Friday, October 07, 2011

What's with the "Occupy Wall Street" Crowd? (Part 1)

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Occupy Wall Street & the Constitutional Convention
By Kelleigh Nelson
October 26, 2011
NewsWithViews.com
"Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths." --James Madison, Federalist No. 10, 1787
"Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." --John Adams, letter to John Taylor, 1814
The group often credited with sparking Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is Adbusters, the Canadian anti-capitalist magazine founded in 1989 by Kalle Lasn and Bill Schmalz in Vancouver, British Columbia. This July, Lasn and Schmalz issued a call to flood lower Manhattan with 90,000 protesters. Lasn has been accused of anti-Semitism regarding some of the articles in Adbusters. http://mondoweiss.net/2010/11/a-tale-of-two-ghettos.html 
Kalle Lasn previously called for a protest at the upcoming G20 while demanding a one-percent tax on financial transactions. You can read The Daily Call article on this here: "Occupy Wall Street Demands Global UN Tax and Worldwide G20 Protest." http://www.thedailybell.com/3111/Occupy-Wall-Street-Demands-Global-UN-Tax-and-Worldwide-G20-Protest
They don't even try to hide their affinity to the UN, they're taking the UN's call for the tax to the streets and screaming for its implementation. As one of the founders of Occupy Wall Street, Lasn is also in bed with the power elite Soros crowd, which helps fund his magazine, as reported by Lew Rockwell.
Lawrence Morley writes in Adbusters:
"Revolt, if it is to be successful, must come from the mind; a growing unease and dissatisfaction with things as they are. Revolt may be leaderless, but it cannot be idea-less. ... It could be said that any society has vested interests in the status quo which could not be unseated by argument. I disagree. For any revolution to succeed, even those interests must be shown to gain, or to lose less by cooperation than they would otherwise.
I, as a Progressive Anarchist, want the complete overthrow of present societies, but not now, not immediately, not violently, but gradually and peacefully as ideas gradually seep through one’s mind. The intention of this revolutionary is to assault your mind and destroy your beliefs."
Another writer for Adbusters is Michael Hardt. He is an American literary theorist and post-Marxist philosopher perhaps best known for the book
Empire, written with Antonio Negri and published in 2000. It has been called the Communist Manifesto of the 21st century.
For those of you who have studied and understand communism, Morley's words and Hardt's writings will ring those bells. Those involved in these protests remind me of the 60s and the Viet Nam protests, albeit, they aren't as organized, nor are they as intellectual as those from the 60s. When asked questions about what they'd replace the free market with, they have no answers, other than the rich make too much money and they should share with those who are less fortunate. http://nation.foxnews.com/occupy-wall-street/2011/10/01/watters-world-investiagtes-whos-really-behind-wall-st-protest (Sounds like Obama's redistribution plans to me).
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The protesters include persons of a variety of political orientations, including liberals, political independents, anarchists, socialists, libertarians, and environmentalists. At the protest's start, the majority of the demonstrators were young; however, as the protest grew the age of the protesters became more diverse, mostly related to the use of social networks.
The dominant theme is that the U.S. is broke and corporations have ruined it. Now they want to kill the corporate "personhood" and then the US will be good again and then there will be justice and prosperity for all. Dream on!
Celebrity Involvement
The usual left wing celebs who want to be seen as erudite politically, but only know how to mimic the left-wing lines, are gaining publicity with their involvement with the OWS. On September 19, Roseanne Barr, the first celebrity to endorse the protest, spoke to protesters calling for a combination of capitalism and socialism and a system not based on "bloated talk radio hosts and that goddamn Ayn Rand book." (Uh, excuse me Roseanne, I think you've been eating too much sugar. We already have a combination of what little remains of capitalism and a huge new amount of socialism - a nice euphemism for full-fledged communism) .
Conservative activist and John Birch Society member, H.L. Hunt's granddaughter, Leah Hunt-Hendrix, 28, a doctoral student at Princeton writing her dissertation on the history of solidarity, joined OWS protesters, and said. “We should acknowledge our privilege and claim the responsibilities that come with it.” I believe H.L. understood it far better than his granddaughter.
Filmmaker Michael Moore spoke against Wall Street, saying, "They have tried to
take our democracy and turn it into a kleptocracy." (Michael, we were once a representative republic who followed the "rule of law." Now we are as you state, a "democracy" which is nothing more than "mob rule.") Susan Sarandon and Kanye West were also there to add their two-cents worth.
Other celebs include folk singer, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Tao Rodríguez-Seeger, Tom Chapin, David Amram, and Guy Davis. Others who are in support of the OWS according to Wikipedia include the usual suspects, Noam Chomsky, George Soros, and Yoko Ono. Mother Jones Magazine reports the growing number of unions joining in the activist protests.
Karl Denninger, one of the original Tea Party founders believes there are many similarities between OWS and the Tea Party demonstrations since many Tea Partiers have joined in the ranks of the OWS. As we've seen with Tea Parties across the nation, many are being led by infiltrating change agents and haven't a clue of where the real battles lie. This is just another example of the deliberately dumbed down electorate reacting like lemmings and being led by socialist propaganda.
Calling for a Constitutional Convention
The OWS not only is demanding the UN one-percent tax, but they are now also demanding a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of changing the entire social structure of the US. Those of you who read my articles know I've written several times about the dangers of a Constitutional Convention. See The Constitutional Convention Con: http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh136.htm and Wolves in Sheep's Clothing?: http://www.newswithviews.com/Nelson/kelleigh100.htm for the full ramifications of a Constitutional Convention. Leftist commentator, Cenk Uygur has announced the formation of Wolf-PAC to campaign for a Constitutional Convention. His call to action was featured on a website, Amped Status, run by David DeGraw who is one of the original founders of the OWS movement. Here is a video of Cenk's dangerous Constitutional Convention announcement.
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A Constitutional Convention has been the dream of US leftists for a century or more. Constitution.net tells us that as far back as 1932, the Socialist Party's platform included proposed changes to the Constitution, and many of these changes seem to parallel what Cenk and others want now. From Constitution.net:
The Socialist Party's 1932 platform included many proposed changes to the Constitution. One group concerned voting and elections, including popular election of the President and the ability to hold national referenda. Judicial review would be specifically barred. Workers' rights would be protected and child labor barred; nationalization of industry would also be permitted and promoted. Finally, they advocated an easing of the requirements for ratification of constitutional amendments.
As I've stated many times before, a Constitutional Convention is fraught with risks and could easily spin out of control. It would very likely be hijacked by the elitists and then we'd end up with an anti-freedom agenda and a new constitution that would totally destroy the liberties our 1787 Constitution grants us. People...this means the entire Bill of Rights could disappear! Can you just imagine who we'd end up with on a Committee of Detail today, or the delegates from each state? It is the very people we oppose and that includes the phony right-wing like McCain, McConnell, and Boehner, and Snowe and Collins, not
to mention Pelosi and Reid, Feinstein, Boxer and Schumer! God help us!
What few people understand is the fact that the right wing is pushing a Constitutional Convention as well and has been for a long time. Their tactics are subtle and disarming with the conservative sounding Balanced Budget Amendment that could easily lead to a Constitutional Convention. There has also been a desire of the leftists to eliminate the Electoral College. In doing so, the smaller states would not have a voice in elections and we'd end up having the president elected by the most leftist populated states. In the 2012 election, Obama would remain president. http://www.independentsentinel.com/2011/10/eliminating-the-electoral-college-eliminates-states-rights-and-obama-remains-president/
Today the Vatican called for the establishment of a "global public authority" and a "central world bank" to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises. The document from the Vatican's Justice and Peace department should please the OWS demonstrators and other movements around the world who have used the economic downturn to stage socialistic or progressive protests to push the US and world further down the road to serfdom.
I believe Occupy Wall Street is another Trojan Horse designed to further the aims of the elitists pushing a One World Order. The Con-Con promoters have been at this for decades and it is now coming to the fore again after we fought it off in the 80s. The Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement are both expressions of people's anger and rage over what our elitist politicians in both parties are doing to the American people via the right/left Hegelian Dialectic which provides the elite a way of controlling the masses.
As others have illustrated in numerous articles, there is considerable evidence that Occupy Wall Street is funded by these powerful elements. The great central banking families (and their political, military, religious and financial colleagues and enablers) have been plotting world government for more than a century and they see the US Constitution as an impediment. Leftism suits their purpose.
We need to remove the Fed and central banking and return the country to a competitive monetary system that goes back to gold and silver. We do not need a Constitutional Convention to do this.
We do need political and economic pressure on all of our state and local representatives and we need to warn them of the dangers of a Con-Con. Please use my previous articles to do same.
We have two gigantic dangers to the citizens of America. One is a Constitutional Convention which would not only destroy the Constitution we have now, but would give us a totally different country and eliminate our God given unalienable rights. The other is the massive all encompassing UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development that is already in full bloom across America and in nearly every city and town.
These are the two most important subjects we need to tackle today. If there are any good Tea Parties and freedom loving groups who are not infiltrated with change agents and neutralizing RINOs, please join the rest of us freedom-loving patriotic Americans in fighting these forces of evil.
As many of my close and dear friends fighting this behemoth say, FIRST WE MUST PRAY and repent for allowing God to be kicked out of America, as well as pleading for His Mercy on our nation. And then, we all need to get to work!
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The Spoiled Brats Occupying Wall Street!
Circling around all Americans today are the political and special interest vultures that get their kicks out of herding and manipulating the masses for their own gain
Ron Ewart
Sunday, October 23, 2011
What blind suckers many Americans have become in thinking that government will be their champion. In a free
society the only defense is the strength, knowledge and experience of the individual who will use that strength against all forces that would attempt to take away their life, their liberty, their property and their pursuit of happiness. Circling around all Americans today are the political and special interest vultures that get their kicks out of herding and manipulating the masses for their own gain.
“How naive can the person be,
That thinks that government will defend thee.
Government will only defend its power
And exploit the naive with a handout
And a pretty flower.
But, in the end, the flower dies
And the handout turns bitter and sour.
The truth is, your only true defense
Comes from the man of the hour,
You!”—Ron Ewart
The people protesting in the streets in the national “Occupy Wall Street” circus are nothing but disgruntled,
ungrateful, spoiled, ner-do-well brats who don’t work but smoke pot, shoot up heroin, defecate on cop cars, engage in public sex, disrupt businesses and generally make an infuriating nuisance of themselves. They are exploited, funded and supported by unions, communists, socialists, illegal aliens, radical environmentalists, one-world-order types and the anti-war crowd. Hundreds of arrests have occurred around the country in these protests, while arrests in the millions of the peaceful folk that took part in the tea party rallies, numbered on one hand.
Do you ever wonder why that is and why the mainstream media can’t seem to tell the difference? To House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Tea Partiers were Astroturf, but she thinks that the Occupy Wall Street crowd represent the true grass roots of America. That’s OK. Nancy is about 10 cards short of a full deck anyway. She was the one that said we have to pass Obama’s health care bill “to see what was in it!” But we digress.
These throwbacks to the 1960s flower-children rejects camped out in downtown Manhattan, have been brainwashed into thinking that it is those that control the money and horde the wealth that are the enemies of the common man, whatever that is. They get this pile of dung in our public schools and colleges. It is parroted by the media and by the talking points of the liberal left. Government adds to the din by providing the overall propaganda for their progressive political agenda, which is repeated ad nauseam across the fruited plains.
That people so naive, ignorant, lazy and weak can call themselves Americans, is beyond comprehension. They could have never won the American Revolution, pioneered the west, or fueled the fire of entrepreneurs that were and are the power and strength of this once-great nation. They could have never been the creators, the inventors, the doers, the engineers, the architects, the funders, or much less the workers that built railroads, bridges, super highways, skyscrapers, war ships, airplanes, or grow the food that feeds not only a hungry nation, but at least one third of the world as well.
They are the hanger-ons, the leaches, the whiners, the complainers and those that feed shamelessly at the
government pig trough. They want someone else to do the heavy lifting for them and they want to get paid for doing nothing. They lobby government to steal their ill-gotten handouts for them, from the achievers, the plodders and the hard workers. They wrongly believe that because they might be less well off than the Wall Street types, the bankers, the company presidents, the hedge fund managers, or a whole host of others who keep the engines of commerce humming, they have a claim or a right to the earnings of those achievers. Government is only too quick to plant that socialist thought in their minds in exchange for their votes, with a constant barrage of indoctrination and class warfare, as Obama has been doing for almost three years now.
A while back a television interviewer was berating Donald Trump for all his riches and asked him if he had a guilty conscience for being so wealthy. The “Donald” snapped back with (and we paraphrase here) “I employ over 23,000 people. Why on earth should I feel guilty.” Why indeed!
For those who don’t seem to have the intellect to grasp it, there will always be the rich and the poor among us in every nation because of the inviolate golden rule of “Those with the Gold, Rule!” The difference between America and other nations is that our freedom and the U. S. Constitution allow the opportunity for the poor to become rich, that is if they have the ambition, the knowledge and the experience to compete on the national stage. And because of this opportunity that a free society encourages, America has one of the highest middle classes on the planet. If the middle class is shrinking, it can be laid directly at the feet of government who sucks the ambition out of people by providing them with free handouts. Adversity and failure create strength, winners and ultimate success. Government giveaways without responsibility, create mediocrity, self-loathing, self-pity and losers.
In all of life there are winners and losers. Animals, birds, insects, plants and humans alike are not immune. The problem comes in humans when the government gets to choose who gets to win and who gets to lose. The other problem that comes is when the people don’t hold their elected representatives to their oath of office where they solemnly swear to preserve, protect and defend the U. S. Constitution, so help them God. If the people don’t care, or they want too much from government, government will secretly burn the constitution in effigy to satisfy the irrational wants of the people and then turn around and quote from it when it serves their evil purposes.
The miscreants that are now occupying Wall Street and other downtown centers across the globe, are placing their emphasis on the wrong syllable. It is quite possible that many at the top and several rungs down the ladder within the financial community deserve to be behind bars. But it is the unholy alliance between government and the financial community that breaks the rules to enrich themselves, on Wall Street or in Washington DC. If the occupiers are looking for a villain at which to point their finger and express their anger, they need to be protesting in front of the White House and the U. S. Capitol building, the occupants of which engage in racketeering with the moneychangers in exchange for political power and a seat at the table of the financial elite and powerful. Many in political power should also be behind bars as well. Crony
capitalism, backroom deals and insider trading are the rule in politics and business, rather than the exception. But none of this would be possible if politicians or the people were honorable and could not be corrupted by money and power.
In the end, it boils down to an electorate that doesn’t care or wants too much from government and politicians without honor who can’t resist a payoff in return for a larger bank account, or the votes necessary to remain in power.
The solution to all this is not so easy. How do you replace the lack of honor, integrity and honesty in an entire culture where a large percentage of the people have thrown all three attributes into the trash heap and position themselves to be on the receiving end of thousands, millions, billions or trillions of dollars that fall magically out of the sky if you just happen to be at the right place at the right time .... or know someone?
America was built on individual, unalienable rights, as a gift from our creator and on the corresponding duty of individual responsibility. Its strength comes from individual thought and individual achievement. America is not a collective or a socialist society where the rights or desires of the many, or the mob, have priority over the rights of the minority. Without individual rights, individual achievement and individual responsibility, America is just another third-rate protectorate.
“The Parallax Prophecies” predicts that until the nation heals itself and reclaims the characteristics of goodness and honor and rejects and roots out corruption at every level, America will slowly decay into a non-exceptional, bankrupt, corrupt and third-world country. The problem is, that decay is now increasing at an exponential rate and there is little time to insert a course correction before it is too late.
All these attempts to fix the “system” by well meaning individuals and groups, is a little like trying to insert a hypodermic needle into a spinning tennis ball. The needle would go in, if the ball would ever stop spinning. But alas the ball just keeps going round and round, defying every single or multiple attempts to bring it to a halt. The nagging question is, whom or what will stop the ball from spinning and bring our lives and America under the umbrella of freedom again?
Are any of the solutions to our dilemma peaceful, or are we too far gone such that peaceful solutions are no longer viable? The election of 2012 may give us the answer, but it may not be the answer we want to hear.
To the spoiled brats occupying Wall Street, the government is not your savior or your champion. It is now and always will be your enslaver ..... that is if you succumb to the siren call of a “better life through a bigger government.”
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A European Spring has sprung but it’s not what you think
In Europe there is a power play on for our freedom
Anna Grayson
Friday, October 21, 2011
London, England-Last weekend another bunch of Useful Idiots pitched their tents outside St Paul’s Cathedral not far from the London Stock Exchange and started hollering for capitalism to be brought down along with the banking and all other systems that keep human activity in order and functioning. The unions and other leftist groups like the Socialist Worker party are behind the food and facilities that keep the great unwashed going, seizing their chance to advance the cause, but make no mistake—this is no European Spring.
The real European Spring is the dawning realization of ordinary middle class people that the systems they were promised by politicians to be fail safe—like social security and free health care—are no longer so. Look to Greece—that is where we are headed, and if good people don’t wake up and get it, the communists will be selling fixes that people hooked on social programs are going to buy.
The anti-capitalism crowd are the usual suspects—university indoctrinated ideologues that are zombified versions of their professors and roaming anarchists up for any anti-establishment fight. If they understood the difference between capitalism and corporatism they might be more inclined to join Tea Party type movements and sack the opportunistic and morally corrupt politicians we have currently running Western countries.
Arguably the one legitimate point the Occupy Crowd have, is that bankers and corporations are in league with government to control the economy and consequentially individual freedom. But this is corporatism, not capitalism. True capitalism relies on a free and open market, one where a bank that overleverages on bad investment decisions, will fail. Failing is an essential part of weeding out the bad apples. It is also a moral obligation, and without that premise, capitalism will fail every time. When institutions are not allowed to fail, and the taxpayer is asked to pay for other people’s mistakes, you no longer have capitalism. In a corporatist system, the grateful banks prop up the politicians, who in turn do their bidding with tax loopholes and regulations that create more moral hazard. Before you know it you’ve got a system just like Mussolini’s interwar Italy. And we all know how well that went. Italy is still suffering the effects of the corruption and black market which embedded itself into society at that time.
CNBC gave a great example of how the leftovers of this mentality clog the Italian system even today. Michelle Caruso -Cabrera cited the example of a taxi driver who knew someone who knew someone who after paying him 100,000 Euros, got a license to operate his cab. He, like other cabbies, fixes his prices to pay back the huge loan he had to take out. If licensing regulations are dropped to open the market, the cabbie is stuck with a huge loan, will have to lower his prices to stay competitive and work harder for longer. In his late middle age (and there are many others like him), this is not going down too well. Italian friends of mine tell me horror stories of needing no less than 100 permits before you can open a restaurant and that’s only if you know the right people.
It’s even worse in Greece where bureaucrats making up most of the middle class have been promised money for life. They justify their existence by devising rules that make it impossible for business to function competitively. It is more expensive to send, for example, a shipment of honey from mainland Greece to one of the outlying Greek islands, than it is to the rest of Europe. On top of this, Greeks just don’t pay taxes. They find all kinds of ways to fiddle their way out of paying taxes. One is to get your baby sitter to sit on your 26 ft yacht to make it look like you are renting it out, which is tax exempt. Plus everyone seems to know someone who knows someone in government who can’t seem to locate your paperwork when you’re on the hook for back taxes.
But the really nasty sting for Europe is the social security systems that were set up in the interwar years and which promised a safety net in old age to anyone who worked. In post war Europe industry grew and prospered due largely to the Marshall Plan and a baby boom generation that paid taxes. This tax income allowed the politicians to pay for more social programs to earn votes and remain in power. To counteract an aging population that had not reproduced itself, the immigration doors were left wide open to stop the system bankrupting itself, and with immigration came the added benefit of bought votes for leftist parties that promised benefits. However, many European countries are finding much of their immigrant populations are parasites helping to bankrupt the system, and uncontrolled immigration has created social tensions right across Western Europe.
Interference with capitalism went too far when socially misguided and vote hungry Democrat politicians in the US forced banks to lend to unqualified borrowers. Human nature always finds ways to get out of uncomfortable situations, and to survive, banks created the mortgage derivative system - the hot potato that for a while resembled a golden egg. All Western countries whose GDP has a strong financial services component are now loaded with banks at the point of going belly up if their debt isn’t forced onto the taxpayer—a global bill estimated at 40 trillion dollars and counting. If like most people you’re having trouble contemplating a trillion, start counting one dollar each second and you will get to a trillion in just over 30,000 years.
In a recent stress test, Credit Suisse reported there is a Euro 400 billion shortfall in the major European banks. Many of these like Deutsche Bank, Societie Generale, BNP Paribas, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland have already been bailed out by the taxpayer and it is still not enough. Plus it is the investment arms of these banks that trade on behalf of the pension funds. If the banks fail as they should do, no prizes for guessing the loser in this scenario. Immorality fails every time.
Interference in the free market continues with unions who hold corporations to ransom with collective bargaining
Interference in the free market continues with unions who hold corporations to ransom with collective bargaining. That in turn forces companies to turn to competitive labour sources like China and India and in the process, destroying the local manufacturing bases.
The West has become one giant debt bubble surrounded by sharp objects, with politicians promising even more to the growing disquiet of the middle class. Yet the leftist powers press on feeding the Occupy Crowd with food, medical care, political pamphlets, using them to try to force a system on us that will put us all back into the Soviet Era, but unfortunately this time without a free United States that the global oppressed can turn to.
With current polling in the UK showing people leaning again toward the union backed Labour party and rejecting the austerity measures of the Conservatives, we risk sliding further away from the freedom of capitalism and towards state control and the hard drug of social programs.
The gigantic moral failure of the major banks and corporations that happily got in bed with governments to control
the economy and while enriching themselves is exactly what the Arab Spring protesters were fighting against in Egypt and Turkey. With so much poverty in those countries and the complete lack of free market capitalism to enable individuals to create competitive businesses, the people are ripe to listen to anyone who will promise them a fair share of their country’s wealth. And that is currently the Muslim Brotherhood and the iron control of brutal Sharia law that they will install once in power.
