The pathetic and dangerous attempt at revolution by the occupy Wall Street welfare statists "assume all the advantages of capitalism are here to stay and then undermine everything that makes capitalism possible in order to redistribute the wealth. Welfare statist want the power to hold a gun over everyone head, and they want to retain those milk cows -- the capitalist producers." (Ayn Rand, Answers, page 76)
Louis Brandeis said that sunlight is the best disinfectant. Indeed. The occupation of Wall Street by moochers, looters and destroyers is a stunning indictment of the failure of public schools, universities and colleges. What a grotesque display of stupidity and indoctrination. New York University aided and abetted the anarchy encouraging students to attend the NYU Student Walk Out in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street. Here is one account from a rational student on scene.
At around 4:30, I was walking to class. I heard some chanting coming from NYU's Gould Plaza. As a walked east on West 4th Street, parallel to me were the Occupy Wall Streeters marching through NYU. The NYPD were walking in the streets to "supervise" the march; however, there were still countless people marching in the street. One sign in particular that I remember seeing was of a cake with a slice cut out of it. The sign read "Share The Cake." Well guess what, I don't want to share my cake with you!
Anyways, I made it to class at 4:45, only to learn that at around 4pm some NYU students were encouraged to leave class to stand in solidarity with the marchers as they passed through Washington Square Park and NYU.
While this annoyed me, I was happy that I didn't know about it nor did I know one person marching.
Later that afternoon, my professor showed up 20 minutes late to a class that only lasts an hour an fifteen minutes because there was so much traffic due solely to the marchers.
Free speech is protected. You do not have a right to parade through streets and obstruct traffic. Right to assembly, yes. Streets are for passage. Speech, yes. But they cannot take action on any and every whim on public property.
The manufactured, union sponsored pre-election civil unrest movement staged to create a faux response to the organic tea party is slowly becoming a magnet for every disenfranchised, anti-American, communist, marxist, jihad sympathizing, Jew-hating misanthrope in this great nation.
Even Obama is getting on the train of destruction, just today agreeing with the destroyers that Americans were frustrated with the banks (here). If he weren't president, he'd be one of scores of dopes "occupying Wall Street." It's a coup, people.
Billionaire financier George Soros’ fingerprints, for example, have been all over the anti-Wall Street campaign from the very beginning. And this week, the infamous hedge-fund boss publicly announced his sympathy for the protesters and their complaints about bailouts — despite the fact that he lobbied for even greater unconstitutional handouts to bankers in 2009.
“Actually I can understand their sentiment, frankly,” he told reporters while announcing a large donation to the United Nations. “I can sympathize with their grievances.”
But Soros’ support for the protesters goes far beyond his tepid public statements. In fact, the original call to “Occupy Wall Street” came from the magazine AdBusters, an “anti-consumerist” publication financed by, among other sources, the Soros-funded Tides Foundation.
Other Soros-backed outfits promoting big government — some with myriad ties to the Obama administration — are also publicly driving the occupation campaign. MoveOn.org, for instance, has received millions of dollars from the billionaire banker. And now, the group is urging its supporters to join the Occupy Wall Street movement as well.
“Over the last two weeks, an amazing wave of protest against Wall Street and the big banks has erupted across the country,” MoveOn said in a recent e-mail to supporters, praising the “brave” demonstrators. “On Wednesday, MoveOn members will join labor and community groups in New York City for a huge march down to the protest site — the biggest yet.”
On top of supplying activists to join the demonstrations, MoveOn is also staging what it calls a “massive ‘Virtual March on Wall Street’ online.” The Internet-based demonstrations are a collaborative effort with another radical and well-connected outfit tied to Soros called Rebuild the Dream.
Led by self-described communist and former Obama administration czar Van Jones, the “Dream” movement is a partnership between a host of Soros-financed “progressive” groups. Big Labor and even Planned Parenthood — the largest abortion provider in America, which receives hundreds of millions of tax dollars each year — are partners, too.
“Together, we'll add hundreds of thousands of voices of solidarity from the American Dream Movement for the protests across the country and show just how widespread outrage at the Wall Street banks really is,” MoveOn boasted in its e-mail.
