I am quite shocked that the establishment right has not embraced the Occupy Wall Street Movement. They argue that the United States has a “moral obligation” to spread democracy across the world. They advocate for wealth redistribution to finance this “obligation.” They endorse government growth and spending so long as it directly relates to their foreign endeavors. How do they ultimately act to achieve their goals? They endorse the occupation of foreign states. They endorse the violation of sovereignty of foreign states. They endorse the destruction of private property in foreign states.
The more I analyze these two factions of the political spectrum the more similarities I see. “We are the 99%!…We are the 99%!…We are the 99%!” begins to sound a lot like “USA!…USA!…USA!” The occupations of Wall Street, Oakland and D.C. begin to mirror the occupations of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. They both appear to endorse the philosophy that the opression of a minority (the wealthy, foreigners) is justified so long as it provides a net positive benefit for the collective. And finally, they both appear to share the belief that coercion is a moral means to an end.
There are no doubt, some very critical differences when comparing these two occupation movements. When looking at the Foreign Occupation Movement (FOM) of the right, it is easy to see the that force is being applied to effect the desired change. The building of military bases and deployment of armed soldiers are easily identified as a coercive force. This is not as obvious in the Domestic Occupation Movement (DOM) of the left. While most who participate in the DOM do not openly advocate violence, many do endorse and encourage the government’s use of force to affect their desired change.
I also recognize that there are many people acting autonomously within both occupation movements. It would be very unfair of me to paint either of these movements with a broad brush. And it should also be noted that compared to the FOM, the DOM is relatively new and will continue to evolve as the movement expands.Published in