The Arab Spring will be tricked into oppression, just as Westerners squeezed into less jobs and the corporatism that has blocked out free market capitalism will listen to the unions, collectivists and power mad politicians that
care only about their elite survival rather than the good of the individual. For the inexperienced, indoctrinated young this may almost be excused, but for mature adults who refuse to look at history and understand that power plays just repeat themselves, it is wicked negligence.
In Europe there is a power play on for our freedom. Jean Claude Trichet, the former head of the European Central Bank has just spoken frankly to advocate imposed decisions from the central EU bureaucracy on states that are ‘straying’. If this comes to pass, there will no longer be sovereign states in Europe but a politbureau of elites controlling every minute aspect of our lives.
The Occupy Crowds are unwitting tools in this end game. If the squeezed middle class do not pressure the politicians to act morally and reform the banks and corporations back to capitalist principles, we are cooked. Get yourself a hammer and a sickle because working the field may soon be the only thing we will be able to do.
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The AFL-CIO's Revolutionary Activists
By Cliff Kincaid
October 21, 2011
NewsWithViews.com
The AFL-CIO is making headlines by running ads promoting “Occupy Wall Street.” One seriously doubts that members of the working class have much in common with the left-wing professional agitators running these protests and the tent cities they are erecting illegally in private and
public parks in New York, Washington, D.C. and other cities. The most interesting part of this story, however, is that one of the AFL-CIO affiliates behind the campaign, the Working America group, is headed by a veteran of the Venceremos Brigades to Cuba, a progressive activist by the name of Karen Nussbaum. Equally significant, her husband works for the public relations firm that represented billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros.
The Venceremos Brigades, which are actually still in operation, were the orchestrated “tours” of the communist island, conducted under the authority and supervision of Castro’s intelligence service. They were designed to create a communist cadre on the soil of the United States. The Brigades were organized in 1969 by Bernardine Dohrn and other members of the Weather Underground terrorist group.
“I learned about revolution in Cuba,” Nussbaum has said. Now, she is practicing revolution in the streets of the U.S., armed with the millions of dollars that the AFL-CIO forcibly extracts from unsuspecting workers.
“Making the connection between the Occupy Wall Street protests to working class people all over the country will be vital to determining the power of this movement,” Nussbaum says, in an article being distributed by Soros-funded media. “We offer our support and encouragement to Occupy Wall Street and to this growing movement because it’s finally forcing the political, media and financial elites to take notice of what’s really happening.”
Liberal blogger Greg Sargent of The Washington Post is absolutely ecstatic over this development. He wonders, “what if working class white voters actually like and agree with Occupy Wall Street’s message, if not always with the cultural and personal instincts of its messengers?” He quotes Nussbaum in his piece as saying that Working America has signed up 25,000 “new recruits” as a result of the protests in one week alone. It claims three million members.
If “working class white voters” already have a problem with the “cultural and personal instincts” of the protesters, an apparent reference to their hygiene problems, anarchistic tendencies, and penchant for Marxist-style “solutions,” what do you think the reaction is going to be when they find out that Nussbaum herself, the executive director of the AFL-CIO’s Working America affiliate, is someone who traveled to Cuba to sing the praises of Communist dictator Fidel Castro?
But don’t count on Greg Sargent or any other mainstream media reporter to reveal this information. They probably consider it McCarthyism to document someone’s communist connections or affiliations. But a radical in a crowd at a Tea Party event? That’s a scandal worth covering.
I have been writing about Nussbaum for several years now, running into total silence or stonewalling when I have challenged her personally to talk about her trip to Cuba, which included a personal meeting with Fidel Castro. In 2009, when asked about the matter, she turned and walked away.
The broader question is: what has happened to the AFL-CIO, which was once an anti-communist organization?
My latest attempt to interview Nussbaum about this controversy came during the “Take Back the American Dream” conference in Washington, D.C., where she said the issue was “not relevant” and a press aide, Joel Payne, intervened to save her from more questioning. All of this was captured in a video that can be seen on YouTube. This progressive conference is an annual affair and Nussbaum has appeared before it in the past. She is clearly a major figure in the labor movement and has been so for many years.
Since Castro has outlawed independent labor unions in Cuba, as well as freedom in general, Nussbaum’s fascination with the communist system on the island is a relevant line of inquiry for those concerned about the dangers of socialism and totalitarianism here and the current direction of the AFL-CIO. Does her support for Castro and Cuba have anything to do with her support for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement?
An August 10, 1970, New York Post article about her trip to Cuba quoted Nussbaum as saying that she “was impressed with Castro and with Cuban socialism.” The story said that Nussbaum, then 20 years of age, had met with Castro, then 43, during dinner in Havana. “How I Cut Cane And Met Fidel” was the headline. Cutting sugar cane in Cuba was the ostensible reason for the trips, although Nussbaum acknowledged engaging in “self-criticism” or brainwashing sessions to assess the state of the communist revolution on the island.
The Venceremos Brigades came under scrutiny by the investigative panels of the Congress of the United States—panels which have since been abolished or dismantled by liberals. One of the main concerns was that some of the Americans going to Cuba were being trained in guerrilla warfare, insurrectionary tactics, and explosives.
The violence at Columbia University in 1969 was instigated by Mark Rudd after his trip to Cuba. Rudd was a leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and then the Weather Underground. In addition, three members of the “Chicago 7,” the group charged with sparking riots in the city during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, had been to Cuba.
Another traveler to the communist island was Kathy Boudin, a member of the Weather Underground who had also been to Moscow. Her father, Leonard Boudin, was equally notorious, having been a member of the Communist Party USA and an official representative of the Castro government.
Kathy Boudin, Cathy Wilkerson and Ted Gold, two other Weather Underground members who had been to Cuba, had established a bomb-making factory in a New York City residence in 1970 when one of the bombs went off, killing Gold and Weather Underground members Diana Oughton and Terry Robbins. Boudin and Wilkerson managed to escape. The bomb was intended for an officers’ dance at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Although Nussbaum doesn’t want to talk to me about her trip to Cuba, she did some talking, in the form of
an “oral history” of her involvement in the feminist movement and radical activities. In this interview, conducted in 2003 and published in 2004, Nussbaum talked about her involvement in the communist movement, noting her exposure to groups like the Young People’s Socialist League and the SDS at college. She became a member of the Black Panther Support Committee, a group in support of the black militants who targeted police officers as “pigs,” before going to Cuba as a member of the Venceremos Brigades. Nussbaum admits, “There were a lot of Weathermen who were in the Brigade” and a “huge array of young leftists.”
What’s more, she found Cuba exciting and wonderful. “It was thrilling,” she said. “It was a society that was combating racism, that had provided free health and educational care to every person on earth…” On and on it goes.
But Cuba wasn’t her only stop on the communist world tour. She became a member of a local “peace organization” opposed to American involvement in the Vietnam War and traveled to Hanoi in 1973.
Nussbaum assures her interviewer that the visit was safe, “though illegal.”
Nussbaum became a friend of “Hanoi Jane” Fonda, who was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American aircraft and is still regarded as a traitor. Fonda’s website features a photo of them together. Nussbaum’s husband, Ira Arlook, who is also in the photo, works for Fenton Communications, the firm that has represented George Soros, the communist Nicaraguan Sandinistas, and others of that ilk. Arlook, chief of “advocacy campaigns” for the firm, handles the account of the Soros-funded Moveon.org.
In the interview, Nussbaum talks about how John Sweeney, then chief of the AFL-CIO, and Richard Trumka, secretary-treasurer under Sweeney, had worked to “open up” the labor federation to “new constituencies” and had become “more aggressive.” Nussbaum was brought into the AFL-CIO as part of this effort, becoming an assistant to Sweeney and running the Working America affiliate under Sweeney and now Trumka, the current president.
It is fascinating that Nussbaum will talk about these things with another radical but closes her mouth when asked for an explanation from those critical of her involvement in communist and anti-American causes.
How did a Castro sympathizer come to “occupy” a top position in the AFL-CIO? The terrible truth is that the anti-communism of this once-great labor federation has been snuffed out, first under Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and now under Trumka. Today they’re literally in bed with the Reds and conducting street actions and protests to bring the revolution that Nussbaum saw firsthand in Cuba to America.
Because the police are being restrained in most cases from closing down the illegal protests, which are growing in response to support from President Obama and his backers, the fear is that the Marxist violence of the 1960s and 1970s will return. Most of the young people and “workers” in the protests are, whether they know it or not, mere cannon fodder. They will be sacrificed for the revolution when the inevitable confrontation with law enforcement occurs.
The media can stop this catastrophe before it happens, but only if they blow the whistle on those like Nussbaum at the AFL-CIO and elsewhere using the protests for their own purposes.
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Progressive Media Encourage Lawlessness and Anarchy
By Cliff Kincaid
October 19, 2011
NewsWithViews.com
The message of the protests in New York City and Washington, D.C. is that if you want property, private or public, take it. The anti-Wall Street demonstrators have taken over a private park in New York City and public property, Freedom Plaza and McPherson Square, in D.C. The reaction of the White House is that all of this is fine. After all, if you can take from the rich, why not take from the public.
The Republicans are now treating this lawlessness and anarchy as a serious and legitimate movement. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had denounced the “mobs” occupying Wall Street and other cities across the country but on Fox News Sunday switched gears and talked about “a growing frustration out there across this country and it’s warranted.”
The website of the National Park Service says “Experience Your America,” alluding to the fact that such
places are supposed to be open to the public. But if you try to “experience” Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., which is under the jurisdiction of the Park Service, you will run into a filthy tent city in blatant violation of federal law forbidding tents and cooking facilities. In the words of professional agitator David Swanson, one of the organizers of this unsightly mess, “Freedom Plaza Is Now Ours.” Radicals in favor of “global revolution” have taken it over, with the approval of the White House. Their “rights” to public property have taken precedence over the lawful rights of the public to enjoy and experience the areas their tax dollars pay for.
At the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Obama said, “If he were alive today, I believe he would remind us that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without demonizing all who work there…” But the “unemployed” are not organizing these protests. I interviewed one organizer, Dennis Trainor, who has a job and makes a living doing videos of radical left activities around the country. A proponent of the view that capitalism is homicidal, he sees this as an opportunity to film the global revolution that they want to see unfold. He was a videographer for the Dennis Kucinich for president campaign. Another organizer of the “October 2011” movement is Kevin Zeese, who once made a name for himself as a leader of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. He has reinvented himself as a “peace activist.”
Marijuana helps explain a lot about the incoherent demands from the “Occupy” movement.
Another of the D.C. “Occupy” organizers, David Swanson, has a website devoted to his “writings” and wants people to believe he is a great thinker. His website is called “Let’s try democracy,” when in fact he is determined to take what is not his. This movement is based on theft of other peoples’ property. It fits perfectly into the Obama theme of taking from some to give to others.
In regard to the occupation of Freedom Plaza, Swanson declares, “Our permit for Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC, expired, we refused to leave, and the Park Police has just proposed to let us stay for four more months. We've agreed. We have not said that when the four months are over and the American Spring is here we will leave.”
What’s more, the police, local and federal, are being told to ignore this lawlessness. The Washington Post reports that when the permit expired, the Park Police simply “issued an extension and amended the existing permit for the protesters at Freedom Plaza.” In the McPherson Square area, the protesters never even obtained a permit to have a demonstration but were nevertheless “granted concessions” and the authorities “will not interfere as long as the campers are not a nuisance.” The paper describes the Washington, D.C. city council, which has encouraged this illegal activity, as “progressive.”
“We have free food, we have free drink, we have free trainings and seminars, we have tents, we have peace keepers, we have a big victory under our belts, and we welcome all peace makers for they shall inherit Freedom Plaza,” says Swanson. ”We own it. It is ours. It shall remain ours, world without end.”
However, when protesters tried to disrupt the Hart Senate Office building, six of them were arrested by the U.S. Capitol Police and charged with unlawful conduct. It appears that the politicians will draw the line at disrupting their own space. One wonders if Obama would permit the demonstrators to “occupy” the White House.
It turns out that American taxpayers are underwriting the effort. If you click on the website of taxpayer-
supported Pacifica radio, you find it under construction but “information that can’t wait” includes links to Adbusters, a group said to have originated the idea of the Wall Street protests, and live video coverage of the demonstrations. The latter takes you to a site called “Global Revolution.” Pacifica radio stations get millions of tax dollars from the Corporation for Public
Broadcasting.
One of the key questions has been whether billionaire hedge fund operator George Soros, who should logically be a target of the demonstrators, is promoting the protests through the dozens of left-wing groups he finances. It has been difficult to establish a direct link, even though Soros himself has expressed sympathy with the protesters.
The fact that Soros, who is based in New York, has escaped the wrath of the protesters should tell us a lot. One also needs to look at individual members of the Soros-funded network, such as David Swanson himself. He was a speaker at the recent “Take Back the American Dream” conference sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, whose sister organization, the Institute for America’s Future, gets generous subsidies from Soros. He spoke about the upcoming “October 2011” movement in Washington, D.C. Needless to say, they won’t be targeting Soros
for sit-ins and other actions.
Or consider Tracy Van Slyke, the director of something called the Media Consortium, a group of progressive publications and groups. Van Slyke is also on the board of a group called National People’s Action, which is part of the protests. The group’s policy director, Liz Ryan Murray, wrote an article for Dylan Ratigan’s on-line series titled “Get Money Out” of politics.
This is significant because Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism site has
acquired a series of emails demonstrating that Ratigan, host of a political show on MSNBC, has been advising the “Occupy Wall Street” movement on its message and tactics. The purpose is to get as many dupes and clueless people into the movement as possible. You may recall that Ratigan had hosted author and cartoonist Ted Rall, who declared that he wants to “change the system entirely” and that a “revolt” was necessary. Ratigan had no problem with giving a platform to someone who seemed to be endorsing revolutionary violence.
Breitbart himself points out the evidence that the Communist Party USA and other communist, socialist and
anarchist groups are supporting the Wall Street protests. Brandon Darby, once a left-wing radical himself, has written that the movement “is nothing less than a current manifestation of an international revolutionary push in which I myself used to play a significant role.” He knows some of the movers and shakers.
The situation is quickly getting out of control, thanks to President Obama, cowardly Republicans such as Eric Cantor, and media personalities such as Dylan Ratigan. A confrontation is inevitable because the protesters are refusing to move and the public is demanding access to the parks and public spaces they pay for. The day is coming when the police will be forced to move on protesters who promise to
“resist.”
The day has already come for the marijuana movement, which thought that the election of Obama would usher in a utopia of freely available marijuana. The Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration have launched a massive crackdown on the dope industry, even closing down some “medical marijuana” facilities.
A confrontation over the Wall Street protests will undoubtedly mean higher ratings for the media, who will cry crocodile tears for the “people” resisting the police. But the real people who are law-abiding and watch this spectacle unfold will say that it’s about time that justice was done.
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Next Steps for the Occupy Movement
By Shamus Cooke
Global Research, October 17, 2011
As the Occupy Movement gains strength nationally and internationally, questions of "what next" are popping up. Although there are no easy answers or ready- to-order recipes for moving forward, there are general ideas that can help unite the Occupy Movements with the broader community of the 99% — which is the most urgent need at the moment. Why the urgency? Writer Chris Hedges explains:
"The state and corporate forces are determined to crush this... They are terrified this will spread. They have their long phalanxes of police on motorcycles, their rows of white paddy wagons, their foot soldiers hunting for you on the streets with pepper spray and orange plastic nets..."
The only reason that surviving occupied spots have been spared is because of the broader sympathy of the 99% combined with the direct participation of large sections of working people at marches and demonstrations. The corporate elite fear a strong, united movement like vampires fear sunlight.
Therefore, city governments are slow-playing the Occupy Movement where it is especially strong — New York and Portland, Oregon, etc. — and are attacking quickly in cities where momentum hasn't caught fire — Denver, Boston, etc. The massive demonstrations in New York and Portland have protected the occupied spaces thus far, as the mayor, police, and media attempt to chip away at public opinion by exploiting disunity in the movement or focusing on individuals promoting violence, drug use, etc.
To combat this dynamic, the Occupy Movement people needs to unite around common messages that they can effectively broadcast to those 99% not yet on the streets; or to maintain the sympathy of those who've already attended large marches and demonstrations. And although sections of the Occupy Movement scoff at demands, they are crucially necessary. Demands unite people in action, and distinguish them from their opponents; demands give an aim and purpose to a movement and act as a communications and recruiting tool to the wider public. There is nothing to win if no demands are articulated.
One reason that the wealthy are strong is because they are united around demands that raise profits for the corporations they own: slashing wages and benefits, destroying unions, lowering corporate tax rates, destroying social programs, privatization, ending Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, etc.
To consolidate the ranks of the Occupy Movement we need similar demands that can inspire the 99%. These are the type of demands that will spur people into action — demands that will get working class people off their couches and into the streets! The immediate task of the movement is to broadcast demands that will agitate the majority of the 99% into action.
On a national level these demands are obvious: Tax the Rich to create a federal public jobs program, fully fund Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and other social programs, fully fund public education, single payer health care, end the wars. These are demands that can unite the Occupy Movement and working people nationally while preventing Democrats and Republicans from taking it over. Poll after poll has recorded that an overwhelming majority of the U.S. population strongly supports these demands, and many unions, including the national AFL-CIO have gone on record supporting them.
On a city and state level these demands can be translated to local issues; cities and states are facing budget deficits that are resulting in cuts to education, social services and resulting in more unemployment. Local Occupy Movements can demand that the local top1% pay more to make up for these, while also demanding that cities and states create jobs with this money.
Corporations are united in their purpose of profit chasing and social service slashing; so too must we be united in saving social services and taxing corporate profits, on a local and national level.
The Occupy Movement has more than room for an umbrella of demands from diverse sections of working class people, but now we must focus on what unites the vast majority, since the corporations have focused on dividing us for decades. The more diverse demands of the working class can find a safe place for expression and growth only within a mass, united movement.
There can be no doubt that the Occupy Movement will either continue to grow into a massive social movement or shrink until the corporate-elite are able to snuff it out. In order for the movement to grow, it must truly attract the broader 99%, not merely the most progressive 10%. Focusing on broad but specific demands that all working people will fight for will attract organized labor, the elderly, students, minorities, i.e., the whole working class.
A working class mass movement has not existed in the United States since the 1930s and 40s when it resulted in spectacular progressive change in America, even if it was cut short before European-style social programs were achieved. Nevertheless, the achievements of the mass movements of past generations are under attack — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and a living wage, etc. Only a real working class movement can save these programs and expand them.
If the Occupy Movement fails, the far right will be emboldened. They are trembling at the potential power of the movement and have lost all momentum themselves. If we lose the initiative, they will immediately seize it to press their agenda further and faster. Only by expanding the movement can we extinguish the power of the corporate elite. We have history on our side; let's not squander it.
The Occupy Movement represents a turning point in history. But in order to achieve its potential, it must reach out to the 99% and draw the majority into its ranks. Then it will have the power to change the agenda of this country, redraw the political map, and create a government that will operate in the interests of the vast majority, not the 1%. Once this change begins to unfold, there are no limits to what it could accomplish.
Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist and writer for Workers Action (www.workerscompass.org)
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Occupy Wall Street: Populist Financiers Supporting Protesters Is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution
By Finian Cunningham
Global Research, October 17, 2011
"...[O]ur leaders have pursued solutions that are not solving our problems, instead they propose policies that accomplish little ... With democracy in crisis a true grassroots movement pointing out the flaws in our system is the first step in the right direction. Count me among those supporting and cheering on the Occupy Wall Street movement.", Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States.
“They [the Occupy Wall Street Movement] blame, with some justification, the problems in the financial sector for getting us into this mess, and they’re dissatisfied with the policy response here in Washington. And at some level, I can’t blame them.” Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
"There has been class warfare going on,... It's just that my class is winning.
And my class isn't just winning, I mean we're killing them.”, Warren Buffett, Nebraska-based Berkshire Hathaway Hedge Fund, third richest man on the Planet.
"I think it takes that [the Occupy Wall Street Movement] to make things happen sometimes. ....[Over the past 15 years] we saw large corporations really screw people.... There has never been a time in my lifetime when the government is going to cut
an incredible amount of programs that support poor people and feed them." Howard Buffett, son of Warren Buffett
"Actually, I can understand [the OWS protesters'] sentiment, frankly.... And at the same time the decision not to inject capital into the banks, but to effectively relieve them of their bad assets and then allow them to earn their way out of a hole leaves the banks bumper profits and then allows them to pay bumper bonuses. And the contrast between the two I think is a large
contingent [of both the Occupy Wall Street protests and the Tea Party movement].” George Soros, Chairman of the Soros Management Fund.
The Occupy Wall Street movement sweeping across the US faces a tricky dilemma, the outcome of which will determine its historic impact. Up to now, part of the movement’s strength derives from its diffuse, eclectic spread of voices. That enigma makes it hard to define and confront from the authorities’ point of view. However, sooner or later the campaign will have to set out its own agenda by defining demands and aims. Otherwise, it runs the risk of running out of the admirable popular momentum that it has thus far generated; also, such a vacuum allows others who do not share the ultimate concerns of the grassroots to define the direction of the movement – a direction that most likely will lead to a safe, blind alley – again from the authorities’ point of view. Confronting this dilemma inevitably requires political organization, which will require hardnosed choices about which allies and interests are to be aligned.
A good rule of thumb: as long as the mainstream media – and even sections of the so-called progressive media – remain hostile or menacing in its coverage, then we can be sure that the movement is proceeding
towards a serious challenge to the powers that be.
Of the public figures that have come out recently to support the Occupy Wall Street movement perhaps the most bizarre are some of the Wall Street financiers themselves. Some of the big names, apparently rallying to the cause, include George Soros, Warren Buffett, Ben Bernanke and Al Gore.