Other groups working with Rebuild the Dream are also publicly hyping the demonstrations. And more than a few of them are on the Soros payroll as well. Some examples include People For The American Way, Planned Parenthood, Campaign For America's Future, Democracy For America, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Common Cause, Public Campaign, and many more.
This is Michael Moore's fifth visit to agitator central.
"This is a historic day. This movement has come together because the people wanted it to happen. Not because of a leader. Not because of a dues-paying organization, but because the people wanted it. I love the human microphone and I'll tell you why. Because this isn't just my voice or his voice or her voice. It's all of our voices. Let's keep the movement like this. Do not let politicians co-opt this movement. Each one of you here today represents another 100,000 Americans who couldn't be here today but are happy that you are here. And they will be there in their cities. The occupy movement is everywhere. Occupy! Everywhere!
"The men on the top floors of these buildings -- especially you, Goldman Sachs -- they are responsibly for ruining the lives of millions of people -- hundreds of millions of people -- on this planet. Someone in the media just asked me, 'Who organized this?' I said [points up to buildings], 'They organized this!'
"They took their boot and put it on the necks of the American people and now the American people want that boot removed. Now. Not next year. Now! We've had it. Enough is enough. The dirtiest word in corporate America is 'enough.' They can't get enough. They weren't satisfied with being just filthy rich. They wanted to be something better than filthy rich and this is what they got. They may have stolen trillions of dollars but we are here to say we want that money back. When do we want the money back? When do we want the money back?
Sloth, deceit -- thy name is Moore Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy by Peter Schweizer
Kathryn Jean Lopez: Michael Moore makes money off oil and war? Why would he bother lying about owning stock? Is Peter Schweizer the only person who bothered checking?
Peter Schweizer:Michael Moore is constantly trying to prove his and the Left's moral superiority, so he says things about himself that are patently not true. He's pathological about it. How else to explain that he's loudly proclaimed no less than three times that he doesn't invest in the stock market because it's morally wrong while quietly picking up shares in a whole host of companies. A portfolio that includes Halliburton, Boeing, and HMOs doesn't fit the bill so he lies about it. I think he assumed that no one would poke around and investigate. When it comes to the MSM he was correct in making that assumption. He never responded to my questions. I'm dying to know how he explains away this one.
Moore professes to hate capitalism ("the last evil empire" but practices it in spades. Moore condemns people for their racism and claims to support and practice affirmative action, but has a lousy record of hiring minorities. He outsources post-production film work to Canada so he can pay non-union wages. I could go on and on. I would ask his fans: is this really a sincere person?
In his books Michael Moore goes on and on about the fact that Americans are racist because they live in white neighborhoods. It's an example of latent segregationist attitudes in his mind. When I checked the demographics on Michael Moore's residence I burst out laughing. Michael Moore lives in a town of 2,500 in Michigan. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there is not a single black person in the entire town.
Frances Fox Piven at the occupation of Wall Street Discover the Networks
- Co-creator of the so-called Cloward-Piven Strategy
- Seeks to foment economic crises, which can then be exploited for purposes of transformational social change
- Has been a guest speaker at numerous Socialist Scholars Conferences
- Admirer of Karl Marx
- Views violent rioting as an effective and desirable means of agitating for social change
See also: Cloward-Piven Strategy New Party Campaign for America's Future
Born in Alberta, Canada in 1932, Frances Fox Piven earned a Ph.D. in social science from the University of Chicago in l962. Today she is a professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she has taught since 1982. She was formerly a professor at Columbia University.
Piven and her late husband, Columbia social-work professor Richard Cloward, are best known for having outlined, in 1966, the so-called Cloward-Piven Strategy – a tactic which seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading government bureaucracies with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into "a profound financial and political crisis" that would unleash "powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level."
In 1966 Piven was a panel member at a Socialist Scholars Conference in New York. There, she and her husband presented a paper proposing that the poor should engage in "irregular and disruptive tactics" designed to overburden city and state governments with demands for welfare money – the ultimate objective being to force those governments to turn to the federal government for assistance. Such “disruption of the system,” said Piven, would result in a situation where:
“Welfare rolls will begin to go up; welfare payments will begin to go up – the impact will be very, very sharp. The mounting welfare budget will increase taxes, force cities to turn to the federal government. We have to help people to make claims; for this they will organize and act."
