Posts Tagged ‘protests

Rather than make a general comment on yesterday’s public sector strike in Britain I just want to draw attention to one aspect of the debate. It is hard to think of a better example of how the demand for equality, historically associated with the left, can take on a conservative character. When the premise of […]

Both supporters and opponents of the Occupy movement are labouring under the misconception that the recent wave of anti-capitalist protests is somehow leftist or radical. If they looked more closely they would see that such anti-capitalists are more conservative than the most ardent shire Tories. It is true that perhaps the most photographed banner outside […]

Yet another elite figure supporting the Occupy protests. This time Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s Labour party, writing in today’s Observer.

Last night I debated Julian Assange and other supporters of the #Occupy movement at the Frontline Club in London. You can read a report of the event by Patrick Hayes on spiked here and watch a video recording here (5 November update: I have added a new link as the old one was disconnected). I […]

More support, or at least sympathy, for the Wall Street protests from the elite. According to an article (free registration required) in yesterday’s Financial Times the chief executive of Wells Fargo, John Stumpf, said “I understand some of the angst and the anger”. The bank chief also acknowledged “this downturn has been too long, unemployment […]

Following yesterday’s post on the protests on Wall Street it seems that they have the support of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor. According to her spokesman the protestors’ actions reflect “deep concern and legitimate desire for human justice” and she has sympathy for their cause.

Those who support Occupy Wall Street (OWS) and similar protests should ask themselves why it has enjoyed a sympathetic hearing from many of the world’s leaders. Among those American politicians who have supported the sentiment, if not necessarily the tactics, of the protestors are President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, the […]