The anti-capitalists camped out at Occupy Wall Street are having a problem with pooling their donation funds.
According to the Huffington Post:
“The Occupy Wall Street movement, born of anger over how the spoils of the American economy are divided, is now confronting its own wrenching financial conflict: how to divvy up the nearly $500,000 the group has raised via donations.
In recent days, the protesters have had heated arguments over whether to make the distribution of money more efficient and how much to devote to long-term infrastructure development in Zuccotti Park, generating worries that a movement created in the name of broader representation could fracture over how to live under it.”
The irony of it all would make this situation so funny if it weren’t so sad.
But shouldn’t everyone have seen this coming? The movement itself exploded from the pent up anger toward Wall Street and the big Banks: the financial centers of America. So when a finance working group is organized to handle the money being brought in by OWS through donations, it’s obvious that there are going to be at least a few protestors who, through their seemingly natural inclination to distrust centralized financial systems, would find the group untrustworthy.
It’s Russia, China and Cuba all over again, only on a much small scale: the ideals of an entire movement are swept away whenever a significant amount of money enters the picture. And socialists wonder why their cherished philosophy has never been applied fully and successfully in the real world.
It’s like something I tweeted not too long ago: “It’s not that I don’t trust rich people; I don’t trust greedy people.”
Money is not a threat to anti-capitalists, but the people who have money – especially the people who have a lot more than others and are in control of who gets what – are.