Obama Supporters “Occupy” DC
DB's lede today, entitled "Daily Bell Helps Blow Up Wall Street Protest Via Drudge, Prison Planet and Google," focused in part on a remarkable video by Adam Kokesh. This intrepid reporter, and former Marine, spoke to protestors involved with the increasingly famous (and notorious) Occupy Wall Street movement and discovered their fundamentally statist points of view.
Here's how Infowars/Prison Planet put it:
The ignorance displayed in these interviews knows no bounds. The protesters just don't get it. They are calling for the government to use force to impose their ideas, all in the name of bringing down corporations who they don't realize have completely bought off government regulators. Corporations and government enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship – getting one to regulate the other is asinine and only hurts smaller businesses who are legitimately trying to compete in a free market economy that barely exists.
The zeal for totalitarian government amongst some of the "protesters" is shocking. One sign being carried around read, "A government is an entity which holds the monopolistic right to initiate force," which seems a little ironic when protesters complain about being physically assaulted by police in the same breath.
One woman interviewed by Kokesh also announces her intention to help Obama to capture a second term. How can a self-proclaimed Occupy Wall Street protester simultaneously support the man whose 2008 campaign was bankrolled by Wall Street, whose 2012 campaign is reliant on Wall Street to an even greater extent, and whose cabinet was filled with Wall Street operatives?
Something is very wrong with this picture.
Posted by PB on 10/09/11 11:32 PM
Instead of Adam vs. Man it should be called Adam IS the Man. The interview with the girl who asked him which news agency he was with and was unsuccessful in her debate, with the H on her shirt @ the 3 minute mark
Do you think the Occupiers, at least some, are actors paid by MoveOn?
Click to view link
Posted by codrus on 10/08/11 01:33 PM
I applaud this interviewer. He was dead on.
Posted by bob on 10/04/11 02:27 AM
I love revolutions.
- First people have stupid ideas about "democracy" and an uthopian paradise they want to impose on other fellow citizens by force
- Then, they discover that things do not work ways they expected
- Then, revolutionaries start to kill each other (this is the best part I like)
- Eventually, the power ends up in hands of ruthless & sadistic leaders-dictators
In my opinion, the best thing is to watch a revolution from a safe distance unless one wants to spill a lot of blood.
Posted by chessmaster on 10/03/11 11:19 PM
This is exactly why democracy is a bad idea. This junior in college that doesn't understand anything about how government works has an equal vote to me. In other words her vote will cancel out my vote if I still voted. If anybody still thinks that voting will change anything they are living in a delusion. Good to see Adam back. He must have a different channel because I haven't seen any updates on his old channel in a month.
Posted by DickFitz on 10/03/11 07:56 PM
My granny always taught me you can "catch more flies with honey than vinegar" and you bring up a great point.
I've tried (and its HARD) to try to approach my "liberal(sic)" friends with common ground arguments, but far too often they are deeply wedded to their belief in the redemptive and purifying power of government. Even now, despite the escalation of the wars, the bailouts of the banks, and the disregard for civil liberty that has characterized 0bama's first term, they STILL defend him as "better than Bush or McCain".
Posted by groovypet2 on 10/03/11 05:59 PM
wow i guess she missed government in high school. and also decided to just join a fun new group/aka or club.i love how she just decides to not talk anymore.and the guy with the yuppy scarf that looks like every money kid i grew up with would be great in politics. double talking.
Posted by memewatchers.com on 10/03/11 04:20 PM
apparently from the feedback on youtube from some of the people being interviewed the editing did not do Adam justice and he was very nice.
Posted by cindyb on 10/03/11 02:39 PM
Kokesh is very articulate, and I'm very glad to see someone attempting to explain the picture of government using force as justifiable means to an end. Very commendable. However, I think a slightly different approach might be more effective. First thing about educating . . . don't make the person you're talking to feel stupid! Not effective! Find the common ground. Libertarians are upset with the establishment just like these protesters are, but we have a different angle on how and what change needs to occur. People are more open to education when they have a reference point. If I go up to someone and challenge their viewpoint--making them feel small and defensive--then very little education occurs, if any. Accepting another person's view point, and then inviting them to look at ours might be listened to more easily.
Posted by memewatchers.com on 10/03/11 11:40 AM
Glad to see you picked up this interview. Kokesh is on the right track though, go to the protests and educate. Some of the protesters argued their case during the interview but once they got home I guarantee you they started to google a few things. I know this cause you can read some of the comments on Kokesh youtube channel from some of the people who were interviewed.
Reply from The Daily Bell
Thanks. Kokesh was great.
Posted by DwightMann on 10/03/11 09:01 AM
Seems like these students have not learned much. They need jobs. . .
Kokesh did all right.
Posted by Levantine on 10/03/11 07:21 AM
Pretty dismal. Not all protesters are as obscure, though:
Click to view link ("Thousands 'Occupy' Boston Federal Reserve Chanting "F*CK THE FED!" ")
Reply from The Daily Bell
Great link. See also our Editor's Note at the bottom of the article on Wall Street protests.