Making Common Cause With Destruction

05 Nov

Corporate Collaborators – National Review Online.

Mark Steyn hits it out of the park on the the whole OWS thing and the silliness coming from the Oakland City Government and some Corporate people who appeared to have lost their minds. Here’s my favorite graph:

“I don’t “stand with the 99%,” and certainly not downwind of them. But I’m all for their “occupation” continuing on its merry way. It usefully clarifies the stakes. At first glance, an alliance of anarchists and government might appear to be somewhat paradoxical. But the formal convergence in Oakland makes explicit the movement’s aims: They’re anarchists for statism, wild free-spirited youth demanding more and more total government control of every aspect of life — just so long as it respects the fundamental human right to sloth. What’s happening in Oakland is a logical exercise in class solidarity: The government class enthusiastically backing the breakdown of civil order is making common cause with the leisured varsity class, the thuggish union class, and the criminal class in order to stick it to what’s left of the beleaguered productive class. It’s a grand alliance of all those societal interests that wish to enjoy in perpetuity a lifestyle they are not willing to earn. Only the criminal class is reasonably upfront about this. The rest — the lifetime legislators, the unions defending lavish and unsustainable benefits, the “scholars” whiling away a somnolent half decade at Complacency U — are obliged to dress it up a little with some hooey about “social justice” and whatnot.”

Read the whole thing.


Posted by on November 5, 2011 in Culture, Government, History


2 responses to “Making Common Cause With Destruction

  1. georgesblog360

    November 5, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    That pretty much describes what I’ve seen. I asked the question, “Are these people doing anything that works, or are they just making a lot of noise”?. I’ve posted a lot of links on this subject in The Daily Climb. I see many events in common with the 1920s and 1960s. The organizers are either deliberately self-destructive or idealistic in their ignorance. The former is the more likely scenario.


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