Dallas-based Billionaire Calls Occupy Protesters “Imbeciles”

In this story from Bloomberg, some of the wealthiest men in America defend themselves (presumably from the comfort of their immaculately decorated offices and private jets) against the unfair, heinous attacks of the Occupy movement and those pesky protesters who seem displeased by the widening disparity between the richest few and the folks worried about feeding their families. The CIA says there’s more economic inequality in America today than Iran or India. Not too far in, there’s this bit from Bernard Marcus, the 82-year-old co-founder of Home Depot:

“If successful businesspeople don’t go public to share their stories and talk about their troubles, ‘they deserve what they’re going to get,’ said Marcus, 82, a founding member of Job Creators Alliance, a Dallas-based nonprofit that develops talking points and op-ed pieces aimed at ‘shaping the national agenda,’ according to the group’s website. He said he isn’t worried that speaking out might make him a target of protesters. ‘Who gives a crap about some imbecile?’ Marcus said. ‘Are you kidding me?’”

What, exactly, he thinks rich people who don’t defend themselves “deserve” isn’t clear. (Do the just deserts include tax increases? Bloody revolution? Being forced to fly coach?) What is clear is that Marcus, a man “shaping the national agenda,” believes anyone bothered by the current economic disparity in this country is an “imbecile” he doesn’t “give a crap about.”

56 comments on “Dallas-based Billionaire Calls Occupy Protesters “Imbeciles”

  1. amanda,
    I, too, went to a religious school. I managed to escape Ayn Rand until a couple years ago when I decided, okay, influential politico-cultural work. Folks keep recommending it to me. Guess I better read it.
    Most dreadful reading experience of my entire life. And I’ve plowed through some awful stuff. I still can’t decide which is worse, her writing or her philosophy. I guess it’s one pf those cases of the form being perfectly fitted to the content.
    Teachers, even Hockaday teachers, who assign her to their studeents ought to be imprisoned for child abuse.

  2. I always find it amusing that the people who claim to want to help the non “white/middle-class/nice towns” the most, also assume that they can’t do anything. Just because you come from a white/middle-class/nice towns” doesn’t make you better.

  3. Let’s imprison teachers for assigning students to read books that don’t fit our wanted narrative. Genius. Why has no one tried this or banned certain books in the past, sounds like a winner.

  4. It all comes around to the same old problem. The market place is not a fit environment for democracy to live in. Our Republic offers choice. One can be selfish or one can be an American. A choice.