The phrase “poachers becoming gamekeepers” comes to mind. How can financiers and speculators who are the embodiment of everything that is awry with the American economy be part of the solution? This is an example of where the movement needs to make tough political choices and to demonstrate that it understands the structural nature of the challenge that lies ahead. In not doing so, what we will witness is a classic maneouvre to co-opt a grassroots movement that could otherwise pose a serious challenge to the power structure that has so deformed the American economy and society.
The financiers supporting the OWS campaign may articulate popular disdain towards “greedy banksters” – but if the protest movement really does pose a serious challenge to the power structure, then it needs to go beyond personalizing attacks against criminal individuals and understand that the problem at hand is systemic.
What is needed is avoidance of analyzing the challenge in terms of “good financiers” and “bad banksters”. It is the entire system of finance capitalism that needs to be challenged. Accepting the support of seemingly benign financiers may galvanise certain feelgood populism, but it only obscures the systemic nature of the problem and therefore the solution.
In understanding the systemic challenge we need to see it in historic context. The US economy and that of Europe has exhausted itself from the vast polarization of wealth over several decades. The economy has deteriorated to a deformed state, in which a tiny layer of society has and is accumulating vast wealth while the preponderant majority struggle to make a basic living. This elite financial aristocracy is of a piece with the feudal aristocracy of bygone centuries in Europe who derived their wealth by parasiting off the peasantry. The aristocracy in both instances is not involved in the production of goods or manufactures; they exist by lording it over the masses, extracting from the latter tributes in a web of rentier relationships.
It is something of an historical achievement that the US, which began its modern development free of the feudal ruling class that so exploited the European masses, should now be so dominated by an aristocracy that harks back to the rapacious nobles of Europe. The Republic of America was supposed to herald the ascent of democratic rights, to mark a new beginning for universal common rights, whereby rule by divine right was cast aside. Albeit that the limits of American democracy were defined by what its bourgeois Founding Fathers would tolerate, the US nevertheless represented a radical break from the European order.
In Europe, fearing that the revolutionary impulse would go too far, the emergent European bourgeoisie made its peace with the feudal aristocracy to keep the masses in check. The compromise between “new” and “old” money in Europe can be seen today in the continued constitutional role of royal families and lords, for example in Spain, Holland, Norway and most prominently in Britain. Meanwhile, in the US, not having a feudal past, the new social contract was between the capitalist manufacturers and nascent industrialists and the wider working population. In that way, the US, it could be argued, represented a more progressive democracy, offering greater rights and opportunities to the masses.
But over the past three decades, the progressive nature of American capitalist democracy has been
completely eviscerated. The implicit social contract, whereby the workers could expect a fairer share of the wealth that they ultimately produce, has been ripped asunder. The paid and bought lawmakers of the two main political parties have ensured that policies relentlessly siphon off wealth to the ruling class. With rising poverty and likewise plummeting demand, even the traditional capitalists who owned the means of production can no longer find viable markets. The manufacturing bourgeoisie – the architects of the American republic – have now been superseded by a financial aristocracy, who no longer contribute accumulated capital in any productive way. They are an idle class of speculators, who make money off money. The domination of means of exchange over means of production is now the hallmark of late capitalism. This is the systemic nature of the problem and that can’t be altered or mitigated by even the
most benign and well-intentioned individual financiers.
The Occupy Wall Street campaign now erupting in hundreds of cities across the US, Canada and Western Europe is a potentially dramatic development. But only if it challenges the system at the root, not by pruning here and there. That root is the capitalist economy that has degenerated into a parasitical aristocracy.
The gratuitous violence that protesters are being met with by the rulers’ henchmen, and the vilification that they are being subjected to by the rulers’ political and media lackeys, are sure signs that the people are pressing a profound challenge. Another sure sign of how seriously the movement is challenging the system will be how far the coterie of supporting financiers appears to stay with the movement. For they are part of the problem, not the solution.
In creating a popular groundswell for potentially radical change that safeguards the interests of the mass of ordinary working Americans, the OWS movement deserves much credit. But not credit from finance capitalists who have bankrupted the US and the world.
Finian Cunnningham is Global Research’s Middle East and East Africa correspondent. cunninghamfin@yahoo.com
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Profile of a Long-Planned ‘Protest’
OccupyToronto, Occupy-fill-in-the-Blank-City
Judi McLeod
Monday, October 17, 2011
Profiling protesters in the Occupy (fill-in-the-blank) Movement, which copycats the Revolution in Cairo that turned Egypt back to Muslim Brotherhood control, can be best done in four familiar words: “Same old, same old”.
The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) are the same activists who pour onto the streets to burn cars and smash windows during G20 and G8 gatherings. While they go to great lengths to claim representation of the masses, they are at the beck and call of the same political leaders they supposedly rise up against.
They represent organizations who are on government grants and which are sustained by public donations. Think Greenpeace and Code Pink.
The Occupy crowd want average working people to believe their protests are spontaneous; that their carefully crafted fairytales always have a happy ending; that in this case, they work only to save the world from banks and greedy corporations. (If only!)
They are on the payrolls of the same people they pretend to protest. Their leaders originate in the Movement that saw the environmentalists rewrite the pickets of the Peace Movement after the ‘Make (fill-in-the-blank) a Nuclear Weapons-Free City’ passed its fashionista faze.
The numbers of disaffected youth joining the public park mobs increase as the years go by with public education propagandizing, rather than educating, students on an uninterrupted basis.
The mainstream media worldwide portrays park protesters sleeping on plastic sheets and huddling together in tents while out on long nights of Occupy Duty.
Police who know them better than any have long known that only the diehards can be found shivering on site overnight. Their leaders, who work in shifts, are home with their families in the convenience and warmth of
houses more mansion than house.
John Clarke of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) out in Saturday’s OccupyToronto protest was once clocked by Toronto Free Press forerunner to Canada Free Press (CFP) sleeping the latest protest off at home while OCAP protesters were getting an early morning wake up call from the local constabulary. A textbook example of ‘Socialists at Work’, Chapter ‘In Solidarity with Park Occupiers from the Comfort of Bed’. (See: Portrait of a poverty pimp CFP, August 17, 1999)
Courageous Kathy Shaidle of FiveFeetofFury.com fame correctly pegged Clarke as a “poverty pimp” in her weekend coverage of OccupyToronto.
Unlike vampires of urban legend fame, protest leaders only come out in daytime, preferably in sunshine when they can depend on the media being there for photo ops.
The rank and file of the protest show an innocent face marked by endless photos of them strumming guitars under the moon, practicing yoga and hiding behind hoodies. But they are being paid up to $600 a week to ‘protest’.
As time moves on, the rank and file are bound to give protest organizers trouble. Their heart isn’t in the
movement. They can only flash signs reading ‘F#@k Capitalism’, beat drums, and shout chants. Most everything else is above their pay grade.
Trained by the Tides Foundation-funded Ruckus Society about how to perform ‘Civil Disobedience’ and how far police can be pushed, the only training they can be counted on to remember is Mama’s toilet training.
Lazy louts who hang out in suburban basements where doting Mamas deliver their dinner on a tray, the rank and file of the Occupy Movement don’t do much heavy lifting.
They’re already showing signs of forgetting their training in displaying anti-semitic sentiments, confusing police cars with port-a-potties and other identifying traits.
Protester organizers are in a race against time that depends on circumstances more worrisome than inclement weather. The loyalty of their rank and file always runs out as soon as the money does. They can’t replace shiftless youth with working people who go to work, not to protests.
As the clock ticks toward November 6, 2012, the union leaders, Greenpeace and Code Pink et al will be out on the hustings delivering pamphlets and planting lawn signs.
Meanwhile, they’ll never regret how they emboldened and made arrogant the latest foot soldiers who finished writing the script in the narrative to re-elect someone who once changed his name from Barry Soetoro to Barack Hussein Obama.
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Marxist Matrix of Occupy Protesters, Obama & George Soros: The Devil’s Symphony?
Marx Called Down Revolution & Barack Answered--"Yes!"
Kelly O'Connell
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Are the Occupy Protests really the inscrutable uprising the mainstream media claims? Or, are they instead the work of mad tycoon George Soros and his rent-a-puppet Barack? We can hardly be blamed to see a connect when we detect a connecting, central motif—Marxism. The Occupy Protests are presented as the organic polar opposite of the Tea Party protests, arising of their own impetus as logically as weeds erupting in an empty field. But the central Marxist anti-capitalist message of Occupy argue against this.
Further, when listening to the very weird and cult-like call-and-answer which these groups use, one can only sense the underlying group-think structure driving these idealistic yet confused souls into action. The strange fixation on Marxism of George Soros and Obama, attaching them to Occupy’s anti-capitalist anarchism are the topics of this essay.
I. Outline of Marxism
A. Overview
A brief description of Marxism is offered here to help understand the ideas and actions of Soros, Obama and
the Occupy movement. From another article by this author, a thumbnail of the belief:
Marxists insist life merely concerns proper distribution of wealth. Only two classes matter: rich and poor. The poor are pure, but the rich devilish, since they effectively steal wealth through Capitalism. The government must redistribute money to the poor, since God doesn’t exist to protect mankind. Workers will eventually rise up to overthrow oppressive bosses.
After capitalism collapses, comes then socialism, but only temporarily. Finally communism is established, and all private property abolished. Peace on earth will reign as envy and war disappear when all people have the same status in society. Marx’s Communist Manifesto states, “The theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property.”
B. Presuming Economic Imbalance is a Criminal Act
As an atheistic system, Marxism focuses upon material gods as the chief end of life. Given the notion that all amassing of fortunes presume an act of theft against the poor, Marx taught that all justice resided in addressing this theft. Marx mentions this in Das Kapital:
The accumulation of wealth at one pole of society involves a simultaneous accumulation of poverty, labor, torment, slavery, ignorance, brutalization, and moral degradation, at the opposite pole—where dwells the class that produces its own product in the form of capital.
C. Dedication to Revolution
The entire premise of Marxism is revolution is needed so necessary changes can be midwifed into society. In fact, a mystical premise of Marxism is revolution is fated to sweep away capitalism, and therefore cannot be resisted, according to P. H. Vigor, in A Guide To Marxism. Revolution is taught by Marxists as the initial, needed cure to a vast array of societal ills. It’s described by Marx as the “abolition of antagonisms” between rich and poor. Since there is no locus of traditional morality in Marxism, any precursor to revolution is acceptable, no matter how apparently objectionable.
The prerequisite to communist revolution is advanced capitalism, a state which has never actually given birth to such a result. One of the truly fascinating aspects from the period of 20th century when Marxist revolutions were occurring across the globe was how these rebellions were often not uprisings of natives. Writes Robert Tucker in The Marxian Revolutionary Idea,
The communist regimes of Mongolia, North Korea, Bulgaria, Rumania, Hungary, Poland, East Germany, and Czechoslovakia did not come to power in basically indigenous revolutions. These communist revolutions were imposed from outside.
II. Protest Wall Street: Marxists as Fake Tea Partiers?
Protest Wall Street began as an idea put forward by adbusters.org, an anti-capitalist organization which was funded indirectly by George Soros. He hotly disputes the claim of funding, but admits he “understands the protestors.” Reuters reports on this connection:
Soros has donated at least $3.5 million to an organization called the Tides Center in recent years, earmarking the funds for specific purposes. Tides has given grants to Adbusters, an anti-capitalist group in Canada whose inventive marketing campaign sparked the first demonstrations last month.
According to the IRS, Soros’ Open Society gave grants of $3.5 million to Tides, a San Francisco-based group that acts like a clearing house for other donors, directing their contributions to liberal non-profit groups. Tides gave Adbusters grants of $185,000 from 2001-2010, including nearly $26,000 between 2007-2009.
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The Vancouver-based Adbusters publishes a magazine with a circulation of 120,000…It says it wants to “change the way corporations wield power” and its goal is “to topple existing power structures.”
Adbusters is an anti-capitalist, anti-consumerist, pro-environmental movement. In other words, they are garden-variety Marxists. But what are the beliefs of the Occupy Wall Street protestors? This question is not difficult to answer. Their general conviction is capitalism has run amok, and they are generally Marxist. We know this because they are critics of capitalism and Wall Street. Further, their demand for wealth redistribution is a sure giveaway that their motivations are socialistic.
A typical demand of the mostly student protestors is for government crack down on corporations and the rich, and force them to redistribute wealth, for things like paying off student loans of the protestors.
In contrast (or not—depending upon the reader’s views), according to Michelle Malkin, the first Tea Party protest occurred in Seattle against Congress’ bank bailout, organized by Keli Carender, from her Liberty Belle blog. About 100 people showed up.
III. Obama & Democrat Support of Occupy Protests—An Anti-Tea Party
An absurd irony of Barack’s support of the Occupy Protesters is that he, more than any other mortal, is
responsible for their currently impoverished state. And when such leftist leading lights as Nancy “Toxic Melon” Pelosi, Harry Reid, Michael Moore, and George Soros add their approval, one realizes that this “spontaneous” movement is anything but self-generating.
Democrats exult at their own “Tea Party,” in all its grubby grandeur. The DNC touts the inherent democratic element of the movement. Natural born rebel Barack undoubtedly feels a bred-in-the-bone kinship with the anti-capitalist malcontents.
That malignant shrew Pelosi would pour scorn upon the Tea Party as anti-democratic “astroturf,” then applaud repeatedly the Occupy protestors, revealing this group is truly leftist and undoubtedly as natural as bomb shelter Twinkies.
IV. Immoral World of Wannabe Global-Savior George Soros
The rogue insider-trader of Paris—billionaire Marxist financier George Soros—made a fortune by gambling against weakened currencies of troubled countries. In this sense, soporific Soros, more than any other public money man, harvested billions by leaching off capitalism.
Interestingly enough, Soros admits to having a messiah complex which he is now wealthy enough to pursue with rank abandon. Joy Tiz writes in Soros: It’s Not Easy Being God
A passage in his book The Alchemy of Finance, published in 1987, distinguishes Soros from all other financiers, ever. ‘I have always harboured an exaggerated view of my self-importance,’ he wrote. ‘To put it bluntly, I fancied myself as some kind of god or an economic reformer like Keynes, or, even better, like Einstein. My sense of reality was strong enough to make me realise that these expectations were excessive, and I kept them hidden as a guilty secret. This was a source of considerable unhappiness through much of my adult life. As I made my way in the world, reality came close enough to my fantasy to allow me to admit my secret, at least to myself. Needless to say, I feel much happier as a result.’
A. Youthful Jewish Soros as Nazi-Helper
Soros’ taste for money and hypocrisy developed young. George’s entrepreneurial spirit and do-anything-for-money moxie materialized as a young Hungarian Jew. During WWII, teenage Soros pretended to be Protestant to escape Nazis while helping confiscate the goods from Jews deported to concentration camps like Dachau and Auschwitz. In fact, amoral Soros admitted the following on the TV program 60 Minutes about his youthful exploits:
KROFT: You’re a Hungarian Jew…
SOROS: Mm-hmm.
KROFT: ...who escaped the Holocaust…
SOROS: Mm-hmm.
KROFT:...by—by posing as a Christian.
SOROS: Right.
KROFT: And you watched lots of people get shipped off to the death camps.
SOROS: Right. I was 14 years old. And I would say that that’s when my character was made.
KROFT: In what way?
SOROS: That one should think ahead. One should understand and—and anticipate events and when—when one is threatened. It was a tremendous threat of evil. I mean, it was a—a very personal experience of evil.
KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.
SOROS: Yes. Yes.
KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.
SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.
KROFT: I mean, that’s—that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?
SOROS: Not—not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’t—you don’t see the connection. But it was—it created no—no problem at all.
KROFT: No feeling of guilt?
SOROS: No.
B. Soros’ Bona Fide Marxism
In an eye-opening essay penned by Soros in the Atlantic Monthly, he essentially admitted to being a Marxist
when he applied George Hegel’s description of history in an article titled The Capitalist Threat. He began the piece by stating; In The Philosophy of History, Hegel discerned a disturbing historical pattern—the crack and fall of civilizations owing to a morbid intensification of their own first principles. Although I have made a fortune in the financial markets, I now fear that the untrammeled intensification of laissez-faire capitalism and the spread of market values into all areas of life is endangering our open and democratic society. The main enemy of the open society, I believe, is no longer the communist but the capitalist threat.
Quoting Hegel is a typical leftist method of bringing Marx into the discussion without raising too many eyebrows. This is because virtually everything Marx wrote was borrowed from Hegel, as one author admits, Marx is often being seen as the successor of Hegel in practical life. His views are often called “dialectical materialism”, because he transforms Hegel’s dialectic into his materialist views on economics.
Further, Soro’s conclusion of that first paragraph, where it claims that free-market, aka laissez-faire capitalism, is the biggest threat to a free society is a quintessential Marxist claim. In other words, the biggest threat to an “open society” is economic freedom.
C. George’s Marxism in Action
George Soros has described how he helped undermine the communist states in Eastern Europe, which he claimed was tremendous fun. Having had some success, Soros went on to create his Open Society Institute which ironically tries to limit freedoms around the world in the name of “open society.” The list of various groups that OSI funds is astounding, all of which are meant to tear down the legitimacy of various institutions in western countries—especially America. (a listing of these is attached to the end of this article from Discover the Networks). But Soros supposedly gives away half a billion dollars a year undermining capitalism and democracy.
D. Soros’ Marxist-Styled Capitalism
George Soros has repeatedly made huge fortunes from betting on currency futures. For example, he bet against the UK Pound when it lost 10% of its value. He made a billion pounds sterling off this maneuver. He has done the same thing repeatedly against various countries.
In a sense, such money-making activities are quintessential Marxist dealings for several reasons. First, they do not create any capital by creating or distributing products—so he enriches no industrialists. Second, he makes his take off the currency itself, meaning all wealthy persons in the country will suffer loss. Third, such activities destabilize the country itself, making it easier for leftists to take over. Fourth, it increases his own fortune so he may use this to support revolution in other places.
E. George’s Five Steps to Bring Down a Country
Glen Beck, in his riveting and well-researched expose’ of Soros, lists five steps the crafty Hungarian has used to destabilize various countries:
After country after country after country, we found that there are five steps to him gaining control. He does it over and over and over again. So, let’s see what the steps are and let’s see if he’s done any of them here.
The first one is form a shadow government using humanitarian aid as cover. This is what he just said. It’s kind of funny. It’s kind of fun. The first step he said is subversive activities. OK?
Step two: control the airwaves. Fund existing radio and TV outlets and take control over them or start your own outlets. Remember: take control of existing or start your own.
Step three: destabilize the state, weaken the government and build an anti-government kind of feeling in this country. You exploit an economic crisis or take advantage of existing crisis—pressure from the top and the bottom. This will allow you to weaken the government and build anti- government public sentiment.
Step four: you provoke an election crisis. You wait for an election. And during the election, you cry voter fraud.
Step five: take power. You stage massive demonstrations, civil disobedience, sit-ins, general strike, you encourage activism. You promote voter fraud and tell followers what to do through your radio and television stations.
Conclusion
Marxism is the “freedom” that Soros, Obama and the Occupy protesters would like to deliver to America. But we must be aware and not naive when groups suddenly appear, realizing our times are the Age of Propaganda where precious few things are as they seem.
The madly destructive Soros, like Thomas Kyd’s Personified Revenge, grows restless and vexed not seeing America laid waste in the gutter before his octogenarian heart gives out. Perhaps Kyd had a Soros-type in mind when he wrote:
The left hand path declining fearfully,
Was ready downfall to the deepest hell,
Where userers are chok’d with melting gold,
And perjur’d wights scalded in boiling lead,
And all foul sins with torments overwhelm’d.
Postscript: The following lists some of the many anti-American and subversive-to-democracy groups Soros’ OSI funds, as found at Discover the Networks:
OSI supports a wide array of leftist organizations, including:
the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy;
the Tides Foundation;
the Tides Center;
the National Organization for Women
Feminist Majority;
the American Civil Liberties Union
People for the American Way;
Alliance for Justice;
NARAL Pro-Choice America
America Coming Together;
the Center for American Progress
Campaign for America’s Future
Amnesty International;
the Sentencing Project;
the Center for Community Change;
the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Educational Fund;
the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN);
Campus Progress;
Free Exchange on Campus;
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington;
Democracy 21;
Human Rights Watch;
the Prison Moratorium Project;
the Immigrant Funders’ Collaborative;
the Moving Ideas Network;
the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement;
the No Peace Without Justice International Committee;
the National Lawyers Guild;
the Center for Constitutional Rights;
the Coalition for an International Criminal Court;
the Abortion Access Project; People of Color In Crisis; The American Prospect;
MoveOn.org;
the Gay Straight Alliance Network;
the Youth Law Center; Planned Parenthood;
the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy;
the Institute for Policy Studies;
Joint Victory Campaign 2004;
the Midwest Academy;
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice; Project Syndicate (an international association of newspapers that publish anti-American propaganda);
the Rocky Mountain Peace Center;
the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; Earth Rights International;
the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force;
the Nation Institute;
the Violence Policy Center; Gun Violence Prevention; Critical Resistance - Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex;
the Center for Investigative Reporting;
the Million Mom March; Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation;
the Death Penalty Information Center, the Death Penalty Mobilization Fund;
the Drug Policy Alliance;
the Brennan Center for Justice;
the Project On Death in America;
the Death with Dignity National Center;
the Ms. Foundation for Women;
the National Security Archive Fund;
the Pacifica Foundation; Physicians for Human Rights;
the Proteus Fund;
the Public Citizen Foundation;
the Urban Institute;
the American Friends Service Committee;
Catholics for a Free Choice;
Human Rights First;
the Independent Media Institute;
and MADRE.
A key funder of the open borders movement, OSI also supports:
the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund;
the Immigrant Legal Resource Center;
the National Immigration Law Center;
the National Immigration Forum;
the National Council of La Raza;
the American Immigration Law Foundation.
