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The movement’s official demands largely approximate those of the modern Democratic Party whose leaders reciprocate by openly embracing it. OWSers demand open borders, card check, massive public make-work projects, a guaranteed “living wage,” free college education, single-payer health care, and the abolition of fossil fuels.
But there is only one demand on the OWSers’ list that would unleash unprecedented chaos and turn America into a Third World country virtually overnight.
Perhaps the media-savvy anarchists who non-hierarchically, non-patriarchically dominate the garbage-strewn landscape of lower Manhattan drew inspiration from the 1999 movie Fight Club which railed against so-called consumerism. Demand number 11 of the movement calls for America to become a post-capitalist society in a hurry:
Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Although it’s difficult to imagine even today’s Democratic Party going along with such a clear-cut prescription for national suicide, the fact that President Obama and congressional Democrats aren’t running away from Occupy Wall Street over the movement’s demands should give all Americans pause.
Democrats will be punished by American voters for not distancing themselves from the radical movement, according to Democratic pollster Douglas Schoen.
The Occupy Wall Street movement “reflects values that are dangerously out of touch with the broad mass of the American people,” Schoen wrote in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.
That’s an understatement.
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