Roseanne Barr goes there (albeit not completely seriously):
I first would allow the guilty bankers to pay, you know, the ability to pay back anything over $100 million [of] personal wealth because I believe in a maximum wage of $100 million. And if they are unable to live on that amount of that amount then they should, you know, go to the reeducation camps and if that doesn’t help, then being beheaded,” Barr said with a straight face.
As much it pains me to admit it, I think that having some people talk this way does move the, you know, Overton window in a way that makes raising the highest marginal rate seem like the centrist position that it actually is. I think that the McSudermans’ BFF puts it well:
Watching the growth of Occupy Wall Street solidarity protests around the country, it’s hard not to be reminded of the lost opportunity to mobilize a left-wing popular movement back in the winter of 2008-2009 and the spring of 2009. That was a time when Congress was psychologically prepared to address the issues of joblessness, the availability of health care and education, and the ecological sustainability of the global economy. But instead of hearing from a popular protest movement driving at roughly those things, the powers that be were faced instead with a mania for austerity and deregulation driven by racial resentment.
The problem at that point was the fundamentally paradoxical attitude of the Democratic Party leadership. On the one hand, they want to be in the center of American politics. On the other hand, they’re viciously opposed to the emergence of any kind of mass movement to the left of the Democratic Party leadership. This combination of preferences is simply not viable.
There’s something wrong with the simplistic “the left needs its own tea party” stuff people are throwing around. The left and right are too different in this country to make those kinds of comparisons. But, yes, if there’s no real hippies to punch, Villagers will decide that moderately conservative Democrats are hippies, just so they have someone on the left to punch.