Internal Revenue Service records indicate that OSI made a September 2002 grant of $20,000 to the Lynne Stewart Defense Committee. Stewart was the criminal-defense attorney who was later convicted for abetting her client, the “blind sheik” Omar Abdel Rahman, in terrorist activities connected with his Islamic Group.
The Capital Research Center has published a list of additional organizations to which OSI has recently donated money, groups that according to CRC “advocate higher taxes and more government spending, oppose social security reform, litigate against property rights, oppose the death penalty, oppose tough criminal incarceration policies, oppose Bush judicial nominees, and promote balkanizing racial agendas.” These donees include the following:
We Interrupt This Message portrays America as a nation rife with racism and economic injustice; seeks to radicalize minority youth; aims to help the “disenfranchised” and the “marginalized” to overcome negative media stereotypes; and encourages acts of rebellion against America’s alleged injustices, as evidenced by its characterization of the 1992 Los Angeles riots as a “civil uprising.”
The Independent Media Institute publishes a number of regularly updated websites that offer news and
opinion from a far left perspective; its Executive Director Don Hazen is a former publisher of Mother Jones magazine.
The Community Rights Counsel provides legal assistance to state and local governments seeking to restrict individual property rights in the name of “community interest.”
Equal Justice Works encourages young people to pursue careers as public interest lawyers—focusing on the areas of workers’ rights, birth control and abortion issues, consumers’ rights, disability issues, children’s rights, the death penalty, and prisoners’ rights—by funding student fellowships and helping students pay back their school loans.
The Legal Action Center is a public interest law firm that litigates to force health-care insurers to provide coverage for people with histories of addiction to alcohol and drugs. It also opposes community efforts to block the placement of alcohol- and drug-treatment facilities in or near residential neighborhoods.
Population Services International promotes wider access to birth control and abortion services in more than 60 countries worldwide.
The Western States Center aims to build a “progressive movement for social, economic, racial and environmental justice in…eight Western states.”
The Esperanza Center strives to build a political movement drawing on “women, people of color, lesbians and gay men, the working class and poor”—groups it considers “wounded by domination and inequality” in American political life.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy believes that wealthy Americans pay less than their fair share of taxes; it publishes op-eds and studies that urge states to raise taxes on higher income-earners.
The Network for a Progressive Texas is a coalition of “Texans who are committed to economic, social, and environmental justice ...engaging in collective action, and building power to affect progressive change.”
The Center for Law and Social Policy promotes government welfare entitlements under the heading of “economic security”;
the Center’s Board of Directors includes attorney Peter Edelman, husband of Children’s Defense Fund President Marian Wright Edelman.
The Center for Policy Alternatives is a “progressive public policy and leadership development center serving state legislators, state policy organizations, and state grassroots leaders.”
The Economic Policy Institute opposes social security privatization and free trade agreements such as
NAFTA; it was founded in 1986 by journalist Robert Kuttner, Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and economist Lester Thurow.
The State Strategies Fund works to create a coalition of activists to support its agenda of campaign finance reform, progressive tax policy, and government-funded health care.
DEMOS believes that America’s social and economic ills stem largely from “the values of extreme laissez faire ideology that have deeply permeated our society,” and from the fact that “[w]e’ve been told that government is the problem, not the solution.”
A strong supporter of anti-war and environmentalist organizations, OSI is a member of the Peace and Security Funders Group. It is also a member of the International Human Rights Funders Group, a network of more than six-dozen grant-makers dedicated to bankrolling leftistorganizations and causes.
OSI endorsed a 2000 document called the Earth Charter, which blames capitalism for many of the world’s environmental, social, and economic problems. According to the Charter, “the dominant patterns of production and consumption are causing environmental devastation, the depletion of resources, and a massive extinction of species.” “The benefits of development,” adds the Charter, “are not shared equitably and the gap between rich and poor is widening.”
In the vanguard of the U.S. drug decriminalization movement, OSI in 1994 pledged $4 million to fund the establishment of the Lindesmith Center, which supports the legalization of marijuana. In 2002 OSI gave $3 million to the Tides Foundation, earmarking the money for a group called Fund for Drug Policy Reform, which opposes the War on Drugs.
OSI was a signatory to a November 1, 2001 document characterizing the 9/11 attacks as a legal matter to be addressed by criminal-justice procedures rather than military retribution.Suggesting that the hijackers were motivated chiefly by adesire to point out global injustices perpetrated by the United States, this document explained that similar future calamitiescould be averted only ifAmerica would finally begin to “promote
fundamental rights around the world.”
OSI endorsed the Civil Liberties Restoration Act (CLRA) of 2004, which was designed to roll back, in the name of protecting civil liberties,vital national-security policies that had been adopted after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Numerous OSI funding initiatives reflect the Institute’s view that the American criminal-justice system is infested with racism, and that incarceration is an inappropriate punishment for most lawbreakers. For example: (a) OSI has established a “U.S. Justice Fund” to “diminish the role of prisons ...andto pave the way for the creation of a larger system of public health and social supports.” (b) In a related measure,the Institute created an “After Prison Initiative” focusing on “supporting the successful reentry of prisoners to their communities.” (c) OSI helps finance the Sentencing Project, which claims that prison sentencing patterns are racially discriminatory, and advocates in favor of granting voting rights to convicted felons. (d) OSI funds the Southern Center for Human Rights, which recruits lawyers to represent death row inmates and aims to reduce America’s alleged over-reliance on incarceration. (e) The Institute supports Critical Resistance,a program that impugns the “Prison Industrial Complex” for fostering the delusion that “caging and controlling people makes us safe.”
A strong advocate of gun control, OSI funds the Network on Small Arms,which has lobbied the United Nationsto passa measure outlawing private gun ownership and effectively overturning the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.
OSI funded the multi-year United Nations Millennium Development Project—commissioned by the UN Secretary-General in 2002 “to develop a concrete action plan for the world to…reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people. In 2005 this Projectculminated in a recommendation for a massive wealth-redistribution, foreign-aid program whose provisions, if adopted, would impose more than $150 billion in annual costs on Americans.
Each year, OSI sponsors a number of fellowships, among them, the Soros Justice Fellowship which is awarded to “outstanding individuals” who will implement projects aimed at reforming the American criminal-justice system. Most notably, OSI seeks to end “the over-reliance on incarceration and harsh punishment,
and the lack of equal justice—especially for people of color and the poor.” One of the more infamous recipients of this fellowship was the radical communist Linda Evans, a former member of the Weather Underground. In the 1970s, Evans and accomplice Susan Rosenberg took part in the deadly Brinks armored-car robbery in Nyack, New York, where two security guards and two police officers were shot, three of them fatally. Three years later, the women were finally apprehended. At the time, they had 740 pounds of explosives (which they admitted were earmarked for bombings) in their possession. Rosenberg was sentenced to 58 years in prison, Evans to 40 years. (She was later paroned by President Bill Clinton in January 2001.) According to FBI files, Evans, during a 1969 trip to Hanoi, was shown an anti-aircraft gun, cradled it in her arms, and said, “[I wish] an American plane would fly over.” Her OSI award was intended to aid her efforts to “increase civic participation of former prisoners.”
On August 16, 2005, OSI (in collaboration with the Center for American Progress, the AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union, AFSCME, and the United Steelworkers Union) launched a new organization called the Progressive Legislative Action Network (PLAN). Led by Democratic activists David Sirota and Steve Doherty, PLAN’s mission is to seed state legislatures with prewritten “model” legislation reflectingleftist visions of justice.
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Between 1998 and 2003, OSI received more than $30 million from U.S. government agencies. Various State Department documents indicate that OSI has been paid to run what the Department describes as “democratization programs” in a number of countries, including Uzbekistan, Burma, and regions of Central Asia.
In an effort topresent itself in the most positive light to the American people,OSI uses the services of the public relations firm Fenton Communications.
In October 2010, OSI announced that it was donating $1.8 million to National Public Radio, in order to enable NPR to add 100 journalists at its affiliate radio stations across the United States.
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The Logic of Occupy Wall Street for Canada
by Justin Podur
Global Research, October 16, 2011
The Occupy Wall Street Movement and the Occupy Together movements that are inspired by it actually have a simple premise: society shouldn't be run for the unrestricted benefit of the wealthiest. The immediate grievance is the 2008 banking crisis, in which the U.S. banks engaged in fraudulent and criminal activity and were subsequently rewarded for doing so with trillions in government funds, while their victims reaped evictions and foreclosures.
[Right: “Step Down Lisa Raitt. Ur Killing Basic Human Rights” at the OccupyTO event in St. James Park, October 15, 2011.]
Canada did not have a crisis of the same severity, for a few reasons. Canada has a different banking system with a differently-regulated mortgage authority (although there are important similarities in the way the government takes risks and the private banks profit, and the Canadian system is far from invulnerable to crisis). The government is in the mortgage-backed securities business, but not in the totally unregulated way that the business ran in the United States. Social democratic politics are a little bit stronger in Canada than in the USA. Because the Conservatives were in a minority government at the time, the other parties were able to wring a stimulus out of the federal government that blunted the recession (the Bank of Canada also provided emergency funds and lowered interest rates to help the banks). But the overall problem, and direction of society, is the same, and the Occupy Together movement should find fertile ground in Canada.
Who Are the 1 Per Cent?
The slogan of Occupy Wall Street is “We are the 99%.” So, who are the 1 per cent in Canada? A 2010 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) by Armine Yalnizyan documents “The Rise of Canada's Richest 1%.” There are 246,000 of them and their average income is $403,000. They hold 13.8 per cent of incomes, and pay some of the lowest taxes that the top 1 per cent have ever paid, historically.
To look within this 1 per cent (at a tiny fraction of it, 0.0002 per cent) economist Jim Stanford pulled some figures about Canadian billionaires from Canadian Business magazine for the Progressive Economics Forum. There are 61 Canadian billionaires, with a combined wealth of $162-billion (5 times the size of the federal government's budget deficit). This is 6 per cent of all personal net worth in Canada – they own twice as much wealth as the bottom 17 million Canadians. Their wealth increased by 8.4 per cent last year (while average hourly earnings in Canada grew by 2.5 per cent). On average, they added $100-million per household, while the average household added $524.
Through a few historical accidents, Canada has been spared the most spectacular aspects of the U.S.
financial crisis, but it is hard to dispute that Canadian society is organized to benefit private corporations, and especially finance. The economics of this favouritism has been documented extremely well over the years by the CCPA. A 2010 report by the CCPA's Toby Sanger, for example, shows how the financial sector has had a 23 per cent profit margin during the past decade, compared to 7 per cent for non-financial industries. Sanger quotes “a leading bank analyst” who estimates that Canada's top banks will have $40-billion in excess cash by the end of 2012, the sum of all federal and provincial deficits projected for 2012-13. Corporate income rates have been cut from an average of 42.6 per cent in 2000 to 28 per cent by 2011, with more tax cuts coming. The tax cuts in this sector, and the tax havens for the fraction of the 1 per cent, have helped bring about the revenue shortages that are then called “deficit crises,” which governments then use as pretexts for austerity budgets.
Extremes of Inequality
In a society based on layers of inequality, the 99 per cent is itself differentiated. Another 2010 CCPA report by Daniel Wilson and David McDonald reveals one of these inequalities. The median income for Canadians in 2006 was $27,097; for aboriginal peoples, $18,962, or 30 per cent lower. Scholar Grace-Edward Galabuzi has documented social exclusion based on race and gender.[1] And a recent report by the Conference Board of Canada shows that income inequality in Canada is growing faster even than in the United States.[2] All of these inequalities are within the 99 per cent, which highlights the need for a more equal society in general. The extremes of inequality are glaring, but these grinding inequalities are no picnic either.
One comparison, made frequently in the media, that seems to drive progressives crazy is the one between Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party movement, which is based on the magical idea that society should be able to afford things (from roads to wars) without paying taxes. When Tea Party politics got to Canada they helped elect Toronto's current mayor and helped give the Conservatives a boost to a majority government.[3] The Occupy Wall Street movement's arrival in Canada could help discredit the austerity that the Conservative government will be putting forward in their next budget, and could help in resisting their plans to deepen inequalities and destroy what economic, social, and environmental fabric is left. •
Justin Podur is a Toronto-based writer. He teaches at York University and blogs at killingtrain.com.
Notes:
1. Grace-Edward Galabuzi. Canada's Economic Apartheid: The Social Exclusion of Racialized Groups in the New Century. Toronto: Canadian Scholars' Press, 2006.
2. Tavia Grant, “Income inequality rising quickly in Canada,” The Globe and Mail, September 13, 2011.
3. I don't want to exaggerate this – Canada has always had these politics and there are “home-grown” explanations for these electoral results
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The Age of Accounting
The protests are a misnomer as they are not a protest against, but a show of support for a troubled administration playing its last class warfare card
Daniel Greenfield
Sunday, October 16, 2011
All week I have been getting requests from protesters looking for Wall Street. Like the anecdotal New Yorker who when asked how to get to Carnegie Hall replies “Practice”, I’ve been tempted to reply with “Get a Series 7 License”. But the reputation of New Yorkers for rude helpfulness isn’t unearned and so I point them the right way.
The ones who are asking are very obviously not New Yorkers. Rarely even are they from this coast. Not only do they usually manage to walk the wrong way, but their dazed expressions and social awkwardness scream Portland or Pot in equal measure.
A couple smiling blissfully with the look I have only ever seen before in videos and photos from the Age of Aquarius asks me how to get to Wall Street. Their cutoffs are completely wrong for the weather and if they keep going straight they will end up in the East River.
Another couple barely speaks English, the male of the group is gangly, unshaven and French. The protests are attracting the usual international crowd. And this is Bloomberg’s mistake. The longer the occupation of a public park usually used for lunch hour by construction workers, now occupied by wannabe hippies and professional activists drags on and picks up media coverage, the more it will attract the dregs of the protest
movement.
Between Europe and America, there are a good deal of bored students, community organizers and shiftless postmodern hippies selling hemp clothing at roadside stands. Usually they stick to the West Coast because the weather is warmer, the politics are hotter and the property values are cheaper. But in a perverse reverse migration, parts of Oregon and Washington are flying East to New York to sit on stone benches and be part of something “bigger”.
The organizers of Occupy Wall Street understood that all they really had to do was hang on for a week or two until they picked up enough stupid young people to create a critical mass that would garner them the media coverage to turn it into an international event. A few arrests, some cries of police brutality, a fake Radiohead concert and Portland and Paris’ dregs show up with their high rolled backpacks and artisan bongs.
Giuliani and the police brass understood the momentum of these things in a way that Bloomberg does not. Giuliani would not have tolerated Zuccoti Park being turned into an extension of Berkeley, but he understood that the city had to be livable for its residents. Bloomberg still thinks of New York as an international city, and having tried to lure the Olympics, he can’t very well say no to an international group of losers.
This isn’t really about Wall Street or corporations, it’s about protest as identity
This isn’t really about Wall Street or corporations, it’s about protest as identity. I have seen the future and it’s a man in a red shirt and a megaphone shouting at a crowd which repeats everything he says. This is the face of the left, the Human Microphone is the society they want to impose on us. It may be startlingly crude at this level, but give it a trillion dollar budget and it becomes more sophisticated.
Radicalization is about protest with no other purpose but protest. Its goal is to block streets, get arrested, write about the experience and then come back tomorrow and train the newest arrivals to do the same thing all over again. The demands don’t really matter. With a friendly administration in DC, this is more about visibility and setting a national agenda by hijacking the consensus.
Activism is about disrupting democracy through force of will. Shout the loudest and your agenda moves up to the top. Given a choice between a vocal agenda and a muted opposition, the public will often go along with the vocal agenda. And even if it doesn’t, the politicians will.
The protests are a misnomer as they are not a protest against, but a show of support for a troubled administration playing its last class warfare card
The protests are a misnomer as they are not a protest against, but a show of support for a troubled
administration playing its last class warfare card. Plan A was for the media to insist that the recovery was here. But Plan A is roadkill because no one actually bought into the Summer of Recovery. That just leaves Plan B which is to run against the economic crisis on a class warfare platform.
Conceptually it makes no sense for the established party to run as the opposition, but the Obama cult has broken all sorts of rules before and its program has never made any sense. Stir up enough chaos in the street, roll out the red carpet and write up the speech promising to save the nation and it might work. Dictators have done it often enough before.
It’s not a good sign when both parties have their own affiliated protest movements. At least it isn’t a good sign in the United States of America which had managed to avoid descending into instability. But it’s an even worse sign when the ruling party recruits youth to stage violent protests so its leader can promise to save the country from the chaos.
This is the Age of Accounting and the battle is over how to divide the contents of a shrinking pot
The Age of Aquarius is the old template for it, but all that is gone. This is the Age of Accounting and the battle is over how to divide the contents of a shrinking pot. This is a struggle fought in the realms of the mathematical and the emotional in a social engineering game of monopoly.
The economy imploded with the housing bubble and the less idiotic signs carried by the protesters complain about student debt. The housing bubble poured billions into the coffers of the left and the educational bubble underwrote the university programming centers of the left. The final bill due for both comes to taxpayers, but the minority borrowers of subsidized mortgages and students deep in debt are stuck with a personal bill.
Fannie Mae and Sallie Mae were instruments of leftist social engineering
Fannie Mae and Sallie Mae were instruments of leftist social engineering, turned into engines of profit and
then into weapons of national economic disaster. Many of the borrowers have been bamboozled, not just once when they signed up for loans without understanding how many ways they could be screwed over, but a second time around when they were convinced to blame their problems on some mythical 1 percent of the country. Members of whom are directing and funding their protests.
The emotional denies the mathematical, but numbers can only be treated as imaginary for so long when you are borrowing against them. The bubbles in the national economy rise up into the global economy. And behind them all is the stench of decaying cultures, of work ethics turned inside out, and men and women in the business and the political world who no longer understand the cost of their choices.
The protests of the Age of Accounting are sadder than the old flower children who occasionally show up to relive a lost age. The America of their time had the resources and wealth to waste its time. Now the social issues are purely dollars and cents. The 99 percent and the 1 percent are only the first of many statistics. But all the statistics are either personal or variable. Everyone is trying to use spurious math to define a state of happiness and unhappiness.
The culture of the 21st century is purely of the “now”, its fashion statements are retro, its music is plastic and its politics is content free
The backpacks and iPhones, the expensively casual clothes and retro glasses, are all pricey poses. Some protesters are living out a back-to-nature pose from the ‘90s in between cups of Starbucks, while others are dressing like it’s the 1920s or the 1950s again. No one is in the present, because there is no present. The culture of the 21st century is purely of the “now”, its fashion statements are retro, its music is plastic and its politics is content free. There are no big issues anymore, just echoes and imitations of the old ones.
Like the European elites, our own elites have become decadent, pretending that they are students of human happiness, when all they are is bad thieves, and worse economists. Their children are bad students, and even worse protesters.
The shallow lemming radicalization on display in the Occupy protests sums up everything wrong with the politics of the now
The shallow lemming radicalization on display in the Occupy protests sums up everything wrong with the politics of the now. There are no ideas here, only the needy egos of a media age who bring their attendant insecurities to protest rallies, while refusing to ask who is behind the rallies and whose purposes they are truly serving.
It is enough to put on their retro clothing, and stage their retro protests, and then go back to deal with their student debt without asking who is really responsible for all that. Who told them that the path to success lay in universal education, who tricked them into taking dubious loans and who really profits from all that money used to buy their inflated sheepskin.
Sheep don’t ask questions like that. They Baa when they’re supposed to, play their part in the Human Microphone, update their Twitter accounts, yell the things that other people are yelling and then they go home to do their taxes. They are the 99 percent who don’t think, but go along with the consensus. Whether they go along with the consensus by reading editorials and nodding along or by getting arrested waving a cardboard sign, doesn’t really matter. They are the consensus that bankrupted and enslaved the country. And they don’t matter. It is the 1 percent who step out of the consensus who do.
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Wall Street Protests Spread Globally as Rome Turns Violent
Bloomberg Businessweek
October 15, 2011
Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Occupy Wall Street protest against income disparity spread across Western Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Canada today. Rome's demonstration turned violent, contrasting with peaceful events elsewhere.
As many as 500 marchers in Rome wielding clubs attacked police, two banks and a supermarket, Sky TG24 reported. Authorities used tear gas and water cannon. Londoners were barred from Paternoster Square, home of the London Stock Exchange, and Tokyo protesters demanded an end to nuclear power. New York police arrested 24 at a Citigroup Inc. bank branch and 6,000 gathered in Times Square.
The rallies started last month in New York's financial district, where people have been staying in lower
Manhattan's Zuccotti Park. They widened to 1,500 cities today, including Sydney and Toronto, the organizers said, in a “global day of action against Wall Street greed.”
“The world will rise up as one and say, ‘We have had enough,'” Patrick Bruner, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman, said in an e-mail.
Protesters say they represent “the 99 percent,” a nod to a study by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz showing the top 1 percent of Americans control 40 percent of U.S. wealth.
March on Banks
In New York, demonstrators marched past a JPMorgan Chase & Co. branch urging clients to transfer accounts to “a financial institution that supports the 99 percent.” They distributed fliers with a list of community banks and credit unions.
“I'm interested in sending a message to support banks that actually support the community as opposed to those like Chase that took government money and fired workers anyway,” said Penny Lewis, 40, a City University of New York labor professor. She said she planned to close her Chase account.
Twenty-four were arrested later for refusing to leave a Citibank branch, the police said, and about 6,000 marched to Times Square as night fell, the organizers said. There were also protests in Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Denver, San Francisco and other U.S. cities.
About 1,000 people gathered in Toronto's financial district carrying signs saying “Nationalize the Banks,” “CEO Pay Up 444 Percent in 12 years. How About You?” and “We're All in the Same Boat.” Others opposed war, serial killers and hydro- electric costs.
Protests were planned in at least 15 Canadian cities, including Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.'s website.
