Ed Driscoll

First We Take Manhattan, Then We Take Berlin

Kerry Picket of the Washington Times prints the list of the 13 “demands” of the Occupy Wall Street gang. Pejman Yousefzadeh responds, “About the only things the list of demands forgot to demand was access to the Fountain of Youth, ponies, and a promise that the girl they really like will finally notice them:”

Be sure to take a look at this “proposed list of demands,” from one member of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which I think is designed to make the reader’s pancreas rupture due to excessive laughter. The pie-in-the-sky rhetoric and contradictory policy demands are something to behold; apparently, it is all right to have open borders for people, but it is not okay to have free trade, lest the people have too much choice in their consumer selections. Corporations are evil, but it is fine to impose tariffs on foreign goods, thus allowing evil American corporations to fulfill their rent-seeking fantasies. Unemployment is a terrible problem, but apparently, if we only raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour (why not $30? Why not $50? Or $100?), we will not only ensure that people will have a living wage, we will give employers no disincentive whatsoever against hiring more people (never mind that pesky concern that employers may not have enough money to hire people at $20 per hour, or that they may actually have to lay people off if the minimum wage goes so prohibitively high).

Though at the risk of never being allowed to open Monday Night Football, I must say that their anti-free market manifesto reads much more colorfully in the original language. As does this disgusting moment:

Related: “It is interesting, that when lefties call for revolutionary acts, they don’t generally go in the direction of George Washington. They go in the direction of the Committee of Public Safety and Robespierre. Why is that?”