Private Property is Bad, but Personal Property is Just Fine.

My mom told me about this video a few weeks ago. I thought she may have been misquoting slightly or paraphrasing…

One man actually says, “I’m more against private property, not personal property,” when asked if he would share his iPad with the less fortunate in the park. That’s right, read that quote again. And maybe once more for effect, or watch the video  starting around 4:20. I listened to that little section at least three times.

I am still not sure about how I feel about the Occupy Wall Street movement. You might call me agnostic about it, mostly because I have not read enough about it to feel comfortable sharing my opinion. What I can say is this video makes the people that were a part of the movement look pretty bad. Especially those of the upper crust who apparently took it upon themselves to decide everything and who, if this video is to be believed, do not understand much of what they were preaching.

Don’t get me wrong, I do not believe any society or group would accomplish much of anything by way of government and decisions by constantly using pure democratic methods. A small governing body that represents everyone is certainly a very reasonable path to choose. The key to that, though, is representing everyone. It seems doubtful that the group in the bank lobby was representing all manner of people that joined the movement.

I know I sound disapproving of OWS, but my point is definitely more about the people in the video than the movement itself. It’s a little sad that the man proposing something like socialism or communism is clearly a little disturbed by the idea of sharing the things he owns with the lower class people on the other side of the park. It’s funny and disturbing at the same time.

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