Violence in Italy
Demonstrations turned violent in Italy, where the unemployment rate for 15-to-24-year-olds was 27.6 percent in August. Thirty police and 20 protesters were injured in Rome, Sky TG24 reported. Firecrackers were thrown at the Ministry of Defense and windows of Cassa di Risparmio di Rimini and Poste Italiane SpA shattered, according to the report.
“Something like this is clearly not spontaneous,” James Walston, who teaches politics at the American University in Rome, said in a telephone interview. “We have been in a risky situation for months with expectations -- above all of young people -- falling lower and lower. The potential for violence today, with so large a number of demonstrators, was high.”
Mayor Giovanni Alemanno told Sky TG24 that “the worst of Europe planned to meet in Rome.”
“Now, the citizens of Rome are those who have become angry,” he said.
London Banners
The Occupy London Stock Exchange protest drew about 4,000 people, according to organizers. Police
didn't provide a number. In the shadow of St. Paul's Cathedral, banners had slogans that read “No Bulls, No Bears, Just Pigs” and “Bankers Are the Real Looters.”
“The financial system benefits a handful of banks at the expense of everyday people, the taxpayers,” said Spyro Van Leemnen, a 27-year-old public-relations agent. “The same people who are responsible for the recession are getting away with massive bonuses.”
In Berlin, 6,000 took to the streets and 1,500 gathered in Cologne, ZDF television said. In Frankfurt, 5,000 marched by the European Central Bank headquarters with toy pistols firing soap bubbles and planned to camp out, ZDF reported.
“A few hundred” met at the Paris city hall, according to BFM TV. Thousands marched in Madrid with placards criticizing bank bailouts. In Zurich, about 200 coalesced on Paradeplatz, playing Monopoly and sipping free coffee from a stand.
In Taiwan, several hundred demonstrators sat mostly quietly outside the Taipei World Financial Center, known as Taipei 101.
Communist Anthem
Levin Jiang, 22, an English major at Taipei's Fu Jen Catholic University, joined others singing the communist anthem L'Internationale in front of a Hermes watch shop.
“I'm angry about the unjust capitalist society,” he said. “I'm anti-capitalism.”
In Seoul, 600 converged on the city hall after changing the location of the protest as police banned the rally today, Yonhap News reported. They urged rules for speculative investments and demanded lower college tuition.
In Hong Kong, about 200 people gathered at the Exchange Square Podium in the central shopping and business district, according to Napo Wong, an organizer.
“Hong Kong is heaven for capitalists,” said Lee Chun Wing, 29, a community college social sciences lecturer in Hong Kong. “Wealth is created by workers and so should be shared with the workers as well. Capitalism is not a just system.”
In Tokyo, morning rain may have deterred some from joining three planned protests. More than 120 people demanding an end to nuclear power marched from Hibiya Park to the offices of Tokyo Electric Power Co., owner of the Fukushima atomic plant crippled by a March 11 earthquake.
With assistance from Corinne Gretler in Zurich; Richard Weiss in Frankfurt; Alan Katz in Paris; Seonjin Cha in Seoul; Naoko Fujimura, Patrick Harrington and Jim McDonald in Tokyo; Lisa Pham in Sydney; Chinmei Sung and Janet Ong in Taipei; Stephanie Tong and Fion Li in Hong Kong; Weiyi Lim in Singapore; Seonjin Cha in Seoul; Sean B. Pasternak in Toronto, and Joel Stonington and Chris Dolmetsch in New York. Editors: Jerry Hart, Dick Schumacher, Sylvia Wier, Mike Millard
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October 15, 2011: The Day Obama’s Army occupied the Free World
Adbusters Magazine, Occupy Wall Street
Judi McLeod
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Welcome to a hostile New World that arrived on society’s doorstep with the dawning of this very day. Over night the Army of Barack Hussein Obama moved in to our cities to occupy some 82 countries, including Canada where it really all began.
The people milling about in public parks in cities now under Occupation look like harmless hippies, but they’re conscripted soldiers for Obama, some on pay better than what is being paid to selfless soldiers of the real army risking life and limb for freedom in countries far from home.
In the chaos and confusion that has been the trademark of the Obama regime, chills should have run down spines when in July of 2008 the only president in history with no ID audaciously called for “a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded as the military”.
In that memorable speech, Obama called young Americans to serve both at home and abroad, and said he would expand the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps and other volunteer opportunities.
How without a single shot ringing out to warn the gullible did the populations of some 82 countries wake up to find themselves occupied by Obama’s army this morning?
Blame the cunning of Marxist strategy. Pretend your protesters are saving abused civilians from the big bad banks and greedy corporations; trot out “democracy” as main motivation for clamorous uprisings; repeat the lie that it was “democracy” that returned Egypt to the control of the Muslim Brotherhood.
You’re more worried that Obama bypassed Congress to send troops to aid Africa anti-insurgency on Friday night?
That was just for showmanship. Its Marxist message: Obama with all the trappings that come with the highest office anywhere in the world can do whatever he wants and Congress can’t stop him.
Ironic, that Canada, America’s best friend and top trading partner would be one of the 82 countries now under the Occupation of Obama’s Army.
While it is well known that hard core socialism has been the underbelly of Canadian politics for decades, even with a Conservative Government in Ottawa and a conservative currently holding the mayoral chair in Toronto, Obama’s Army has moved the status of socialism in Canada from underbelly to official. (Will someone let Prime Minister Harper know?)
Ironic, too, that the Marxist plan for Global Revolution was actually masterminded on Canadian soil (if we can still consider Vancouver Canadian soil) with American dollars from the Tides Foundation allegedly propping up Adbusters Magazine, whose co-founder can be best described as today’s cult leader of burgeoning disaffected youth.
A perfect recipe for Marxist takeover.
It’s a momentous but sad day for the up-to-now Free World of the West. History will record that while the populations of some 82 countries were going about their business trying to get through another day of a Global Recession, teetering on collapse, is precisely when Obama moved his army into their country.
We recognize real Armies by their Armed Forces uniforms. This is an Army that looks too hideous to be taken seriously, but it is all the same an army hiding behind the face of ‘democracy’ with false promises for Hope and Change to make life better for the masses.
Never forget that this is an Army more dangerous than any other. It is an army whose members are being paid to bring about Revolution.
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"Manufacturing Dissent": The Corporate Financing of the Protest Movement
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, October 15, 2011
In the light of recent developments regarding the Occupy Wall Street Movement, we are reposting Michel Chossudovsky's article on Manufacturing Dissent.
"Manufacturing Dissent": the Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites
The People's Movement has been Hijacked
by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, September 20, 2010
"Everything the [Ford] Foundation did could be regarded as "making the World safe for capitalism", reducing social tensions by helping to comfort the afflicted, provide safety valves for the angry, and improve the functioning of government (McGeorge Bundy, National Security Advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson (1961-1966), President of the Ford Foundation, (1966-1979))
"By providing the funding and the policy framework to many concerned and dedicated people working within the non-profit sector, the ruling class is able to co-opt leadership from grassroots communities, ... and is able to make the funding, accounting, and evaluation components of the work so time consuming and onerous that social justice work is virtually impossible under these conditions" (Paul Kivel, You Call this Democracy, Who Benefits, Who Pays and Who Really Decides, 2004, p. 122 )
"Under the New World Order, the ritual of inviting "civil society" leaders into the inner circles of power --while simultaneously repressing the rank and file-- serves several important functions. First, it says to the World that the critics of globalization "must make concessions" to earn the right to mingle. Second, it conveys the illusion that while the global elites should --under what is euphemistically called democracy-- be subject to criticism, they nonetheless rule legitimately. And third, it says "there is no alternative" to globalization: fundamental change is not possible and the most we can hope is to engage with these rulers in an ineffective "give and take".
While the "Globalizers" may adopt a few progressive phrases to demonstrate they have good intentions, their fundamental goals are not challenged. And what this "civil society mingling" does is to reinforce the clutch of the corporate establishment while weakening and dividing the protest movement. An understanding of this process of co-optation is important, because tens of thousands of the most principled young people in Seattle, Prague and Quebec City [1999-2001] are involved in the anti-globalization protests because they reject the notion that money is everything, because they reject the impoverishment of millions and the destruction of fragile Earth so that a few may get richer.
This rank and file and some of their leaders as well, are to be applauded. But we need to go further. We need to challenge the right of the "Globalizers" to rule. This requires that we rethink the strategy of protest. Can we move to a higher plane, by launching mass movements in our respective countries, movements that bring the message of what globalization is doing, to ordinary people? For they are the force that must be mobilized to challenge those who plunder the Globe." (Michel Chossudovsky, The Quebec Wall, April 2001)
The term "manufacturing consent" was initially coined by Edward S Herman and Noam Chomsky.
"Manufacturing consent" describes a propaganda model used by the corporate media to sway public opinion and "inculcate individuals with values and beliefs...":
The mass media serve as a system for communicating messages and symbols to the general populace. It is their function to amuse, entertain, and inform, and to inculcate individuals with the values, beliefs, and codes of behavior that will integrate them into the institutional structures of the larger society. In a world of concentrated wealth and major conflicts of class interest, to fulfill this role requires systematic propaganda. (Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky)
"Manufacturing consent" implies manipulating and shaping public opinion. It establishes conformity and acceptance to authority and social hierarchy. It seeks compliance to an established social order. "Manufacturing consent" describes the submission of public opinion to the mainstream media narrative, to its lies and fabrications.
"Manufacturing dissent"
In this article, we focus on a related concept, namely the subtle process of "manufacturing dissent" (rather than "consent"), which plays a decisive role in serving the interests of the ruling class.
Under contemporary capitalism, the illusion of democracy must prevail. It is in the interest of the corporate elites to accept dissent and protest as a feature of the system inasmuch as they do not threaten the established social order. The purpose is not to repress dissent, but, on the contrary, to shape and mould the protest movement, to set the outer limits of dissent.
To maintain their legitimacy, the economic elites favor limited and controlled forms of opposition, with a view to preventing the development of radical forms of protest, which might shake the very foundations and institutions of global capitalism. In other words, "manufacturing dissent" acts as a "safety valve", which protects and sustains the New World Order.
To be effective, however, the process of "manufacturing dissent" must be carefully regulated and monitored by those who are the object of the protest movement.
"Funding Dissent"
How is the process of manufacturing dissent achieved?
Essentially by "funding dissent", namely by channelling financial resources from those who are the object of the protest movement to those who are involved in organizing the protest movement.
Co-optation is not limited to buying the favors of politicians. The economic elites --which control major foundations-- also oversee the funding of numerous NGOs and civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs and people's movements rely heavily on funding from both public as well as private foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, McCarthy foundations, among others.
The anti-globalization movement is opposed to Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller et al will generously fund progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities.
The mechanisms of "manufacturing dissent" require a manipulative environment, a process of arm-twisting and subtle cooptation of individuals within progressive organizations, including anti-war coalitions,
environmentalists and the anti-globalization movement.
Whereas the mainstream media "manufactures consent", the complex network of NGOs (including segments of the alternative media) are used by the corporate elites to mould and manipulate the protest movement.
Following the deregulation of the global financial system in the 1990s and the rapid enrichment of the financial establishment, funding through foundations and charities has skyrocketed.
In a bitter irony, part of the fraudulent financial gains on Wall Street in recent years have been recycled to the elites' tax exempt foundations and charities. These windfall financial gains have not only been used to buy out politicians, they have also been channelled to NGOs, research institutes, community centres, church groups, environmentalists, alternative media, human rights groups, etc. "Manufactured dissent" also applies to the "corporate left" and "progressive" media, funded by NGOs or directly by the foundations.
The inner objective is to "manufacture dissent" and establish the boundaries of a "politically correct" opposition. In turn, many NGOs are infiltrated by informants often acting on behalf of western intelligence agencies. Moreover, an increasingly large segment of the progressive alternative news media on the internet has become dependent on funding from corporate foundations and charities.
Piecemeal Activism
The objective of the corporate elites has been to fragment the people's movement into a vast "do it yourself" mosaic. War and globalization are no longer in the forefront of civil society activism. Activism tends to be piecemeal. There is no integrated anti-globalization anti-war movement. The economic crisis is not seen as having a relationship to the US led war.
Dissent has been compartmentalized. Separate "issue oriented" protest movements (e.g. environment, anti-globalization, peace, women's rights, climate change) are encouraged and generously funded as opposed to a cohesive mass movement. This mosaic was already prevalent in the counter G7 summits and People's Summits of the 1990s.
The Anti-Globalization Movement
The Seattle 1999 counter-summit is invariably upheld as a triumph for the anti-globalization movement: "a
historic coalition of activists shut down the World Trade Organization summit in Seattle, the spark that ignited a global anti-corporate movement." (See Naomi Klein, Copenhagen: Seattle Grows Up, The Nation, November 13, 2009).
Seattle was an indeed an important crossroads in the history of the mass movement. Over 50,000 people from diverse backgrounds, civil society organizations, human rights, labor unions, environmentalists had come together in a common pursuit. Their goal was to forecefully dismantle the neoliberal agenda including its institutional base.
But Seattle also marked a major reversal. With mounting dissent from all sectors of society, the official WTO Summit desperately needed the token participation of civil society leaders "on the inside", to give the appearance of being "democratic" "on the outside".
While thousands of people had converged on Seattle, what occurred behind the scenes was a de facto victory for neoliberalism. A handful of civil society organizations, formally opposed the WTO had contributed to legitimizing the WTO's global trading architecture. Instead of challenging the WTO as an an illegal intergovernmental body, they agreed to a pre-summit dialogue with the WTO and Western governments.
"Accredited NGO participants were invited to mingle in a friendly environment with ambassadors, trade ministers and Wall Street tycoons at several of the official events including the numerous cocktail parties and receptions." (Michel Chossudovsky, Seattle and Beyond: Disarming the New World Order , Covert Action Quarterly, November 1999, See Ten Years Ago: "Manufacturing Dissent" in Seattle).
The hidden agenda was to weaken and divide the protest movement and orient the anti-globalization movement into areas that would not directly threaten the interests of the business establishment.
Funded by private foundations (including Ford, Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers, Charles Stewart Mott, The Foundation for Deep Ecology), these "accredited" civil society organizations had positioned themselves as lobby groups, acting formally on behalf of the people's movement. Led by prominent and committed activists, their hands were tied. They ultimately contributed (unwittingly) to weakening the anti-globalization movement by accepting the legitimacy of what was essentially an illegal organization. (The 1994 Marrakech Summit
agreement which led to the creation of the WTO on January 1, 1995). (Ibid)
The NGO leaders were fully aware as to where the money was coming from. Yet within the US and European NGO community, the foundations and charities are considered to be independent philanthropic bodies, separate from the corporations; namely the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, for instance, is considered to be separate and distinct from the Rockefeller family empire of banks and oil companies.
With salaries and operating expenses depending on private foundations, it became an accepted routine: In a twisted logic, the battle against corporate capitalism was to be fought using the funds from the tax exempt foundations owned by corporate capitalism.
The NGOs were caught in a straightjacket; their very existence depended on the foundations. Their activities were closely monitored. In a twisted logic, the very nature of anti-capitalist activism was indirectly controlled by the capitalists through their independent foundations.
"Progressive Watchdogs"
In this evolving saga, the corporate elites --whose interests are duly served by the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO-- will readily fund
(through their various foundations and charities) organizations which are at the forefront of the protest movement against the WTO and the Washington based international financial institutions.
Supported by foundation money, various "watchdogs" were set up by the NGOs to monitor the implementation of neoliberal policies, without however raising the broader issue of how the Bretton Woods twins and the WTO, through their policies, had contributed to the impoverishment of millions of people.
The Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Network (SAPRIN) was established by Development Gap, a USAID and World Bank funded NGO based in Washington DC.
Amply documented, the imposition of the IMF-World Bank Structural Adjustment Program (SAP) on developing countries constitutes a blatant form of interference in the internal affairs of sovereign states on behalf of creditor institutions.
Instead of challenging the legitimacy of the IMF-World Bank's "deadly economic medicine", SAPRIN's core organization sought to establish a participatory role for the NGOs, working hand in glove with USAID and the World Bank. The objective was to give a "human face" to the neoliberal policy agenda, rather than reject the IMF-World Bank policy framework outright:
"SAPRIN is the global civil-society network that took its name from the Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative (SAPRI), which it launched with the World Bank and its president, Jim Wolfensohn, in 1997.
SAPRI is designed as a tripartite exercise to bring together organizations of civil society, their governments and the World Bank in a joint review of structural adjustment programs (SAPs) and an exploration of new policy options. It is legitimizing an active role for civil society in economic decision-making, as it is designed to indicate areas in which changes in economic policies and in the economic-policymaking process are required. (http://www.saprin.org/overview.htm SAPRIN website, emphasis added)
Similarly, The Trade Observatory (formerly WTO Watch), operating out of Geneva, is a project of the Minneapolis based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), which is generously funded by Ford,
Rockefeller, Charles Stewart Mott among others. (see Table 1 below).
The Trade Observatory has a mandate to monitor the World Trade Organization (WTO), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA and the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). (IATP, About Trade Observatory, accessed September 2010).
The Trade Observatory is also to develop data and information as well as foster "governance" and "accountability". Accountability to the victims of WTO policies or accountability to the protagonists of neoliberal reforms?
The Trade Observatory watchdog functions does not in any way threaten the WTO. Quite the opposite: the legitimacy of the trade organizations and agreements are never questioned.
Table 1 - Minneapolis Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) largest donors
Ford Foundation $2,612,500.00 1994 – 2006
Rockefeller Brothers Fund $2,320,000.00 1995 – 2005
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation $1,391,000.00 1994 – 2005
McKnight Foundation $1,056,600.00 1995 – 2005
Joyce Foundation $748,000.00 1996 – 2004
Bush Foundation $610,000.00 2001 – 2006
Bauman Family Foundation $600,000.00 1994 – 2006
Great Lakes Protection Fund $580,000.00 1995 – 2000
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation $554,100.00 1991 – 2003
John Merck Fund $490,000.00 1992 – 2003
Harold K. Hochschild Foundation $486,600.00 1997 – 2005
Foundation for Deep Ecology $417,500.00 1991 – 2001
Jennifer Altman Foundation $366,500.00 1992 – 2001
Rockefeller Foundation $344,134.00 2000 – 2004
The World Economic Forum. "All Roads Lead to Davos"
The people's movement has been hijacked. Selected intellectuals, trade union executives, and the leaders of civil society organizations (including Oxfam, Amnesty International, Greenpeace) are routinely invited to the Davos World Economic Forum, where they mingle with the World's most powerful economic and political actors. This mingling of the World's corporate elites with hand-picked "progressives" is part of the ritual underlying the process of "manufacturing dissent".
The ploy is to selectively handpick civil society leaders "whom we can trust" and integrate them into a "dialogue", cut them off from their rank and file, make them feel that they are "global citizens" acting on behalf of their fellow workers but make them act in a way which serves the interests of the corporate establishment:
"The participation of NGOs in the Annual Meeting in Davos is evidence of the fact that [we] purposely seek to integrate a broad spectrum of the major stakeholders in society in ... defining and advancing the global agenda ... We believe the [Davos] World Economic Forum provides the business community with the ideal framework for engaging in collaborative efforts with the other principal stakeholders [NGOs] of the global economy to "improve the state of the world," which is the Forum's mission. (World Economic Forum, Press Release 5 January 2001)
The WEF does not represent the broader business community. It is an elitist gathering: Its members are giant global corporations (with a minimum $5 billion annual turnover). The selected non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are viewed as partner "stakeholders" as well as a convenient "mouthpiece for the voiceless who are often left out of decision-making processes." (World Economic Forum - Non-Governmental Organizations, 2010)
"They [the NGOs] play a variety of roles in partnering with the Forum to improve the state of the world, including serving as a bridge between business, government and civil society, connecting the policy makers to the grassroots, bringing practical solutions to the table..." (Ibid)
Civil society "partnering" with global corporations on behalf of "the voiceless", who are "left out"?
Trade union executives are also co-opted to the detriment of workers' rights. The leaders of the International Federation of Trade Unions (IFTU), the AFL-CIO, the European Trade
Union Confederation, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), among others, are routinely invited to attend both the annual WEF meetings in Davos, Switzerland as well as to the regional summits. They also participate in the WEF's Labour Leaders Community which focuses on mutually acceptable patterns of behavior for the labor movement. The WEF "believes that the voice of Labour is important to dynamic dialogue on issues of globalisation, economic justice, transparency and accountability, and ensuring a healthy global financial system."
"Ensuring a healthy global financial system" wrought by fraud and corruption? The issue of workers' rights is not mentioned. (World Economic Forum - Labour Leaders, 2010).
The World Social Forum: "Another World Is Possible"
The 1999 Seattle counter-summit in many regards laid the foundations for the development of the World Social Forum.
The first gathering of the World Social Forum took place in January 2001, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This international gathering involved the participation of tens of thousands of activists from grass-roots organizations and NGOs.
The WSF gathering of NGOs and progressive organizations is held simultaneously with the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF). It was intended to voice opposition and dissent to the World Economic Forum of corporate leaders and finance ministers.
