It is hard for me to actually express my disdain for this type of protest and the worst part is that they really aren't that big, but because the media keeps presenting them as big we're seeing them spread across cities. I look at that chick in the promo poster and I think about why she doesn't have a camo skirt on or something like that. We are talking about socialists that are trying to make change to the "evil capitalist empire", so I'd assume they have more of a militant goal.

When I see these people in the protests I see nothing more than people I would regard as hippies. And maybe that is an over simplified view, but that's just the way I see it. People that aren't willing to fit into the normal parts or niches of society. They regard money as the root of all evil, though they wouldn't say that. But the organizers keep it simple and it's redistribution of wealth.

Hearing comments from protesters blaming the rich. They don't work as hard as us. They just sit in their big executive chairs, and cash big checks. Really? Pouring people coffee is harder than running a business with 10,000 people. They're working hard thinking and I guess that is the big difference. They're paid for their thoughts, their expertise and their experience. And I hate to break it to you, but your amazing skills pouring coffee into a cup or scrubbing toilets isn't that high of a demand.

To suggest that someone who is smarter than you (and yes they are) owes you is nothing more than Karl Marx ideology.

In this economy, a lot of people have lost their jobs. I don't agree that banks or any business should ever be bailed out, but it happened. But there is no excuse for a protest like this. Most people that go to these typically just come for an hour and leave. But the professional protesters hang around and sleep in tents. If they put as much time into developing their skills and looking for new work (or starting their own business) they'd be employed.

The rich don't owe you. If I make more than you, it doesn't mean I owe you for making less. No one owes you anything and sooner that gets into the heads of the "entitled" we can move out of this economic recession. The only way we'll get out of this recession is the desire to make money. Profits drive economic growth, so you guys better embrace it.

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38 comments

  1. Anonymous // November 3, 2011 at 12:33 AM  

    here here!

  2. Rale // November 11, 2011 at 2:59 PM  

    Funny, I see them as "hippies" as well. Peace and love, man! Ugh. What really annoys me the most is that they have no unified message, no particular problem they are marching against, and no real suggestions for fixing the "evils of capitalism." They just march with their posters and banners and expect something, anything to get done. What that is? No one knows... They just want banks to stop being "greedy" and corporations to stop being "oppressive", hah! The whole charade makes me think they're just vapid crusaders against "the man." Did they make those tents themselves? Or were they manufactured by Colemans and bought at the local Wal-Mart? How about those iPhones and MacBooks they're carrying? Apple is a direct competitor to Microsoft, and a HUGE corporation. Also, a look at the history of Apple would serve to indicate just how "oppressive" Apple has been and can be as well. The whole thing smacks of ignorance about how the banking system and economics work in general. Damn hippies and their music... One can only hope that if we just ignore them a little longer, they'll eventually disperse.

  3. Anonymous // November 13, 2011 at 8:35 PM  

    Man I bet all those #OccupyWallStreet people would be flooding this blog post, that is, if they even owned nice things like a fucking computer.

    It's funny because if you look at them, the signs, and the poor children who have no choice but to be there it all fits. Hippy pot smoker parents love to make protesting a family event, to them its like going to fucking Wal-Mart.

    What even further makes it funny is that all of their signs don't even match. One complains about Obama, one about Iraq, and one about the banks, then the few about big corporations.

    Stupid people produce little stupid people.

  4. Anonymous // November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM  

    I am the 99%... Of people who don't know what the fuck is being protested. OCCUPY ALL THE THINGS!!! But seriously. Good job. I hate hippies.

  5. Mike // November 15, 2011 at 2:24 AM  

    amen brotha

    I especially like it when my stupid teachers try to argue that occupy wall street is accomplishing something. When i try to counter they change the subject. :)

  6. rubiks // November 16, 2011 at 12:36 AM  

    i agree with your essay. I saw on a news station, that the 99% complained to the 1% saying that without them, the 1% would never have become rich(pretty much saying that you can't run a business without having customers), so they tried to use that to say "since we made you rich, now give us money," but in reality, if we take all of the 1 percenters money, then who will create jobs for all of us? Who are the ones that make jobs for us? The rich. If we tax the rich even more than we do now, they may have to fire people to keep their business. So raises the 1 percenters taxes, will be worse for us, for there will be less jobs. I think that most people down at wall street don't know what their talking about or don't fully know why they are even down there protesting. I believe that most of them are just saying "give me money!," and my final comment is that they are not the 99%, they are only like a couple thousand people. that's maybe only 0.1% of the U.S. population, not 99%, and you can’t say that you represent 297 million people of the U.S.(99% of the U.S.’s population) without even holding a poll or asking people if this is what we all really believe in.

