Elizabeth Schulte doesn’t decide who belongs at Occupy

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    Some pontif over at socialistworker.org named Elizabeth Schulte has published a diatribe titled “Ideas that don’t belong at Occupy” that’s making the rounds. In it she explains why welcoming libertarians into the Occupy Movement is counterproductive. Not only is this vitriol contradictory and factually incorrect, It’s also divisive, destructive and vindictive tripe and I hope people summarily reject it. She’s got an opinion. She thinks socialism is the way to help the poor. That’s fine. There’s lots and lots of socialist Occupants. But conflating libertarianism, Ron Paul, the Tea Party and Herman Cain and drawing a big circle around mainstream conservatives and the liberty-minded Occupants on the ground is just intellectual laziness at best and ad hominem at worst. If Ms. Schulte wants an ideologically pure movement that excludes everyone she disagrees with than the Occupation is not for her.

    I've written a thorough rebuttal of her article. You can read it here.
     
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    Libertarians are scary. I'm more comfortable around communists and socialists.
     
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    SOME Libertarians (objectivist libertarians, AKA RANDIANS as one example) are as nutty as died in the wool communists or anarchists.

    I've known a few who were sensible folks whose ideals, while not exactly like mine, were at least not based on the silly notion that human nature is going to change to accomodate their political theories.
     
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    My son said the "Occupy Philly" group is predominantly libertarian with a great many Ron Paul supporters. Or at least that's how it started. The socialists are now taking over as the more rational people have gone home to shit and shower.
     
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    As long as Elizabeth can do basic math I'm sure she'll be fine.
     

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