Friday, October 07, 2011

Sohrab Ahmari: The Moral Unseriousness of the Occupy Wall Street Movement

Via HuffPo, Sohrab Ahmari: The Moral Unseriousness of the Occupy Wall Street Movement:

Worse than unserious, I'd wager obscene.

Ahmari's conclusion,
So, no, Wall Street is not Tahrir Square. Los Angeles is not Damascus. And to make the comparison is to denigrate the courage of brave young Arab dissidents who took on ruthless dictatorial regimes entrenched for decades. Nor are our financial institutions and the much-detested "top 1%" comparable to Baathist elites.

Boston is not Benghazi.

From both a moral and strategic perspective, then, the protestors would be wise to ground their protest in our basic republican ethos and constitutional culture. Here in Boston, that culture is on full display over at Out of Town News, the legendary Harvard Square newsstand -- from their tent city, just a few stops down the Red line -- which sells hundreds of newspapers and magazines from every corner of the world and across the ideological spectrum. It is on display whenever the Massachusetts General Court deliberates, as it has since the colonial era. It is on display in downtown Boston's magnificent architecture, each building a monument to the power of free societies to unleash human potential.

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