Occupy Wall Street FAQ Response
Before the author of this essay responds to this ridiculous FAQ sheet, he would like to give his opinion on critical matters regarding this nation and even humanity. Many in this nation and around the world feel they have a right to certain services and property. These people are either brainwashed drones or lying demagogues. Either way they are an enemy to liberty and the human condition. If you do not believe in liberty, private property, and personal responsibility, then this response is not for you. This response is for those who want to live in a free society, but are unsure what that entails. The author would like to establish certain premises before he responds to the FAQ:
- People do not have a right to anything but life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of their own happiness. These are the natural rights articulated in our founding document, the declaration of independence, and also first by John Locke.
- People must be responsible for their own actions. Liberty has consequences that we must deal with on our own, and not go running to the government every time something bad happens in our lives.
- People are not entitled to anybody else’s property or service (Health care, money, education, etc.).
- We do not live in a democracy. We live in a republic. Democracies are of the most destructive forms of governments. Republican governments are the freest and the most prosperous (Early Rome and the United States of America) nations in all of history.
Question 1: What is Occupy Wall Street?
In a nut shell, the authors of the FAQ sheet claim to represent roughly 98% of the population of presumably the United States with statements like “citizens like you and me” tied in with “formerly democratic institutions become the means of enforcing 1-2% of the population who control the magnitude of American wealth”. They also say they are an exercise in “direct democracy”.
First and foremost, you are nothing like the author or, dare he say, the American people. The author does not condemn other people for being rich. The author believes in private property rights and free enterprise. The people on Wall Street aren’t the ones, believe it or not, who caused the wealth to be concentrated into the hands of the few. It’s our government that has done that by taking over control of our currency (which used to be regulated by private institutions all across the nation) via the Federal Reserve System (thank you Woodrow Wilson) and before that, through the national banking acts passed in the 1860’s (thank you Abe Lincoln). If competing currencies were once again allowed in this nation, the strongest currency would outcompete the dollar (unless of course the dollar were once again tied to gold and silver as is expressly written in the constitution of the united states), and there would be a resurgence of wealth throughout the nation because the federal government would not decide which banks lend to which corporations (1). Markets would prevail, there would be no more bailouts, and people would be allowed to succeed or fail. They would have to deal with the consequences themselves, because that’s what liberty is.
Secondly, WE DO NOT LIVE IN A DEMOCRACY!!! We live in a republic. Obviously the people in the OSW movement have not read article 4 section 4 of the constitution. Despite what you are taught in school, democracy is actually an evil form of government. One of our most important founding fathers and one of our most current influential and important leaders write of the inefficiencies and evils of democratic government. They also write about the virtues of the republican form of government. Thomas Paine, in Rights of Man writes “the only forms of government are the democratical, the aristocratical, the monarchial, and what is now called the representative.” He goes on to say that “every government that does not act on the principle of a republic, or in other words, that does not make the res-publica (public good) its whole and sole object, is not a good government.” He also goes on to point out the obvious inefficiencies of the democratic form of government once the population grows too big. This is one of the most influential people in human history, not some “nutty right wing” commentator, but Thomas Paine. He also writes about the purpose of government and it is not giving out health care, education, redistributing wealth, etc. In a nut shell he says it is to protect the property of the people and provide security from violent enemies (2). Ron Paul writes “history has proven it again and again: No system of government is a good one once the government grows too big and powerful… the trouble with democracy is the dynamic it sets in place that gradually changes a small government into a big one.” He also goes on to say that in a democratic government the majority vote to take away the rights of the minority (1). There lies the problem with democracy: it leads to tyranny. A small republican government operating under strict rules is the best way to preserve the natural rights of the public.
Question 2: What do you want: what are you protesting for/against?
The question asks what are you protesting for/against and then the stupid answer it gives says we are not protesting. Well, having seen what’s going on at Liberty Plaza, it is safe to say that people holding up signs and screaming out at other people is enough to be called a protest movement.
We must be accountable to ourselves: This part basically says that the people part of this movement have endured injustices and they must take responsibility for themselves by modeling the type of society they want everybody to live in. They again reiterate that we live in a democracy.
Response: The author has a major problem with this answer. However, giving credit where credit is due, the author agrees that people must be responsible for their own futures. That’s where the agreement ends and the major problems begin. First, they want to model a society based on their own beliefs. That is an example of central planning, and central planning never works (Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, China, Cuba, etc.). Secondly, who gets to model the society? If, an individual doesn’t fit the model, what happens to that person? All this goes against a free society. In a free society people get to choose who they let into their lives and what type of communities they want to live in. For example, a young person who likes to party probably wouldn’t want to live in an elderly community and vice versa. The freedom of mobility and choice has given us wonderful diverse communities like little Italy, Spanish Harlem, Brighton Beach, etc.
Lastly, WE DO NOT AND HAVE NEVER LIVED IN A DEMOCRACY!!! Recite the pledge of allegiance and maybe you’ll get it.
Our government must be accountable to us, and corporations must be accountable to the government: In this answer the group says that they would like to see an end to corrupt politicians and collusion between our political institutions and corporations. They go on to say they want laws that regulate the relationship between corporations and the population. This section also says they want economic and social justice.
Response: The author agrees that collusion between governments and corporations must come to an end. However, that is not free enterprise. That type of collusion is called crony capitalism. These types of institutions came about by the progressives of the early 20th century. The Federal Reserve, the FDA, the SEC, the FDIC, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc. have raided the pocket books and lives of the American people, and it must come to an end.
However, what the hell is social and economic justice? If it means redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor, well, that goes against the natural right of private property, and the author can never agree to that. Redistribution of wealth is never a good idea because; it takes away from the human condition in two ways: it legalizes theft and it discourages people from taking responsibility from themselves.
Who is involved? From which communities and organizations do we come?
This section states that they are a diverse group of people with one collective voice and no leader.