2011/10/23

OWS Karma

What I like to call, "You reap what you sow".

Excerpt from "Karma", by Clarice Feldman, posted on American Thinker.
 


4. Occupation Force Karma
There's so much karma around the occupation forces that I hardly know where to start.
In the first place their target  -- which seems to be the banks which lent them money they cannot now repay or the "corporations" which apparently will not hire them -- is misplaced, which means even if they succeed in annoying everyone and making a lot of places filthy, they cannot get any meaningful relief.  James Taranto:
Their anger is understandable but misplaced. The banks were merely doing what banks do; if they had refused to make student loans, these youngsters would have been just as upset. As for the corporations, the reason they demand college degrees, as we wrote in 2007, is that is that the government forbids them to screen applicants directly for basic intelligence under a doctrine of antidiscrimination law known as "disparate impact" that the U.S. Supreme Court established in the 1971 case Griggs v. Duke Power Co.:
But why are employers able to get away with requiring a degree without running afoul of Griggs?  Because colleges and universities -- again, especially elite ones -- go out of their way to discriminate in favor of minorities.  By admitting blacks and Hispanics with much lower SAT scores than their white and Asian classmates, purportedly in order to promote "diversity," these institutions launder the exam of its disparity.
Thus the higher-education industry and corporate employers have formed a symbiotic relationship in which the former profits by acting as the latter's gatekeeper and shield against civil-rights lawsuits. Little wonder that in 2003, when the Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of discriminatory admissions policies at the University of Michigan, 65 Fortune 500 companies filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging that they be upheld.
Now of course the kids at Occupy Wall Street don't know any of this. They have received four-plus years of "education" from mostly left-wing professors who owe their sinecures to this arrangement and who are happy, for reasons of both ideology and self-interest, to vilify the capitalist system they feed off. When we explained this to Taylor, it was totally new to him, and he was fascinated.
If these young people ever figure out the real reasons they're so deeply in debt, maybe they'll "occupy" Columbia and NYU rather than Wall Street.
Then there's the atmosphere in the occupation venues they created.
If you run around with signs attacking private property as theft and extolling expropriation of others' wealth, can you be surprised when your fellow would- be- communards steal your good stuff like Apple iPhones and iPads?  If you discourage law enforcement from entering your occupation territory, should you be surprised when your fellows assault and rape you?  If you hang out with folks who covet other peoples' things, can you be astonished when whatever you earn (in this case by your drumming ) is taxed at 50%  by those who are sitting around eating chef-prepared donated organic food and trying on free shoes?  And when you gather with those who  eschew any order are you entitled to cry:
"Someone has to be told what to do. Someone needs to give orders. There's no sense of order in this fucking place."?
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