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Five Stars For Irony: Walmart Sells Occupy Poster, Say What?

by Abby Zimet

It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry Dept: In this season of grace and joy, buy a poster of the OWS encampment at Zuccotti Park for your loved ones at Walmart, that bastion of populism (except when it's "bleeding communities dry" as a case study in our nation’s growing inequality) for just $42.75 or $52.25, "printed on Premium Heavy Stock Paper which captures all of the vivid colors and details of the original... ready for hanging or framing.” No wait. The small one has sold out. Hmm: sold out. Sigh. They sell an Occupy book too. And adding insult to gross capitalistic injury, the picture's terrible. Here are some better ones, and here's what you can buy instead.

"Thus did a handful of rapacious citizens come to control all that was worth controlling in America. Thus was the savage and stupid and entirely inappropriate... American class system created. Honest, industrious, peaceful citizens were classed as bloodsuckers, if they asked to be paid a living wage. And they saw that praise was reserved henceforth for those who devised means of getting paid enormously for committing crimes against which no laws had been passed. Thus the American dream turned belly up, turned green, bobbed to the scummy surface of cupidity unlimited, filled with gas, went bang in the noonday sun.” - Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater