Consistently controversial MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris Perry featured a panel on her show this weekend to mark the one year anniversary of the Occupy movement. After a diatribe glorifying Occupy and subtly critiquing the Tea Party, Perry asked panelist Harrison Schultz, an Occupy Wall Street organizer, “one year later, where’s Occupy?”
Schultz responded in a cumbersome way, noting that Occupy does not have one organized speaking voice but they can all agree on one thing: wealth redistribution.
“What I’ve been working on specifically is presenting an actual plan…to actually rapidly end the economic crisis and permanently alter capitalism, and this is known as the big idea fund,” he said.
Schultz then directly attacked the wealthy by stating “there is plenty of money in this country, there is no shortage of money, it’s just in the wrong hands.” The statement echos the same sentiment of class warfare from the Occupy movement, which has become a cornerstone of the group’s platform during its volatile and turbulent one year history.
Schultz also appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity back in May, where he had some difficulty translating his “ideas” for bringing about revolution into words. Eventually, Hannity could take no more and launched into this memorable rant:
You are 29 years old. Stop wasting your time at Occupy Wall Street. And here’s a novel concept, get up at 6:00 a.m., shovel some coffee down your throat. Hit the pavement, find a job, get to work, stop whining, stop complaining, stop blaming and get your ass out of bed, like everybody else in America, and get to work. How does that sound?
Additionally, Rev. Al Sharpton also hosted Schultz in 2011, where the Occupy organizer said “a lot of the people that are here are in fact anarchists, are in fact revolutionaries. . . We don’t really want to fix [the problems]. It’s revolution, not reform.”