• • The radical right-wing roots of Occupy Wall Street
Maureen Tkacik, Reuters Atlas Shrugged |Capitalism |Egoism |Individualism | “I suspect if Karl [Hess] were around today he’d have much respect for Occupy,” says [Jerome] Tuccille, who works in finance and seemed to doubt his old friend would feel similar affinity toward the Tea Party, pointing out that Ron Paul had, in stark contrast to most other members of his party, made “some soothing comments lately about Occupy” in a recent interview with Brian Williams: “I advocate the market. But I complain that one percent is wealthy because they get the benefits through the inflationary system, through the contract system, through the military expenditure system, through the bailout system. So I identify with them … That’s why I didn’t like the idea when I think [Herman] Cain said that these people ought to just go out and get a job. Why blame the victims?” Just because a man’s political consciousness begins with Ayn Rand, in other words, doesn’t mean it has to stay there.