Monday, October 3, 2011

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Oblivious to the Difference Between Capitalism and Corporatism

On her Facebook page today, Corie Whalen, a friend of mine and a respected colleague in the fight for liberty, wrote a quite succinct and, as far as I can tell, mostly accurate assessment of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement:

"I'm all for the left/right working together when interests converge. With libertarians and progressives, this actually happens a lot. For example, via an interest in civil liberties, anti-war matters, and protesting the drug war. Typically, this coalition makes sense when both sides find themselves against certain sets of government action.

However, I'm highly concerned by some people who claim to be interested in liberty supporting this "Occupy Wall Street" movement. Maybe I'm missing something, but as far as I can tell, OWS is purely leftist in the worst, authoritarian sense of the term.

Look at this pro-government list of demands, and tell me this has any relation to liberty. All I see is a bunch of misguided 20 somethings who take Michael Moore seriously and don't comprehend the difference between capitalism and corporatism."

You can follow Corie on Twitter here.


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