Would a “general strike” on May Day to shut down Wall Street and Main streets, even if adjudges successful by Occupy Wall Street agitators themselves, achieve any goal worth achieving?
The nearly forgotten OWS movement of 2011, famous mainly for class envy while making a mess of public parks, is back with calls for shutting down schools, banks, employment by corporations, and, generally “shutting down cities” for tomorrow’s “Occupy May Day” event.
Occupy Wall Street hopes to capture headlines once again next week with the May 1 “General Strike”, long advertised by the group as an event that will prove to the public and media that OWS is currently experiencing a resurgence. Whether workers, students or banking customers, OWS is calling on all Americans to stop offering their labor and money to corporations for one day and join their local Occupy chapter for a day of resistance.
The vague message of OWS reminds that the main differences between tea partiers and occupiers has been in the specificity of their goals as well as in the respective tactics used by each to achieve them.
Clearly, tea partiers are a group of previously non-politically active citizens desirous of reducing the size and scope of the federal government for the purposes of getting the national debt under control and increasing the liberty required to pursue happiness, especially via job creation in the private sector. Their main tactic has been to vote Republican after having spread their message via controlled events mainly aimed at Congress to change the law.
By contrast, the Occupy Wall Street movement has been rather vague in their “inequality” grievances and devoid of remedies with their main tactic heretofore having been open-ended protests that violate curfew laws, as they focus on class warfare demonization of the so-called “One Percent”.
Much of the angst of the movement (largely participated in by college-age youths) seems to be born of anxiety over the poor state of the economy, which concern is shared tea partiers. The OWS also shares the anger of tea partiers with TARP and other bailouts of banks and auto companies, but unlike tea partiers that have sought changes in bills signed into law President Barack Obama after having been passed by fellow Democrat super-majorities in 2009-2010, occupiers seem more concerned with class envy-driven tax hikes and schadenfreude, that solve no one’s economic problems.
Would any occupier’s life be more likely to successfully pursue happiness simply by virtue of the fact that the CEO of a bank has a higher marginal tax rate and/or is hated by much of the 99% thanks to sympathetic media reports? We think not.
Having their “comeback” on the day adopted by the International Communist Party during the heyday of the Evil Soviet Empire for the celebration of Socialism, certainly gives us no hope that the movement has matured since the publicdefecations of last year’s occupations. The homeless in Atlanta developed health problems due to the presence of occupiers in Woodruff Park for months, for example. That they wish to point for their inspiration to the 1886 Chicago Haymarket Riot that sought laws limiting the workday to eight hours offers even less comfort.
One good sign that municipal authorities have learned a valuable lesson from 2011: They are not waiving curfew laws this time.
Labor unions have, officially, mostly refused to participate in Occupy May Day, since calls for a “general strike” are outlawed by the Wagner and Taft-Hartley labor Acts and amendments.
The only actions that would make the economy improve would be less restrictions on work and job creation which require laws passed by Congress and not intimidation of private citizens that happen to be corporate CEOs, deemed members of the 1%, or their employees, who mostly reside within the 99%.
Would that they would occupy Washington, D.C. and actually vote out those that enacted the laws that caused the economic crisis, Great Recession and most anemic “recovery” in U.S. history and vote out those Democrats that continue to refuse to reverse those policies in housing, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank and the non-Stimulus/Economic “recovery” Act, that wasn’t.
The 99% need growth, not “fairness”.
Instead, we are supposed to take seriously a movement of screeds against the evils of capitalism that seems more like a desire to re-live Woodstock, which helped elect and re-elect Richard Nixon.
And more about that vague message from here in soon-to-be-occupied, Atlanta where one of the emphases is to be the supposed injustice of the execution in Georgia last year of African-American Troy Davis, after a fair trial and conviction based upon the testimony of numerous witnesses who were also Black.
One wonders if any occupiers have any concern for the victims of Troy Davis or Democrats in D.C.
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