Janet Albrechtsen is right about one thing: there is no comparison between the Occupy and Tea Party movements (“Krugman’s army stirs up bulldust on Wall Street, The Australian, 19/10”). The Tea Party is a US-only astroturf movement bankrolled by a handful of billionaires, with a mish-mash of far-Right hobbyhorses from armed insurrection to fundamentalist anti-science. The Occupy movement is a global, spontaneous expression of anger at corporate hijacking of the economy and democracy, a simple message Albrechtsen feigns not to understand.

Albrechtsen finds irony where there is none, in the fact that some protesters appear not to be poor. Like many conservatives, she seems unable to grasp that people may actually care what happens to someone other than themselves.

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