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‘Frothing Degenerate Mob’ Would Make a Great Name for a Punk-Rock Band

Posted on | November 18, 2011 | 42 Comments

That phrase occurred in one of my posts yesterday as I contemplated MSNBC’s utterly one-sided coverage of Occupy Wall Street’s nationwide “Day of Action”:

Liberals decided from the outset that Occupy Wall Street would be a rallying point, their triumphant response to the Tea Party movement, and they refuse to let it go. It must be defended.
Now that the Left’s movement has disintegrated into what Cupp calls a “public-relations nightmare” — violence, crime, disease, an irresistible scum-magnet for every pervert, schizo and anarchist looking for a deviant thrill — the MSNBC crowd continues stubbornly insisting that this frothing degenerate mob is a broad-based “social movement,” and that everything offensive about it can be dismissed as irrelevant or trivial, in comparison to the movement’s goals, whatever the goals actually are.

What the MSNBC crowd refuses to recognize is that the offensive aspects of the Occupy movement are not incidental to it, but an expression of the movement’s anti-social essence.

The mobs who are attacking “Wall Street” are anti-wealth and anti-capitalism and, if you understand what wealth and capitalism represent, you understand that the Occupiers are also anti-work, anti-thrift and anti-enterprise. That is to say, they are fundamentally hostile to bourgeois values.

Therefore, the outbreaks of criminality (extensively documented by John at Verum Serum) represent the dangerous anarchic impulses that inspire the movement. It does not matter how often the leaders of Occupy Wall Street disavow violence; their demonization of the rich inevitably attracts twisted souls filled with inchoate rage. Young people who hate their parents, maladjusted neurotic personalities seeking scapegoats for their own failures, ranting madmen in the throes of schizophrenia — to such deviants, the “Occupy” protests are a festive celebration of grievances and resentments they have long nourished in their envious hearts.

Knowing that these sociopathic tendencies are fundamental to the spirit of the Occupy movement — having recently spent a few minutes trapped among the riotous mob — I was angered but not surprised to spot a sign in a video of yesterday’s crowd: “F**k the System, NYPD, Bloomberg.” What is “the System” that inspires the obscene epithet?

It is “the System” of private property and market exchange.

It is “the System” of the Rule of Law.

It is “the System” of limited representative government, which is not constitutionally authorized to pick winners and losers, nor to redistribute wealth according to notions of “equality,” “fairness” or “social justice.”

Stipulate that wealthy interests have gamed “the System” to their own advantage, so that Goldman Sachs, General Motors and other corporations deemed “too big to fail” have received windfalls at taxpayer expense, in repayment of their support for the bipartisan corruption in Washington. But the Occupiers aren’t reading Peter Schweizer’s shocking new expose of crony capitalism or demanding criminal prosecution of Tim Geithner, Ben Bernanke, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, et al

The mobs are not focusing their wrath on the politicians responsible for the problem, but instead are raging against Wall Street, that enduring symbol of the free-enterprise “System,” which is merely doing what Wall Street has always done, providing a market where those with capital to invest seek opportunities for profit.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Mark Halperin said of the Occupiers, “They have not handled their brand well.” But exactly what is their “brand”? The Lonely Conservative’s “Day of Action” roundup highlights one action that adequately epitomizes the OWS “brand”:

In Utah, they bombed a Wells Fargo branch office with Molotov cocktails. I guess they don’t understand that quite a few in the 99% work at banks as tellers and clerks.

Why can’t liberals like Halperin confront the reality that Molotov cocktails are a logical consequence of the Occupy movement? Once more, we quote The Lonely Conservative:

The only positive thing to come out of all of this is that now people can see with their own eyes what life is like in a collective utopia.

“In New Hampshire on Thursday, Cain accused the protesters of ‘trying to destroy the greatest nation in the world’ with plans to stop traffic and subway commuters. He accused them of trying ‘to infringe upon people’s right and liberty to go to work.'”
CBS News

You can mock Herman Cain all you want, but who can deny he’s gotten this exactly right? The Occupiers are the vilest dregs of humanity, a menace to society, the friends of all that is false and evil, the enemies of all that is good and true.

Criminals is what they are and crime is what they do.

Liberals who have embraced Occupy Wall Street refuse to let it go, and we should not let them turn it loose, because they deserve all the shame and disgrace they gain by that foul embrace.


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  • Kattenburg Kathy

    “You can mock Herman Cain all you want, but who can deny he’s gotten this exactly right?”

    I can. He’s gotten this completely wrong. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Not unlike you, but at least you’re not running for President.

