Occupy Roundup

By Aaron Gordon

The folks at Kosmos were really hoping if we just averted our gaze long enough, the Occupy movement would eventually fizzle out into vapor like the intellectual roots of the movement itself. Now all we hear are numbers–not even correct ones–about 99 percent, 1 percent, 53 percent, and so on. The Occupy Movement even spurred a question at the Republican debate last night, signifying the OWS movement is here to stay.

So the time has come for a roundup of blog posts and articles by classical liberal scholars about the Occupy movement. There’s surely no shortage of points to be made and assertions to refute. The only limits are on our time to do so.

The Volokh Conspiracy has been actively blogging about the Occupiers. (Good work, fellas!)

  • Kenneth Anderson sees the OWS movement not as an upper and lower class, but two tiers of the upper class fragmenting. I suspect a majority of the African population would agree.
  • From David Bernstein, an Occupier gives an argument against anarchism.
  • Has it gotten to the point where parking lots are too big to fail? Ilya Somin points out the city-owned parking lot at Yankee Stadium needs to be subsidized.
  • Kenneth Anderson also points out the results of an October poll, which indicates Occupiers are quite far from center and Democrats should be careful developing an electoral strategy to embrace them.

In a post no Occupier is likely to read (although every one of them should think about the issues raised), Matt Zwolinski asks some tough questions about whether inequality matters at Bleeding Heart Libertarians.

Division of Labour has also been doing some hard work about the Occupy movement.(Tip of the hat to you as well!)

  • Occupy Wall Street as Obamaville?
  • When Harvard students believe teaching that minimum wage and price controls are economically unsound practices equates to political bias, I become scared for the future. So does Tim Shaughnessy.
  • Obama has long vocalized the rhetoric of class divide, speaking about “rich”, “middle class” and “low income” people. Some of it has delved into scapegoating. Brad Smith wonders if it’s a sound political strategy.

The charicature of the Occupy Movement comes in the form of Joe Therrien, a graduate with a Masters Degree in puppetry. Naturally, the good folks at Kids Prefer Cheese got their caps lock and expletive-blanking characters ready for a reaction to that. Also from KPC:

Last, but not least, does OWS have any implications on foreign policy or analogous movements abroad? Eh, probably not…

Have you seen any good articles or blog posts about the Occupy movement by classical liberal scholars? Post them in the comments!

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