Yeah, yeah, we know - we said we weren't going to be doing any of these easy- target OWS updates but we're granting ourselves a pass as this isn't one those cheap gotcha rape, murder or physical assault-related updates rather video footage of what passes for a leadership panel discussion at the New School in New York discussing the abolition of capitalism refreshed, of course, by Starbuck's coffee and Poland Springs bottled water.
David Graeber: “It strikes me that if one is going to pursue this to its logical conclusion, the only way to have a genuinely democratic society would also be to abolish capitalism in this state.”
Marina Sitrin: “We can’t have democracy with capitalism… Democracy and capitalism don’t work together.”
We made it about half-way through the video but could bare it no longer. Incoherency.
Two related thoughts occurred to us while watcing the video: 1) what's the alternative? Since we only made it through half the video, they may have eventually got around to it but having watched this set in various forms, shapes and sizes through the years, we're confident they didn't beyond flowered-up speech that was essentially re-distributionism and involuntary confiscation of others' wealth and property in the name of "justice".
and 2) they never got around to the alternative... because the 20th century did it for them. The 20th century was a study in the alternative and as you all know, it was a flamingly spectacular failure and we do believe we are being charitable in that assessment.
Socialism, Communism, Fascism, Peronism, Imperialism, Nazism... every strain of collectivism known to civilization as practiced by the true believers in that century left a trail of human misery and death heretofore unknown to mankind.
And in the backs of their minds they know it. Don't be fooled - these jokers don't want a revolution. Do any of these people look as if they are prepared for an actual revolution? Whether they realize it or not and wthether they are willing to admit it or not, they are defending and are fully vested in the status quo. The statist-left of which they are all part is the Establishment.
The unions, the occupyers, the minority-based grievance industry, higher academia and the entrenched interests at the federal, state and big city government levels are all absolutely counting on a continuance of the crony statism that is their life-blood.
They don't want a revolution and they don't want to end capitalism - they want things to stay pretty much on the slouching course they are currently on.