"The wealthy, not only by private fraud but also by common laws, do every day pluck and snatch away from the people some part of their daily living. Therefore, when I consider and weigh in my mind these commonwealths which nowadays do flourish, I perceive nothing but a certain conspiracy of rich men in procuring their own commodities under the name and authority of the commonwealth.

They invent and devise all means and crafts, first how to keep safely without fear of losing that which they have unjustly gathered together, and next how to hire and abuse the work and labor of the people for as little money and effort as possible."

Thomas More, Utopia

Thursday, November 10, 2011

William K. Black at Occupy LA

Oddly enough this former regulator who gained vast experience in prosecuting the last batch of financial frauds to menace the economy during the S&L crisis of the late 1980's never seems to make any appearances on CNN, MSNBC, et al. Humm, I wonder...


Anonymous said...

The rich get richer.

Notice the story in yesterday's Tribune about the good feelings between Occupy Chicago and police?


Coldtype said...

I suspect that will have changed by the time the G20 parasites arrive this summer with the full expectation that we'll keep the Great Unwashed at bay.

Anonymous said...

Soneone who went to the training told me that a film shown about past G20 clashes with police stated between 800 and 1000 officers shall be injured.

I think we shall be in for a rude awakening. Things will get pretty ugly.


Jack Crow said...

If this set of questions is not an appropriate question, Coldtype, I'll be content to bugger off and leave it alone, no offense taken:

Is there a point where your particular profession, and it's beholdenness to truly awful people, bad laws, and a predatory system, becomes too much to bear?

Do you empathize with the protestors at the same time as you sympathize with the officers who obey orders and clear them out? Do you sympathize with those officers? Does your professional knowledge - the tactics, the training, the indoctrination - make you less forgiving, or more?

Is there a breaking point?

Jack Crow said...

* - not an appropriate comment, I meant...

Coldtype said...

Jack there is definitely a breaking point and for many of us it is rapidly approaching. My internal rationalizations have been losing ground to what I'm witnessing with my own eyes.

Lefty, yes indeed. The Bulls riots of the early 90's will be remembered around here with fondness after this summer if things go as I fear they will. Rahm's decision to cancel 5A and 5B furloughs will go down with the troops like a lead ballon as well.

The policies that have brought people out into the streets around the world are being advanced rather than reversed so I can't imagine any other scenario that would discourage people from massing in Chicago next summer against the G20 gangsters. I happen to agree with Jack that Greece and Italy are a test run for the US in particular and the welfare state generally. Note that the technocrats now running these countries were not elected. Trouble ahead.

Jack Crow said...

Thanks, Cold.

I can't imagine it's easy. Way I see it, every person who can no longer rationalize is someone who might come over and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge. That's the process, in general. I hated being a boss, even while I needed those few extra dollars to feed my children. But, now I have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of both food and petroleum distribution, storage and retailing.

(and a less than charitable view of the combination of drunk twentysomethings, raging hormones and bad music)

Anonymous said...

I'll join in on this one to,, Jack, if you don't mind. I cannot condone the breaking of laws to get a point across, but it is silly to bury one's head in the sand and not see the corrupt American system.

I have always found it humurous that police officers, members of the working class, continouisly are suckered in by rich conservative thought that helps best the rich.


Rue St. Michel said...

If I may jump in and add my two cents on this thread -

You guys don't understand the full scope of conservatism, thus Lefty doesn't understand why cops are conservative.

We're not in love with "the rich" and aren't mindless puppets. We are the boots on the ground in America's urban areas and are trained to observe. Hyper-vigilant.

And what we see in Chicago are corrupt GOVERNMENT officials who are using taxpayer funds to subsidize specific ethnic groups in order to garner votes.

We see the results of an entitlement system that is out of control: illegitimacy, illiteracy, violence, crime, chaos and malaise.

Are these the product of Walmart's CEO? Are these the results of "unfettered capitalism"? Absurdly not. They are the product of an insatiable FEDERAL government whose leadership knows no bounds in their thirst for more and more power over the sovereign individual citizen.


This harangue about the "rich" or "technocrats" or "oligarchy" are mere subterfuge.

The crux of the problem lies at the feet of the Federal gov't.

Our government is the largest debtor, the largest creditor, the largest landholder, and is almost the largest entity in any category you wish to find.

More people are denied medical services every year by the federal government than by any insurance company.

The founders believed, and the conservative believes in the dignity of the individual; that we as individuals have a right to live, live freely and pursue that which motivates us, not because Man or some government says so but because these are God-given Natural rights.

The modern Liberal believes in the supremacy of the State. That always leads to tyranny. We've had 100+ years of some form of utopian socialism/communism and what do we have to show for it? Nothing but tens of millions dead, suffering and misery.

The philosopher Eric Hoffer once said,"Those who see their lives as spoiled and wasted crave equality and fraternity more than they crave freedom. If they clamor for freedom it is but to clamor for equality and uniformity. The passion for equality is partly a passion for anonymity: to be one thread of the many that make up a tunic; one thread not distinguishable from the others. No one then can point us out, measure us against others, and expose our inferiority."

And when it comes to rioting Leftist anarchists: I am not encumbered by any "internal rationalizations." I swore to protect and uphold the Constitution and to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens of Illinois. I will do my best to protect my fellow officers, and honor the sacred oath I took.

Sic semper tyrannis!