Is Occupy Wall Street a repeat of Red October?

By the Full Metal Patriot



 The more I witness the misconduct and envious rhetoric of the Occupy Wall Street movement, the more I've noticed the similarities between this Leftist protest and the Bolshevik movement which ushered in the Soviet Union following the Great October Socialist Revolution (aka “Red October”).

Occupy St. Petersburg?
In Russia, March 1917, a revolutionary coalition overthrew Czar Nicholas II and replaced him with a Russian provisional government consisting of the legislature and the workers’ party. But by autumn of that year, a million workers took part in a general strike and gathered in spontaneous movements to protest the policies that had led to their misery. There was massive unemployment and inflation. The nation had borrowed an unprecedented amount of money from foreign governments, and faced the threat of financial bankruptcy. The cost of living had risen sharply and the wages of workers continued to fall. There were over four thousand peasant uprisings against wealthy landowners. It was a leaderless movement driven by the people's passion for equality via national reforms. The protests were peaceful at first, but they soon turned violent as the government cracked down on them. The Bolsheviks took advantage of this momentum and organized the anger of protesters and leftist revolutionaries into an united movement. On November 6, Bolshevik forces began occupying government offices in St. Petersburg in preparation for seizing the government. Days later, Bolshevik forces entered the Winter Palace, arrested several members of the Tsarist government and claimed power in the name of the workers. Over the next several months, despite the objections of centrist and right-wing parties, the new leaders transferred government power to Bolshevik-controlled soviets (workers’ councils), and began nationalizing Russia’s economy, industry and agriculture. A bitter and bloody Russian Civil War ensued between conservative Russian factions known as the “Whites” and the leftist Bolshevik “Reds,” starting in 1917 and ending in 1923 with the Reds victorious. In 1922, the Bolsheviks formed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; the first country founded on the ideals of communism. And for the next 69 years, Communists forcibly subjugated the Russian people behind the Iron Curtain.

Occupy Envy
Fast forward to November 2008 in the United States of America. The Democrat Party defeated President George W. Bush and replaced him with Barack Obama, a candidate who had sworn allegiance to American workers and unions. But after three years of status quo from the man who had promised redistributive change, thousands of people gathered in various cities to protest the policies they perceive to have led to their misery. There is massive unemployment and inflation. Our nation has borrowed an unprecedented amount of money from foreign governments, and faces the threat of financial bankruptcy. The cost of living has risen sharply and the wages of workers continues to fall. There have been dozens of uprisings by the so-called “99%” against the wealthiest 1%. This is a supposedly leaderless movement driven by the people's passion for “equality” via national reforms. The protests were peaceful at first, but they soon turned violent when protesters didn't immediately get their class warfare demands met. The President and many within the Democrat Party have endorsed these protests and are attempting to organize the anger of leftist revolutionaries into a united movement.

Those within the Occupy Wall Street movement would do well to read up on their history. Many well-meaning Americans are being blindly led down a path that has already been trodden in recent history. The Great October Socialist Revolution didn't quite turn out the way Russian workers had intended. And we can't allow Occupy Wall Street's coalition of socialists, communists, Nazis and other far-left organizations to force America behind another iron curtain of Marxism.


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Cross-posted at Full Metal Patriot

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