Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Perfect Hippie Hypocrisy Fallacy

One of the cries amongst the Defenders of the Rich is the OccupyAmericaRevolution is being conducted by people who use products created by Corporations. Ha ha! Gotcha! You stupid leftist hippies are committing moral hypocrisy. Products are made by corporations.

It reminds me of the time, while I was in the Corps when I asked a fellow devildog how he could justify the deaths of innocents in Iraq. He got kind of upset by that and while we debated around the Just War Theory he ended up, and I'll paraphrase, 'You're an atheist so you get to live a life of debauchery but, you can't chide me on the deaths of innocents because I'm a christian, therefore already ahead of you morally, and asking me to stand against an unjust war and the deaths of innocents is not allowable.'

So Gus Lubin over at Business Insider has a photo of the OWS overlayed with captions highlighting smartphones, clothing and other products being used by the protesters. Ha ha!

It's a variation on the 'You can't be against the Iraq War if you drive a car' and stems from the Fallacy that in order to combat indecency you have to be a paragon of Righteousness.

Well, We are the 99% not the Amish... One need not divest themselves of every modern manufactured product in order to decry inhumane working conditions, rampant pollution, violations of law or union busting behavior by Corporations.

Of course, while the BrandySnifter Class may chuckle while viewing the photoshopped image, the fact is we are not demanding a luddite existence, we are demanding justice, an end to the massive transfer of wealth from the 99% to the 1%, the predatory lending, the criminal derivatives ponzi schemes, the off-shoring of jobs and an end to the attack on Unions, Pell Grants, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

The Rightwing 1% sycophants are demanding those who might protest live the austere lives of aesthetic monks (or Paladins) in order to voice criticism over the Rampant Rapacious Crimes of the Wall Street Thieves and the Trillions of Dollars they've stolen. Of course, it's all part of the plan from the Guardians of the Rich as they attempt to undercut the OccupyAmericaRevolution via any means possible.


squatlo said...

I'd say a hippie with a cell phone has less of a moral conflict going on than a teabagger carrying a sign for less government socialism while drawing a social security check and buzzing on government subsidized medications.

corruption is the reason people are out there in both cases.

Grung_e_Gene said...

Yes, Republicans were certain they could seamlessly transfer the anger people have over being swindled to that black guy in the White House.

So, this struck them amidships and now they are trying to diminish, smear, undermine AND co-opt this movement by claiming it's all Government's Fault!