"I Am Wall Street"

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Oct. 27 2011 10:50 AM

"I Am Wall Street"

A friend passes on this samizdat anti-Occupy one-pager, first found at Occupy Chicago.


It's amusing, but 1) it's not original.* The text first appeared in a chain e-mail in 2010, sent around Wall Street, printed by (among other places) Business Insider. And 2) it suffers from the fatal conceit of most conservative anti-Occupy anger. There are diehard socialists and minarchists and (worst of all) Parecon devotees in the mob, but the demands they all agree on are ones that would put the wealth gap where it was 10 or 15 years ago. Slightly higher taxes on the rich. No loopholes for corporations. (This idea is actually embraced, in a different form, by Republicans.) If you got every Occupier to the table and forced him to choose only one demand, based on what I've seen here and at Rebuild the Dream events, I think they'd choose campaign finance reform and the undoing of Citizens United. That wouldn't effect the average Wall Streeter in the adverse way described here. For now, anti-Occupiers still choose to view the movement in cartoon terms.

While we're on it: I don't think the Wall Streeter stopping "buying the $80,000 car," and instead buying one for $40,000, has the same adverse effect on the economy as a jobless person going off unemployment and ceasing to spend money on luxuries at all.

*Thanks to a couple of people for reminding me about this.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.