Video: What a history lesson can do for an Occupier

posted at 9:21 am on May 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The irony here, of course, is that the history lesson of democracy gets delivered by a former refugee from the former Soviet Union, but the history lesson doesn’t just end with the USA.  One young man tried to pass an “Occupy Wall Street Journal” to two men observing the protests, and ended up gaining an education in history, politics, economics, and statecraft.  Give the young Occupier credit, as Joe Schoffstall says — he was at least willing to listen.  I’m not sure he was actually convinced, but he at least knew better than to keep arguing:

You might be tempted to stop after a couple of minutes, but stick to it all the way through to the end.  It shows what one man can do when he’s armed with the facts, as well as a little moral authority from having lived through a socialist nightmare.  His companion tells him at the end, “I’m very proud of you,” and I’d bet more than a few people here would be as well.

And at least the young man still had the capacity to learn. Ringo and Zombie document some of the mental incapacity found at the Occupy LA rally last week, including these images:

I’m an old tech-pubs editor, and I don’t think I could diagram that sentence, even with my extensive experience.  Then there are those who just can’t deal with reality:


Here’s a better question: why should I have to pay for you?  Or, for that matter, this guy:

If you need to eat, then I suggest you find ways to feed yourself.  If your art isn’t doing it for you, it’s time to consider another career.  Understandably, someone this dense has limited prospects anyway, but obviously it’s time to give it a try.

That’s why engagement will probably only work with a select few, but it is important to keep trying.


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THe idealist almost gets early on when he recognizes that the Constitution is being ignored. Instead of displaying logic and saying we need to restore it, he falls for the promise of a perfect society.

Silver on May 9, 2012 at 8:56 PM

That was so great. We should all get together and sue the education system.

Cindy Munford on May 9, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Sheesh, what a maroon.

xblade on May 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Sheesh, what a maroon.

xblade on May 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

A maroon for actually listening to an opposing view and understanding simple logic? That kid’s been led astray for a long time it seems, but a maroon he’s not.

Durka-Durka on May 9, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Late to the party on this one, but that was awesome. That immigrant had his facts straight and really laid out a very logical argument. Kind of hard for somebody ill-educated and with only OWS talking points to compute with that argument.

Yeah, I’m proud of him too.

AZfederalist on May 9, 2012 at 11:46 PM

If you could give him just one book to read to educate him even further, what would it be?

PattyJ on May 9, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Atlas Shrugged, We the Living, the author also had first hand experience with the Soviet Union.

Less noted in this regard is Rand’s first novel, We the Living. This is a semiautobiographical story set in Russia just after the revolution of 1917. The particulars of the plot are not as interesting in this context as the level of detail Rand provides about life in the Soviet Union in the early years of communist rule. I recently reread it for the first time in 20 or 25 years and was struck by the sophistication of Rand’s analysis of the Soviet economy in practice. Unlike most contemporary western observers, she had first-hand knowledge of the terrible conditions and the reality of Soviet power.

Dr Evil on May 10, 2012 at 9:42 AM

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