1 – OWS – Capitalism is to blame.
Crony capitalism is to blame. For example Bush had Halliburton, Obama had Solyndra. The truth is that minus governments, the bailouts (which a good many of the banks never asked for or wanted) would never have been given. Minus government, we would be able to save for our own retirement and make our own financial plans. Minus a central bank, trade and other currencies could be used to take away the power from the banks the government is in bed with.
2 – OWS – Socialism is the way to go.
Kind of hypocritical. North Korea, China, Russia, etc all have roots in socialist doctrine (though once something becomes a central policy, it true meaning is always lost), and they would never move there. No – they want to turn what little free market we have to a socialist system that always ends up busting.
3 – OWS – The government needs to take from the wealthy and give to us or our interest.
So it’s okay to steal as long as it benefits us. The only truth behind this is that it will pour money into the unproductive as it has in the US, and the only reason it is not seen as the failure it is? Because they simply print more money to make up the difference to continue the charade.
4 – OWS – We need more regulation.
More regulation will not help a thing. For one, the regulations already in place could have been used to prevent Enron etc . However Fannie and Freddie got a pretty good deal – not due to lack of regulations, but through the government bailing them out. Ultimately though, there are over 1,000,000,000 pages of law already in existence in the US that no one person could read in their entire lifetime much less understand. Why can’t people just admit that no amount of regulations can stop human behaviour?
5 – OWS – We need regulations to prevent the capitalist pig from taking advantage of the workers.
To start with, very few people are born into wealth – and those that are tend to either live wisely through good investment, or burn it fast and have nothing to show for it at the end of the day. This means that most people have to earn it. Now in a true capitalist system, the amount of wealth that can be accumulated would not be nearly as high as it is, and failure would be allowed. Because of the bailouts, the phrase ‘the bigger they are, the harder they fall’ has turned into ‘the bigger they are, the more cash they burn at everyone’s expense’. In point of fact, it is either the manipulation of regulations, or bribery that has allowed the wealth distribution in society to become so skewed.
6 – Everyone has a right to a decent wage.
No they do not. Everyone has the right to work to earn a decent wage – major difference. The value of your work depends on the consumer demands for it. Say you grow a bunch of corn, but no one wants it. You put out a lot of effort to grow and harvest it, so you think it must be worth something. But farmer Joe already harvested his and this provided for the existing need for corn. You came too late. As such, farmer Joe enjoys the fruit of his labor.
You see another opportunity to sell your corn, but not at the price you were looking for. So you hold off. Before long, another person harvests his corn and sells it for that price. The price of corn continues to fall and you keep waiting. Soon your corn goes bad and is worthless and you are left with nothing. You see Joe enjoying the fruits of his labor, and the other farmer not as much, but still better off then you. If you petition the government to compensate you for this apparent loss at this point, it is no one’s fault but your own.
In your book, it would be okay to have the government take from Joe and the other farmer just to feed you and yours. Joe can afford it. He grumbles but can afford it. The other farmer however is forced to give up on getting anything other than necessities. All because you wouldn’t settle. Instead of looking at the situation and seeing if you could have sold your corn somewhere else or sold it earlier for less, you let your labor go to waste. Instead of learning from this, you blame society and free markets. In OWS terms – MORE REGULATION! Come on – really???
7 – OWS – We are all owed fair treatment and necessities!
I have worked my butt off my entire life for these ‘greedy capitalist pig companies’. I started out with the clothes on my back. Through over 15 years of hard work I finally became moderately successful, and have a much more promising future. I also noticed that I could have been at the top by now, but I don’t want that. I am comfortable where I am relatively speaking and have no wish to have a massive mansion or yacht or what have you. I have seen rich people making over 200k a month (that’s right, a month – not a year, but a month) – living the high life as so many dream they could. I have seen those people hit 1 good string of bad luck and lose everything – and I mean house, cars, clothes, golf club memberships – everything. Point is – a smart guy knows the risk involved in being on top, and as such, very few of them actually want it.
However minus the guy up top, everyone else would be dependent on themselves for employment. We currently have 10+ million people out of work – most of which seem to want more regulations and taxes to help them through. This means that regulations and taxes in their head are not the reason they are out of work – so what is stopping them from working?
The point here is that you deserve what you get and few are born into success. You have to start out at the bottom and you don’t like it. Get over it, the world doesn’t OWE you anything. Minus the rich, only government could give you anything, and they can only give what they get in taxes and collect in debt. Rich people are not perfect and some are complete slime balls, but stop empowering them by granting government more power eh?
8 – OWS – Democracy is the answer!
Democracies only shot at working is with a highly educated people who have strong moral values and aren’t afraid to stand up for what they believe in and hard work. The smart kids at school are called nerds and geeks. In the real world the slackers grow up and blame their successful others for taking advantage of them. In school, anything goes as long as you don’t get caught. In the real world, you grow up and suddenly have to take responsibility for your own actions, but don’t want to because it’s unfair.
Everyone grows up in body. Unfortunately it seems that they leave their mental gearing in middle school stage and stop from there.
The final caveat on democracy is that it has to be voluntary. This means that the majority cannot come up with a poor policy of compromises, and cram it down the throats of others who see it for the foolishness it is. If it democracy worked so well, then it would not require others to continue to pay for it who do not agree with it.
9 – OWS – No one is better than everyone else
I see little point in discussing this in any depth. The fact that they have to sit down in protest, saying the same things over and over again that led to their situation to begin with kinda points toward the opposite.
10 – OWS – Ron Paul is a racist, homophobe asshole.
Truth – Ron is not racist and the only thing that caused this whole line was an old brochure written by someone who at one point worked for him. He has addressed this many times over the years, and so far, nothing has ever been produced to further such an accusation. He is not a homophobe, and even states that even though he does not believe in homosexual relations himself, that people should be free to make that choice for themselves, and that it is not up to government to tell them what to do. Hardly the makings of a homophobe. The last word was just childish and I am not even going to bother addressing it.
In this closing point, we see the final reason why movements like OWS always fail. They require group thought which in turn renders anything meaningful to become worthless. This is because you cannot enact a central policy that meets the needs of everyone. The more you try the more damage you do plain and simple. So far OWS has condemned hierarchies, but nevertheless, made one of their own. The list of such things goes on and on, which is why OWS is nothing more than living proof on why large democracies can never work.