The WSF at the outset was an initiative of France's ATTAC and several Brazilian NGOs':
"... In February 2000, Bernard Cassen, the head of a French NGO platform ATTAC, Oded Grajew, head of a Brazilian employers' organisation, and Francisco Whitaker, head of an association of Brazilian NGOs, met to discuss a proposal for a "world civil society event"; by March 2000, they formally secured the support of the municipal government of Porto Alegre and the state government of Rio Grande do Sul, both controlled at the time by the Brazilian Workers' Party (PT).... A group of French NGOs, including ATTAC, Friends of L'Humanité, and Friends of Le Monde Diplomatique, sponsored an Alternative Social Forum in Paris titled "One Year after Seattle", in order to prepare an agenda for the protests to be staged at the upcoming European Union summit at Nice. The speakers called for "reorienting certain international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank, WTO... so as to create a globalization from below" and "building an international citizens' movement, not to destroy the IMF but to reorient its missions." (Research Unit For Political
Economy, The Economics and Politics of the World Social Forum, Global Research, January 20, 2004)
From the outset in 2001, the WSF was supported by core funding from the Ford Foundation, which is known to have ties to the CIA going back to the 1950s: "The CIA uses philanthropic foundations as the most effective conduit to channel large sums of money to Agency projects without alerting the recipients to their source." (James Petras, The Ford Foundation and the CIA, Global Research, September 18, 2002)
The same procedure of donor funded counter-summits or people's summits which characterized the 1990s People's Summits was embodied in the World Social Forum (WSF):
"... other WSF funders (or `partners', as they are referred to in WSF terminology) included the Ford Foundation, -- suffice it to say here that it has always operated in the closest collaboration with the US Central Intelligence Agency and US overall strategic interests; the Heinrich Boll Foundation, which is controlled by the German Greens party, a partner in the present [2003] German government and a supporter of the wars on Yugoslavia and Afghanistan (its leader Joschka Fischer is the [former] German foreign minister);
and major funding agencies such as Oxfam (UK), Novib (Netherlands), ActionAid (UK), and so on.
Remarkably, an International Council member of the WSF reports that the "considerable funds" received from these agencies have "not hitherto awakened any significant debates [in the WSF bodies] on the possible relations of dependence it could generate." Yet he admits that "in order to get funding from the Ford Foundation, the organisers had to convince the foundation that the Workers Party was not involved in the process." Two points are worth noting here.
First, this establishes that the funders were able to twist arms and determine the role of different forces in the WSF -- they needed to be `convinced' of the credentials of those who would be involved. Secondly, if the funders objected to the participation of the thoroughly domesticated Workers Party, they would all the more strenuously object to prominence being given to genuinely anti-imperialist forces. That they did so object will be become clear as we describe who was included and who excluded from the second and third meets of the WSF....
... The question of funding [of the WSF] does not even figure in the charter of principles of the WSF, adopted in June 2001. Marxists, being materialists, would point out that one should look at the material base of the forum to grasp its nature. (One indeed does not have to be a Marxist to understand that "he who pays the piper calls the tune".) But the WSF does not agree. It can draw funds from imperialist institutions like Ford Foundation while fighting "domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism" (Research Unit For Political Economy, The Economics and Politics of
the World Social Forum, Global Research, January 20, 2004)
The Ford Foundation provided core support to the WSF, with indirect contributions to participating "partner organizations" from the McArthur Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the W. Alton Jones Foundation, the European Commission, several European governments (including the Labour government of
Tony Blair), the Canadian government, as well as a number of UN bodies (including UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO and the FAO) .(Ibid).
In addition to initial core support from the Ford Foundation, many of the participating civil society organizations receive funding from major foundations and charities. In turn, the US and European based NGOs often operate as secondary funding agencies channelling Ford and Rockefeller money towards partner organizations in developing countries, including grassroots peasant and human rights movements.
The International Council (IC) of the WSF is made up of representatives from NGOs, trade unions, alternative media organizations, research institutes, many of which are heavily funded by foundations as well
as governments. (See Fórum Social Mundial). The same trade unions, which are routinely invited to mingle with Wall Street CEOs at the Davos World Economic Forum (WSF) including the AFL-CIO, the European Trade Union Confederation and the Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) also sit on the WSF's International Council (IC). Among NGOs funded by major
foundations sitting on the WSF's IC is the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) (see our analysis above) which oversees the Geneva based Trade Observatory.
The Funders Network on Trade and Globalization (FTNG), which has observer status on the WSF International Council plays a key role. While channelling financial support to the WSF, it acts as a clearing house for major foundations. The FTNG describes itself as "an alliance of grant makers committed to building just and sustainable communities around the world". Members of this alliance are Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers, Heinrich Boell, C. S. Mott, Merck Family Foundation, Open Society Institute, Tides, among others. (For a complete list of FTNG funding agencies see FNTG: Funders). FTNG acts as a fund raising entity on behalf of the WSF.
Western Governments Fund the Counter-Summits and Repress the Protest Movement
In a bitter irony, governments including the European Union grant money to fund progressive groups (including the WSF) involved in organizing protests against the very same governments which finance their activities:
"Governments, too, have been significant financiers of protest groups. The European Commission, for example, funded two groups who mobilised large numbers of people to protest at EU summits at Gothenburg and Nice. Britain's national lottery, which is overseen by the government, helped fund a group at the heart of the British contingent at both protests." (James Harding, Counter-capitalism, FT.com, October 15 2001)
We are dealing with a diabolical process: The host government finances the official summit as well as the NGOs actively involved in the Counter-Summit. It also funds the multimillion dollar anti-riot police operation which has a mandate to repress the grassroots participants of the Counter-Summit, including members of NGOs direcly funded by the government. .
The purpose of these combined operations, including violent actions of vandalism committed by undercover cops (Toronto G20, 2010) dressed up as activists, is to discredit the protest movement and intimidate its participants. The broader objective is to transform the counter-summit into a ritual of dissent, which serves to uphold the interests of the official summit and the host government. This logic has prevailed in numerous counter summits since the 1990s.
At the 2001 Summit of the Americas in Quebec City, funding from the Canadian federal government to mainstream NGOs and trade unions was granted under certain conditions. A large segment of the protest movement was de facto excluded from the People's Summit. This in itself led to the formation of a second parallel People's venue, which some observers described as a "a counter-People's Summit. In turn, in an agreement with both the provincial and federal authorities, the organizers directed the protest march towards a remote location some 10 km out of town, rather than towards the historical downtown area were the official FTAA summit was being held behind a heavily guarded "security perimeter".
"Rather than marching toward the perimeter fence and the Summit of the Americas meetings, march
organizers chose a route that marched from the People's Summit away from the fence, through largely empty residential areas to the parking lot of a stadium in a vacant area several miles away. Henri Masse, the president of the Federation des travailleurs et travailleuses du Quebec (FTQ), explained, "I deplore that we are so far from the center-city.... But it was a question of security." One thousand marshals from the FTQ kept very tight control over the march. When the march came to the point where some activists planned to split off and go up the hill to the fence, FTQ marshals signalled the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) contingent walking behind CUPE to sit down and stop the march so that FTQ marshals could lock arms and prevent others from leaving the official march route." (Katherine Dwyer, Lessons of Quebec City, International Socialist Review, June/July 2001)
Security Perimeter, Quebec City 2001
The Summit of the Americas was held inside a four kilometer "bunker" made of concrete and galvanized steel fencing. The 10 feet high "Quebec Wall" encircled part of the historic city center including the parliamentary compound of the National Assembly, hotels and shopping areas.
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Quebec City 2001, Building the Security fence













Toronto G20 Security Fence $5.5 million, June 2010
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NGO Leaders versus their Grassroots
The establishment of the World Social Forum (WSF) in 2001 was unquestionably a historical landmark, bringing together tens of thousands of committed activists. It was an important venue which allowed for the exchange of ideas and the establishment of ties of solidarity.
What is at stake is the ambivalent role of the leaders of progressive organizations. Their cozy and polite relationship to the inner circles of power, to corporate and government funding, aid agencies, the World Bank, etc, undermines their relationship and responsibilities to their rank and file. The objective of manufactured dissent is precisely that: to distance the leaders from their rank and file as a means to effectively silencing and weakening grassroots actions.
Funding dissent is also a means of infiltrating the NGOs as well as acquiring inside information on strategies of protest and resistance of grass-roots movements.
Most of the grassroots participating organizations in the World Social Forum including peasant, workers' and student organizations, firmly committed to combating neoliberalism were unaware of the WSF International Council's relationship to corporate funding, negotiated behind their backs by a handful of NGO leaders with ties to both official and private funding agencies.
Funding to progressive organizations is not unconditional. Its purpose is to "pacify" and manipulate the protest movement. Precise conditionalities are set by the funding agencies. If they are not met, the disbursements are discontinued and the recipient NGO is driven into de facto bankruptcy due to lack of funds.
The WSF defines itself as "an open meeting place for reflective thinking, democratic debate of ideas, formulation of proposals, free exchange of experiences and inter-linking for effective action, by groups and movements of civil society that are opposed to neo-liberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a society centred on the human person". (See Fórum
Social Mundial, accessed 2010).
The WSF is a mosaic of individual initiatives which does not directly threaten or challenge the legitimacy of global capitalism and its institutions. It meets annually. It is characterised by a multitude of sessions and workshops. In this regard, one of the features of the WSF was to retain the "do-it-yourself" framework, characteristic of the donor funded counter G7 People's Summits of the 1990s.
This apparent disorganized structure is deliberate. While favoring debate on a number of individual topics, the WSF framework is not conducive to the articulation of a cohesive common platform and plan of action directed against global capitalism. Moreover, the US led war in the Middle East and Central Asia, which broke out a few months after the inaugural WSF venue in Porto Alegre in January 2001, has not been a central issue in forum discussions.
What prevails is a vast and intricate network of organizations. The recipient grassroots organizations in developing countries are invariably unaware that their partner NGOs in the United States or the European Union, which are providing them with financial support, are themselves funded by major foundations. The money trickles down, setting constraints on grassroots actions. Many of these NGO leaders are committed and well meaning individuals acting within a framework which sets the boundaries of dissent. The leaders of these movements are often co-opted, without even realizing that as a result of corporate funding their hands are tied.
Global capitalism finances anti-capitalism: an absurd and contradictory relationship.
"Another World is Possible", but it cannot be meaningfully achieved under the present arrangement.
A shake-up of the World Social Forum, of its organizational structure, its funding arrangements and leadership is required.
There can be no meaningful mass movement when dissent is generously funded by those same corporate interests which are the target of the protest movement. In the words of McGeorge Bundy, president of the Ford Foundation (1966-1979),"Everything the [Ford] Foundation did could be regarded as 'making the World safe for capitalism'".
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Occupy Wall Street Park Cleaning Postponed After NYC Protest
Bloomberg Businessweek
By Esmé E. Deprez, Joel Stonington and Chris Dolmetsch
October 14, 2011
Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- A confrontation between Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and New York City police was avoided after Brookfield Office Properties Inc. postponed cleaning its Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, where the protesters have been camping out for almost a month.
“Brookfield believes they can work out an arrangement with the protesters that will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use and that the situation is respectful of residents and businesses downtown,” Deputy Mayor Caswell Holloway said in an e-mail today.
Protesters vowed to “defend the occupation” after police said they wouldn’t allow them to return with sleeping bags and other gear following the cleaning, under rules set by the private park’s owner.
Demonstrators formed cleanup crews that swept and mopped through the night as crowds gathered ahead of the owner’s planned move. More than 3,000 people had gathered at the site, according to an e-mail from Patrick Bruner, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman.
“I’ve slept here, and the conditions are more sanitary than my own apartment,” said Max Hodes, 28, from Brooklyn, who said he’s a member of the protesters’ crew that swept and scrubbed the area last night. “We have a moral imperative to stay here,” he said, standing next to brooms and buckets.
Spreading Globally
The Occupy Wall Street protest that began Sept. 17 has spread to cities including Denver, Boston and San
Francisco. Demonstrations against widening income disparity are planned across the Asia-Pacific region tomorrow as protesters organizing via social media from Tokyo to Sydney join London in the movement.
“Many people are very inspired by what’s happening around the world, and I know there are 1,300 people on Facebook saying they’re coming,” a spokesman for planned demonstrations in Sydney, Josh Lees, said today by telephone.
While New York’s protesters are being allowed to stay at their encampment, officials in other cities aren’t as tolerant. Near the Colorado state Capitol in Denver, hundreds of protesters were told to vacate a park or risk arrest, the Associated Press reported. In Trenton, New Jersey, protesters were ordered to remove tents from their encampment near a war memorial.
New York Arrests
In New York, 14 protesters were arrested today, including those who stood or sat in the street, Paul Browne, a police spokesman, said in an e-mail. Others taken into custody included individuals who overturned trash baskets or hurled bottles, Browne said. At least one demonstrator was detained after he knocked over a police scooter, he said.
More than 700 demonstrators in New York have been arrested since the protests began, mostly on disorderly conduct charges. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he supports the protesters’ free-speech rights as long as they don’t violate the law.
Brookfield, a New York-based real-estate developer, had said earlier that crews would close sections of the park for cleaning beginning at 7 a.m. New York time to relieve “unsanitary conditions.” In a letter to the city last night, Brookfield Chief Executive Officer Ric Clark said the cleanup would be postponed “a few days while we attempt to work out an arrangement with the protesters.”
The developer put off the work after receiving calls from elected officials, Bloomberg, founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP, said on his weekly radio appearance on WOR.
Quality of Life
State Senator Daniel Squadron, a Democrat who represents Lower Manhattan, including the Zuccotti Park neighborhood, said he spoke with Clark last night, urging Brookfield to delay the cleanup.
“The stakeholders must come together to find a solution that respects the protesters’ fundamental rights, while addressing the legitimate quality-of-life concerns in this growing residential neighborhood,” Squadron said in a statement.
Stephen Levin, 30, a City Council member from the 33rd District in Brooklyn, said the gathering of thousands at Zuccotti Park “made the difference.”
“This park has become a symbol of this movement,” Levin said. “The fact that it’s a block from Wall Street with thousands of people here, you can’t ignore it.”
Brookfield agreed to create the park at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street, near the World Trade Center site, as a public amenity open 24 hours a day, year-round.
Protesters have been camping there since the demonstration began. The park has become a sea of backpacks, blue tarps and sleeping bags, which the occupants rolled up and stacked in piles during daylight.
“I work in retail, and it’s impossible to find a real job -- you just get jobs that are for high-school kids,” said Adam Natera, 24, from Queens, who said he arrived last night and was prepared to be arrested in support of “economic justice.” “It’s just awesome what’s going on here.”
--With assistance from Charles Mead, Henry Goldman, Chris Dolmetsch, Andrea Riquier, Jeff Kearns and David M. Levitt in New York; Freeman Klopott in Albany; Stacie Servetah in Trenton; Soraya Permatasari in Melbourne and Kanoko Matsuyama in Tokyo. Editors: William Glasgall, Mark Schoifet.
To contact the reporters on this story: Esme E. Deprez in New York at edeprez@bloomberg.net; Joel Stonington in New York at jstonington@bloomberg.net; Chris Dolmetsch in New York at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net
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The battle of Wall Street: Violence erupts as police clash with protesters after they force Bloomberg to back down over 'eviction'
*Brookfield Office Properties puts off planned clean-up of Zuccotti Park today
*Protesters jubilant after trying to confront NYC Mayor Bloomberg last night
*Attempted to deliver a petition while he was at Manhattan restaurant Cipriani
*Bloomberg today insists it was Brookfield, not him, that postponed clean-up
By Mark Duell
14th October 2011
Violence erupted on Wall Street this morning with hundreds of protesters clashing with police as they marched in Manhattan - jumping over barriers, pushing over police scooters and blocking traffic.
Fifteen protesters have already been arrested in New York today after they got into fights with police officers after a planned ‘eviction’ was postponed following a last-minute standoff with authorities.
Park owners - backed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg - put off the scheduled clean-up and Occupy Wall Street demonstrators celebrated this morning as they marched down Broadway.
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Fight: A man affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests tackles a police officer during a march towards Wall Street on Friday after the demonstrators were told they can stay at Zuccotti Park
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Confrontation: A New York City police officer shoves a demonstrator affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street protests as they march through the streets in the Wall Street area on Friday
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Happy: Demonstrators with the Occupy Wall Street protests confront New York City police officers
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Pain: A New York City police officer runs over a National Lawyers Guild observer as Occupy Wall Street demonstrators march through the roads near Wall Street on Friday
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Stop: Police officers try to clear people participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest from marching down the middle of a street in the financial district
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The dramatic move came just hours after demonstrators chanting 'Hell no! We won't go!' stormed a Wall Street restaurant last night to confront Mayor Bloomberg over a planned clean-up of their camp.
Protesters surrounded Cipriani restaurant in Manhattan as the Mayor was at dinner in an attempt to hand him a petition with 310,000 signatures supporting their right to remain in Zuccotti Park.
Their anger was triggered by the Mayor's endorsement of a clean-up of the 'unsanitary' Occupy Wall Street encampment - which was postponed by Brookfield Office Properties at the last minute.
Mayor Bloomberg said it was Brookfield rather than him that decided to postpone the clean-up, but added that the firm had come under pressure from city politicians, reported the New York Daily News.
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Action shot: Occupy Wall Street protesters are arrested during a march in lower Manhattan, New York
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Injured: Members of Occupy Wall clash with police during a celebration march on Friday morning in New York
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Joy: Columbia University students Zoe Ridolfi-Starr, left, and Quitze Valenzuela-Stookey react with other Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as the announcement that they would not have to leave the park was made
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Taking control: New York police officers arrest people participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest
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My understanding is that Brookfield got lots of calls from many elected officials, threatening them and saying: "If you don't stop this, we'll make your life more difficult",' Mayor Bloomberg said.
'If those elected officials would spend half as much time trying to promote (the) city and get jobs to come here, we'd go a long way to answering the concerns of the protests.'
New York City Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway made the announcement and protesters, who viewed the clean-up as an 'eviction notice', streamed into the plaza this morning.
'Late last night we received noticefrom Brookfield Properties that they're postponing their scheduled cleaning of Zuccotti Park,' a tweet by Mayor Bloomberg's office said this morning.
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Orders: Police officers try to clear people participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest on Friday
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On the ground: New York City police officers arrest an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator on Friday
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Celebration: People participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest march down the middle of Broadway
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Horseback: Mounted police officers prepare to defend Wall Street as hundreds of protesters march
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Up and over: People participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest jump over a barricade while marching
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There was a strong police presence and a showdown with protesters had been feared. Hours earlier, the Mayor had refused to leave his New York restaurant, instead making his exit out of a back door.
‘I'll believe it when we're able to stay here,’ protester Peter Hogness said. ‘One thing we have learned from this is that we need to rely on ourselves and not on promises from elected officials.’
But Nick Gulotta was jubilant. He had been holding up a sign saying: ‘Bloomberg Don't Evict Occupy Wall Street.’ People cheered as he scratched out the ‘don't’ and replaced it with ‘didn't.’
‘It shows when people work together, you really can make a difference and make justice happen,’ Mr Gulotta said.
Boisterous cheers floated up as the announcement of the postponement circulated, and protesters began polling each other on whether to make an immediate march to Wall Street nearby.
‘Late last night, we received notice from the owners of Zuccotti Park - Brookfield Properties - that they are postponing their scheduled cleaning of the park,’ Deputy Mayor Holloway said.
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Jubilant: Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Broadway from Zuccotti Park in New York after the park's owners, Brookfield Properties, postponed plans that would have cleared it
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Sign change: Members of Occupy Wall Street celebrate after learning that they can stay at Zuccotti Park
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On the move: Police on scooters escort protesters as they march down Broadway from Zuccotti Park
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Win: Police stand outside of Zuccotti Park as Occupy Wall Street protesters gather to maintain occupation
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Victory: Occupy Wall Street protesters march down Broadway from Zuccotti Park in New York on Friday
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On guard: Police stand outside of Zuccotti Park as Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrate
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Treats: Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's, serves ice cream at Zuccotti Park for protesters
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‘For the time being (they are) withdrawing their request from earlier in the week for police assistance during their cleaning operation.’
New York police said they would make arrests if Brookfield requested it and laws were broken.
Deputy Mayor Holloway said Brookfield believes it can work out an arrangement with the protesters that ‘will ensure the park remains clean, safe, available for public use,’ it said.
Brookfield had planned to power-wash the plaza section by section over 12 hours and allow the protesters back - but without much of the equipment they needed to sleep and camp there.
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Closely-watched: Police on scooters escort Occupy Wall Street protesters as they march down Broadway
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Rest: An Occupy Wall Street protester sleeps in New York's Zuccotti Park on Friday morning
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Before they knew: An Occupy Wall Street protester scrapes paint that has dripped onto the concrete in New York's Zuccotti Park ahead of the planned eviction
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Wash and tidy: Members of Occupy Wall Street clean Zuccotti Park near Wall Street in New York on Thursday
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Big effort: The occupiers used sweeping and mopping equipment in an attempt to clean up the park
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Makeshift bed: An Occupy Wall Street protester sleeps inside a plastic bin in New York's Zuccotti Park
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The publicly-traded real estate firm called the conditions at the park unsanitary and unsafe.
The company's rules, which haven't been enforced, have been no tarps, no sleeping bags and no storing personal property on the ground.
The park is privately owned but is required to be open to the public 24 hours per day. In a last-ditch bid to stay, protesters had mopped and picked up garbage.
Many protesters said the only way they would leave is by force. Nicole Carty, a 23-year-old from Atlanta, had hoped the group's cleaning effort would stave off any confrontation.
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Sign: A demonstrator stands in Zuccotti Park on Thursday night with a message to park owners
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Defiant: On Thursday night, protesters confronted New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a gala dinner at Cipriani's on Wall Street chanting 'Hell No! We won't go!'
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Divisive: Demonstrators had said they would not be going anywhere on Friday morning when Zuccotti Park is schedule to be cleaned, setting the stage for a showdown with police
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No showdown: Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not come out of the restaurant to address protesters
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Elsewhere: Protesters hold placards with slogans in front of the office of the American Chamber of Commerce in Makati on Friday as Philippine left-wing activists joined the global Occupy Wall Street movement
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‘We tell them: “Hey the park is clean, there's no need for you to be here”,’ she said. ‘If they insist on coming in, we will continue to occupy the space.’
A spokesman for Bloomberg, whose girlfriend is a member of Brookfield's board of directors, had said on Thursday that Brookfield had requested the city's assistance in maintaining the park.
‘We will continue to defend and guarantee their free speech rights, but those rights do not include the ability to infringe on the rights of others,’ his spokesman Marc La Vorgna said.
