Occupy Wall Street: Giving the Masses Someone to Hate

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Ivan finds a magic lamp and rubs it, and the jinni grants him one wish. As it turns out, Boris has a goat, but Ivan doesn’t. Ivan’s wish is for Boris’ goat to die. That vision reflects the feelings of too many Americans. If all CEOs worked for nothing, it would mean absolutely little or nothing to the average American’s bottom line.

For politicians, it’s another story: Demonize people whose power you want to usurp. That’s the typical way totalitarians gain power. They give the masses someone to hate. In 18th-century France, it was Maximilien Robespierre’s promoting hatred of the aristocracy that was the key to his acquiring more dictatorial power than the aristocracy had ever had. In the 20th century, the communists gained power by promoting public hatred of the czars and capitalists. In Germany, Adolf Hitler gained power by promoting hatred of Jews and Bolsheviks. In each case, the power gained led to greater misery and bloodshed than anything the old regime could have done.

Let me be clear: I’m not equating America’s liberals with Robespierre, Josef Stalin and Hitler. I am saying that promoting jealousy, fear and hate is an effective strategy for politicians and their liberal followers to control and micromanage businesses. It’s not about the amount of money people earn. If it were, politicians and leftists would be promoting jealousy, fear and hate toward multimillionaire Hollywood and celebrities and sports stars, such as LeBron James ($48 million), Tiger Woods ($75 million) and Peyton Manning ($38 million). But there is no way that politicians could take over the roles of Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and LeBron James. That means celebrities can make any amount of money they want and it matters not one iota politically.

The Occupy Wall Street crowd shouldn’t focus its anger at wealthy CEOs. A far more appropriate target would be the U.S. Congress.

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  • Isherwood

    Jealousy, fear and hate. Hmm, like what we read about George Soros and the other bogeyman that are pilloried on FrontPage everyday? It takes one to know one! If this is all you've got, right wingers, you are in bad shape!

    Keep'um occupied!

    • jmc610

      "Jealousy, fear and hate. Hmm, like what we read about George Soros and the other bogeyman that are pilloried on FrontPage everyday?"

      …no that's called the truth.

    • Dennis

      Hello Isherwood,

      Dr. Williams had to keep his commentary, well, "KISS" so the Occupiers could:

      1. Be able to read it
      2. Comprehend close to 50% of the words
      3. Do a "SHOW 'N TELL" with it for extra credit
      4. Return home before their parents reported them missing
      5. Maintain their SELF-ESTEEM and gravitas as "educated adults"

      Now, continue to practice that old Illusionist trick of MISDIRECTION for someone who actually gives a crap what you think.

  • ObamaYoMoma
  • tagalog

    The recitation of the names of celebrities who make $100 million or more is repulsive enough almost to make me agree with Roseanne Barr.

  • jewdog

    Correct, Walter. And why does anybody make "too" much? Because there is too little competition. If government would get out of the way and deregulate business so that more businesses could form, there would be greater competition and lower CEO salaries.
    It is the over-regulation of business, primarily by Democrats, that has led to a situation the Democrats abhor.

  • czander

    Prior to the 1980’s, layoffs were rare, because corporations and employees both recognized they were bad for both. Prior to the 1980’s generations of workers retired with defined pensions and lifelong benefits. When the focus shifted to the bottom line, the social compact between employer and employee was suddenly considered unprofitable and not in the interest of shareholder value. Gone was an appreciation of the complexity associated with thinking of the corporation as a “good citizen” or capable of “doing good” in the broader sense. The complexities associated with the social compact required critical thought and long term planning with all its nuances and competing benefits. But executives were taught this was a waste of time and money. In the late 1970’s business schools started moving away from critical thinking and the move away rapidly escalated in the 1980’s, as business professors and consultants told real and potential CEO’s they could use layoff’s and outsourcing as a main management method for pumping up stock prices. Executives taking a “bottom line” approach quickly abdicated their responsibilities associated with commitment to employees and life-time benefits. They dumped a value system that emphasized responsibility over profitability, and they rejected a belief that their success was based on obtaining satisfaction among all stakeholders. They were taught and accepted the idea that corporate stockholders had a higher moral claim on the corporation. CEO success shifted and was now exclusively measured by share price, dividends, and economic profit. This trend continues. According to Conference Board (2008), almost all industries show a reallocation of compensation toward stock and away from cash compensation. Furthermore, in an assessment of the largest 10 percent of companies in their sample, the median CEO holds about 100 times his or her salary in total stock and stock options in the company.

  • Texasron

    The progressives (formerly known as liberals) of this country should be proud. Their college professors have created a professional band of beggars. Those beggars are now occupying public spaces throughout the country and demanding that they not be held responsible for their debts. This is the ultimate society wanted by progressives – to live at someone else's expense.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I like the term communists insted of progressives or liberals. As far as I am concerned the opposite of capitalism is communism. We can end up being a soviet style communist state. Just ask Comrade Obama.