guess."

    That seems like the over-romanticizing of a shoddy political position, ofered up by a drama queen.

    This is a blog, and its author writes articles. You may not like what he writes, in which case, I suggest you run along to the Center for American Progress or The Salon and find articles which resonate with your drama-queen "the left is being victimized" twisted mentality.

    Good article, Ed. Shame about the comments from whinging low-life leftists swarming like wasps around honey….

  17. Anonymous

    It is amazing how similar the mindsets of the faux 99% accord with this Islamist in Texas.

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/dUr1NxJDC94?rel=0

    Thanks, Ed Cline, for your incisive articles. The point about Brownshirts is well taken.

    c. andrew

  18. Anonymous

    There is a big difference between an "open mind" and an independent mind. An “open mind,” to judge by the kinds of people who boast of having one, are rubbish dumps that will accept anything, including the discarded ideas, fallacies, floating abstractions, non sequiturs, and assorted mare’s nests of illogic. And independent mind does not permit “authority” to dictate its values, thinking, or conclusions. An “open-minded” OWS protester, for example, will carry a sign that says, “End the Fed.” Great idea. The Federal Reserve System is centralized banking. Centralized banks control money supplies and credit, thus redirecting the private sector in spending and investments in directions citizens usually do not want to go. Centralized banks mean command economies, not free economies. Ally a centralized bank with a confiscatory tax system that punishes productivity and wealth and savings accumulation, and you have the beginnings of a socialized economy. Which means arrested or declining standards of living for all.

    But this is not what the OWS protester means when his sign says, “End the Fed.” The protester has only a vague, tenuous notion that somehow the Fed is responsible for inflation or patronizing bankers who have an “in” on Fed decisions concerning interest rates and producing fiat currency. “Priming the pump,” as FDR said long, long ago. Of course, “priming the pump” to put more money into circulation is an apt description of the phenomenon, because when one “primes a pump,” one is simply putting more air into the dollar or yen or pound or Euro, meaning the currency unit weighs less and buys less. What the OWS protester wants is “free money,” or a guaranteed income, or a government stipend, or free medical care, or free food stamps, backed by nothing but the government’s gun, pointed at producers of wealth. He would never put it that way – that would be giving away the scam and revealing it as plain theft – but, that’s what he means. Money isn’t printed by the Treasury Department; to him, it just “is,” it just comes into being somehow.

    But all that is If he means anything. Perhaps he just showed up because he felt like it, someone is paying his way or he’s exhausting his trust fund or depleting his parents’ savings account, and someone just put the sign in his hands. It could just as well have said, “End ObamaCare Now,” and it wouldn’t have mattered. He’s protesting, making noise, that’s all that matters to him, he has unexamined emotions to vent, just like the screaming apes at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

    An independent mind, on the other hand, observes the facts of reality and makes values judgments. It is closed to accepting fallacies, mare’s nests, and non sequiturs as valid knowledge. Emotions, it knows, are not tools of cognition, either. But emotions, mostly founded on malice and ignorance, are what seem to motivate most OWS protesters.

    Cline

  19. jayeldee

    “A. Morgan”, you appear to be confused by my comment. I, “jayledee”, am in full agreement with “Grant”, who wrote: “Don’t feed the trolls, they exist for getting attention.” The “trolls” are best ignored; they simply don’t matter—unless and until they, meaning these trolls, who I not unreasonably assume are representative of or somehow in league with the wild bunch who go by the euphemism of “occupiers”—adopt or advocate tactics beyond the commentative: meaning physical force (or fraud).

    I am not sure, but you appear to be dismissing any potential for violence from these spawns of modern “education.” And if you are engaging in such dismissal, it would be in my judgment a grievous error. By and large, their minds (that is, those of the “occupiers” and of their defenders and enablers) have quite left them—and what is left are their bodies, and the physical potentials thereof.

