Whatever the Occupy Wall Street “movement” is, one thing can be fairly said – we know that the patchouli-drenched throng of protesters in Lower Manhattan aren’t there to help corporations become, well, more corporate.
As this picture demonstrates, they do not hold the system, and the largely white male establishment running it, in high regard (Imagine if the gender of the person holding this sign, and the gender references on the sign, were switched? Boy, you’d have some outcry in the mainstream media…but I digress).
I write this page to remind readers of one thing. I grabbed that none-too-civil picture from Tim Karr’s personal webpage. Who’s he? He’s the “campaign director” for the anti-capitalist group, Free Press. I know, I know. It’s his personal page – “The views expressed here are Karr’s alone.” Yada, yada, yada. Sure.
Karr Tweets the other day:
Then #OccupytheInternet RT @Lessig #OccupyWallSt, then #OccupyKst, then #OccupyMainSt / #NetNeutrality (Emphasis added)
…Then occupy the Internet. Hmmm…
Free Press, their supporters, and the groups they work with aren’t here to build the Internet as we know it. They do not want to help network providers or “incumbents” in any way, shape or manner. They are not here to negotiate in good faith. There is nothing to negotiate in their view.
They want only one thing: To occupy the Internet, free from the yoke capitalism. You see, for them, governments, and the progressive elites who run faceless bureaucracies, are the only way to “serve” mankind. This is because capitalism, which is based on millions of free, individual decisions, cannot be trusted. This liberty must be crushed in the name of “fairness” and “equity,” which only they can decide.
And the Internet – perhaps the most free communications medium in the history of man – cannot be allowed to flower spontaneously. It threatens their control.
I know. I sound like a wing nut. So, don’t take my word for it. Instead, why don’t you take a gander at these chestnuts from Free Press’ founder, Robert McChesney:
“Any serious effort to reform the media system would have to necessarily be part of a revolutionary program to overthrow the capitalist system itself.” (The U.S. Media Reform Movement – Monthly Review, September 15, 2008)
“There is no real answer (to the U.S. economic crisis) but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles.” (A New New Deal under Obama? [with John Bellamy Foster] – Monthly Review, December 21, 2008)
“Our job is to make media reform part of our broader struggle for democracy, social justice, and, dare we say it, socialism. It is impossible to conceive of a better world with a media system that remains under the thumb of Wall Street and Madison Avenue, under the thumb of the owning class.” (Journalism, Democracy, … and Class Struggle – Monthly Review, November 2000)
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.” (Media Capitalism, the State and 21st Century Media Democracy Struggles: An Interview with Robert McChesney – The Bullet Socialist Project, August 9, 2009)
Remember this. It animates every utterance guys like Tim Karr and his friends at Free Press make. They do not want to help American society and individual liberties. They want only to tear them apart.