Law and Order Among the 1%

As New York City and other municipalities continue to crack down on Occupy Wall Street protests in the name of the rule of law, it’s important to remember how Michael Bloomberg, scion of the law and order crowd, deals with rules and laws he doesn’t like. This, in his own words, is how Bloomberg made his millions:

Among old McDonald’s hamburger wrappings and mouse droppings, we dragged wires from our computers to the keyboards and screens we were putting in place, stuffed the cables through holes we drilled in other people’s furniture—all without permission, violating every fire law, building code, and union regulation on the books. It’s amazing we didn’t burn some office or electrocute ourselves.


  1. BillW May 27, 2012 at 3:10 pm | #

    What to speak of minor code violations that almost always go unreported, even a terrorist brainwashing cult can be labeled kosher if the cult can “buy off more former administration officials” willing to shill for it in unctuous tones.

    • GTChristie May 28, 2012 at 6:09 am | #

      So the analogous argument concerning OWS is: They want to make their millions on the public dole, so it’s amazing they don’t bring the economy to a screeching halt.

      • Librarian May 29, 2012 at 7:39 am | #

        That isn’t what OWS wants at all. Do not attack straw man arguments. Attack your opponent’s arguments in their strongest and most accurate form, not in your version of what they said so you can win.

    • GTChristie May 30, 2012 at 9:18 am | #

      Well, Librarian, I’m not accustomed to giving a lesson in economics with every political comment to document its premises, so I guess I’ll have to pass except to say I stand by the logic of the analogy. If you can find fault with the parallel itself, let us know.

  2. F May 28, 2012 at 3:24 am | #

    I check your blog almost everyday. It felt like forever since you made your last post. Keep it up I love your work.

    • Corey Robin May 28, 2012 at 6:54 am | #

      My apologies! It’s been a very busy and hectic month or so. Hence the light posting.

  3. Jeff May 28, 2012 at 6:51 pm | #


    This might be somewhat off-topic, but I wondered what your opinion is of Social Dominance Theory (SDT)? I read the book, then noted that it was published in 1999 and that there hasn’t been very much on the topic since then. There have been some squeals of protest from conservatives and also those who seem to think that Social Dominance Orientation is the core of SDT, which is not true, according to Jim Sidanius. It seems to me that there is a certain amount of congruence between the work of Sidanius and Pratto and yours. What say you?

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