  7. Dr. Piranha // November 16, 2011 at 3:20 AM  

    Well I was looking for someone who might shed some light and articulate all the garbled thoughts I have about these people. And thank the Lord I now know I'm not the only one who looked at this and the first thing that popped in my kind was hippies. But you said it perfectly! That is exactly how I've been viewing this and I very much live the point about how they are happily posting their propaganda on nice big corporation Apple computers, haha! Ahhh, sometimes I think I'm crazy when I'm the only one that feels this way, but nope, I see some quite intelligent humans here.

    And one last point to prove they are hippies, is that they were kicked out of their fortress, because it was stated that their living conditions were "gross" and "UNSANITARY"! If that doesn't scream smelly damn hippies, well I don't know what does?! I wonder if they feel ashamed destroying a beautiful park, because I'm almost positive they protest about the environment on their days off from Socialize Wall Street.

    And I also will add that I'm so glad that you brought up the fact that I've again the dumbass media had blown something out of proportion for the sake of advertising revenue. It's just the news feeding the sensationalistic crack monkey again.

    So thanks for your astute article.

  8. Carlo // November 16, 2011 at 4:17 PM  

    Absolutly fantastic! Your 100% right. They're just idiots. Every single one of them. If they want a job so bad get off the street and go get one, and oh wait you want to automatically be the president of a fortune 500 company, sorry, it doesn't work that way.

  9. Anonymous // November 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM  

    I consider myself somewhat of a hippie, because I believe in peace and don’t think everything in life should revolve around money. However with that said, I agree that Occupy Wallstreet is one of the most stupid demonstrations ever created – mainly because it is COMPLETELY ineffective! Every day on the news I see all these morons marching around chanting with their idiotic posters, getting sprayed with tear gas, clubbed by police batons…and for what? They have changed absolutely nothing. The rich will continue to get richer for doing the least amount of work possible and taking no social responsibility. A bunch of dirty people dressed in rags and sleeping in tents all over the streets isn’t going to change corporate America one bit. How do these people even have time to waste milling around the streets like this ~ couldn’t they be doing something productive to help society…like getting jobs or doing volunteer work? The way things are now, Occupy Wallstreet is only acting as a cancer to the United States and not effectively implementing any positive changes. Down with them all!

  10. BCC // November 17, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

    Most of them don't actually want to have real jobs. They want to claim enough idealism to be able to have lots of easy sex with as many unshowered individuals as possible. They like to imagine that this is some kind of Woodstock moment and they're "fighting the man." Newsflash: there's nothing noble about rape, drug use, rotovirus, and outbreaks of drug-resistant TB. Is the "Sexual Assault Tent" there to prevent or facilitate sexual violence.

  11. Katie // November 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

    dead on!

  12. Anonymous // November 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM  

    It seems like they want someone or something to minimize the gap between the rich and poor; meaning they'd like to spread the wealth owned by the 1% to more people. There are many problems with this concept. The first is that they can't just take money from one person and give it to another simply because they earn or have too much. The second is the concept goes against what America stands for: CAPITALISM! We live in a society where greed rules. It's what motivates and drives us as individuals to do the best we can. I didn't go to college and get my Masters for the heck of it. I did it because I want to make more money, and there's nothing wrong with that. It's the way our society is structured. If they like the idea of Communism where everyone gets the same piece of the pie then they should move to another country, or go start their own in Never Never Land. What they’re doing makes absolutely no sense at all. But to their point it’s a good change of pace from playing video games in their parent’s basement all day.

  13. Anonymous // November 19, 2011 at 11:21 AM  

    on the flip side, the target of these protests are no less marxist than the protestors themselves. We live thoroughly ensconced within two huge pillars of communism now. The ruling class mao zedong tinged oligarchs/bankers vs. the self entitled common man who cries for welfare

  14. Anonymous // November 20, 2011 at 1:10 AM  

    The person who started this occupy nonsense is a Canadian who owns adbusters. Credible, right? Also, I think "people who are smarter than you owe you nothing" says it best. Being maladapted shouldn't be inherently rewarded.

