Have you been watching the protests on Wall Street?  Well, they are now spreading like wild fire  to other cities all across the United states (and likely Canada too).

Who is fighting whom here?   Well, in its simplest terms, the “have nots” are fighting the “haves”  One demonstrator said they all have different reasons for the protest.  For him it meant stopping corporate greed.  “It’s all about the banks.”

It;s also about the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer;  it’s about corporate salaries rising and the salaries of the middle class dropping;  it’s about bailing out the banks and the rich an d leaving everybody else to fend for themselves;  it’s about industry raping  the enviornment;  it’s about people who have money treating people who don’t have money like dirt.

Some years ago the great Jean Vanier said if wealth was not more equitably distributed the poor would rise up and take their share violently if necessary.

Do  you think that’s a possibility?

One Chicago student travelled to New York to protest against the oil companies.

Here’s a idea.  Both the Wallstreeters and the Tea party say they have been ignored and deprived by the establishment.  Do you think these two grass route groups could coombine their forces against the forces of greed?

Is this the way to fight the establishment

What do you think?

Could obama get on the right side of this whirlwind?


  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    No, I don’t think anyone will rise up violently. Two reasons:

    1) Television

    2) Junk food

    America’s so-called “poor” are anything but. A third are obese and another third are morbidly obese (okay, I made up those statsistics but you get my point). They are so buttered up and satiated from buying high-fructose corn syruppy goods at Wal-Mart with their food stamps that once they come down from their sugar high they’ll only have enough energy to drag themselves over to the living room couch to watch any number of nonsense on the 400 channels their TV offers. This isn’t starving Muscovites with frostbite rising up against the tsar because they’re genuinely worried where their next meal is coming from. Think more Jabba the Hut whose most pressing concern in life is which member of the family he can convince to make a kitchen run during the next commercial to load up on more instant burritos.

    My guess is that 90% of the folk you see in these demonstrations are all from upper-middle class homes who went to liberal arts colleges and had the misfortune of being required to read Noam Chomsky.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Maybe they didn’t read Chomsky. Maybe they read Jean Vanier.

  3. 3
    jim Says:

    Obama could help by charging the bankers, stock broker, Moodys etc. with fraud. He could pass a law forcing the banks to lend out the cash that they are hoarding, until the day that a Republican becomes president. He could also force the banks to reverse their policy of throwing people out of their homes.
    Many years ago on a business trip to Detroit I was looking around this company to check if I wanted to deal with them. Sort of a due diligence type of thing. At the back of the plant they had a huge warehouse. Forklift trucks were busy empting the warehouse, and it had to be done before midnight. On making inquiries as to what was going on, the President made the startling remark that there was a city tax on all inventories if they were in the city on a certain date. The next day they moved the goods back to the warehouse. Could Obama pass a law which will tax the cash being hoarded in the banks? Would the banks not lend out the cash to avoid the tax?.

  4. 4
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Jean Vanier…is he the guy whose heart is marinating in some mayonnaise jar in the bowels of St. Joseph’s Oratory? Or am I confused in my French-Canadian mythology?


    This Vanier character didn’t know what he was talking about. As I wrote here a week or so ago: the poor don’t give a rat’s ass about unequal income or wealth distribution. What they DO want is access to the basic necessities of life…and an ample supply of Little Debbie Snacking Cakes.

  5. 5
    Neil McKenty Says:

    You apear to be confusing Jean Vanier with Brothr Andre. Jean Vanier is the son of a former war hero and governor-general of Canada. He lives with the intelletually handicapped and has done more for them than anyone else on the face of the earth.

  6. 6
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    …his good works improved neither his understanding of the poor nor of economics.

  7. 7
    jim Says:

    Tony – Can you give me an example of where he hasn’t improved his understanding of the poor? Also why would anyone want to be proficient in economics when it is a known fact that they are wrong most of the time.

  8. 8
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    Yes, jim, the example is the one above which I commented upon.

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