Saturday, November 5, 2011

In Her Own Words

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” she says. “I support what they do.”

Elizabeth Warren on the Occupy Wall Street movement.
24 Oct 2011, the Daily Beast

 The proper role of government is to protect individual rights including property rights. The government should be helping this woman get her money back from those who took it. Oh. Wait . . . since government is the only institution with the legal use of force, let alone the institution that forced the bail out on many banks, shouldn't she be marching on Pennsylvania Avenue?


meet Kettle. (Just too close to ignore.)

A little more cerebral signage, closer to the intellectual foundation of the movement. The system in which every man can voluntarily trade with any other man must die. Long live . . . um . . . tyranny? 

And there it is. 

I'm not sure who "the man" is in this case, but the suggestion of lynchings is always in protest vogue.

While inventing the Occupy movement might be an overstatement of Gorian proportions, I personally thank Ms. Warren for her bellows-like contributions to the thought-savings that go along with the indiscriminate targeting of all those with "too much money." This is certain to make the world a better place for all. 

Well . . . except for those rich people, and maybe anyone whose stunted thought processes are steeled by these intellectuals supporting the childish idea that wealth is a fixed pie - you are poor because someone else is rich. Oh, and possibly, the next set of people targeted by the mindless democratic tyranny: Doctors? Lawyers? Union bosses? French-Canadians? Who knows? 

When you don't follow your ideas to their proper conclusion, the outcomes are always a surprise.  

Photographs from Mercury News.


Anonymous said...

It looks like that Elizabeth Warren is one of the witch doctors to all of the occupy Attilas. But while the other witch doctors like Andy Stern and Van Jones are downplaying their contributions - to give the verisimilitude of a grassroots movement a boost - looks like Warren wants to lead this parade. Or swarm of locusts.

c andrew

Katrina said...

"The Man" looks like a Storm Trooper to me.

Lynne said...

Hmmm. Now I might have to rethink my disdain for the entire movement.

Ed Darrell said...

Warren urges personal responsibility, and honesty in dealings -- stuff that she wrote into the law that the House Republicans are now trying to vitiate.

Somehow I suspect she's referring to those parts of the "99% platform" and not to what you've misimagined it to be here.

Warren is campaigning to change Washington, to bring more responsibility to the financial sector.

I am greatly puzzled at why anyone other than Bernie Madoff or Jeffrey Skilling would object, or do anything but applaud those efforts.

Lynne said...

Thank you for your comment Mr. Darrell.

I have not misimagined her fanning the flames of class warfare, blaming those who have money for having it on the backs of those who don't, and calling for even more government oversight of our economy which allows for, I'd say even encourages, less personal responsibility.

The political differences we have relates to the role of government: the proper role of government is to protect individual rights. If force and fraud were used against individuals, they should be able to seek justice from an impartial and objective government. More than that and the government begins to pick winners and losers, at which point, we all become losers. We lose our individual rights.

Elizabeth Warren appeals to people's sense that someone must be to blame, someone must pay, and the petty envy question of how come they have so much money and the rest of us are struggling? She metaphorically rounds up the wealthy and blames them en masse without warrant. This is in clear contradiction to a government that protects individual rights.

Ed Darrell said...

When large financial interests perform acts that take away assets of people, and the people have no recourse, according to Jefferson, Locke and Montesquieu, the people should be able to pass a law to prevent thefts in the future.

Warren proposed such a law and got it passed, all the more remarkable because she was not an elected official at the time.

If you believe theft is okay because it is so technical that common law doesn't cover it, you're not prepared for America in the late 19th century.

Morality involves more than just law, and freedom does not imply license to steal -- or should not.

I'm still mystified why anyone would defend Bernie Madoff's views. Do you consider yourself an anarchist?

Lynne said...

First, I am not defending Bernie Madoff. He is a crook, purposefully defrauding people and is in jail where he belongs under objective laws to protect individual rights. Insofar as other financial actors used force and fraud to take away people's money, they also deserve to be in jail. Other than the government's force used in bailing the industry out, where is the force?

I am most definitely NOT an anarchist. I am simply an advocate for individual rights and for a government that protects them, not by violating them when the individual is wealthy, black, gay, Jewish or whatever attribute is currently out of favor.