Listening to the Occupy Wall Street crowd, I feel like I’m back in my undergraduate days, taking notes down from the lecture of yet another tenured, self-proclaimed Marxist professor. In attempting to explain the OWS motivation, the self-proclaimed Communist website Kasama explains,
It’s not that we don’t have demands; it’s that we speak them in a different language. We speak them with our struggle. Our movement is made up of people fighting for jobs, for schools, for debt relief, equitable housing, and healthcare. We are resisting ecological destruction, imperialism, racism, patriarchy, and capitalism.
See here. The only thing missing from this traditional Communist rallying cry is resistance against deism. In listening to the OWS crowd and trying to read what this somewhat inchoate mass puts out, it sounds just like a rehash of what the radical egalitarian, hardcore statist left-wingers have been advocating since at least 1917. Pajamas Media has compiled a list of those endorsing and supporting OWS, and it reads as a Who’s Who of the hardcore lefties, communists, socialists, and nationalist socialists (NAZIs). See here. Robert Laurie observes,
[A]ll of these disparate forces view capitalism and the United States as broken, deeply flawed constructs. The thing that unites them, no matter how unlikely their alliance may seem, is the idea that America needs to be undone and reconfigured as a country most citizens would scarcely recognize. As President Obama himself put it, America needs to be rebuilt ‘from the ground up.’
I was therefore surprised when I recently received an email from the North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall campaign bragging about her support for OWS. In her words and emphasis:
There are a lot of politicians trying to cozy up to Occupy Wall Street – but very few are actually hitting the streets to stand with them. That’s why I’m proud to be working for Secretary of State Elaine Marshall – someone who hasn’t just embraced the OWS protests, but has actually joined with them on the streets of Raleigh!
See Marshall OWS rally “pep talk” here. She concluded her OWS email endorsement with a request for a campaign contribution. It’s not a good time for the USA when mainstream, southern Democrats take the stage to endorse a movement of hardcore communists and other statists.