  20. Anonymous

    There is a big difference between an "open mind" and an independent mind. An “open mind,” to judge by the kinds of people who boast of having one, is a rubbish dump that will accept anything, including the discarded ideas, fallacies, floating abstractions, non sequiturs, and assorted mare’s nests of illogic. And independent mind does not permit “authority” to dictate its values, thinking, or conclusions. An “open-minded” OWS protester, for example, will carry a sign that says, “End the Fed.” Great idea. The Federal Reserve System is central banking. Central or government banks control money supplies and credit, thus redirecting the private sector in spending and investments in directions citizens usually do not want to go. Centralized banks mean command economies, not free economies. Ally a central bank with a confiscatory tax system that punishes productivity and wealth and savings accumulation, and you have the beginnings of a socialized economy. Which means arrested or declining standards of living for all, including protesters.

    But this is not what the OWS protester means when his sign says, “End the Fed.” The protester has only a vague, tenuous notion that somehow the Fed is responsible for inflation or patronizing bankers who have an “in” on Fed decisions concerning interest rates and producing fiat currency. “Priming the pump,” as FDR said long, long ago. Of course, “priming the pump” to put more money into circulation is an apt description of the phenomenon, because when one “primes a pump,” one is simply putting more air into the dollar or yen or pound or Euro, meaning the currency unit weighs less and buys less. What the OWS protester wants is “free money,” or a guaranteed income, or a government stipend, or free medical care, or free food stamps, backed by nothing but the government’s gun, pointed at producers of wealth. He would never put it that way – that would be giving away the scam and revealing it as plain theft – but, that’s what he means. Money isn’t printed by the Treasury Department; to him, it just “is,” it just comes into being somehow.

    An independent mind, on the other hand, observes the facts of reality and makes value judgments. It is closed to accepting fallacies, mare’s nests, and non sequiturs as valid knowledge. Emotions, it knows, are not tools of cognition, either. But emotions, mostly founded on malice and ignorance, are what seem to motivate most OWS protesters.

    But all that is If he means anything. Perhaps he just showed up because he felt like it, someone is paying his way or he’s exhausting his trust fund or depleting his parents’ savings account, and someone just put the sign in his hands. It could just as well have said, “End ObamaCare Now,” and it wouldn’t have mattered. He’s protesting, making noise, that’s all that matters to him, he has unexamined emotions to vent, just like the screaming apes at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

    I usually do not truck with or encourage troll – it’s true, Jayde, that all they want is attention – but the one who’s discovered this site was particularly vicious and nihilistic, and needed slapping down.

    Cline

  21. Edward Cline

    There is a big difference between an "open mind" and an independent mind. An “open mind,” to judge by the kinds of people who boast of having one, is a rubbish dump that will accept anything, including the discarded ideas, fallacies, floating abstractions, non sequiturs, and assorted mare’s nests of illogic. And independent mind does not permit “authority” to dictate its values, thinking, or conclusions. An “open-minded” OWS protester, for example, will carry a sign that says, “End the Fed.” Great idea. The Federal Reserve System is central banking. Central or government banks control money supplies and credit, thus redirecting the private sector in spending and investments in directions citizens usually do not want to go. Centralized banks mean command economies, not free economies. Ally a central bank with a confiscatory tax system that punishes productivity and wealth and savings accumulation, and you have the beginnings of a socialized economy. Which means arrested or declining standards of living for all, including protesters.

    But this is not what the OWS protester means when his sign says, “End the Fed.” The protester has only a vague, tenuous notion that somehow the Fed is responsible for inflation or patronizing bankers who have an “in” on Fed decisions concerning interest rates and producing fiat currency. “Priming the pump,” as FDR said long, long ago. Of course, “priming the pump” to put more money into circulation is an apt description of the phenomenon, because when one “primes a pump,” one is simply putting more air into the dollar or yen or pound or Euro, meaning the currency unit weighs less and buys less. What the OWS protester wants is “free money,” or a guaranteed income, or a government stipend, or free medical care, or free food stamps, backed by nothing but the government’s gun, pointed at producers of wealth. He would never put it that way – that would be giving away the scam and revealing it as plain theft – but, that’s what he means. Money isn’t printed by the Treasury Department; to him, it just “is,” it just comes into being somehow.

    An independent mind, on the other hand, observes the facts of reality and makes value judgments. It is closed to accepting fallacies, mare’s nests, and non sequiturs as valid knowledge. Emotions, it knows, are not tools of cognition, either. But emotions, mostly founded on malice and ignorance, are what seem to motivate most OWS protesters.

