I Hate To Say “I Told You So.” Well…No I Don’t.

Right from the start I knew the Occupy Wall Street “movement” was a joke.  Not the message, just the people who made up the movement.

It was clear to me that they were just a larger, media magnified version of the guys I knew in high school who played video games in their parent’s basement every day and told each other “we should start a band.”  I knew a lot of those guys.  Most of them are still in that basement.

The “Occupiers” have been my personal bête noire over the last year and I have written about them and their idiocy numerous times including “Thoughts On Economic Injustice In America,”  “So You Want To Reform Wall Street?  Okay, First Let’s Talk About The Real Once Percenters,”  “R.I.P Occupy Wall Street – What You Didn’t Learn From The Vietnam War,” and my personal favorite, “Occupy Chalk Street.”

Over the holidays GQ Magazine came out with their “Least Influential People of 2012” list, and I was delighted to see my favorite group of ne’er do wells on the list at number twenty.

OWS Losing
Abbie Hoffman reincarnated….with an Iphone.

In order to grasp how amazing their inclusion on this list is you have to understand that Jim Nelson, the editor of GQ, is a dyed in the wool, hardcore liberal who has spent the better part of the last decade mercilessly castigating almost every conservative politician in the pages of his magazine.  If there was even one scintilla of worth left in that “movement” he would have still championed them…but of course there isn’t.

And you’ll have to forgive me for the tardiness of this post, but when the list first came out I was so busy living a productive life, contributing to society, working with my family and friends to build a better community, and basically doing the opposite of the OWS crowd, that I just didn’t have the time free to write it.

The Least Influential People of 2012 via GQ Magazine.

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  • Nigel

    I wasn’t doing any protesting myself, nor would I categorize myself as a huge supporter, but I think both you and GQ are underestimating the influence OWS had. I think they drew some attention to some issues that needed to be drawn further into the national debate that were otherwise largely mocked or ignored by the media. I read your last post about banks and while I agree that while a borrower who overextended themselves motivated by greed has little to complain about when a bank enforces its security, this fails to acknowledge the huge level of criminality that has been going on in the financial sector.

    Robosigning, libor manipulation, drug cartel money laundering, tax evasion, energy market manipulation, betting against clients, stealing segregated client funds, fraud, financing terrorists, perverting the political system and the rule of law, corrupting democracy itself, insider trading, HFT front running, reverse repo, accounting fraud, I could go on. OWS drew attention to some of this and that is a good thing, whatever your political perspective. I don’t live in a basement, I’m busy trying to lead a responsible and productive life and I’m not looking for a free ride off a bank but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be aghast at the criminality of the banking sector at the same time. And if it takes people camping out in tents to draw attention to that criminality, then I take my hat off them.

    In terms of influence, I think what they had to say struck a chord with a lot of people, and probably made some angry. It has probably changed the way some people do business, who they do business with, made them think about their politics, their values, their goals. I think that’s pretty influential. Who’s on the most influential list? P Diddy or Jay Z most likely. Which makes my point for me, I think.

    I think you have missed the distinction between influence and influence you approve of.

  • lolguidos

    I mean no disrespect, I mean I’m sure you are a great trader (I don’t have access to your personal accounts finances), and you do have some good commentary on trading the markets, but you ought to save politics for someone else.

    The fact is, that while the Tea Party might have or (well, I think it) may not have(Tea Party darling Carl Paladino lost in a humiliating land slide against the “rainbow party’s” favored Andrew Cuomo (>1000 votes vs ~15 in my district alone, seriously I looked at the numbers)) had more influence on getting a few people elected, OWS’ agenda has made its way into actual Washington policy. Who got their way with the Fiscal Cliff? Who got their way with pervert marriage? Our country is moving so far to the left, that even what would normally be considered politically moderate is now right wing extremism. OWS is/was highly influential in this “transition.” (I put transition into quotes because I’m too tired right now to think of better word. Since, at least as far as the USA’s micro-political sphere is concerned, the left has been the dominant force in politics since the end of WW2.)

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