Several protests are planned this weekend across the U.S. and Canada, and European activists are also organising their own demonstrations.
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'Occupy Wall Street' -- It's Not What They're for, But What They're Against
By Sally Kohn
Published October 14, 2011
FoxNews.com
Critics of the growing Occupy Wall Street movement complain that the protesters don’t have a policy agenda and, therefore, don’t stand for anything. They're wrong. The key isn’t what protesters are for but rather what they’re against -- the gaping inequality that has poisoned our economy, our politics and our nation.
In America today, 400 people have more wealth than the bottom 150 million combined. That’s not because 150 million Americans are pathetically lazy or even unlucky. In fact, Americans have been working harder than ever -- productivity has risen in the last several decades. Big business profits and CEO bonuses have also gone up. Worker salaries, however, have declined.
Most of the Occupy Wall Street protesters aren’t opposed to free market capitalism. In fact, what they want is an end to the crony capitalist system now in place, that makes it easier for the rich and powerful to get even more rich and powerful while making it increasingly hard for the rest of us to get by. The protesters are not anti-American radicals. They are the defenders of the American Dream, the decision from the birth of our nation that success should be determined by hard work not royal bloodlines.
Sure, bank executives may work a lot harder than you and me or a mother of three doing checkout at a grocery store. Maybe the bankers work ten times harder. Maybe even a hundred times harder. But they’re compensated a thousand times more.
The question is not how Occupy Wall Street protesters can find that gross discrepancy immoral. The question is why every one of us isn’t protesting with them.
According to polls, most Americans support the 99% movement, even if they’re not taking to the streets. In
fact, support for the Occupy Wall Street protests is not only higher than for either political party in Washington but greater than support for the Tea Party. And unlike the Tea Party which was fueled by national conservative donors and institutions, the Occupy Wall Street Movement is spreading organically from Idaho to Indiana. Institutions on the left, including unions, have been relatively late to the game.
Ironically, the original Boston Tea Party activists would likely support Occupy Wall Street more as well. Note that the original Tea Party didn’t protest taxes, merely the idea of taxation without representation -- and they were actually protesting the crown-backed monopoly of the East India Company, the main big business of the day.
Americans today also support taxes. In fact, two-thirds of voters -- including a majority of Republicans -- support increasing taxes on the rich, something the Occupy Wall Street protests implicitly support. That’s not just anarchist lefty kids. Soccer moms and construction workers and, yes, even some bankers want to see our economy work for the 99%, not just the 1%, and are flocking to Occupy protests in droves.
I’ve even met a number of Libertarians and Tea Party conservatives at these protests. So the critics are right, the Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t the Tea Party. Occupy Wall Street is much, much broader.
Maybe it’s hard to see your best interests reflected in a sometimes rag-tag, inarticulate, imperfect group of protesters. But make no mistake about it: While horrendous inequality is not an American tradition, protest is. And if you’re part of the 99% of underpaid or unemployed Americans crushed in the current economy, the Occupy Wall Street protests are your best chance at fixing the broken economy that is breaking your back.
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The Revolution is Upon Us
Occupy Wall Street, Obama's army, Transformation of America through Marxism
Judi McLeod
Thursday, October 13, 2011
The Revolution is upon us.
Even as so many go about their daily lives hoping to hold it together in a recession whose end may be too
distant to tell, the revolution is already upon us.
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protests, which didn’t happen overnight but were three years in the making, have been portrayed as spontaneous outbreaks by ragtag gangs of shiftless, harmless hippies. They are in fact the army that Barack Obama boasted about even before he came into power.
Trained in the fine art of Civil Disobedience by Ruckus Society anarchists; paid for by George Soros and the Tides Foundation, among others, aided and abetted by street fighters like Code Pink and Greenpeace, count on OWS as a permanent part of society until Obama and his masters perfect the fundamental Transformation of America through Marxism.
OWS vow they are after the 1% of the population that is uber rich. But their real job is to cow the middle class. They are not after Daddy Warbucks types like Warren Buffet, they are after you.
OWS are there to replace the Tea Party and any other contingent of American patriots fighting increasing taxes, or remaining loyal to the restoration of the American Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
The protests unfolding before our eyes are part of the coming upheaval necessary to deliver America over to Marxist control.
Cooperation of the authorities in politically correct times are making it easy for OWS to foment the Revolution.
Tomorrow protesters will flood Manhattan restaurants dawdling over coffee until New York City crews can clean the park they have called home these past three weeks.
The same mayor who courted Ground Zero Mosque principals is doing the politically correct thing for Zuccotti Park after the park’s owner made sanitation concerns a priority.
In other words, New York, already picking up a $2million tab for police protection during the protest, will first clean up their mess and then allow the protesters to move back in.
“Brookfield Properties, the owner of the park, had outlined its concerns in a letter to the city’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly.” (Fox News, Oct. 12, 2011).
“The company told police that it had received “hundreds of phone calls and emails” from locals complaining about “lewdness, groping, drinking and drug use, the lack of safe access and usage of the Park, ongoing noise at all hours, unsanitary conditions and offensive odors,” NBC New York reports.
Mothers with babes in strollers, who, unless something stems the persistent march to Marxism, will see their children grow up in a world nothing like the one they were raised in.
When OWS first assembled in the public square on Sept. 17, they deliberately presented a face of vague mission and even more vague intent. They showed themselves to a largely uninterested mainstream media conducting collective Yoga and face-painting activity.
Within weeks they had fanned out to 26 other cities on an add-to list.
Now some protesters openly admit that violence will be necessary to achieve their goals.
The mindless chant of protesters echoing the words of speakers has escalated to “Long live revolution!” “Long live socialism!”
The revolution now upon us began last Spring in the Middle East.
That was when the revolution, bubbling a long time beneath the surface, took on significant dimensions: the far-left ganging up with the Muslim Brotherhood.
In America, the Revolution in the Parks paves the way for the re-election of Barack Obama, who has admitted to a mission for the total Transformation of America.
November 6, 2011, marks one short year to 2012 elections, if circumstances don’t see elections suspended.
Americans are entering the Last Mile period in real time.
Class Warfare manufactured from the White House with the help of ‘progressive’ predators willing to turn to violence will make it the Longest Mile in modern history.
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Occupy Wall Street: Communism’s Clueless Foot Soldiers
Little wonder the protesters are being embraced by the Democratic Party and unions
Alan Caruba
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Norman Thomas, a U.S. Socialist Party candidate for president, once famously said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism’, they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”
Thomas ran for president six consecutive times from 1928. He needn’t have bothered, as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and subsequent Democrat Presidents introduced most of the planks of the Communist Manifesto and we live with them to this day.
The Occupy Wall Street youngsters are the latest foot soldiers of Communism, though it is likely most are too ignorant to realize it. They have been so thoroughly indoctrinated in government schools and by Hollywood and the media that they have no idea how they are being used by labor unions and other leftist organizations.
The protesters are likely unaware of the misery and murders Marx’s Communism imposed on Russia, courtesy of Lenin, Stalin, and those who followed in their footsteps. Mao’s Red China murdered thousands as well in the pursuit of the “equality” that is the alleged goal of Communism and liberalism.
In 1848, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels wrote “The Communist Manifesto.” Marx never held a job in his life, living off of donations from Engels and others. He failed miserably at every enterprise he tried, including publishing newspapers.
The Manifesto had ten planks. The first was the abolition of property in land and the application of all rents to public purposes. Anyone who owns land in America for their homes or any activity such as farming or mining knows that they must pay fees to various levels of government. Even in death, inheritance taxes are a penalty imposed on passing property to one’s children. These taxes were the subject of the Manifesto’s third plank which called for the abolition of all rights of inheritance.
The second plank is one that is very much in the news. It is a heavy progressive or graduated income tax. Everyone pays income taxes and there are demands that “millionaires and billionaires” pay more than others. Corporate income taxes in the U.S. are among the highest in the world. In the Supreme Court decision, McCulloch v Maryland Webster, Chief Justice John Marshall said that the power to tax is the power to destroy. Too much taxation is one of the reasons the nation finds itself in its current financial crisis as it is directly connected to whether people will invest in new businesses or existing ones and destroys job creation.
The Manifesto called for the centralization of all means of communication and transportation in the hands of the state and the U.S. government is replete with commissions that achieve this goal. The fifth plank called for the centralization of credit in the hands of the state and, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Federal Reserve, a system of privately owned banks that have a monopoly on the creation of money backed solely by the credit of the government. Standard & Poors recently downgraded the nation’s credit rating. Is there really any gold in Fort Knox? One hopes.
Most famously, the Manifesto called for the state to own all factories and instruments of production. Instead of merely permitting the standard practice of bankruptcy to occur so that they could be restructured, the Obama administration stepped in and “bailed out”, i.e. took ownership of General Motors and Chrysler companies. Creditors were kicked to the curb.
The Manifesto called for government control of all labor and agriculture. The federal government has a matrix of departments that exercise control of these sectors of the economy; a Department of Labor and a Department of Agriculture.
The tenth plank of the Manifesto called for “free education for all children in public schools and the combination of education with industrial production.” The Occupy Wall Street protesters are the result of government schools whose purpose is to create a docile work force that, along with various government “entitlement” programs, provides for a cradle-to-grave submissive workforce.
But the Occupy Wall Street protesters, you say, hardly seem submission, nor do the unions that we’ve seen occupy the state house in Wisconsin, call for strikes, and other forms of worker protests. Intimidation in the quest for the Manifesto’s objectives is a Communist tactic.
The protesters are calling for free college educations. The unions were protesting against the loss of collective bargaining with governments that determine their pension and health benefits, all paid for with public funding.
Little wonder the protesters are being embraced by the Democratic Party and unions, and that those spoiled brats befouling the walkways, streets, and alleys of New York and other cities are totally oblivious to the way they are being used.
Americans better insist that Capitalism emerges stronger from this latest spate of organized anarchy. If not, Karl Marx and the foolish liberals will succeed in destroying what is left of the nation.
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Obama is Top COP (Community Organizer President)
Occupy Wall Street, Obama's Marxist Army
Judi McLeod
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Society owes the fast growing OWS (Occupy Wall Street) mob far more than the myriad issues they demand in protest from soiled mattresses on the ground. In the vortex where millions are trying to pin down who Barack Obama really is, OWS is coming through with the answer loud and clear.
Obama is TOP COP (Community Organizer President).
Barry Soetoro is not only not in any sense that counts the president, he is in fact, Community Organizer Numero Uno who made it to the Oval Office under false identity and false pretenses. Obama sees his job not to lead the most powerful country on Earth, but to continue on with what he was born to do best: uninterrupted community organizing.
For even the many who disdain their dirty tactics OWS is owed forever.
The truth is that without OWS We the People would never have seen quite so clearly what Barack Obama is all about. Without OWS Obama could never push the envelope of class warfare to the front lines of the fawning mainstream media.
Even as the majority of people are in the middle of a jobless recession in real time, Obama and his OWS team lag back in the ‘60s when personal responsibility for anything was dumped into the nearest river.
Who needs to work when Big Government is there to look after you? Who needs to sweat out budgeting for groceries when you can just pick up food stamps?
Obama’s shiftless czars don’t have to miss living in the goat-in-the-house filthy communes of the ‘60s. They get the same thing in Lower Manhattan, only this time complete with plebes who have to clean up after them.
OWS rent-a-mob members can answer nature’s calls at a nearby McDonalds and use parked police cruisers as their personal outhouse.
It’s so cool helping Obama get re-elected by helping him dramatize and play out class warfare.
It’s not just throwing light on who Obama is. OWS is also pulling people like George Clooney out of the closet. Plebes always knew where Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon and Roseanne Barr stood—for themselves, keeping the money rolling in, cursing America while leaning far left.
We no longer wait breathlessly for the come-clean Hollywood Memo telling movie goers to shut up and just pay the exorbitant ticket prices. Clooney, Moore, Sarandon and Barr are already living the memo.
The long promised Hope and Change has finally arrived, dressed in the telltale trappings of class warfare.
OWS is the new Army, and Obama is its eager general.
Why should the working class be able to get easily to jobs on their home city roadways? Why should they work when full city protests are making their way as the new norm?
Marxist foot soldiers and their general will do everything for the working man except be one.
Far more fun to experiment with class warfare. Plebes belong in petri dishes where they can be watched and studied. Any who would dare to jump out will be immediately put on the Government’s new dissident list.
Working his way to the Oval Office, as a largely absentee senator, Obama first became the leader of all ‘Progressive’ predators, appointing Billy Ayers, Code Pink and the Ruckus Society to the army of OWS over which he took full command on Sept. 17, 2011.
A collective Thank You to OWS for shining the floodlight on the pinnacle where Obama has landed and will forever be: TOP COP, Community Organizer President!
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Soak the Rich
Occupy Wall Street camp boils down to. A pro-government protest against some billionaires, just not the ones ponying up at Obama fundraisers
Daniel Greenfield
Sunday, October 9, 2011
“You’re either one of the 99 percent of one of the 1 percent,” reads a sticker on a lamppost near my house. The implication being that if you’re not one of the 1 percent, you should be packing your class warfare kit of cardboard signs, camping gear and iPods loaded with a copy of Paranoid Android and head on over to Wall Street.
Soak the rich isn’t an original slogan, but in this age of NGO’s and a massive white elephant civil service, who are the rich exactly?
Elizabeth Warren explained that the rich are people who build factories but aren’t grateful enough to pay their fair share. Whatever that fair share might be. Warren has good reason to be outraged by business owners who just aren’t paying enough. She’s the one they’re paying the money to.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau refused a Freedom of Information Act request to release her salary, but we do have the salary ranges for two assistant directors of sub-offices at the CFPB.
The Assistant Director at the Office of Financial Empowerment, whose job is “developing and implementing policy and programs that empower low and moderate income and underserved consumers to make better informed financial decisions” has a salary range of 185,000 to 247,000 dollars.
The Assistant Director at the, Office of Older Americans, (apparently senior citizens is now politically incorrect) also has a salary range of 160,000 to 235,000 dollars (apparently senior citizens also matter 25,000 to 12,000 dollars less than “underserved consumers”) and his or her job involves “Working with the Associate Director and Deputy Associate Director of Consumer Education and Engagement, as well as senior leaders from across CFPB.” (That’s senior leaders who make a lot of money, nor leaders who are seniors.)
Just how many senior leaders, directors, associate directors and deputy associate directors are there at a single consumer agency? When you find out let me know. But the CFPB has offices in four major cities, pays relocation costs and promises “a highly competitive compensation and benefits package”.
Does the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau really exist to protect consumers or to provide six figure jobs to reliable political allies like Liz Warren?
Here’s a hint, the Dodd-Frank bill didn’t just establish the CFPB, it also created the Office of Financial Research with a neat little caveat exempting them from pay schedule limitations
“COMPENSATION- The Director, in consultation with the Chairperson, shall fix, adjust, and administer the pay for all employees of the Office, without regard to chapter 51 or subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates.”
In case you happened to miss that, it was only somewhere around the 1000th page under Section 152 D (2 ) right behind the case reading, “Beware of the Barney”. It’s an ironic note in a bill that fusses a bit about executive compensation when they’re private sector executives, but creates an organization with open ended salaries for government employees.
Oh and if you’re still worried whether Elizabeth Warren has enough to eat, her Harvard salary was around 632,000 dollars. Her workload? Teaching a class on contract law twice a week. It’s not exactly shoveling coal in a coal mine. Class warfare it turns out is a game for the rich.
If Warren becomes a Senator, her measly salary would be a mere 174,000. It’s hard to imagine how she’ll even live on so little. Out near Wall Street, a whole bunch of bright young things are listening to Bob Marley and eagerly looking forward to the chance to be able to make a difference for people with a 174,000 salary too. If those damn greedy Republocrats don’t ruin it for them.
The 1 percent vs 99 percent class warfare rhetoric leaves out the 2 and 3 percents like Warren who make their money by promising to protect us from the 1 percent if only we won’t ask too many questions about how many senior assistant directors it takes to screw in a lightbulb (to be known as Luminescent-American) at the Bureau for the Promotion of Government Directorates.
The 2 and 3 percents expect us to join a war against the 1 percent for their profit, not for ours. At least the revolting soldiers in the Russian and French revolutions got to burst into some cellars and gorge themselves on expensive wines. We can look forward to living on government cheese so we can pay for all the directorates and the 19 or so percent of the country that sees the government dole as its birthright.
But the 2 and 3 percenters are not an organic movement, they’re a political class whose advancement is promoted by elements of that 1 percent. As are the 99 percent protests. Can it really be class warfare if the people waging it are in the same class as the people they’re waging it against? It’s not a new question. The French Revolution was packed with the upper class. Lenin was the son of a nobleman. Castro’s father ran a plantation.Obama is the grandson is a bank president.
Peer through the cardboard signs and it starts looking more like a fight among the 1 percent of millionaires and billionaires who want to run the country their way and need populist support or the illusion of it. Most revolutions begin within an oligarchy and most empires are torn down from within.
Say what you will about Obama he has created plenty of jobs. Government jobs. And subtracted a whole lot private sector jobs. This doesn’t make much sense if you think of him as leading an economic recovery, rather than serving as a figurehead in an effort to put the country and the economy under the control of particular interests within that 1 percent.
Interests like some of those nice billionaires who fund activist groups out of the goodness of their hearts because they love this country so damn much. Like noted patriot George Soros or the Sandlers, those lovely
people with their creative subprime mortgage loans who are just so darn concerned about the poor. Or Warren Buffett who is just so fired up about the rich paying their fair share of taxes—so long as it results in a tax code which still leaves him with the same loopholes while letting him go on profiting from the bailouts.
Is that class warfare? More like a structural civil war between those who see themselves benefiting most from a tightly regulated economy under their control against those who want a deregulated system. Or a less regulated system anyway.
On one side are the public sector unions and the dole crowd, the professional activists, consultants and bearded marxists who need something to do with their free time. Not to mention the twenty and thirty somethings working in the private sector who are too stupid to realize that they’re being used by the same billionaires that they’re protesting against to destroy their own job market.
And that’s what the pathetic Occupy Wall Street camp boils down to. A pro-government protest against some billionaires, just not the ones ponying up at Obama fundraisers. Class warfare done on the cheap by
people who don’t work and have no class.
Power to the people is a slogan that’s half-right. Revolutions are rarely about the people, but they’re always about power. And they do give that power to people. Some people. Like Harvard professors and billionaires who fund populist movements and the Obama Administration which has lost all hope of being able to run for office on the Arab Spring or on dead Al-Qaeda leaders and hopes to run on the American Autumn instead.
While spring is a metaphor for renewal, autumn is a metaphor for decline. Whether the progressives using the slogan American Autumn understand what they’re saying or not is an open question, but it is an accurate description. Their American Autumn is very much a symbol of national decline, not because it’s an attack on Wall Street, but because it’s a power grab by the government money faction of the 1 percent disguised as soak the rich populism.
Free enterprise created the mercantile middle-class, while government bureaucracy created a rival middle-class. In the long run only of them can remain a viable economic entity. Either the path to advancement will be through the free market or through civil service exams. We will either have a middle-class of free men and women, or of government employees voting to find new ways to squeeze money from the citizenry to pay their own salaries.
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Occupy Wall Street crowd failing to attract average people
The protesters are fighting for Obama Marxism and the Muslim Brotherhood
Judi McLeod
Friday, October 7, 2011
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/41069
The takedown of society the Occupy Wall Street protests strive to achieve, like the politicians they serve, has no significant constituency.
Even those with a strong sense of entitlement don’t race off to the public square to protest when they can watch it from the comfort of their digs on television.
The government is no help to the protest there because it cannot afford to withdraw its support of 42% of American households until the very end of the game. To do so now would cut too heavily into one of their most dependable voter contingents.
The shock waves and bitter disappointment will hit first the ranks of the disaffected youth and the permanently entitled long before it ever scores points with John Q. Public. Clamouring, beating drums and shouting chants haven’t brought about significant change since the long ago days of the French Revolution.
For the moment lying about on mattresses, strumming guitars under starlit skies; lining up in the great outdoors for meals delivered during texting appeals to the starved sense of adventure for people with nothing better to do.
All is never all sunshine and lollipops for the ‘Take Down Corporate Greed’ crowd.
With media hounds like Code Pink and Greenpeace running the show, breakouts of internecine fighting among the hordes is all but inevitable.
Whistle-stop visits from film celebrities like Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore don’t do much for morale when you have to line up with working people at busy McDonald washrooms.
Downloading video onto the Internet showing “the brutality of the police” has been done before. It has been part of the protest scene for decades and the main result of almost every G8 and G20 gathering.
Organizers of the Occupy Wall Street protests spreading across North America have insisted they will protest peacefully to avoid violence The police have told them there will be no contest if protesters remain faithful to their word.
It’s tough being a protester when even with everything including Ipads, Ipods and Iphones at your fingertips, the world around you just carries on.
Even mainstream media saturation coverage does the Mother of all Protests no tangible good. Most people, struggling in the current recession, ignore the mainstream media.
The latest praise from pack leader President Barack Obama will last only as long as the election campaign. Marxist redistribution of wealth is intended for everyone, including those who take to the streets.
Making new friends while Saving the World is both fleeting and flimsy, loyalty being so hard to garner in today’s Me-First Society.
So far fair weather and Mother Nature have smiled on Obama’s rag tag, sanitation challenged army.
A sudden change will send the disaffected youth back to Mama’s basement leaving the colonels of the army to fight amongst each other trying to prove who is most influential and powerful.
And at the end of the day comes the knowledge that the masses they tried to lead to anarchy were always one up on them. The protesters are fighting for Obama Marxism and the Muslim Brotherhood. The masses no longer trust the politicians on either side of the political spectrum.
