Robin Hood vs. the Occupiers

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We have entered a new phase of the endless Occupy Wall Street sleepover. Not working is hard work. After a month of tying up the police, generating mounds of trash, railing against Jews while holding up “Nazi Bankers” signs, grappling with pervs, rapists and thieves in their ranks, communing with avowed communists, and hobnobbing with 1 percenter celebrities donning 99 percenter costumes (phew!), the Occupiers are rallying around a new mascot:

Robin Hood.

The crime-plagued Carnival of 1,001 Demands is now focused on one unified agenda item: a soak-the-rich tax on financial transactions worldwide. The corporate-bashing Canadian magazine “Adbusters” (funded by left-wing Wall Street trader Robert Halper) initiated the Occupy Wall Street siege last summer and published a new online manifesto this week explaining the call for an October 29 “Robin Hood march”:

“Across the globe the 99 percent are marching! … It’s now time to amp up the edgy theatrics … deviant pranks, subversive performances and playful detournements of all kinds.” There’s been no shortage of deviance, unfortunately, what with protesters defecating on police cars, urinating on each other’s tents, stealing food and phones, and exposing themselves to children. But I digress. As the movement “matures,” the leaders overseeing an unruly mob in Guido Fawkes masks exhorted the masses to “occupy the core of our global system.”

October 29 is the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, you see, and that’s the date on which Adbusters wants its followers to “rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1 percent ROBIN HOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades.” The money, say longtime champions of the tax, would go to “fund crucial action against climate change.” The Occupiers’ message? “We want you to slow down some of that $1.3 trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day — enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world.”

Say what? Panicked governments forked over trillions to rescue politically connected, basket-case banks, and the solution is … punishing individual investors, creating less efficient capital markets, and spreading the wealth around to global-warming zealots and welfare-state overlords?

Rest assured, the text of the Robin Hood tax manifesto will be chanted in ignorant zombie unison — using the “human microphone” method of call and drone — in dingy occupier camps from NYC to San Francisco and every blue dot in between.

Showcasing their economic illiteracy, the Occupiers remain clueless about the real-world consequences of their redistributionist claptrap. And they’re ridiculously oblivious to the irony of adopting anti-tax crusader “Robin Hood” as their hero.

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  • StephenD

    Good job once again Ms. Malkin. I expect nothing less.
    I would offer that these dolts suffer from a corruption of identity. That is to say in their attempt to have one voice they willingly loose their own. The real question is who is putting the words in their mouths.
    They have become the "useful idiots" as if that were the goal. Lenin would be laughing out loud at them all while they did his bidding.

  • Questions

    OWS is much like the ongoing Lower Manhattan's Tompkins Square Park crisis that plagued New York City during 1988-93. Political squatters have a way of attracting the worst of the lumpenproletariat to their environment.

  • Amused

    LOL…these people really bother you eh Michelle ? In fact they bother alot of the denizons of this blog …..good ….suck it up .!
    They aint hurting anyone , they're not threatening anyone , and as any comparison to the teabaggers ?
    Way more class .
    Yea "greed is good " says mr.sod , spoken like a tru SCHMUCK ! LOL….may the fleabaggers eat a hole in your gut .
    I like'em , migh even send' em some money …I like the idea of AMERICANS EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS…without accusing the other half of the country of being traitors , touting phony patriotism and spewing hate .
    Take an aspirin Michelle , these people aint going away any time soon …and they can vote too .

    • StephenD

      I have a problem with the concept and its implementation. "Occupy?" As in 'Take Control?' There are existing means of redress for grievances. We are not under the thumb of a monarch where we MUST revolt to change the rule. There is NO EXCUSE for your kind to sh*t on a cruiser or piss in the streets. There is no excuse for storming the lobby of a local bank or blocking the bridge which prevents WORKING PEOPLE from getting to work.
      You attempt to compare these useful idiots with the Tea Party is beyond the pale. Do you think if you say the words it will make it true? All anyone need do is look at them! See their behavior. Listen to their demands. There is no comparison. The Tea Party got the word out that we ALL are Taxed Enough Already. Your 'crew' wants other peoples stuff. Period….and you say they have class. LOL

  • Amused

    One of the reasons that the extremes of left and right touch—think of Anders Breivik plagiarizing the Unabomber manifesto, or those far-leftists marching under the banner “we are all Hezbollah now”—is that they have a shared commitment to conspiratorialism.
    Talking to experts in the British Muslim community, I was repeatedly told that we had not taken proper measure of the ubiquity and power of conspiratorial modes of thought, and so we had failed to see how stony is the ground upon which many counter-radicalization communications fall. Tarique Ghaffur, the assistant commissioner to the Metropolitan Police, has warned that “among young Muslims there is anger and a feeling of injustice, but there are also elements of denial: they have their own myths, and through the Internet it leads to a huge industry of conspiracy theories.”

  • Amused

    Dean Godson, head of the think tank Policy Exchange, was told by the chief constable of West Yorkshire that “an appreciable number of radicalized young Muslim men in Leeds believed that the London bombings were invented by the Jewish-dominated media.” Indeed, a Pew Research Center poll in 2006 found that 25 percent of British Muslims agreed with the statement “the British government was involved in some way” with the 7/7 attacks.

    Conspiricism is a mode of thinking, not just this or that thought. Cognitive totalism is defined by the social psychologist David Mandel as “an excessive tendency to think in ‘black-or-white’, ‘all-or-nothing’, ‘fallen state or utopia’ terms.” Conspiracy theories “provide causal structures that allow simple, monocausal attributions to a particular scapegoat to appear plausible,” says Mandel. Each extremism provides its own specific monocausal attribution, of course; a paranoid account of the “threat” that is immune to criticism and which Ayaan Hirsi Ali points out also “appeas[es] the perpetrators conscience.”

  • Amused

    So: why is conspiratorialism rife?

    There is a synergy between three factors. First, the 1960s brought (along with much good) a prohibition on “judgement,” a skepticism about “truth,” and a commitment to relativist modes of thought. Some of the most influential social theories of the new left—Herbert Marcuse’s notion of “repressive tolerance” springs to mind—were little more than sophisticated conspiracy theories. It was not such a long journey from depicting liberal democracy as a meaningless fraud, a mere ideological camouflage for a totalitarian West, to full-blown conspiracism…

    Anyone here recognize this mentality ? LOL….it defines most of you , ESPECIALLY YOU MICHELLE …….notice the similarities of the thought process , between you and the jihadis ? lol….probably not .

  • Amused

    BTW, thew above , was from an article read recently on "consiracy theories " , used as a matter of routine by the Right AND Left …….and of course muslims .

    • Wideband

      You ought to call yourself amazing. Amazingly, not only did you fail to adress the points of the article you hoped to rebut (I think), you failed to make any sense at all.

  • Amused

    Apparently that band aint wide enough pal , it's choking off circulation to your brain . Malkin makers her living on conspiracy theories , and makes most of them up herself . This latest juvenile attempt is part and parcel of what she's all about , but more so the sycophants that suck it up . YOU missed the point because you've got your head up your arse .