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Occupy Wall Street

January 29, 2012

The Occupy Wall Street Movement has been with us sufficiently to register on the national consciousness. Many are surprised the Movement has lasted this long.

True, many of the “demands” that have surfaced are impractical to say the least. Campaign finance reform has been repeatedly rejected. Gender discrimination, though it still exists, is already outlawed. Only conspiracy addicts want millions more spent to re-investigate the 9/11 tragedy. Even prosecution of the banks, brokerage houses, and insurance companies whose actions contributed to the Great Recession is in many cases not feasible.  Newly drafted laws to penalize greed and self-interest cannot be enforced retroactively.

The Occupy Movement should not, however, be dismissed out of hand. It is reflective of a deep unrest – dissatisfaction on a gut level with the consequences of extreme capitalism. That unrest makes the nation vulnerable to any demagogue who may use the opportunity for his own ends.

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