MIKE CHECK: Some animals are more equal than others. Some animals are more equal than others. Some ….
And so, it seems, Orwell had it right all along, about Occupy Wall Street no less than about Animal Farm: some animals are more equal than others.
In a remarkable article by Mattathias Schwartz in the current New Yorker, we are told about the various heavy thinkers and busy organizers behind OWS. (In a recent interview on WNYC radio in New York, one of these “facilitators” stressed the “horizontal,” i.e. leaderless nature of this movement. But the interviewer, usually perceptive and smart, failed to ask the obvious: who appointed you “facilitator” ?) And here are the names, nine in number and given here in alphabetical order, that Schwartz has found to constitute OWS’s Crème de la Crème:
MIKE CHECK: You are the one percent ! You are the one percent ! You …
The attentive reader will no doubt have noticed that the names of six of these crème people are shown as links. The links are to statements by these crèmists declaring opposition to Israel. These statements vary in intensity, from the virulent Judeophobia of Kalle Lasn (who, by anybody’s account, is the éminence grise of the movement) to a merely offhand defamation of Israel by Marina Sitrin. But here it is, fully six out nine crèmists have gone out of their way to harm Israel through public expressions of hatred. How common is that in the American population ? One percent ? It certainly does not represent the “ninety-nine percent” for which the crèmists presume to speak.
So here is a humble request to the Crème from one of the ninety-nine: please, please do not do it in our name !
Mr. Kalle Lasn
Vespasian imposed a Urine Tax (Latin: vectigal urinae) on the distribution of urine from public urinals in Rome’s Cloaca Maxima (great sewer) system. … The buyers of the urine paid the tax.
The Roman historians Suetonius and Dio Cassius report that when Vespasian’s son Titus complained to him about the disgusting nature of the tax, his father held up a gold coin and told him, Pecunia non olet! (“Money doesn’t stink!”).  — Wikipedia
Mr. Kalle Lasn is a gentleman of Estonian origins now living in Vancouver, Canada. He edits the very progressive — I don’t think he’d mind my calling it that — the very progressive magazine Adbusters, which has been credited, by David Brooks and others, with first calling for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
So far so good. But it is also appears that Mr. Lasn, in conjunction with his distaste for Wall Street, has taken a strong dislike to Jews (who are, according to him, responsible for much of the ills of the world), and also to Israel, which is … well, you know the rest; Alana Goodman of Commentary magazine has given us a full report.
But wait. This is not the whole story. In today’s New York Times we learn that Mr. Lasn has been pleased to receive substantial sums for his progressive pursuits from a Mr. Robert S. Halper, a Brooklyn-born “retired Wall Street trader,” to the tune of $50,000 to $75,000 over the last twenty years. Just a month ago Mr. Halper wrote Mr. Lasn a check for $20,000.
So there you have it. Does Jewish money from Wall Street have a smell ? None that Mr. Lasn can detect.