Whining Wall Street Bullies

Dana Summers

The great Canadian columnist David Warren gives some sage advice to the zombies “occupying” Wall Street:

The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations – now franchising across the U.S. and Canada – are the latest fashion statement from the Left, for the fall political season, in a year that has already offered the Arab Spring, and the debt riots of Europe. North Americans hate to miss out on a trend.

What can be said to these people? Where to start?

If you honestly think the banks are making too much money, then you should buy some bank shares. They are freely available in the open market.

And if you think all these profits are immoral, then get your friends together. Buy up lots of shares. Collect all these obscene dividends, and then: give the money to the poor and unemployed.

No, I’m not kidding. The poor are unlikely to refuse. I have the honour to live among them (thanks to the ministrations of government bureaucracies, with initials like CRA and FRO), and I know them. They are not shy. They will take your money. Indeed, if you get to know them yourself, you will find that they are as human as bankers, and as greedy. Just not very successful…

[O]pen a soup kitchen… Or pay some poor kid’s college tuition. It’s your call. (I personally think a college education is, these days, about the most destructive thing you can provide for a kid, but that’s just my opinion.)

This is the unanswerable argument to the Left of all ages: Instead of trying to coerce someone else to do what you think is right and just (and every Left policy I have ever seen involved coercion of the non-Left), put your money where your mouth is. Go “liberate” cash by legitimate means (within the laws), then set an example in how you spend it.

Give, until it hurts, to the most needful. And you can volunteer your free time into the bargain, for in my experience, you cannot begin to know who is most needful, until you have rolled up your pant legs and waded into action…

But now comes the disappointment. For I am recommending a course that gives none of the rewards craved by the cavorting young ego. There is none of the euphoria of street demonstrations, none of the easy applause (and easy sex) that comes from boldly posturing as one of the “good people,” fighting against the “bad people.”

The rewards for doing something, where it counts, are different in kind; and they do not come easily.

I look at all the faces of the young, made up as zombies, clutching that fake dollar-store money, and strutting down Wall Street. Most, obviously, college-educated: the final products of an educational system that imparts little knowledge but a lot of self-esteem. I look at the sheer smugness in those faces, of people who have never experienced real hardship. All demanding that someone else do something.

For that is the nature of street demonstrations: a form of coercion, of public bullying. Getting yourself arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge, by gratuitously blocking the traffic of the working stiffs, does not help anyone. It is a form of personal display, an act of whining self-righteousness that is intrinsic to the psychology of the bully.

The attraction, to the copy-cat demonstrators across the continent, is “me too.” This is the Left’s answer to the Tea Party in the U.S. – a point made repeatedly through the liberal media, which themselves take pleasure in the analogy.

The comparison is utterly false. The Tea Party types have not taken the streets, and their organizers have consistently struggled to maintain civility: to ostracize any member whose behaviour or loose talk detracts from the dignity of the movement. They are organizing to win elections, chiefly through the established Republican Party: to advance their cause by legitimate democratic means. And their rank-and-file consists, overwhelmingly, of grown-ups.

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  • Old Jules  On October 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    What they actually want is the jobs the multi-nationals have shipped overseas brought back. They want a future that includes opportunity in the form of jobs for skilled workers, for production workers, for manufacturing workers in a setting where jobs also exist for others of their age group. They have no power to create jobs for themselves. They haven’t any power except the one they’re exercizing. Peaceful assembly and demonstration.

    How they compare to your vapid Tea Party automatons and super wealthy gods is of no consequence. They are doing the only thing left for them to do, other than struggle to get government jobs, flip hamburgers, or live under a bridge. The fact you can’t see that, and the fact you’re pronouncing them ‘bullies’ speaks of you, not them. Hopefully there’s a lamppost waiting for you and your ilk in some future time and place.

  • ron james  On October 6, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Is the lamp post where you hope my ilk will be strung up?

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