Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today on Political Realities: "Occupy Wall Street - Brave New Trash Heap"

I promised you something inspired, and you've got it.  My article for today is on Political Realities which, if you haven't visited before, is a nice little patch of internet space run by LD Jackson.  Contributors include Ted from Country Thinker, myself, and recently added William McCullough from Comments on National Amnesia.

So check out my article there, and I encourage everyone to peruse the content there.  There's some good stuff at PR.

5 comments:

Jersey McJones said...

Wall Street is become a den of thieves, and you're okay with that, huh?

JMJ

Jack Camwell said...

Did you even read the article Jersey?

Of course I'm not okay with Wall Street being crooked and what not.

Jersey McJones said...

Jack, I never liked that sort of argument, Jack. "Well, they're driving cars so how dare they complain about automakers!" Or, "They eat food, how dare they complain about Big Agro!" It's a bait 'n switch and I don't care for it.

The OWS is not about destroying capitalism or corporations - it's about making these things accountable, functional, and fair.

JMJ

M Fatts said...

Jersey is right, most onlookers seem to think that the protests are about destroying capitalism or something. the main goal seems to be bringing to attention the fact that corporations and multi-billionairs have their fingers in parts of government.

Jack Camwell said...

Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think that I asserted even once that the OWS people are trying to destroy capitalism.

Perhaps in my article I should have given the specific example I had in mind.

Some 800 people have been arrested, and their lawyers are trying to get the courts to throw out their cases on the basis that it will take too much time and cost too much money to take all 800 of them to trial.

This is what I, and Harrison, meant that they seem to not want to face the consequences for their actions. There's nothing wrong with peaceful protest, no matter what your message is. That's the right every person has in America. But if you do something to break the law then you should face the consequences for that, even if your cause is noble.

And M Fatts, corporations and multi-billionaires have had their fingers in government since the inception of our government. At first, it was normally only men of means and leisure who could even partake in government.

Rich people are still people. They're American citizens with the same rights as you and me. They have as much right anyone else to do what they can to influence government. That's the whole point of a democratic society, isn't it? That the government is a tool of the people, and not the other way around, right?

It sucks that people with more money can have a bigger impact, but that's the nature of the beast. Every form of government has its price we have to pay.