  • Anonymous

    I see… so as long as people who protest about things you disagree about should be unseen and unheard.  The only people who actually almost destroyed America were the Finance companies and Congressional complicity.  The American people bailed them out and no one went to jail.  Meanwhile the rules have been changed so drastically in the last 30 years as to consolidate power and tear the fabric of America to favor the top 1%.  Keep supporting your Princes.  i am sure they will reward you in some way .. some day…

  • Grichens

    “Stipulate that wealthy interests have gamed “the System” to their own
    advantage, so that Goldman Sachs, General Motors and other corporations
    deemed “too big to fail” have received windfalls at taxpayer expense, in
    repayment of their support for the bipartisan corruption in Washington.”

    So what is it about the forgoing that you object?

  • Anonymous

    We don’t serve Princes, we serve Liberty rather than equality as defined by syphilitic morons, our society has reached THE fork in the road, time will tell who has chosen poorly.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNZU74NIXQBSAAC5PR2B36VMWM Edward

    Bravo!  You have achieved Nirvana and now may be sucked into the vortex that is your navel.

    In other news; you’re completely and utterly wrong.  Herman Cain is right on this subject.  I’d go into the reasons why people have a right to travel and work but let’s face it.  Going through the motions of explaining anything with you is a complete waste of time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNZU74NIXQBSAAC5PR2B36VMWM Edward

    So you’re in favor of Obama & the Democrats putting their friend and major campaign donor George Kaiser into jail?

    Well then it should really piss you off that they haven’t and very likely won’t put Kaiser into jail.  Now off with you to DailyKos to complain there.

  • Anonymous

    Notice that the Kattenburgs of the world always want to put capitalism on trial, demanding that the free market system explain and defend itself, but never make any such demand of the Welfare State. Of course, once any intelligent person starts to look critically at the Welfare State, they pretty swiftly discover its fatal flaws, and cease to be numbered among the Kattenburgs of the world.

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    Okay, Bright Eyes, point out where in the quoted text Cain got it “completely wrong.” I don’t know where you live, but here in NYC the Occutards were SPECIFICALLY planning on making life miserable for “the 99%” yesterday, to the point that there were a pack of these idiots “occupying” the freakin’ SI Ferry terminal, and they had the temerity to approach me (long red hair; motorcycle jacket; ‘Misfits’ tee shirt) and think I was a kindred soul. “Get your hippy ass out of my face before I kick it” drew a round of guffaws from the cops keeping an eye on them.

    These jackwads represent one thing above all else: the utter failure of the American education cabal.

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  • Anonymous

    Love the title.  You have a future as a NY Post headline writer

  • Warrick Locke

    That’s hilarious. You should take it on the road.

    Of course you’d support jailing Immelt, today’s existential definition of “crony capitalist”? Of course you’d support kicking Pelosi out of Congress — she’s made a regular practice of “investing” in companies, then getting legislation passed that favor them and cashing out? Buuuuwhahaha!

    Clue for you: more of the same that caused the problem will not fix it. As most of us learned as teenagers or twentysomethings, the hair of the dog puts off the resolution while making the end result worse, not better.

    Regards,
    Ric

  • Anonymous

    Completely wrong, you say?  So instead of trying to destroy the greatest nation, are they trying to destroy the worst nation?  Or possibly he got the verb backwards, and they’re trying to create? Also, the occupiers are trying to help people be able to work?

    Liberal nonsense is much more obviously nonsense when you make it explicit.

  • Joe

    I like the name “Zuccotti Lung” too. 

    Yeah, Herman was great in going after these douchbags. 

  • Anonymous

    Another demonstration of how difficult reading comprehension is.  RSM doesn’t want these guys to be unseen. Why have so many posts about them in that case?  No, as he explicitly says, it’s great that so many people are seeing who and what these guys are.

    Their ignorance and faulty assumptions and logic about the world and the way it works need to be aired out…sunlight being the best disinfectant and all that.

  • Anonymous

    I think you owe douchebags (which are, after all, a tool for better hygiene)  everywhere an apology.

  • Dave Ivers

    “Zuccotti Lung” would make a great song title for the band “Frothing Degenerate Mob” I think.

  • Anonymous

    Care to explain how Cain and/or RSM have “gotten this completely wrong”? You gave us a thesis statement and nothing else. 

    On the other hand, maybe you just FEEL that Cain and/or RSM are getting OWS completely wrong because it doesn’t accord with your faith.  

  • herddog505

    RSMIt does not matter how often the leaders of Occupy Wall Street disavow violence; their demonization of the rich inevitably attracts twisted souls filled with inchoate rage.
     
    Yes.  It’s like white supremicists ranting about the evils of “the Negro” but claiming that the klan, skinheads, and other similar groups are “fringe”, or nazis ranting about the evils of “the Jew” but claiming that those people who threw them into ovens were “not part of our movement”.
     
    “X is evil!  X is the cause of our misery!  X should be made to pay for their crimes!  We will rally and march against X!  We will occupy X’s homes and places of business!  We must have laws against X and what they do!  X must not be allowed to live among us! 