  15. Maggie // November 20, 2011 at 3:01 PM  

    I am a tree hugging, granola eating hippie who just happen to work at a rather large bank although I am not an exec. I did not finish my college education, I struggle to pay my student loans and feed my children, however I do not blame the banks or America. If these people do not believe the way that banks or businesses run is legit they should keep their money in their mattress in their van down the river. America was built on the ideal that it was a place to work hard an build your own, not get hand outs. Somewhere we lost that ideal.

  16. Anonymous // November 21, 2011 at 2:37 PM  

    Cool story. Good luck with your elementary overlord defensive articles of 2011.

  17. Anonymous // November 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM  

    You know the sad part is, there are people that actually think that by Occupying (fill in noun)they are a catalyst for social/political/economic change. I mean, is that what American protest has come to? Nobody could think up any better way to challenge the current status quo than by standing in the street, pardon, in a park. Oh yes, that's so very proactive! Where is one intelligent person, let alone a task force of intellectuals that has come up with unified, rational, and specific examples of how certain desired changes would improve upon the American financial crisis. The issue really isn't the rich getting richer, because that will not really affect those that consider themselves part of the 99% in a negative way. Increased income equals increased income taxes which fund social welfare programs which aid the unemployed, disadvantaged, and disabled. The problem is that people do not want to accept menial work and feel ENTITLED to the American dream. Like the protests erupting over increasing tuition prices at public colleges/universities. The same people that say spread the wealth on Wall Street, refuse to acknowledge government subsidies in the public school system and complain about tuition increases. They then disregard that tuition increases are necessary to continue scholarship and financial aid programs and that they are personally subsidizing other students regardless of need or ability to pay. So where's the disconnect? Government bail-outs were a joke and the loan market should never have doled out what it did to people who couldn't pay, but that wasn't the fault of Wall Street. That was the fault of the government and partially the Fed. If you really want to get into it too, what about farming subsidies? Those are in the 20-30 billion range to commodity farmers (i.e. corn, soy, wheat, cotton) and I don't see anyone starting Occupy Cornfields. There is a complete lack of solidarity or reason, there is however an abundance of tents, feces, urine, and trash...which NOT CEO's but janitorial staff and city workers will be forced to clean up.

  18. Anonymous // November 23, 2011 at 1:48 PM  

    I too think OWS is beyond stupid. And I agree with much of what you, and commenters, are saying.

    The problem is that neither you, nor these absurd street theatre performers, understand what the "monetary" system has become.

    Take a quick look at the mess MF Global got itself into--how much Monopoly Money/fautbucks leveraged on real money? To the point where money means nothing, so the numbers are all just bullshit.

    What this means is that the only way people can get ahead is NOT by working and saving, but by speculating and scamming. So it's no wonder we have this huge class of idiots waving "99%" victim posters about how they tried to play Wall Street by doing what the banks offered them--get in debt. And then the rules changed.

    THAT is what needs to be dealt with. A return to a REAL capitalist economy. With oversight. Not a bunch of asshole quants running computer algorithms engineered to crank out More Uber Alles, no matter what it destroys.

  19. Anonymous // November 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

    ps, interestingly enough I suggested something like 'Occupy Cornfields' to some "organic agriculture" people I know. They just stared at me. No idea what I was talking about. Economic and financial illiteracy are just as rampant as math and science literacy in the US, and it's starting to show fatally.

  20. Anonymous // November 25, 2011 at 2:17 AM  

    Agree. Not much else to say. I'm all for people making a point but this just seems like an unorganized bunch of people expressing things rather than doing anything about it.

  21. Lauren G. // November 25, 2011 at 8:42 PM  
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  22. Rale // November 26, 2011 at 12:56 PM  

    I was going to respond to Lauren G, but it seems her post was deleted... Not sure how I feel about that, seems like censorship to me. But the blog owner can delete whichever posts he wants to, so it's not my concern.

    Anyway, Lauren said something about it being an "anti-corruption" protest against corporate greed and government backed corporations. The people in the OWS movement want the government to represent the people, not corporations. Hogwash, as many of them have made absurd demands and are simply asking for handouts and to "spread the wealth." They don't want the government to stop backing corporations, they want a damn welfare state. If they really wish any sort of change in the status quo, building tent cities, carrying signs, and filling public places with trash and feces isn't the way to do it. March on Washington, occupy the national mall. All we're seeing from these protesters is an increase in crime (sometimes violent), destruction of public property, and, in some cases, impedance of the local workforce. They are still lacking any sort of unified agreement and the movement is still a complete joke who NO ONE takes seriously.

