17 October 2011

Occupy Wall Street Is Twisting History

Readers of this blog will recall I had several heated debates with a number of bloggers/historians who thought it their mission to impugn and discredit the Tea Party for ostensibly perverting history for political gain. Now we are witnessing the antithesis of the Tea Party - the Occupy Wall Street mobs. I've waited patiently to see if any of these same critics were going to, in their objective quest for truth, level the same vitriol at the OWS bunch for their twisting of history. I didn't think they would and I was right. No surprise there. 

Below is just one such sampling of OWS twisting history. In the video, you'll see a spokesman for the Communist Party voice his organization's support of and solidarity with the OWS protests. The speaker (remember, he's a communist) compares this movement to the colonies rebellion against King George and the abolishing of slavery. I find that quite interesting, knowing that communist ideology and regimes have enslaved and slaughtered more humans in world history than any other. Watch below.

Now, let's compare this to the Tea Party. Admittedly, they made some gaffes, but, as historian Gordon S. Wood has noted, the TP is more accurate than many are willing to admit. But this current movement doesn't even compare. Yet where is the criticism from academic historians and history bloggers who criticized the Tea Party? They claimed their criticism was based solely on the TP's history twisting, though they found it quite difficult to mask their real distaste for the politics of the TP. The silence is quite troubling. Also, some food for thought, with no editorializing:

Who supports Occupy Wall Street:

I find all this quite disturbing, to say the least. I realize that guilt by association is poor analyzing of facts, but I must admit, the pattern here bothers me. I also realize that some of the individuals involved in these protests come from various political ideologies. I even saw a video online of a speech from a Ron Paul supporter. But there's no denying that most are socialist/Marxist/anarchist in their ideology. 

The support noted above is public information and admitted by the various parties.It has been posted on a number of news websites, including the Drudge Report, which is where I saw it, so I did not go "trolling" for it. It's well known. Where's the outrage?

*Update: Andrew Breitbart ID'd some of the communists marching in the video above. One of them is a professor at the University of Memphis and another is a member of the Young Communist League as well as a member of Organizing for America. The masks have come off and Obama's supporters in academia remain silent. Evidently no concern whatsoever over being in bed with self-proclaimed communists. Amazing.


Michael Lynch said...

It doesn't surprise me that there isn't as much uproar about historical fallacies of the OWS crowd, because the TP explicitly and repeatedly invoked history and historical symbolism.

In fact, I haven't heard much at all about history from OWS proponents, but I haven't followed it very closely. What I've read seems to indicate that it's like a lot of other mass political movements--some legitimate grievances, some crackpots, and proposed remedies that run the gamut from somewhat sensible to downright laughable.


13thBama said...

It is no wonder Iran supports it, along with the American Nazi Party. Iran means something specific in <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_of_Iran'>Farsi</a>. And Nazi is an abbreviation of the German words for National Socialists.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"the TP explicitly and repeatedly invoked history and historical symbolism."

True, but the speaker in this video does the same thing. His analogies are laughable, but he's bold (stupid?) enough to try. There are other examples of history stretching by OWS and its sympathizers:


Of course, the main difference is the TP was more often right than wrong while the OWS, well, just wrong.

Chaps said...

Academic historians nit pick the TEA party and give OWS a pass because of their political positions. Most of academic social sciences are so corrupt they don't even know they are corrupt. History for them is merely a means of shaping the narrative.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Chaps - you and I are in agreement, though I would add we are painting with a broad brush and would also want to add there are exceptions and not all academic historians are of this persuasion. But it is the cultural norm within academia, though there are individuals who are more independent in their thinking.

Michael Aubrecht said...

Hi Richard, I was under the impression that the 'mainstream' OWS folks are protesting corporate greed, their political power of corporations, and the influence of lobbyists over government.

Sounds like a pretty good cause to me.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

MA - you consider socialists, communists, and anarchists mainstream?

Beam me up Scotty.

Michael Aubrecht said...

No, not at all. I was just saying that I think the basic concept of this OWS movement was based on some good points. The crazies that have jumped on the bandwagon and are exploiting it to either incite civil disobedience or promote their own political agendas are sullying their efforts for sure.

At the end of the day, I'm glad that we live in a country where socialists, communists, and anarchists, nazi's etc. have the equal freedom to protest and express themselves just like the rest of us. That's what America is all about. This kind os demonstration would not be allowed in many other countries.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

"The crazies that have jumped on the bandwagon"

The crazies are the bandwagon.

They're protesting the wrong place - they need to focus their protests at the root of the problem - Washington.

13thBama said...

Out of everything being said, you think that "fighting greed" is a good point? The left are great at sprinkling a pile of dung with "good points".

Instead of talking about the use of words like "Revolution" or "eat the rich", let's focus on fighting greed.

You continue to point out the minutiae. I will focus on the facts at hand.

Michael Aubrecht said...

Washington will NEVER-EVER change unless you hit them in the wallet. Take away their money and you take back control. In that respect, I 'get' where the OWS is coming from.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - for all the left's ranting that you can't legislate morality, they constantly contradict themselves - greed is a moral issue. As I said, the root of the problem is government, not corporations. Corporations are a creation of the state. Most of these people don't even have a fundamental understanding of how economies function.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

OWS is calling for violence. They're getting away with violating laws. Their ranks are full of communists, anarchists, socialists, and anti-Semites. I get where they're coming from too. And I want nothing to do with it.

13thBama said...

More and more I see how the left projects. They rant about greed when in fact they are greedy for power. They drone on and on about racism when in fact they are anti-Semites.

If you want to understand who they are, pay attention to what they are supposedly "against".

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

13B - remember how they went ballistic over Obama being compared to Hitler? (I would agree, over the top.) But these same folks now seem to have no concern with the Nazi Party endorsing OWS. You would think someone would at least repudiate that, wouldn't you? A teachable moment if there ever was one.

13thBama said...

It appears that wealth re-distribution has already begun at OWS!


Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Yeah, I heard about that. Serves them right. They should celebrate - taking from the haves and giving to the have-nots is what they're all about, right? Oh, wait a minute, typical leftists, its OTHER folks that they like to see robbed.

Always easy to be generous w/someone else's money, isn't it? ;o)

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Wait 'til you see my next post.