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What OWS Wants Should Terrify You

Occupy Wall Street can’t seem to get it’s message unified, even among themselves, but I think that in the minds of many of the more disillusioned participants is a vague vision. One that was put to paper first in 1961 in the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. This vision should terrify you.

THE YEAR WAS 2081, and everybody was finally equal. They weren’t only equal before God and the law. They were equal every which way. Nobody was smarter than anybody else. Nobody was better looking than anybody else. Nobody was stronger or quicker than anybody else. All this equality was due to the 211th, 212th, and 213th Amendments to the Constitution, and to the unceasing vigilance of agents of the United States Handicapper General.

These words begin Harrison Bergeron , a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The concept so bizarre and inconceivable, that it was published first as a work of fantasy. The idea that government can form an agency whose entire raison d’être is to make every citizen equal, and devise enforcement for such a policy, is the ultimate in crimes against the individual and the death of private innovation and motivation. It is evil empowered – the literal smothering of Ego and will by government sanctioned force.

Yet, isn’t that what the 99% want? Aren’t they vaguely ( or not so, in some cases) suggesting that the government step in and take down the 1%? Aren’t they pining, not to excel and propel themselves out of disparity and helplessness, but to have someone else drag down those who do not share in their misery and lack of motivation? Aren’t they suggesting that their entire base of failure is because of a small number of people who do not define their existence and motivation by socially accepted definitions of limits on success and prosperity? Maybe it isn’t even that deep.. maybe it is pure denial of responsibility and cohesive blame at the nexus of their lashing out without a defined path to resolution. Regardless of the “why”, the “how” that they are driving towards isn’t just the end of the individual and of American Exceptionalism, but also the entire basis of the Great Experiment. It is the end of America as it was intended.

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Read Harrison Bergeron in its ten page entirety here and then, for a fantastically terrifying and inspiring adaptation see the trailer for 2081 below ( and then go buy it. YAY, Capitalism!)


** Quick update: I was made aware that the Handicapper General in 2081 is none other than Tammy Bruce! How awesome is THAT? Follow her on twitter here!

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  1. It’s the greed of the Socialist Democrats like Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Franklin Raynes, Jamie Gorelic, Rahn Emanuel, Jim Johnson, Frank Paulsen, and Bernecke, who is over the Treasury….AGAIN…, are the very people who should be forced out onto the street right in the middle of the protesters and made to explain why they allowed the banks to get that big, and why they backed Barney Frank and Chris Dodd’s laws and rules that caused the collapse that took all the money away from the small businesses which can’t hire anyone now because the smaller banks don’t have the money anymore because the big banks on Wall Street are now broke!

    See how all these things are connected? But if the Constitution had been followed as to how our banks should operate there would have never been the situation we see on Wall Street. Investors and bankers would have been allowed to make the money they could according to fair and correct laws according to economic’s 101 that everybody in the banks and investment houses knew the Socialist Democrats were making. They knew those laws would bankrupt the country, and cause the economy come to near collapse like it is now. They all knew that the laws Barney Frank and Clinton, and Bush to, so don’t think I’m letting the Republican’s off the hook. It was the liberal Republican’s who were backing the laws made by the Socialist Democrats that over rode the conservative Republican’s who were trying to tell the House and the Senate what would happen if they passed those kinds of laws. Well, everyone was seeing dollar bills in their eyes and didn’t want to hear reason, and the laws which created the super wealth on Wall Street were passed. And we see that the conservative Republican’s, and a small handful of conservative Democrats were right.

    Now, Obama is piling on to the debt that the country got into paying back all the money that all the banks and investors lost by following the laws made by Barney Frank. And who did Obama put back in control of the same banking commission that caused the problem with our economy that is causing these protesters to hit the streets across the nation? Barney Frank, the economy killer!!