The Occupy Wall Street movement has generated some pretty surreal sights over the last few weeks, from millionaires like Kanye West mingling with the great (literal) unwashed to a protester defecating on a police vehicle.
But the strangest vision of all might be liberal actor Alec Baldwin defending the capitalistic system – and knocking Europe in the process.
Baldwin dropped by the Occupy Wall Street throng in New York this week with a surprising message for the masses. Greed … isn’t so bad.
“You cannot not have strong capital markets in this country or the country is going to go down the tubes,” he said. “I think most people want change in this country but they don’t want the country to go down the tubes. They don’t want the country to become England.”
Baldwin then gave the example of Apple computer founder Steve Jobs, who studied the large IBM computers and decided to work on making a computer much smaller and that would fit on a person’s lap.
“I think that’s important,” said Baldwin.”I think capitalism is worthwhile. And capitalism demands the flow of money. So, I think we need to have that. … I do not want capital markets dismantled.”
It’s enough to bring Bill Murray’s famous quip from ‘Ghostbusters’ back to mind – “dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria!”
Who ever thought Baldwin, who never met a left of center cause he couldn’t hug like a tree, would staunchly defend the country’s economic underpinnings?