Abraham Lincoln once said, “That some should be rich shows that others may become rich and hence is just encouragement of industry and enterprise.” Those words are lost on the occupiers, who believe in the teachings of Karl Marx. First is their 1 percent, 99 percent banter, which is a very clever way of saying bourgeois and proletariat. Then we have their rhetoric against banks and corporations, which Marx would approve of, as he wanted credit and the means of production centralized in the hands of the state. One of the planks found in the Communist Manifesto is “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax,” which we currently have as the top 1 percent of income earners pay 38 percent of all federal income taxes, while the bottom 47 percent of earners pay ZERO in federal income taxes, and yet, one of the wants of the occupiers is to “tax the rich” more. And then there are the protesters, who on the same day they blocked commerce and the port of Oakland (California), displayed a banner along a roadway saying, “Occupy Everything: Death to Capitalism.”
Marx would and should be proud of his rabble rousing, miscreant offspring who make up the OWS movement.
Ulysses S. Arn
From the Nov. 16-22, 2011, issue