    “But we we would never condone violence against X.  How can you suggest such a thing???  Oh, there WAS violence against X?  Well, that must have been some fringe group.  Not one of us.  No sir, none of us would EVER do such a thing.  Our message is peaceful!”

    Bah.

    The left really hitched their wagon to the wrong star with the OWS clowns. 

    N.B., I’ve read fawning coverage of the OWS clowns “PR savvy” in “getting their message out” and “changing the conversation”.  What a crock!  MiniTru did their work for them: absent 24/7 coverage of these idiots, OWS would have fizzled in a few days and most Americans would never have heard of them.  MiniTru gave them a podium, MiniTru gave them a megaphone, MiniTru crafted their message, MiniTru covered up their faults, and now MiniTru is congratulating them on how brilliant they are?

  • Joe

    True. 

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin
  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    I did some time at the Post as a Mac geek; Stace can never match those crazies for the sheer Python-esque lunacy I heard when they were banging ideas around based on a picture they had already decided was gonna be on Page One. Those blokes (and they are almost all UK-expats) redefine “You GOTTA be kidding?”

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    I don’t know where you live, either, but Bright Eyes did NOT make a “thesis statement.” She just hung a sentence out for belittlement.

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    +1 Interwebs. Douchebags tend to be stupid; not monumentally dumb.

  • Anonymous

    Calling it a “thesis statement” was probably giving her too much credit, but I try to be nice sometimes.

  • http://leatherpenguin.com/wordpress/ TC_LeatherPenguin

    They treat your opinion “nice”? No, they denigrate you at very instance.

  • Kattenburg Kathy

    Actually, Robert Stacy McCain, if it were not for the welfare state (such as it is), I would either be homeless as a result of your much-loved “free market” system, or dead. I have a clean and safe place to live, and a way to pay my rent, today, because of that welfare system.

    It’s capitalism that failed me. 

  • Anonymous

    So this welfare state of yours pays for itself?  An economic perpetual motion machine, eh?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    It is capitalism which generates the wealth which pays the subsidies and welfare which keep you alive then, not some mysterious anonymous benefactor.

    It was no manna from Heaven, Chatty Kathy.  It was capitalism.  It was US.

    You’re welcome.

    Eliminate capitalism if you wish.  Who is going to subsidize your whining then?

    There is little so annoying as ungrateful parasite.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Take a bath, you filthy hippy.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    So in the biggest city in the country, these disease-ridden bums can get a couple thousand people into the streets for their protests.

    In Madison, Wisconsin (population 233,209 by 2010 Census), the union protestors were able to get crowds of 100,000 or more several times, and kept 10,000 or more on the site almost continually.

    Some “popular movement” this turned out to be!  A collection of perverts, freaks, criminals, misfits, and dirty hippies isn’t “the 99%” – but they should take note that Ivory Soap is 99 44/100% pure.

    Learn it.  Love it.  Live it.

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  • Anonymous

    No the welfare state has failed us.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UNZU74NIXQBSAAC5PR2B36VMWM Edward

    How did capitalism “fail” you?

    If you’ve got skills that people want or need they’ll hire you and pay you to work.  If you have ideas that people want to buy then they’ll pay you for them.  If you have workable business plans that can earn money then people will invest in your business.

    Capitalism is the ultimate in democracy.  Anybody can give you money for anything, including charity.  That most people expect you to earn money for them is a personal judgement.

    And if people are unwilling to give you money because they don’t expect you to earn money for their investment.  Well that’s a personal judgement too isn’t it?

  • Fivedimegill

    Capitalism did not fail you. You failed at capitalism.

    Consider yourself lucky that the largess of the capitalist American people gave you a second chance.

  • Anonymous

    “Zuccotti Lung, my friend, don’t you walk away uneasy …”

  • Black Flag

    What have you done, muffler, to stop this? Nothing.
    We have yet to see a single OWS accomplishment other than a rolling crime wave, filth, rambling nonsense, and the disgust of most everyone who is unfortunate enough to encounter them. They have not helped the community in any way. They do not get along well with anyone outside their movement, much less each other. They are destroying every place they are encamped. They do nothing positive for anyone.

  • Black Flag

    Muffler – name ten Democrats you would like to see put in jail for the crimes you mentioned. We will wait.

  • http://twitter.com/1389 1389

    “Zuccotti lung” is only the beginning. Epidemics that start in Occupy will NOT stay in Occupy.

    Oh, and by the way, the unions have brought teachers and nurses into Occupy encampments, as paid shills.

    What happens when those nurses and teachers go back to their hospitals and classrooms after having been exposed to all manner of vermin and disease? Suppose they end up incubating drug-resistant TB, MRSA, C-diff, meningitis, or E. coli O157:H7? Or even ringworm, scabies, and head lice? Who pays the bill when they pass along diseases to hospital staff and patients, and to school children and their parents?

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