Red Tory v.3.0.3: Branson: OCW “A Good Start”

Eccentric billionaire Sir Richard Branson somewhat surprisingly expressed his support for the OCW movement the other day, admitting they had “very valid reasons” to be protesting. “It’s now up to the business community to ensure that we show the way so that they can go, the Occupy Wall Street can feel that they’ve done their ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Black Friday

According to the AP: “A record number of shoppers could head to stores across the country to take advantage of deals during the kickoff to the holiday shopping weekend.” Interesting to think that 10,000 rabid consumers lined up outside Macy’s in the dead of night eager to save a few bucks on discounted material crap ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: HIGNFY on OCW

Panelists on the BBC comedy quiz show Have I Got News For You trade jibes about the OCW movement in London. Great line by Ian Hislop responding to the silly right-wing trope that protesters patronizing Starbucks are hypocrites: “You don’t have to want to return to a barter system and the Stone Age to complain ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: A Park Divided

Last night’s TDS featured correspondent Sam Bee reporting on the class division that supposedly had been growing between different factions in the OCW encampment before it was dismantled. “As it dragged on, the movement had been in danger of becoming the very thing it was fighting against,” she opined. In the segment (billed as an ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Robert Reich @ UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Professor (and former US Labor Secretary) Robert Reich delivering the Mario Savio memorial lecture last night.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Student Protests

Thousands of students marched through London yesterday to protest cuts to public education spending and a significant increase in tuition fees. Here’s one of the organizers, Ben Beech, a 21-year-old architecture student, holding forth on the issue in an interview by RT… It’s quite an amazing rhetorical performance (begins about 2 minutes into the clip). ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Political Discourse in America

OCW protesters confront what they imagine to be a wealthy and insensitive “conservative” woman outside a swanky Washington hotel. I know “liberals” aren’t supposed to pay any attention to these sorts of awkward encounters documented on film, nor are they expected to acknowledge any of the cringe-inducing and reprehensibly contemptible opinions of some the more ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Guided Tour of OCW

Independent filmmaker Lee Stranahan saves you the trouble of actually going to Zuccotti Park with a fascinating, hour-long tour of the “Occupy Wall Street” encampment. It’s not an altogether pretty picture by any means, but it seems to be a fairly realistic one.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Game Over for Occupy Victoria

The pathetic effort to emulate the OCW protest movement south of the border is rapidly coming to an end in BC’s capital city and will soon be displaced by the imperatives of upcoming Christmas festivities and the installation of an outdoor skating rink. Lacking a focused message or purpose in the first place, the pointless ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Elizabeth Warren v. Heckler

An angry man confronts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren at the outset of a local volunteer meeting in Brockton, Mass. “You’re a socialist whore!” the unemployed Fox News viewer shouted, adding for good measure that her “boss” (presumably President Obama) was “foreign born.” After the event, Warren stated the she felt sorry for the guy for ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Coren on the “Occupy” Protesters

Sun TV’s Michael Coren lambastes the “Occupy” protesters for being “spoiled children of privilege” that are needy, self-indulgent whiners and so on… I have to admit to experiencing a considerable amount of cognitive dissonance being largely in agreement with his withering assessment of the protesters involved in the Canadian version of this movement.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Kunstler on the Political Economy

RT interviews James Howard Kunstler on a range of topics including the current state of the global economy, the de-legitimization of the U.S. political system, and, of course, his thoughts about the OCW movement. At the outset, Kunstler makes a terrific point about the “consensus about reality” in the United States being so woefully fragmented ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Fact Check!

A “First Nation speaker” (not sure who) took to the stage of the Occupy Toronto event at City Hall this past weekend to spew a pantload of demonstrably false information about Benjamin Franklin that was, sadly, then dutifully resounded by the crowd through the “people’s mic”… Like the ostentatious brandishing of Marxist signage promoting socialism ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Paxo & Moore on OCW

Jeremy Paxman talks to Michael Moore on BBC’s Newsnight program yesterday about the embryonic nature of OCW movement and whether a new form of capitalism may possibly arise from it… It seems like an incredible stretch to imagine that anything terribly significant will materialize from this movement, although… it is quite astounding how in just ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Occupy Bay Street?

The launch of Canada’s “revolution” against the “1 percent” is planned for October 15th. Unfortunately, they can’t even seem to get the URL of the website correct… So, not off to a terribly auspicious start on the organizational front. Unless the turnout is absolutely massive (highly unlikely) and/or the activist group(s) involved have the weather-resistant ...