Monday, September 23, 2013
In recent years two contrasting grass root movements have entered the political arena. On the right, we have the Tea Party and on the left, we have the Occupy movement. Both have received similar coverage in the media. In general the Tea Party is portrayed as a bunch of white racist xenophobes and the Occupy Wall Street is composed of compassionate people standing up for the oppressed masses of the 99 percent.
Despite the better media support, the Occupy movement has little measurable results to show for itself. Meanwhile, despite some Tea Party candidates losing elections, many others now have a voice in congress, notably Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Mike Lee of Utah. There are no new senators who were elected carrying the Occupy banner.
I think part of the reason for the Occupy failure is that they picked the wrong targets. Wall Street is not likely to pay attention to the demands of a bunch of liberal activists. But there are other groups that are much more sympathetic to liberal goals--perhaps none more than Hollywood and higher education.
So its time to get out the tents and sleeping bags and Occupy Hollywood and Occupy College.
Well it is no secret that the elite in Hollywood make tens of millions of dollars a year. These same people are overwhelmingly liberal and are widely seen supporting liberal causes. Meanwhile despite the high earnings and wealth, these earnings are not shared with the rank and file of the 120,000 members of the Screen Actors Guild where the average actor is lucky to make more than $5,000 a year. Holly poverty, Batman! Isn´t it time to occupy the latest Hollywood movie set and demand ¨fairness?¨ Shouldn´t Occupy find immediate success preaching to the choir? Don´t the richest actors have excess millions they can share with their poor fellow union members?
Meanwhile, our university campuses nationwide are the breeding ground for future liberals. Their faculties and administrations are brimming over with liberals, socialists, even Marxists. Conservative professor is an oxymoron. Conservatives are even unwelcome as speakers. When was the last time you saw a distinguished conservative invited to give a commencement address? And yet at such a bastion of liberal values you will find that tenured professors and administrators make six figure salaries while rarely cracking a door to teach a class. Instead, adjunct professors, usually making less than $25,000 a year with no benefits, are the ones teaching 70% of the classes. Sounds like another oppressive, unfair establishment that could benefit from Occupy moving in with their tents. And with liberals in control of the schools, it should result in a win for Occupy, right?
Am I missing something here? How come we haven´t seen Occupy Hollywood, Occupy Harvard or Occupy Berkeley?
By the way, the hypocrisy of Hollywood is blatantly on display in my new book Jihad on Hollywood. It is free or only $0.99 on most eBook platforms. Read it and let me know what you think.