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    Saturday Night Card Game (Dominant progressive white males in the #OccupyWallStreet mist)

    Saturday Night Card Game (Dominant progressive white males in the #OccupyWallStreet mist)

    This is the latest in a serieson the use of the race card for political gain:

    #OccupyWallStreet has been the subject of numerous posts here, including the NY Times’ poster child who wasn’t, the influence of big labor, and the now-obligatory video of the anti-Jew guy.

    But this story (h/t Publius) caught me by surprise, although in hindsight, it’s no surprise.

    In the mist of Zuccotti Park, progressive white males are dominant (hence, the mocking of the protesters as “overwhelmingly white“).

    That has not sat well with a number of activists, as noted by  OWS reporter Allison Burtch who complained that even the Occupied Wall Street Journal was composed of white males:

    (For you LI trivia buffs, yes Burtch is tweeting to that Allison Kilkenny, of Nork card fame.)

    Since having white males dominate was unacceptable, the participants came up with a solution, a race and sex-based pecking order, with white males speaking only after others have spoken:

    Here’s how Burtch explained it at Feministing Blog:

    Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly operates under a revolutionary “progressive stack.”  A normal “stack” means those who wish to speak get in line.  A progressive stack encourages women and traditionally marginalized groups speak before men, especially white men.  This is something that has been in place since the beginning, it is necessary, and it is important.

    “Step up, step back” was a common phrase of the first week, encouraging white men to acknowledge the privilege they have lived in their entire lives and to step back from continually speaking. This progressive stack has been inspiring and mind-boggling in its effectiveness.

    The most interesting thing about the progressive stack is not that it is racist or sexist, or that it is a caricature of racial and feminist critical thinking.

    What is most interesting is that the progressive stack is an acknowledgement that women and “people of color” at the protests are not able to stand up on their own to the dominant progressive white males in their midst.  Only through the distinctly non-anarchist structure of a progressive stack are the dominant progressive white males held in check.

    It also is a charade.  The movement still is run by the dominant progressive white males, the progressive stack just makes it seem otherwise.

    Final note:  Mama Grizzlies don’t need a progressive stack to make their voices heard.

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    The other problem with American progressives is their selective nature. For example:

    Muslims are murdering, raping, torturing, and enslaving unbelievers, but primarily Christians, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, throughout Africa, etc., and yet these “high-minded”, even “enlightened”, individuals, do not hold all Muslims accountable for their extremely regressive behavior.

    Then there are the Chinese communists who have normalized, and even coerced, sacrifice of virginal human life. In that context, they are even more “progressive” than America’s left-wing ideologues. And again, they do not regard all Chinese as deranged.

    Finally, most violent crimes committed in America are by Blacks. Most violent crimes committed against Whites are by Blacks. Most violent crimes committed against Blacks are by Blacks. And yet the “well-intentioned” do not hold all Blacks accountable for this deviance in the majority.

    How is it that people who subscribe to left-ideologies, who pursue consolidation of wealth and power through authority, promote involuntary exploitation, denigration of individual dignity, and devaluation of human life, are capable of rationalizing so many deviant behaviors? They should surely experience a psychotic break.

    If the majority of psychiatrists were not predisposed to the same psychotic thinking and behavior, these lunatics would already be restrained for their protection and for the protection of all right-thinking (i.e., normal) people.

    Anyway, it’s not a coincidence that the greatest number of people throughout history, and throughout the world, were murdered and enslaved by left-wing ideologues. With their wholehearted acceptance for denigrating individual dignity and devaluing human life, it is within their capacity to accept and ignore genocidal behavior on massive scales.

    Well, not all of them. Most are in it for redistributive change. They merely tolerate the rest as they support individuals who are extremely regressive and promise them a return on their investment.


       
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      Valerie in reply to n.n. | October 9, 2011 at 11:32 am

      “Muslims are murdering, raping, torturing, and enslaving unbelievers, but primarily Christians, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, throughout Africa, etc., ”

      This sentence is factually incorrect. Muslims SAY they are at war with “unbelievers,” but they mainly kill other Muslims. The result of all the Muslim warfare , purportedly against the Jews and the Great Satan, has persistently, in theater after theater, resulted in the murder of Muslims.

      That’s why the rest of the Muslim world views Hamas with such dismay: Hamas is a weapon that has turned on them.


     
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    jakee308 | October 9, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Only women would think of men as an enemy to be defeated and subjugated.

    They should look around at their younger sisters’ dilemma these days; men refusing to get married until later if at all, older men refusing to get remarried. Some men not even getting married once.

    Meanwhile family and divorce courts get bigger and meaner and the party most aggrieved, blamed, lied about and required to supply a level of support that precludes them having a life or future or family? Men.

    Men are being fired and are unemployed at a higher rate than women. Why? Because the jobs women hold are dominated by them and are local service jobs or in health care. Jobs that require intense focus and long hours are jobs that create other jobs and men were the ones willing to put in the hours.

    Those jobs have been outsourced to China or no longer exist. Service jobs by their nature are local, low paying, low benefit and require real time presence.

    Men are also leaving those jobs and not seeking others like them as it only makes them a target of family/divorce court and of women who are so easily dissatisfied (women file 60% of all divorces, 90% if she’s college educated) when the life they lead isn’t to up to their dreams (but may be all they can get) and who is responsible (or at least gets the blame) in their eyes? Men. Men shoulder all blame in their eyes while they can find no fault in their own behavior.)

    This “blame white males” has resulted in a low birth rate, low marriage rate, eventual increase in poverty for women and children and dependency on the government as the men can’t find work, are discouraged from seeking work and are discriminated against both in court and in the jobs market.

    Is it any wonder that white men are getting frustrated and angry?


     
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    Valerie | October 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    What we have here is an evidence of discrimination among people on the basis of trivia — and in our country, race, creed, color, and sex are trivial differences with respect to citizenship. This is not just stupid, it is pernicious.

    The most murderous of the tyrannies of our time used discrimination on the basis of trivial differences among citizens as a means of encouraging their agents to do things they otherwise would recognize as immoral. This notion is deadly to civil society.

    The problem is that, once people accept the logic of discrimination for trivial differences (some people call this injustice), individuals will take the concept and run with it, often for their own personal gain at the expense of others.

    Nothing new about Leftist pimps and their political “working girls”. It’s all about appearances.

    In many cultures, the place of honor is last. Totem poles, for instance. We look at and assume the higher up the figure the more important, but the opposite is true – the bottom position is most honored.


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