    Funny thing, I saw some "Occupy Peoria" protesters the other day. There were 4 of them standing outside a run down gas station with a huge white banner that said "OCCUPY PEORIA". I laughed, my girlfriend laughed. Really occupying there, aren't we guys?

  23. Lauren G. // November 26, 2011 at 7:07 PM  
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  24. Capitalist Shrugged // November 26, 2011 at 8:17 PM  

    Lauren comment isn't censored. I made a post just for it.

    http://capitalist-shrugged.blogspot.com/2011/11/retarded-occupy-wall-street-comments.html

    If I wanted to, I could just delete the comment where it doesn't show up. It's left there for your benefit.

  25. Lauren G. // November 26, 2011 at 9:33 PM  

    yeah brother, i'm a complete idiot. i have a masters degree in engineering physics, i've traveled around the world for 5 years and I speak 7 languages. I'm such a retard! it is an anti corruption protest and its going on around the world. we're all talking about it so i guess it's not that much of a failure huh?

  26. Capitalist Shrugged // November 26, 2011 at 10:49 PM  

    Hi Lauren,

    I have my degree in Engineering. I didn't get my Masters because at that point I was really sick of school and I knew there was no market for new grad engineers with Master degrees. What's the point?

    Traveling around the world for 5 years isn't a job skill. If you want to do that, it's cool. It's your life. Just remember that it might not be that beneficial to an engineering degree.

    Knowing a lot of languages really isn't necessary for an engineer.

    Just being honest.

    Oh and it's not an anti-corruption movement as you keep saying.

  27. Lauren G. // November 27, 2011 at 12:06 PM  

    sure, well i dont know what part you read where i wrote it was in any way necessary to be an engineer. just pointing out i've talked to thousands of people, dirt poor to super rich, ambassadors, activists etc from china to brazil (helps when you speak the native tongue) and something's gotta give. if we're gonna be a country to emulate in the future we've gotta reform what we have going on here. there's a lot of issues that OWS people want, just ask them before you say there is no message. You're just repeating soundbytes from the news then.

  28. Capitalist Shrugged // November 27, 2011 at 3:33 PM  

    Hi Lauren,

    You've talked to thousands of people. Congrats. Ambassadors and activists, wow. How do you know they're not corrupt?

    You say that "something has to give". What has to give? What's the problem? Did the activists say this?

    You say that we need to "reform". Are we reforming for reform's sake? What do we reform? In what direction do we reform? What is the ideological goal of such a reform?

    And I never said the OWS people didn't have a message. I said they don't have an "anti-corruption" message. They certainly have a great socialist/communist message.

  29. Anonymous // November 30, 2011 at 5:19 PM  

    they should change their name from "Occupy Wall Street" to "United Hobos Wanting Handouts."

    They have have contributed an equal amount to the economy the last few months as a group of united homeless people (and the OWS hipsters have gotten more handouts).

    i agree that there is definitely some underhanded things going on in big business and the government (it's obvious), but that is the way this big flaming ball of bull shit that is America is held together.

    The best thing one can do to protect himself is to follow my father's advice: GET EDUCATED in something that society will always need, and thus get a high paying job. It's that simple.

    It makes me sick to see how the unskilled in the U.S. feel ENTITLED to a piece of the "1%'s" wealth. The "1%" didn't get there by accident. They put themselves in line to become movers and shakers by having great ideas, taking big risks, and working hard.

    I'm sorry you don't have health insurance or a fancy car, but anyone could have told you (and they probably did) that dropping out of high school and blaming others isn't how you achieve these perks.

    I feel like 97% of the population of the world WISH they had the same opportunities that these "poor 99%" had blown in the past.

  30. Gary // December 2, 2011 at 4:26 PM  

    When I first seen the Occupy protests sweeping in NYC, I had no idea what to think of so many people protesting, over what exactly? Most of these people tell a sad story about how they are struggling, and the banks are being greedy, but do you really believe getting out there and protesting is going to do anything?

    Not to mention, this has been going on for a while now, and do you see them demanding anything? What exactly do they want? They're just getting out there and occupying space like they own it. They come running around with their posters and staying in tents like that is going to get something done for them. They are accomplishing NOTHING!!! And Occupy should be the best example that bitching and crying about how bad you have it gets you no where! Get off your ass and get a job, they must have some money to buy tents to stay in, but look at them, it's absolutely stupid. They gather but do nothing. What are their demands? We don't know what they want cause they just gather up and say "The rich don't work nearly as hard as us, this is so wrong" well go out and get a job, money is not free, you have to earn it, and if you want to make it up there with the rich, work the ladder!

