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The Mask of Fascism

October 24th, 2011 - 6:55 am

By wearing the film’s mask, the OWS protesters define themselves precisely.  They are a group who misrepresent the world in order to promote what sounds like freedom but would, in truth, be slavery. That some people on Wall Street have behaved abominably is no excuse for their anti-liberty stance, any more than the crimes of the Gambino Mafia family would excuse the answering crimes of the Bonannos.  A recent poll by Douglas Schoen shows a large majority of the protesters to be leftists who advocate “wealth redistribution,” i.e., stealing other people’s money so it can be spent on what the robbers want rather than on what those who earned the money want. That this policy has resulted in murder, oppression, poverty, or slow cultural decay every single place it has been tried does nothing to stem the feeling of virtue these people experience as they illegally take over streets, propagate anti-semitism, and attack the wealth of a society that has given them everything they cherish most, from their right to free speech to their computers and iPhones to the corporation-created parks they abuse.

But that such lowlifes have risen up in a time of trouble (a time whose troubles have been so badly exacerbated by the left-wing policies of the current administration) is no surprise. What is more depressing is the support they are receiving not only from this desperate failure of a president and his fellow travelers but from any number of ordinary liberals and Democrats who feel OWS expresses a vital and proper anger against the powers that be. This is nonsense. The fact that Wall Streeters have given more money to Obama than to all the GOP candidates combined should be a dead give-away that the true voice of protest in this country, the true opposition to the current cronyism between Washington, D.C. and Wall Street, is the peaceful, non-racist, liberty-loving Tea Party, which these same liberals despise.

You cannot save the world by lying about it. Rank-and-file liberals who give credence to the self-serving fantasies of the radical mobs occupying Wall Street and elsewhere, may find that the mask of fascism, once put on, can be very difficult to remove.

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