Saturday, November 26, 2011
OWS -- La Crème de la Crème
MIKE CHECK: Some animals are more equal than others. Some animals are more equal than others. Some ....
And so, it seems, Orwell had it right all along, about Occupy Wall Street no less than about Animal Farm: some animals are more equal than others.
In a remarkable article by Mattathias Schwartz in the current New Yorker, we are told about the various heavy thinkers and busy organizers behind OWS. (In a recent interview on WNYC radio in New York, one of these "facilitators" stressed the "horizontal," i.e. leaderless nature of this movement. But the interviewer, usually perceptive and smart, failed to ask the obvious: who appointed you "facilitator" ?) And here are the names, nine in number and given here in alphabetical order, that Schwartz has found to constitute OWS's Crème de la Crème:
MIKE CHECK: You are the one percent ! You are the one percent ! You ...
The attentive reader will no doubt have noticed that the names of six of these crème people are shown as links. The links are to statements by these crèmists declaring opposition to Israel. These statements vary in intensity, from the virulent Judeophobia of Kalle Lasn (who, by anybody's account, is the éminence grise of the movement) to a merely offhand defamation of Israel by Marina Sitrin. But here it is, fully six out nine crèmists have gone out of their way to harm Israel through public expressions of hatred. How common is that in the American population ? One percent ? It certainly does not represent the "ninety-nine percent" for which the crèmists presume to speak.
So here is a humble request to the Crème from one of the ninety-nine: please, please do not do it in our name !