    These people are pathetic, and let me tell you EVERYONE has a sad story, including me. I don't have health care, I pay bills that take up most of my check, but that don't mean I'm going to be a quitter and get out there and protest and complain about life cause I don't have it perfect.

    These people need to get a job, and do something. Money is not free.

  31. Anonymous // December 7, 2011 at 11:04 PM  

    Completly agree...what about the rest of this country that had to work hard to get where we are? I'm a fresh college grad and have been paying off my student loans through hard work and dedication, not by playing in a drum circle.

  32. Anonymous // December 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

    The only ideal I the occupy movement has right is that corporations are not people and should beable lobby or fund political groups. Supers pacs shouldn't exist and neither should lobbyists. The reason why the occupy movement is a joke is because they dont have a coherent clear message. I agree we should aspire to become the 1%. We need start cleaning house in politics. Get separation of church and state back into play, and corporations out of politics aswell. These grass roots movements are unorganized and a joke. Get out of left and the right and start thinking, reading, go out a vote out the congressmen who pull these strings. People just need to think before they act.

  33. Anonymous // January 30, 2012 at 2:43 AM  

    somebody read atlas shrugged....but really I hope that all those Occupy protestors endure what James Taggart endured...when they finally see that they were wrong all along and it destroys them internally. its funny how they go around preaching wealth redistribution as if the richest people are greedy and don't care about anyone. On the contrary, the richest people are the ones that care the most, but they are also smart enough to realize that you can't endure by giving handouts. The problem is people believe in sacrifice so much. It is sacrificial to take all of your money and redistribute it to the poor suffering homeless people, but it is somehow not a sacrifice to take care of your own child. By the code of morals these people believe, it would be better to feed the "poor unfortunate people" than to force them to become relevant. What people fail to understand is that if you give a man a fish he'll be hungry again soon, and if you teach a man to fish he'll never bother you again. Sometimes the only thing you can do is tough love. Cut welfare out so that the people who live off of my taxes endure enough hardship to get off their ass. If theirs truly is the morality of life, they will see how they've sealed their own demise by expecting entitlements and either begin to use their mind or perish quickly after. I used to live near a GM powertrain plant. All my life, the low workers used labor unions to try and force higher wages though they contributed nothing intellectual to the cause. Some of them hated the union cause they realized it was muscling it's way around and making choices on their behalf for them under the guise of taking care of the working class, however if they stood up against the union they found themselves without a job. It wasn't long before that GM plant began to grow fed up with the labor unions, then the power price tripled in 5 years, and the property tax sky rocketed. And when the company left, they blamed greedy people. If I have something everyone wants I will sell it on my terms

  34. Anonymous // February 2, 2012 at 6:13 AM  

    the trick is to play slayer and they'll all disappear... Hippie's hate slayer

  35. Who Is John Galt // May 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM  

    I used to believe what the OWS movement believes. Then I read Atlas Shrugged. Now I MAKE money, I don't demand it.

  36. davidleejohn // June 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM  

    It is the lack of understanding about Marx, Rand, and Smith that create easy to understand sound bites without extensive thought. In Atlas Shrugged you might notice that Rearden's workers are unionized (and happy). Not people that are lowly, and pathetic; but rather, stake holders in a company they support. That dream is nearly dead. Rand would turn in her grave if she saw the nanny-state set up for corporations and banks. It is her nightmare, but the people and corporations are playing opposite roles. Free Market does not exist, it's strings are pulled by corporations and their lobbies who own our elections and demand subsidies to undermine any fair concept of international markets. The current state of America is not the ideal of any mind except Mousillini, who described fascism as,"corporatism" the combination of state and corporation. We are there, and people are not happy about it. Protest are all we have, call them Hippies or whatever, and avoid thinking of them as people. Seems legit.

  37. Christopher David // January 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM  

    You hit the nail right on its head! Spot on! OWS is a stupid movement by a bunch of hippies, with no common goal who simply don't understand economics.

  38. Anonymous // December 31, 2013 at 4:15 AM  

    True dat, it is self-pity is narcissism disguised as depth, that is why so many people resent you woe-is-me bullshit...