    But all that is If he means anything. Perhaps he just showed up because he felt like it, someone is paying his way or he’s exhausting his trust fund or depleting his parents’ savings account, and someone just put the sign in his hands. It could just as well have said, “End ObamaCare Now,” and it wouldn’t have mattered. He’s protesting, making noise, that’s all that matters to him, he has unexamined emotions to vent, just like the screaming apes at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

    I usually do not truck with or encourage troll – it’s true, Jayde, that all they want is attention – but the one who’s discovered this site was particularly vicious and nihilistic, and needed slapping down.

    Cline

  22. Edward Cline

    There is a big difference between an "open mind" and an independent mind. An “open mind,” to judge by the kinds of people who boast of having one, is a rubbish dump that will accept anything, including the discarded ideas, fallacies, floating abstractions, non sequiturs, and assorted mare’s nests of illogic. And independent mind does not permit “authority” to dictate its values, thinking, or conclusions. An “open-minded” OWS protester, for example, will carry a sign that says, “End the Fed.” Great idea. The Federal Reserve System is central banking. Central or government banks control money supplies and credit, thus redirecting the private sector in spending and investments in directions citizens usually do not want to go. Centralized banks mean command economies, not free economies. Ally a central bank with a confiscatory tax system that punishes productivity and wealth and savings accumulation, and you have the beginnings of a socialized economy. Which means arrested or declining standards of living for all, including protesters.

    But this is not what the OWS protester means when his sign says, “End the Fed.” The protester has only a vague, tenuous notion that somehow the Fed is responsible for inflation or patronizing bankers who have an “in” on Fed decisions concerning interest rates and producing fiat currency. “Priming the pump,” as FDR said long, long ago. Of course, “priming the pump” to put more money into circulation is an apt description of the phenomenon, because when one “primes a pump,” one is simply putting more air into the dollar or yen or pound or Euro, meaning the currency unit weighs less and buys less. What the OWS protester wants is “free money,” or a guaranteed income, or a government stipend, or free medical care, or free food stamps, backed by nothing but the government’s gun, pointed at producers of wealth. He would never put it that way – that would be giving away the scam and revealing it as plain theft – but, that’s what he means. Money isn’t printed by the Treasury Department; to him, it just “is,” it just comes into being somehow.

    An independent mind, on the other hand, observes the facts of reality and makes value judgments. It is closed to accepting fallacies, mare’s nests, and non sequiturs as valid knowledge. Emotions, it knows, are not tools of cognition, either. But emotions, mostly founded on malice and ignorance, are what seem to motivate most OWS protesters.

    But all that is If he means anything. Perhaps he just showed up because he felt like it, someone is paying his way or he’s exhausting his trust fund or depleting his parents’ savings account, and someone just put the sign in his hands. It could just as well have said, “End ObamaCare Now,” and it wouldn’t have mattered. He’s protesting, making noise, that’s all that matters to him, he has unexamined emotions to vent, just like the screaming apes at the beginning of “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

    I usually do not truck with or encourage troll – it’s true, Jayde, that all they want is attention – but the one who’s discovered this site was particularly vicious and nihilistic, and needed slapping down.

  23. Anonymous

    Ed–I certainly understand and applaud your desire to protect and defend your site from the marauders. If it were "mine", I'm sure I would do likewise. But since I'm an outsider, as it were, and since I think most of this ilk is beyond reason, my inclination is to ignore them, as mere noisemakers. Until, that is, the noise is displaced by something that can't be ignored.

  24. jayeldee

    PS: The immediately preceding "Anonymous" is "jayeldee". (FWIW)

  25. Edward Cline

    Jayeidee: Thanks for the advice. It's usually my own. At least it resulted in my mini-essay on central banking. Wasn't a total loss. Notice that the troll hasn't returned.

    Ed

  26. Anonymous

    good morning sunshine 🙂

    It's another beautiful day here.
    It's always a beautiful day when you don't have a heart filled with toxic black hatred.

    Clearly your weak opinion is that the #OWS protesters will turn violent. Because your closed, shallow, pap-filled mind cannot comprehend of anything else.

    I love you all, and my sympathy for your tragic position – lost in the ignorance and darkness of your poisoned soul – grows every time you spew forth more of your ignorance.

