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Published on Mar 19, 2012
"Once upon a time, being Left-wing meant exposing the structural problems with capitalism and putting forward some solutions for fixing or overhauling them. Today, if Occupy Wall Street is anything to go by, it simply means getting all super-moralistic about evil bankers and corporate bigwigs, who apparently are responsible for every ill in the world. Forget analyses of society or programmes for change -- these occupiers just want to get their rocks off by pointing a collective finger at billionaires while screaming "Waaaah!". It's more like a two-minute hate than a principled campaign, more a tantrum than a protest, the aim of which is to assuage the inchoate moralistic fury of the sons and daughters of the East Coast bourgeoisie who look at mass America and its inhabitants and feel nothing but pity and disgust. These campaigners are nothing like workers' movements of old, which brought together principled men and women in a campaign for change; instead they have merely elevated the teenage screech of "I hate you and I wish you were dead!" into a political rallying cry. No wonder the vast majority of Americans are blocking their ears."