Since Occupy Wall Street started, people left and right have been making points for and against the months long protests. Some call it just a rabble of smelly hippies, others the beginning of a revolution that will change America forever. Fellow bloggers like Simon and Roosh think the starting of the true American police state has come with the many instances of police “brutality” against OWS members. From the videos I’ve seen there have been some overreaction, but I disagree with my friend that getting pepper sprayed is brutality. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it can cause secondary problems, but for a movement that’s wanting to take on the state and its power, getting sprayed is hardly the worst these people can get. Look at Egypt. Hundreds were killed before they got what they wanted. Look at Syria. Thousands are dead and more are dying and the state is still in power. “I fought my government and my eyes got irritated” seems like a first world problem to me.
While Simon is off about the extent of police evil, he is right on point about the reasons for the protests and the reasons for giving them backing. The state and the financial institutions in America have run amok for over 100 years, more if you count the back and forth between Alexander Hamilton’s economic ideology and Thomas Jefferson’s between the birth of the nation to the Civil War. Conservatives and libertarians have an unhealthy love for the banks, despite the obvious fraud and mismanagement that always gets exposed every decade. Instead of taking the accurate road and supporting strict and smart new banking rules, the right has stayed quiet, turning their attention to OWS, Obama and the Democrats. This is big mistake. The people hate the banks. The rage is right in their faces and they could take advantage of it.
The left’s hate of banks stems from the socialist ideology. Rich vs. poor. Upper vs. lower. Right or wrong, the left loves to take the side of the underdog, even if the underdog is strapping bombs to retarded girls and blowing themselves up in crowed markets. They don’t really have any decent suggestions as to truly revolt against the system because they love the system they hate. Without capitalism (or free markets, whatever you want to call it), they wouldn’t be able to use Twitter to communicate, Facebook to organize or buy cheap poster board or find gas masks. If they believe the free market is evil, then they need to quit encouraging it. This is why OWS isn’t taken very seriously by even its anti-banking brothers, the Ron Paul supporters, the anarcho-capitalists and other libertarian/anti-Fed groups. A true populist, anti-bank, anti-Washington movement could arise, but as long as the left is trying to re-create the 60s by stinking up New York or co-opting its message in Los Angeles, nothing will truly get accomplished other than creating jobs for cops and janitors.
If one truly wants to start a broad based, anti-bank, anti-Washington movement with the goal of changing the economic system to a more decentralized, but free system, you’ve got to aim at one thing and one thing only: Washington’s control of the banking system. People fear if the control of the economy is taken from the government, the capitalists will run amok and destroy the country. I’m not talking about removing all economic control from the government, but enough that things like Fanny and Freddie, BearSterns and Goldman Sachs and their crimes won’t be overlooked because of the almighty campaign contribution and the almighty incumbent vote. A few years ago, Senator Schumer let loose that the West Coast banks were failing and created a bank run that took down several local banks, but right under his nose, and in his pocket, was every major failing bank in America, but said not a thing. Something tells me that a nudge nudge was involved for that press conference. To save the economy from the banks, you’ve got to save the banks from themselves and get them the fuck out of Washington.
If somehow that happens, a truly populist movement made up of left and right, and they get people in, the next thing that needs to happen is to streamline and strengthen the regulations on how much real wealth a bank needs to hold. This will buffer any downturns because (GASP!) the banks will still have wealth and not just imaginary money from pieces of paper based on the speculative worth of mortgages (or anything else). Also, repeal the laws requiring banks to lend to this minority or that group. Credit isn’t easy. Credit is a big responsibility and opening markets for capitalists to grab as much as they can is a dumbfuck idea and the government was full of dumbfucks who supported the idea. If you don’t want banks to defraud people and the government to make money, stop opening up markets where you know goddamn well people can’t pay for food, let alone homes. Its not out of the goodness of their hearts that the lenders want people in homes, its because it brings in revenue. Let them rent. Let them live with family. Not everyone needs a home, nor do they need a mortgage that is going to kick them out of it 2 years later. Start with that, then repeal down the line until there isn’t a lending monopoly by the state or the big banks. The best lenders are local lenders, community lenders, and they’ve all been muscled out of their own markets. We have anti-trust laws for a reason, our government rarely seems to use it for things that actually matter.
The next American Revolution, the change from Hamiltonian big banking to Jeffersonian decentralized living, can happen if people would pull their heads out of their asses and forget gay marriage or weed or bitching illegals and unite for a second and taken on the real enemy, the government. If you don’t want to see Syria or Libya in America in the next 50 years, all it takes is some understanding, some forgiveness, some compromise, some smarts and some goddamn balls.