    Is that what you mean by 'feeding' the 'trolls'?? Your hate feeds my love and my desire to lift you from this dark place which is causing you to be so damned angry.

    You cannot embark on any sort of righteous path, nor hold righteous position, when you are so filled with turmoil.
    I urge you all to cast off your fear which is holding you down, and frankly making you sound like a pack of shit-eating retards.

  27. jayeldee

    Uh-oh: "it's baaa-aaack"–a body, making sounds.

    Word to the wise: ignore it–not out of anger, and certainly not fear; out, rather, of blithe disregard.

    (Ed, you sure managed to touch a nerve or two; of course, nerves are … of the body.)

  28. Anonymous

    Dear Cline,

    I respectfully propose that you do some independent research into who actually comprises the #OWS movement.
    'Independent research' does not mean forming a frothing knee-jerk reaction from what you saw on faux news. I mean you should actually read something that challenges you and makes you think – not just re-read a dick-suck piece of propaganda that has has been formulated to tap into your pre-conceived bigotry and fear.

    p.s you know you love trolls – it got your puppet mates to actually comment on your drivel. You guys love the attention – it alleviates your crippling insecurities and mollifies the dark suspicion (which is well-founded, btw) that there are so many idiots in the world. In point of fact – there are a lot of idiots in your world. Because your people's incessant navel-gazing prevents you from seeing the light.
    Don't worry. It's not to late for you.

    peace, love and light
    jane doe
    x

  29. Anonymous

    btw – top job at ignoring the troooooolls.

    'Trolls' always feel totally ignored when you twits begin every rambling, vaguely-comprehensible post with "I'm ignoring you! Nerny nerny ner!"

    You guys win at everything.

  30. revereridesagain

    "Jane", how did you find this site? You are obviously an airhead who has no interest whatever in reason, so its title could not have attracted you. We know who you OWS lemmings are. We know you much better than you know yourselves, because you have no real self-knowledge, nothing but buzzwords and recycled new age blather about "love and peace, everyone!" like some warmed over morning-after hippie in the mud at Woodstock. For chrissakes, how old are you, and when if ever do you plan to grow up?

    But no, you will keep right on blubbering about loving "love" and hating "hate", though you have no personal integrity to guide you in finding out what deserves love and what deserves hate. Oh yes, little Janey, some things deserve hate, but most of them are not the things you are marching around waving your "home-made" signs and whining about. Indeed, you embrace many things that desrve hate, little Jane. Such as the Muslim would-be world conquerers you have welcomed as into your alinskiated little sorosity in the belief that these savages who submit to a god they believe it is "blasphemy" to even try to define as other than pure power and will with no purpose or justice, but hey, they are detested by the Enemy, so what can there be not to "love"? After all, they are the true soul-mates of yippie zombies everywhere.

    So, if you call me a "shit-eating retard", you smug little bitch, then slime your hypocritical bullshit about "your hatred feeds my love" all you are going to get is the backhanded slap across your sloppy mouth you richly deserve. I wouldn't waste an instant trying to talk reason to you, because you don't deserve to be treated as a rational human being.

    I don't hold with feeing trolls, but if they are allowed to keep posting their worthless b.s. don't be shocked if some of us find them more fun than just screaming at the tv.

  31. Anonymous

    http://current.com/groups/greatest-depression/89492223_thomas-jefferson-banks-more-dangerous-than-armies.htm

    but, you'd be smarter – and know soooo much better than a FOOL like Thomas Jefferson, amirite??

    Best wishes always, and give my love to your mother. hard.
    jane doe
    x

    "…I wouldn't waste an instant trying to talk reason to you…"
    lol.. but you'll sure pound your keyboard to sand in your foamy-mouthed rage, wont ya baby?

  32. Anonymous

    tl;dr…?

    hate-spewing capitalist stands surveying the twisted ruins of capitalism, scratching head and wondering why only his dick-sucking buddies are the only folk who have any sympathy.

    trolls laugh.

    the world is whole again.

  33. Anonymous

    "It is well that the people of the nation do not understand our banking an monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a REVOLUTION before tomorrow morning." – Henry Ford

  34. Anonymous

    How did anonymous find this blog?
    Ummm…because its on the internet? Deeerp.

    We Are Legion.
    Expect Us.

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