Beginning in 1967, Piven served as an advisor to the newly formed National Welfare Rights Organization.
In their 1977 book, Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail, Piven and Cloward reemphasized that because the poor and unemployed were politically powerless in America, they would be well advised to withhold “quiescence in civil life: they can riot.” The authors stated, approvingly, that in the 1930s, violent disruptions such as “mob looting” and “rent riots” – fomented by leftist and Communist-party organizers – had enabled the first great expansion of the welfare state to take place. Likewise, Cloward and Piven credited the urban riots of the 1960s for helping to further grow the welfare state by forcing changes in traditional procedures for investigating and verifying applicants’ eligibility for welfare benefits.
In 1979-80, Piven served as a “lecturer on U. S. political activities” with the Institute for Policy Studies. In October 1983 she was a New York delegate to a conference of the newly formed Democratic Socialists of America. In subsequent years, she served on DSA's Feminist Commission. To this day, she remains an honorary DSA chair.
In 1983 Piven and Cloward co-founded Human SERVE, an organization that sought to register voters at social-service agencies and Departments of Motor Vehicles -- thereby foreshadowing the so-called "motor voter" law of 1993, which would prove to be a breeding ground for election fraud. Piven's hope was that federal and state governments would eventually try to rein in the efforts of politicized welfare workers who were registering new voters, and that this, in turn, would cause welfare recipients to rise up in a massive protest movement -- rendering society “disrupted and transformed.”
Also in 1983, Piven delivered the opening remarks at the Socialist Scholars Conference (SSC) in New York City, an event that commemorated the 100-year anniversary of Karl Marx’s death and was likely attended by a young Barack Obama. In her talk, Piven described Marx as the man whose ideas had enabled “common people” around the globe to become “historical actors.” She urged her listeners to “stand within the intellectual and political tradition Marx bequeathed,” treating it not as a “dead inheritance” but rather as a “living tradition—the creation of thinking, active people.” In subsequent years, Piven would appear at numerous additional SSCs.
In the fall of 1994, Piven was listed in a publication of the New Party (NP) – a socialist political coalition – which named more than 100 activists “who are building the NP.” To view a list of additional noteworthy names that appeared in that list, click here.
Piven was also one of approximately 130 people who played a role in founding the Campaign for America's Future (CAF) in 1996. For a list of other notables who also were involved in that venture, click here.
In January 2002, Piven endorsed the founding of War Times, a national anti-Iraq War newspaper established by a group of San Francisco leftists affiliated with such organizations as STORM, the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Among the more prominent founders of the publication was Van Jones. To view a list of additional key endorsers of War Times, click here.
During an interview in the early 2000s, Piven praised socialism as a movement founded on "the values of equality and fraternity and democracy." "That tradition has a future," she added. "It’s the only future that’s possible." By Piven's reckoning, however, socialism would be instituded in the U.S. by means of an incremental rather than a revolutionary process:
"I don’t believe in a revolutionary transformation. But I have another set of beliefs which I think many people share, which is that each step forward, each step to reduce the cruelty and the punitiveness that contemporary elites are imposing on other people takes enormous struggle. But each step is worth that struggle because we make our communities a little bit more humane and because we also, through those struggles, learn that it’s our world, too, and we can contribute to its future shape."
During 2006-07, Piven served as president of the American Sociological Association.
On December 22, 2010, Piven published an article in The Nation titled "Mobilizing the Jobless," where, after noting that some 15 million Americans were unemployed, she asked: “So where are the angry crowds, the demonstrations, sit-ins and unruly mobs?” Admonishing the Left not to wait patiently for “the end of the American empire and even the end of neoliberal capitalism,” she called for active measures to bring about “big new [government] initiatives in infrastructure and green energy.” Such measures, she explained, should take the form of “mass protests” that could pressure President Obama “hard from his base.” Piven urged that the disruptions begin on the local and state levels, where governments that were “strapped for funds” would look, by necessity, for “federal action” to help them. Wrote Piven:“An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.”Before the unemployed or any other disadvantaged group “can mobilize for collective action,” added Piven, “they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant ... [at] the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.”