I knew it wouldn't be long before the main driving force behind OWS would show its true colors. I can't now give the protesters the benefit of the doubt by saying I agree with some of their concerns, because their concerns can't be considered outside the context of the anti-capitalist, liberty-destroying movement which they represent. Over a third are now agreeing violence is valid, and it won't be long before violence occurs in such a way we'll all regret not condemning this movement from the start. It goes without saying that America is a free country and people have a right to voice their dissent, but this cuts both ways -- I'm exercising my right to condemn the protesters and that for which they stand.
This is an ignorant movement, and by that I mean the great majority don't understand the issues, history, economics or free market principles. I've listened to enough interviews and I've seen enough polls to know that this movement is rooted in ignorance, and it's being pushed by those who should know better -- intellectuals who intend to destroy any remnants of a free market and block all efforts to limit government power. The Van Jones, Steven Lerners and Cornell Wests of the movement know the issues, but they want some form of Marxism/socialism to replace free enterprise, and they want a powerful State which is not blocked by representatives in congress or a court system dedicated to defending the Constitution. I won't join those who pretend that something good can come just from shaking up the system -- shaking up the system is no good if you want to replace the system with something far worse than what we have.