Why the ports?December 13, 2011 Tim WorstallWoo Watch19 CommentsI\’m confused. Why are the Occupy people trying to close down the West Coast ports? What\’s actually the point of this? previousA short message to Members of ParliamentnextWould someone please hack my phone? 19 thoughts on “Why the ports?” Surreptitious Evil December 13, 2011 at 10:00 am An inarticulate shout of hatred against all things capitalist or commercial? Except Starbucks, of course. JuliaM December 13, 2011 at 10:12 am “What’s actually the point of this?” Narcissism… JuliaM December 13, 2011 at 10:18 am It appears they think they are doing it ‘for the symbolic value of solidarity’…. TDK December 13, 2011 at 10:18 am Green bollocks – everything we consume should be produced locally by co-ops. mister_choos December 13, 2011 at 10:19 am “Except Starbucks, of course” And Apple TDK December 13, 2011 at 10:23 am More seriously “Our ports are where the global economy opens its doors. But not everyone is invited to the party,” reads a statement on Occupy Vancouver’s website. In blocking the port the Vancouver protesters are joining a larger West Coast movement that has targeted ports as a symbol of corporate profits” They are also targeting Walmart’s distribution centres. Very silly from their perspective. All these activities are very blue collar and will hurt everyone but the bankers. Rupert Fiennes December 13, 2011 at 10:33 am All their Marxist crib sheets say “the workers love going on strike”. They figure they are helping them 🙂 TDK December 13, 2011 at 10:36 am @Surreptitious Evil I don’t get why you think Starbucks are excluded from the circle of corporate evil. They long ago reached the magic threshold of success that ensures entry. Sure the protestors are hypocrites but there’s no doubt Starbucks is already condemned by the same people who abhor McDonalds and Walmarts. blokeinfrance December 13, 2011 at 10:40 am A protest against nepotism in the longshoreman’s union? More likely, these being socialist international types, it’s a protest against cheap imports from communist China. Memo to marchers: don’t stop marching when you reach the end of the quay, lads. Gimlette December 13, 2011 at 10:41 am “Helicopter footage shows about 10 protesters holding signs and banners on a roadway in front of the port. Police officers appeared to be nearby. Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20111212/occupy-vancouver-port-blockade-111212/#ixzz1gPEb07h6” I’m no fan of Occupy, but 10 protesters at one entrance seems a pretty paltry showing. Try this: the unions are using this to shut ops down and give the longshoremen a free day off in advance of Christmas. Rob December 13, 2011 at 11:01 am Perhaps they aren’t the noble campaigners for peace and justice which the MSM is portraying them as, but far left loons? Jim December 13, 2011 at 11:17 am @Gimlette: it reminds me of the recent Southpark episode that made fun of the Occupy/99% movement. Butters and Jimmy protest outside some government office, surrounded by hundreds of police and media. Chris December 13, 2011 at 11:18 am TDK, look up ‘irony’ in your dictionary, there’s a good chap. Philip Scott Thomas December 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm According to the San Francisco Chronicle: The evening gathering followed confrontations earlier in the day in which a smaller group of protesters was able to block intersections leading into the port. The action was spearheaded by Occupy Oakland, which was also successful in closing down port operations during a general strike the evening of Nov. 2. Since then, Occupy camps in cities across the country have been cleared out by local police. And although activists portrayed Monday’s action as a reaction to labor disputes involving longshore workers and truckers at the ports of Los Angeles and Longview, Wash., the title they chose – “Occupy Strikes Back” – made it clear they hoped to make a larger point about the movement’s vitality. blokeinfrance December 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm Why not occupy Rotterdam? It’s an entrepot for goods as London is for finance. Can anyone show the difference between these occupiers and the EU apparat? dearieme December 13, 2011 at 3:13 pm “Why are the Occupy people trying to close down the West Coast ports?” Because at this time of year it tends to be bloody cold at many of the East Coast ports. Greg December 14, 2011 at 4:29 am The plan was to shut down our local West Coast port (Tacoma) as well but the union politely told them not to do it- such labor action is only for the union leadership to call. So Much For Subtlety December 14, 2011 at 9:13 am Presumable the aim is a standard leftie one of linking up with the toiling masses – the revolution cannot come if it is confined to a small section of the intelligentsia. They have to mobilise the workers a la 1968 (or 1919 I expect) Ian Bennett December 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm According to the Washington Examiner, they want to “disrupt the profits of the one percent”. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.