Now, of all living labor leaders, who would be the most problematic one to join the Occupy Wall Street protesters? If you said the man who Reagan called "one of the world’s greatest labor leaders," anti-Soviet activist, Solidarność leader, and eventually president of Poland Lech Wałęsa--well, you dont deserve another drink, because it was a gimmee, but put a paper unbrella in that drink because that's who's flying to New York this week.
"How could I not respond," Walesa told a Polish newspaper Wednesday. "The thousands of people gathered near Wall Street are worried about the fate of their future, the fate of their country. This is something I understand."
A former shipyard worker who led Poland's successful revolt against Soviet communism, Walesa said "capitalism is in crisis" and not just in America.
"This is a worldwide problem," he told the Lublin-based Dziennik Wschodni newspaper. "The Wall Street protesters have focused a magnifying glass on the problem."