En besættende bevægelse

Diverse — Drokles on October 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Besæt Wall Street får en ganske positiv medfart i danske medier. Det er noget folkeligt, engageret, bekymret, et tegn på at noget er galt. Sociologer og antropologer interviewes til at belyse det demokratiske gode, som de er et udtryk for. Venstrefløjens politikere positionerer sig til at ride med på denne bølge af oprør mod økonomisk fremgang. Det er væsens forskelligt for den dækning Tea Party fik, som var en trussel mod demokratiet, bestående af allehånde reaktionære tosser.

Under den venlige overskrift “Aktivister slår lejr i europæiske storbyer” viser Politiken dette billede fra London

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Maskerne, som de to siddende aktivister bærer er såkaldte Guy Fawkes masker. Guy Fawkes skrev sig i 1605 ind i engelsk historie ved sit forsøg på sammen med sine kumpaner at sprænge det engelske parlament i luften med den engelske konge indeni. Ideen var at få indsat en katolsk konge i stedet. Maskerne er blevet gjort populære af den amerikanska film V For Vendetta, som handler om en hævner der kæmper imod en kristen fascistisk stat, som har forbudt bøssernes mest populære læsestof, nemlig koranen (ja, man tror det er løgn). Diktatoren udtrykker sig i lignende vendinger, som George Bush og andre af tidens store vesterlandske forbrydere. En religiøs og antidemokratisk terrorist er forbilledet i et verdensbillede, hvor bøsser læser….nej jeg kan ikke beskrive det. Men når man er på den fløj er man ikke en tosse, men en aktivist.

En glimrende gennemgang fra Atlas ShrugsPajamas Media bringer en artikel om antisemitismen i Occupy bevægelsen

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Den kan anbefales at læse, som også denne Pajamasreportage fra Chicago. Og The Blaze sporer ironisk nok Occupy bevægelsen udspring til Obamas ACORN. Skægt nok, men det er blot detaljer. Mark Steyn giver derimod en god diagnose på Occupy bevægelsens zeitgeist i The Orange County Register

Take, for example, the complaints of the young Americans currently “occupying” Wall Street. Many protesters have told sympathetic reporters that “it’s our Arab Spring.” Put aside the differences between brutal totalitarian dictatorships and a republic of biennial elections, and simply consider it in economic terms: At the “Occupy” demonstrations, not-so-young college students are demanding that their tuition debt be forgiven. In Egypt, half the population lives in poverty; the country imports more wheat than any other nation on the planet, and the funds to do that will dry up in a couple months’ time. They’re worrying about starvation, not how to fund half a decade of Whatever Studies at Complacency U.

One sympathizes. When college tuition is $50,000 a year, you can’t “work your way through college” – because, after all, an 18-year-old who can earn 50-grand a year wouldn’t need to go to college, would he? Nevertheless, his situation is not the same as some guy halfway up the Nile living on $2 a day: One is a crisis of the economy, the other is a crisis of decadence. And, generally, the former are far easier to solve.

My colleague Rich Lowry correctly notes that many of the beleaguered families testifying on the “We are the 99%” websites have real problems. However, the “Occupy” movement has no real solutions, except more government, more spending, more regulation, more bureaucracy, more unsustainable lethargic pseudo-university with no return on investment, more more more of what got us into this hole. Indeed, for all their youthful mien, the protesters are as mired in America’s post-war moment as their grandparents: One of their demands is for a trillion dollars in “environmental restoration.” Hey, why not? It’s only a trillion.

Beneath the allegedly young idealism are very cobwebbed assumptions about societal permanence. The agitators for “American Autumn” think that such demands are reasonable for no other reason than that they happen to have been born in America, and expectations that no other society in human history has ever expected are just part of their birthright. But a society can live on the accumulated capital of a glorious inheritance only for so long. And, in that sense, this bloodless, insipid revolution is just a somewhat smellier front for the sclerotic status quo.

Den kan absolut anbefales at læse i sin helhed.

2 Kommentarer »

  1. Oven i hatten kan vi imødese langdistance raketter med
    A-våben, administreret af velovervejede fætre som ham her http://youtu.be/E6MIi6ptAZ8

    Allan Bloom skrev, allerede i 1987, Historien Om Vestens Intellekturelle Forfald (The Closing of the American Mind)
    og den er blevet stadig mere påtrængende i sin uhyggelige forudsigelse af det ragnarok vi har kurs mod.

    Comment by PBr — October 17, 2011 @ 5:53 pm
  2. Herlig video PBr.

    Comment by Drokles — October 17, 2011 @ 6:11 pm

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