Occupying one half of the problem

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Several weeks ago a mass protest began in New York City with the intent to Occupy Wall Street. The group wants to remove influence of corporations from elections. On October 6, Occupy groups from across the nation began to “occupy” certain parts of their city.

Much like the “T(axed) E(nough) A(lready)” groups that formed in 2009, the Occupy groups are only seeing part of the problem. The “TEA parties” were only complaining about certain forms of taxation – the attendees and speakers were largely in favor of the “Fair Tax” and military intervention. I did attend one “TEA Party” and tried speaking to people about abolishing the IRS and Federal Reserve and was mostly ignored or put off, even by the “Fair Taxers” – who don’t seem to mind the spending so much as the form of taxation.

I attended parts of the first two days of Occupy San Antonio – not as an activist, but rather as an independent journalist. As such, and being in street clothes without a press badge, I was able to get candid interviews with protesters. Of the handful of attendees, most were just “there”; the vibe was that of people hanging out, not of a political protest. However, when asked why they were protesting they would give a lively answer about removing corporate interest from political campaigns, and to give the people a voice. When further questioned on the fact that corporations and dollars don’t vote, one protester said, “yes, but they buy lobbyists and influence members of Congress.” This will continue to happen, as long as the government is involved in the economy.

I asked one of the protesters, “who are you planning on petitioning or delivering your demands?” He didn’t know and said the group would vote on that.

Additionally, no one had a plan to call for every incumbent to be voted out of office, they just want corporate money out of politics, but they still want the government to be involved in the economy by adding more regulations to businesses. Most of the protesters seemed unaware that the big corporations are the ones lobbying for the regulations that are in place – the big businesses want to establish barriers to smaller competitors.

Another “demand” of the Occupy groups is the elimination of the Federal Reserve – something I’ve supported for years. However, there was no consensus on what they wanted to replace it with. Some want the Treasury to issue paper currency, other want to establish 49 more Central Banks at the State level – similar to what North Dakota has already done (except the Bank of North Dakota isn’t allowed to print currency) – and a few want a system of barter and voluntary currency.

All in all, the occupy protest in San Antonio seems very weak, without a firm plan and with several small factions each attempting to “take over” the protest to meet their objectives. The groups claim they will “occupy” their city until their demands are met. However, I believe the protests will fall apart no later than Thanksgiving.

4 Comments
  1. I agree that the national occupation wasn’t entirely thought out (Fall discontent? WEATHER IS A FACTOR, KIDDOS). The good thing is that I sense the natives are finally restless about the terrible way they’ve been treated and ground down, while the ruling class laughs all the way to the Caymans.

    These protests may very well start back up in the Spring though, as we are finally hitting the END THE FED note with a lot of young people who want real results not just platitudes (with sly pillaging in the background).

  2. Luke 18:18-25 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what
    shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest
    thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the
    commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not
    bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All
    these have I kept from my youth up. Now when Jesus heard these things,
    he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast,
    and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
    and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for
    he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he
    said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of
    God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for
    a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

  3. Ah, yes, never send your troops into Russia right before winter. Classic blunder. But what you’re talking about here is what I call the Jack Sprat problem: The left sees little wrong with government corruption, and the right sees little wrong with corporate corruption…  and so, between the both of them, they licked the platter clean.

    1. And thus the appeal of a libertarian approach of trust-busting government agencies and corporations equally. The common denominator is The Fed, bust them open first and stop the printing presses. We could probably mothball that whole thing for a good decade or two and watch value of the dollar slowly creep back while they figure out how messed up their books really are.

      Bingo bango: liberals are happy because The Fed is actually a corporation ;)