Open Thread: Occupiers Don't Like Redistributing Their Own Wealth

Last week, the New York Post reported on the irony of wealth redistribution at Occupy Wall Street protests. While many of the protestors have gathered to protest the ideas of free markets and capitalism and promote the ideas of wealth redistribution and socialism, when wealth redistribution personally affected them, they were outraged. Protestors were complaining that their expensive computers, phones, and cash donations were being stolen. Now, kitchen staffers are revolting due to the number of freeloaders, primarily homeless people and ex-cons, masquerading as protestors to get free food.

Do you think any of the OWS protestors will realize the flaws of socialism based on their bad experiences with socialist principles at OWS protests? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

According to the New York Post:

For three days beginning tomorrow, the cooks will serve only brown rice and other spartan grub instead of the usual menu of organic chicken and vegetables, spaghetti bolognese, and roasted beet and sheep’s-milk-cheese salad.

They will also provide directions to local soup kitchens for the vagrants, criminals and other freeloaders who have been descending on Zuccotti Park in increasing numbers every day. [...]

“We need to limit the amount of food we’re putting out” to curb the influx of derelicts, said Rafael Moreno, a kitchen volunteer. [...]

Many of those being fed “are professional homeless people. They know what they’re doing,” said the guard at the food-storage area.

Organizers took other steps to police the squatters, who they said were lured in from other parks with the promise of free meals. [...]

“We’re not going to let some members of this community destroy the whole movement,” a volunteer said.

Will the OWS problems with freeloading and wealth redistribution change any of the OWS protestors' minds on the benefits of capitalism and free markets?

NB Staff
NB Staff