At least one occupier not a Keynesian
This is very interesting. From the ground:
As I was circling Liberty Square and talking with many people about what it meant to protest, I observed an older man berating a young man going by the name of Matt. It was the only contentious banter I had observed in what was otherwise a peaceful gathering — complete with donated food, plentiful signs laid along the ground, activists singing protest songs on banjos and guitars, and even a library established in close proximity to the main dais.
I was curious about what had caused this older man to lose his gasket. Because while I had talked with people who did not approve of the protest (including some cops who declined to go on the record, but all NYPD officers I observed were calm and professional), the older man was the only one prepared to go ballistic. This being a public space, I naturally began recording audio and approached the shrieking man, hoping that I might use this moment to generate a civil discussion. But the man, who identified himself as “Steven Levy” (not to be confused with the Wired senior writer) wasn’t especially interested in explaining to me why he was upset at Matt.
“He and I were just talking with another woman,” explained Matt after the exchange. “And I think they’re more on the liberal interventionist side of the economic policies — at least in terms of their opinions. And I was like saying, ‘Look, I’m personally against Keynesianism. Because I think Keynes is all about government spending. And I don’t believe government is a good allocator of spending.’”
OK. So who does the allocation, then? Collective ownership of the means of production via crowdsourcing?
Let's not project onto the occupiers if we can possibly help it. I can imagine banksters who'd be perfectly happy with that young man's views.
NOTE So, where's the Manhattan financial district MMTer who's going to get Warren Mosler's book, and/or Yves's ECONed, and/or James Galbraith's Predator Capitalism into that library in the square. What is in the library in the square?