Why "Occupy" Is Getting Dangerous

This is where Rome began its slide to oblivion.
As the disenfranchised middle classes (and lower classes) understand more and more about how wide that gap is getting between "the 99%" and "the 1%," we will be seeing more and more of the tactics and strategy of the nebulous "occupy" movement.  I've been studying upon it.  Noam Chomsky sums it up best when he talks about why the owners and managers get so nervous when some of their employees begin to "sit-in" at corporate headquarters.  They fear the time when those employees will own the facilities by hook or by crook, and they -- the owners and managers -- will be out.  I'm not advocating anything, just observing facts and events as they unfold.
The splendid isolation of the super-rich

The super-rich "have seceded from America," said Mike Lofgren. "Our plutocracy now lives like the British in colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it."
Since the rich can afford their own security, "Public safety is of no concern," From the windows of a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges matter little. And with private doctors on call, they don't need to worry about the future of Medicare.
This disconnect is why the super-rich so often sound "abstracted and clueless," and why "Mitt Romney's regular=guy anecdotes always seem a bit strained."
Of course, the rich, "have always secluded themselves." But over the past several decades, their "palpable animosity" toward the rest of America and its public institutions has become overt, even as their grip on power has tightened.
Hedge fund billionaires with 15 percent tax rates complain that the poor lack "skin in the game." The rich decry social safety nest even as they stiff the system, and dismiss the military as a place "for suckers from the laboring classes."
A century ago, we at least "got some attractive public libraries out of Andrew Carnegie," Today, our super-rich offer up little more than contempt.

Mike Lofgren, The American Conservative, via The Week, Sept. 14, 2012

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