Occupy Portland Fears it has Lost up to $20,000 in Donations

By Proof

What is it they say? "There's no honor among thieves!"


Organizers of Occupy Portland say they fear as much as $20,000 donated to the group through a PayPal account has disappeared. They also say the group's finance committee has hijacked the demonstration's Internet domain name and filed for incorporation against the wishes of the group's decision-making body.


Decision making body. Yeah, the "general assembly" (some assembly required). So, the individual protesters are getting their stuff ripped off around the country, some occupiers are more equal than others when it comes to "spreading the wealth", and now we have factions fighting over the name of the movement and the internet address where the goodies flow from.

It's like watching one of those Mad Max movies, except, instead of a post war apocalyptic break down of societal norms, we have a group of malcontents who were in the process of rebelling against societal norms when thieves, other criminals and the homeless started agreeing with them.

Welcome to Anarchy 101. Other than "Eat the rich" and "Forgive my student loans", there is little cohesion to these ranks of rank amateurs and ranker political noobs. If one wants to siphon off cash and another wants to take control of your Internet domain name, who's to stop them? And if the "general assembly" of Portland decides to act contrary to a decision of occupy Wall Street's general assembly, who decides who is right? These people can't even manage a bread line without drama, resentment and the type of acrimony generally reserved for Glenn Beck! The food police were even raising their own posse comitatus to chase off the vagrants and others deemed not politically pure enough to receive of the occupiers' largesse.

The longer this "movement" continues, the more fractious it will become. Will they legislate their own rules? Adjudicate their own laws? Enforce their own punishments?

Good luck with that! Anger against the unfair treatment and injustice from the establishment will be replaced with anger against the unfair treatment and injustice from the leaders of the movement. The hardcore homeless and the charlatans gaming the system will stay. Eventually, I think the majority will realize that it is easier to reform the old system than to build a new one from scratch.

H/T Mememorandum

Cross posted at Proof Positive

7 comments:

  1. "Anger against the unfair treatment and injustice from the establishment will be replaced with anger against the unfair treatment and injustice from the leaders of the movement."

    This seems to be the lesson these young Socialists are learning the hard way. It is strangely ironic and so fitting.

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  2. "...the lesson these young Socialists are learning the hard way. It is strangely ironic and so fitting. "

    If they truly learn something, then some good may come of of this movement of miscreants after all.

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  3. I for one am growing weary of the term "establishment" being used as a pejorative. It's shitty rhetoric. It's basically aping the language of scumbag leftists and the nappy anarchist douchebags who believe in change through drum circles.

    We are where we are. There are no u turns allowed unless we scrap the constitution. I'd rather not.

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  4. That's a good point Chuck. Yes, "establishment" is just another populist buzzword along with "the powers that be." Those words are for the Flavor Aid guzzlers who believe in ambiguous change. They want a complete unheaval of the status quo without a clue about the path we must take to reach their Nirvana.

    Our republic was established to PREVENT sea changes that we see in parliamentary systems. Our government is STABLE and change can ne glacial. Think about all the large scale changes we've seen in this country. Almost none of them have been good for liberty.

    If we are smart, we will do as Chuck advises and avoid the "viva la revolucion" rhetoric of our political enemies. We risk a denial of liberty as the pendulum swings the other way. We also risk monumentally stupid idealism in ideological fairy tales on our side of the political spectrum.

    We really do need a constitutional convention, but seriously I fear that the outcome would be worse than what we've got. It could also result in breaking up our Union which may or may not be a bad idea. It won't be good for the Left Coast, that's for sure.

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  5. "Think about all the large scale changes we've seen in this country. Almost none of them have been good for liberty."

    Well, as a picker of nits, I would only agree to that if it were modified by inserting "government mandated" in front of "large scale".

    I think an objective look at the last 200 years has shown a net positive on the change front. Railroads, the light bulb, the telephone, the computer etc..have been American inventions and government had next to nothing to do with any of it.

    Government takes credit for things it had nothing to do with. So do unions. Funny, I was behind some miniature truck this morning on my way to my office and in the dark, you tend to notice bumper stickers in your headlights.

    "Labor Movement: the folks who invented the weekend"

    Catchy? Sure. True? Hell no. Were the blessed weekend invented by the leftist union gangs, it would have been Monday and Tuesday. Thing is, the Sabbath existed long before there was a union gang. By the time organized labor decided to "invent" the weekend, it had already been firmly established. Nevertheless...

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  6. BTW: How about paving railroads? It would be the ultimate HOV lane for truckers. Could it work? How?

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