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Ninety-Nine Percent Narcissists
Occupy Wall Street demonstrators
Joseph A. Klein
Friday, October 7, 2011
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/41068
The Occupy Wall Street demonstrators call themselves the 99 percenters, pitting those whom they characterize as the rich, greedy 1 percent capitalists against the 99 percent of the people whom the 1 percent are supposedly exploiting. A more accurate description of the demonstrators is that they are 99 percent narcissists engaging in a form of self-glorified street theater. And that’s giving them the benefit of the doubt that 1 percent of them may be misguided but authentic idealists.
The narcissists think they are the American incarnation of the Arab Spring. But whatever one believes about the motivations and effectiveness of the Arab Spring movements, the protesters in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and other countries in the Middle East-North African region were protesting against real oppression. They have been gunned down and tortured for peacefully demonstrating against some of the world’s most repressive regimes. By contrast, the 99 percenters are complaining that they were briefly detained after disobeying police warnings not to block traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge or further uptown. Some of the drivers who were blocked by the protesters were themselves part of the 99 percent trying to get to work and back.
Occupy Wall Street does not have a clear focus. Its “causes” are all over the map, but with a common anti-establishment theme. They crave media attention for themselves and their various complaints de jour.
A protester himself captured the essence of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators perfectly: “We don’t look serious! We look like a bunch of dirty kids hanging out!” Examples range from the hateful to the absurd, including the nasty, foul-mouthed kid saying to an elderly Jewish fellow who was asking him why he was protesting,” You’re a bum, Jew,” and the guy marching around with a sign announcing that he was the “Fart Smeller.”
A proposed list of the narcissists’ demands posted by one user on the website OccupyWallSt.org, which its administrators describe as a “collective,” were disowned by the site’s administrators.
But at least one of these demands - “free college education” - seems to be resonating with many of the mostly young crowd. They want their student loan debts forgiven.
The demonstrators are clueless about the fact that since July 1, 2010, under a bill signed by “hope and change, yes we can” Barack Obama, it is the U.S. Department of Education that has taken over making student loans from the banks and other private-sector or quasi-private sector lenders such as Sallie Mae who had received a federal subsidy for making government-guaranteed college loans. The anti-Wall Street demonstrators clamoring for free college education and student debt forgiveness are wasting their time in New York’s financial district. They should be joining their comrades protesting in Washington, D.C. at the White House, Department of Education and Capitol Hill. They should also be protesting at the colleges themselves, which have been raising their tuitions at a far greater pace than the general rate of inflation.
More fundamentally, there is a selfish assumption at the core of the demand. These self-proclaimed 99
percenters are themselves mostly in the top one percent world-wide in terms of wealth and economic opportunities. The protesting youthful global 1 percenters feel entitled to suck other peoples’ money into paying for their college education rather than reaching out to help meet the far more critical humanitarian needs of the global 99 percenters, such as working towards alleviation of hunger and disease in the poorest regions of the world. That is narcissism in action.
How about we see more entrepreneurs like the late icon of the technology world, Steve Jobs, who dropped out of college because he said it was consuming all of his parents’ savings. He didn’t whine or ask for hand-outs. Instead, he exemplified the best of America’s self-reliant, entrepreneurial spirit and went on to do great things.
Another of the more popular demands of the Occupy Wall Street crowd appears to be something along the lines of a guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. What exactly does this mean? Who defines what a living wage is? Who is paying for the guarantee? Are the self-proclaimed 99 percenters saying that 99 percent of the American people are not making a living wage? More likely, they are simply demanding yet another government entitlement that is intended to punish success and reward slackers.
Then there are some of the more prominent supporters who are supposed to provide legitimacy to the movement. These include the requisite Hollywood celebrities such as Russell Simmons, Roseanne Barr, Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon, whose millions place them in the top tier of the 1 per cent.
There are also some labor unions, mostly representing government workers whose fat pensions far exceed virtually anything available in the private sector and are bleeding taxpayers dry who are living in the 99 percent category. Meanwhile, the leaders of these unions are mostly 1 percenters.
Finally, there are the professional year-around protesters like Jodie Evans, the co-founder of the far Left Code Pink. In January 2010, Evans and Code Pink asked the Muslim Brotherhood to “join us in cleansing our country!” In December 2009, Evans and Code Pink led more than 1,000 leftists, among whom were Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, to Cairo in order to deliver “humanitarian aid” to the terrorist Hamas-led government of Gaza.
The Occupy Wall Street protest isn’t some sort of serious answer to the adult tea party demonstrations, as its supporters would like to have us believe. It’s more like a Kool-aid laced with pot Woodstock wannabe party.
While there may be some well-meaning idealists amongst the Occupy Wall Street protesters, they are dwarfed by the 99 percent narcissists and the manipulating union and radical leaders who are exploiting the youthful protest for their own ulterior motives.
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I Stand With the ‘One Percenters’
Mobs occupying Wall Street
Arnold Ahlert
Friday, October 7, 2011
http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/41063
According to the mobs occupying Wall Street and other financial centers around the nation, they represent 99% of the country. That’s means out of a nationwide population of roughly 300 million people, they speak for 297 million of us. Well not us. I’ll take my chances with the other 3 million, or the One Percenters if you will. And I have a solution for dealing with people like me: quarantine us.
Why quarantine? Because with us out of the way, say in some remote location in West Texas where there’s a lot of open space, or on an island where we can be kept completely apart from the general population, the last remaining obstacle to the workers’ paradise envisioned by the discontented will be removed. The Marxist-inspired re-distributers will be free to re-distribute, the unionists can unionize to their heart’s content, and the generally disaffected can wallow unimpeded in their disaffection.
In the spirit of generosity, I propose that the One Percenters leave 99 percent of their wealth behind, which I
assume is a substantial amount of coin. It ought to keep the other 99 percent well supplied with the pizza, Macs and Birkenstocks that they seem to have a particular fondness for, as they pursue their noble effort. Or course, after a while they’re going to have to learn to make their own pizza, computers and sandals, since all the entrepreneurs, visionaries, and risk-takers — dare I say capitalists — will have been packed off to the One Percent Reservation.
The big banks and Wall Street firms? Keep ‘em. The shiny corporate headquarters? Ditto. Staff them all with the 99 percent who turn their nose up at profit, if you can find enough of them willing to put in a full day’s work dispensing “social justice” — for precisely the same wages as those who are content to put in a half day’s effort, or no effort at all. Once “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” becomes the economic reality for which the protesters yearn, it will surely work itself out. That’s what “fairness” is all about.
The One Percenters? Leave us to our own devices. After all, if we’re the cruel, heartless, money-grubbing low-life zombies we’re being accused of being by the other 99 percent, it shouldn’t be long before we devolve into some Lord of the Flies version of survivalist anarchy. What else could happen? I suppose it’s possible that a bunch of people used to freedom, self-reliance and not feeling sorry for themselves when faced with adversity might be able to put together something resembling the country that vaulted to the head of the world pack in less than two hundred years. But as the 99 percent are no doubt certain, it will never be as nice as the Socialist Utopia we’re leaving behind.
Those who say the Occupy protests have no coherent message are wrong. Their message is very simple: it’s all about Us Against Them. It is an ongoing effort to divide the capitalist sinners from the socialist saints. Saints who believe they have a legitimate claim on the efforts of the sinners, irrespective of their own shortcomings. Yet once the sinners are removed and their confiscated wealth is exhausted, the two most frightening words that any self-entitled, welfare state-dependent looter will ever face can no longer be avoided:
What now?
When the unionists take out the Wall Street firms that not only create the wealth that pays their union wages,
but also manage their health benefits and retirement pensions, what now? When the corporations who supply the computers, the phones, the clothes, the tents and every other item that has made the standard of living in this country the envy of the world have been pulled down, what now? When the hoarders hoard because there is no more incentive to make even the slightest extra effort to produce goods and services, what now?
And most importantly, when the inevitable sub-class of “specialists” arise, as they must in any society where fairness can only be assured by constant monitoring — and rigid, jackboot enforcement — what now?
Make no mistake about who these people are. This is the true face of a progressive movement which can no longer mask the ugliness of its failures. And for socialist/Marxists, what now is completely irrelevant. What now is something to be dealt with after they crash the system. The progression has a logical sequence. Clueless students have been joined by public service unions, who will add organization — and muscle — to the movement. The tipping point will come when unionized police are forced to choose between protecting the innocent or joining their unionized brethren. If they choose the latter, it will necessary to bring in the National Guard.
If the protesters decide to engage the National Guard? At that point America will find out the real percentage of people who are dedicated to the proposition of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” espoused by the current — and worst ever — occupant of the White House.
The bet here? A lot more than one percent of America has had it up to their eyeballs with progressivism. If not, a quarantine in West Texas or on an island awaits. But make no mistake: it’s not a quarantine to prevent you from being infected by us. It’s quarantine to prevent us from being infected by you.
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Occupy Wall Street Jumps the Shark
George Soros (net worth: $22 billion) threw in his lot with the thousands of Communists, anarchists, eco-feminists, malingerers, and professional protesters
Matthew Vadum
Thursday, October 6, 2011
It hasn’t taken long for the socialist-organized “occupation” of Wall Street to jump the shark.
In a surreal news conference at the United Nations, anti-American radical and rogue financier George Soros (net worth: $22 billion) threw in his lot with the thousands of Communists, anarchists, eco-feminists, malingerers, and professional protesters who have been baiting and taunting police in lower Manhattan as part of a mass demonstration that began September 17.
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) also jumped on the anti-Wall Street bandwagon. In a move that ought to permanently disqualify him as a GOP presidential candidate, Paul gave aid and comfort to the radicals who want to destroy America. “If they were demonstrating peacefully, and making a point, and arguing our case, and drawing attention to the Fed — I would say, good!” Paul said.
When told that a New York police officer pepper-sprayed protesters, Paul reflexively took the side of the radicals. “I didn’t read the stories about it. But that means government doesn’t like to be receiving any criticism at all. And my argument is, government should be in the open — the people’s privacy ought to be protected. So I don’t like it.”
Wade Rathke: “anti-banking jihad”
The protests, which have spread to other large cities, are part of what ACORN’s neo-communist founder
Wade Rathke calls an “anti-banking jihad.” Not surprisingly, the remnants of the ACORN network are deeply involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. New York ACORN’s new front group, New York Communities for Change (NYCC), led by veteran ACORN enforcer Jon Kest, is one of the major protest groups leading the effort to turn America into one big socialist armpit.
Kest explained why NYCC is involved by using what has become the standard Marxist boilerplate about the financial collapse. “When the big banks tanked our economy they took away millions of people’s shot at achieving the American Dream,” he blogged. “It’s about time all these people come together and hold Wall Street accountable for what they’ve done to our futures and the future of this country.” Of course Kest didn’t bother to mention the role that ACORN played in creating the mortgage bubble by strong-arming Fannie Mae, pushing the financial affirmative action scheme known as the Community Reinvestment Act, and blackmailing banks that didn’t want to lend money to people who wouldn’t be able to pay it back.
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SEIU board member Stephen Lerner: “Bring down the stock market”
SEIU board member Stephen Lerner has vowed to do his part to drive a stake through the heart of capitalism and drag the populace into economic misery. Lerner says he wants to “bring down the stock market” through a campaign of disruption. Last year George Goehl, executive director of Chicago-based National People’s Action, said that “the banking crisis” was “the next big thing,” and “the way to build a big economic justice movement in this country.”
Soros said he sympathizes with the rabble. “Actually I can understand [the protesters’] sentiment, frankly,” said the preeminent funder of the American activist Left in remarks to reporters.
But anyone who has followed Soros’s life wouldn’t dare to describe him as a working class hero.
Remember that this corrupt investment banker fired his butler for complaining after his cook used Château Lafite in a stew. The butler won a wrongful dismissal lawsuit against Soros. Soros was also convicted of
insider trading. A French court fined him millions of dollars.
Soros’s hedge fund invested almost $1 billion in shares of Petrobras, the Brazilian oil concern, coincidentally just before the Export-Import Bank of the United States announced it was lending $2 billion to the company.
Soros closed a hedge fund to outside investors rather than submit to the new Dodd-Frank financial regulations – regulations he helped to enact by giving money to groups that lobbied for them. Soros shed a few crocodile tears for small business owners whose credit lines got squeezed after the 2008 financial collapse. “An awful lot of them actually were put out of business,” he said.
Remember also that Soros deliberately collapses national economies for fun and profit, openly expresses admiration for Communist China, and has said European-style socialism “is exactly what we need now.” He wants the American economy to sink into the abyss. “I’m having a very good crisis,” Soros said in 2009.
Even though Soros is the archetype of the Wall Street insider, leftists can’t bring themselves to criticize him, preferring to demonize the invented billionaire bogeymen of the Right.
Plenty of other rich liberals have been holding court near Wall Street in recent days.
Hip hop and credit card mogul Russell Simmons (net worth: $340 million), alleged comedian Roseanne Barr (net worth: $80 million), actress Susan Sarandon (net worth: $50 million), and celluloid propagandist Michael Moore (net worth: $50 million) have all dropped by to cheer on the protesters in their quest to redistribute wealth while radically transforming the nation.
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Simmons stood beside Frances Fox Piven as the Bolshevik academic unwittingly created an impromptu parody of the “we’re all individuals” crowd scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian. “Wall Street is the center of the neo-liberal cancer that has spread across the world,” Piven said, pausing every few seconds to allow the mob to repeat her words.
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After Piven finished, Simmons stood up and did the same routine like an automaton from a creepy cult. As the mob repeated his words, Simmons condemned the “class warfare being waged on the poor and the middle class” and claimed:
The fact is our problem, at least our number one problem, is the corporations and the other special interest groups that are more important to our politicians than the people. The lobbyists and the money gotta get the f*** out of Washington.
The next big exercise in Marxist mobocracy is scheduled for later this week in the nation’s capital.
The October 2011 Coalition plans to take over Freedom Plaza near the White House, beginning today “if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan.” Protesters will “resist the corporate machine” by occupying the area “to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation.” The group’s stated goal is to make the plaza one block away from the White House “our Tahrir Square, Cairo.”
Plenty more disruptive demonstrations are scheduled.
Next week will be busy, SEIU’s Lerner said during a panel discussion Monday at the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the left-wing Campaign for America’s Future.
About 10,000 demonstrators are expected to hit the streets of Chicago while protesters march on Wells Fargo in Minneapolis, he said.
Activists in New York are planning to campaign to extend that state’s tax on millionaires. “We may go visit some of them,” said Lerner, whose union goons have terrorized the families of many corporate executives in their homes.
Goehl’s National People’s Action group is planning a “Make Wall Street Pay” event on November 3. That’s two days before Guy Fawkes Day, the annual commemoration of the Gunpowder Plot in which English dissidents plotted to vaporize Parliament.
Fancy that.
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Wall Street protest movement spreads to cities across US, Canada and Europe
Occupy Wall Street protests reach Boston, LA, St Louis and Kansas City, and are planned in cities across US and abroad
Karen McVeigh in New York guardian.co.uk
Tuesday 4 October 2011
It began as the brainchild of activists across the border in Canada when an anti-consumerism magazine put out a call in July for supporters to occupy Wall Street.
(Left: Wall street protests have inspired demonstrations and planned actions across the US, such as this one in Los Angeles. Photograph:Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Now, three weeks after a few hundred people heeded that initial call and rolled out their sleeping bags in a park in New York's financial district, they are being joined by supporters in cities across the US and beyond.
Armed with Twitter, Facebook and shared Googledocs, protesters against corporate greed, unemployment and the political corruption that they say Wall Street represents have taken to the streets in Boston, Los Angeles, St Louis and Kansas City.
The core group, Occupy Wall Street (OWS), claims people will take part in demonstrations in as many as
147 US cities this month, while the website occupytogether.org lists 47 US states as being involved. Around the world, protests in Canada, the UK, Germany and Sweden are also planned, they say.
The speed of the leaderless movement's growth has taken many by surprise. Occupytogether.org, one of several sites associated with the protest, has had to be rebuilt to accommodate the traffic.
OWS media spokesman Patrick Bruner said: "We have on our board right now 147 US cities. I don't know whether they are occupied or they are planning on being occupied. My guess would be over 30 cities are occupied."
The original call by the Canadian magazine Adbusters to occupy Wall Street drew hundreds of protesters on 17 September and 2,000 attended a march the following Saturday. But the movement, which organisers say has its roots in the Arab spring and in Madrid's Puerta del Sol protests, has been galvanised by recent media attention.
Last week, the Guardian reported that a NYPD police officer had been filmed spraying four women protesters with pepper spray. On Saturday, a peaceful march on Brooklyn bridge intended as a call to the other four boroughs of New York to join in resulted in 700 arrests. Some protesters claim the police trapped them.
There are now two investigations, including an internal police inquiry, into the pepper spraying incident.
Bruner said the protest had snowballed in the last few days: "The American people have realised that the American dream has been assassinated and the murderer is still on the loose."
A message on the occupytogether site apologises for the site rebuild and directs readers to update links. It reads: "Wow, the groups organising and occupations popping up across the country is growing exponentially by the day. So much so that, in order to have proper navigation and organisation on the site, we had to begin categorising these pages by state. Because of this, every occupation's permalink has been changed."
Thornin Caristo, of OWS, said the movement had taken hold because it had tapped into anger at inequality, unemployment and corporate greed. He predicted it would continue to grow.
Caristo said: "It was always going to be a hit or miss situation but it's a hit and I don't think it will be reversing. So much of the population has no hope and those people are desperate."
Other websites publicising the protests have also become hugely popular. One, named wearethe99percent, in reference to the statistic that 1% of the US population owns a third of the wealth, posts pictures of people holding handwritten messages daily.
One said: "Last year, my 60-year-old mother was evicted. This year I graduated with my master's. I am unemployed with over $120,000 in student loans. I no longer believe the American Dream is for me because … We are the 99 per cent."
Another person holds up a sign which reads: "When you're young, you're told you can be anything, I'm sick of being fed lies. I graduated with a BA in 2009 and I've been searching for a job ever since. My generation is lost, depressed, in debt, struggling. We are taking unpaid internships and temporary contracts with no health insurance in desperation. We will forever be living at our parent's house."
Unions have have also expressed solidarity with the protests.
On Monday, the Transit Workers Union said it had applied for an injunction to stop the NYPD from forcing bus drivers to carry arrested OWS demonstrators.
On Tuesday the 700,000-strong Communication Workers of America endorsed OWS, describing it as an "appropriate expression of anger for all Americans, but especially for those who have been left behind by Wall Street".
In a statement, the group said: "We support the activists' non-violent efforts to seek a more equitable and democratic society based on citizenship, not corporate greed.
"The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are spreading throughout the country. We will support them and encourage all CWA Locals to participate in the growth of this protest movement."
Today, the protesters will join a number of unions and community organisations, including the CWA, the TWU and the United Federation of Teachers in a march on City Hall.
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Unemployed Imbeciles Gather to Protest
Occupy Wall Street demands: The demands of imbeciles
Alan Caruba
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I confess I have not paid much attention to the Occupy Wall Street protest. Watching New York cops arrest whole bunches of them on the Brooklyn Bridge for obstructing traffic was briefly entertaining, but it occurred to me I had no idea why they were protesting except for the fact that they were mostly young, mostly unemployed, and mostly led by the usual demonic Communists that have a beef with American exceptionalism.
As a sign of the times, Occupy Wall Street has a spiffy website, but it is filled with the most ignorant nonsense right out of the Communist Manifesto. Apparently the protesters have identified banks and corporations as the enemy. If you ask bankers and Wall Street folks, they will tell you the enemy is the federal government and they would be right.
Bankers and Wall Street want stability and predictability. They want to pile up money and loan it out to make more money or they want to sell stocks and make bets on which will go up and which will not. It’s called Capitalism and it works unless the government gets deeply involved in telling them what to do and picking winners and losers in the free market.
In the case of the most recent financial crisis, the government got into the home mortgage market back in the 1930s during the Great Depression. Fannie Mae and later Freddie Mac were set up to purchase mortgages
from banks in order to “stimulate” the housing market.
You can read the U.S. Constitution from beginning to end and not find the words “housing market” in there anywhere. The house of cards the federal government created, combined with the pressure brought to bear on bankers to make “ninja” loans (no job, no assets) resulting in the 2008 meltdown when the “bundled” mortgages turned out to be worthless and generally untraceable. Wall Street didn’t create this, Washington did.
Of course, none of this means anything to those protesting in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere. It’s not a protest. It’s an excuse to party. Occasionally Leftist celebrities show up and shake hands with “the people” to give them a thrill. Then they go back to their tenured university faculty jobs, making movies and being hideously overpaid for doing so, and looking for a
dictator to hug.
Journalists who have tried to determine what the protest is about have come up empty. Brad Knickerbocker, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, noted that “there’s no 10-point list of demands to be nailed Martin-Luther-like to the business and media establishment’s door.”
Cornell West, a Princeton University professor said, “It’s impossible to translate the issue of the greed of Wall Street into one demand or two demands. We’re talking about a democratic awakening. We’re talking about raising political consciousness.” Yada, yada, yada.
West is apparently unaware that the political consciousness of Americans has already been raised by the worst presidency in the history of the nation or that Republicans are heatedly debating who they want to elect to replace it. Democrats, too, because quite a few are looking at Mitt Romney with something close to affection.
Andrew Goodman of The Wall Street Journal reported that “Many of the protesters are young. Joblessness seems to be a persistent theme.” No surprises here. Goodman reported that a list of grievances has been circulating among the protesters and, “Among the complaints: bank executives who received ‘exorbitant’ bonuses not long after receiving taxpayer bailouts” and, even I would be happy to protest that.
An October 3rd Gateway Pundit report has listed 13 Occupy Wall Street demands and they read like an Obama-inspired wet dream. They include a universal single-payer healthcare system, guaranteed-living-wage income regardless of employment, free college education, a trillion dollars in infrastructure projects, a trillion dollars in “ecological restoration”, open-borders migration, and the immediate across-the-board debt forgiveness for all.
They are the demands of imbeciles.
You can find a lot of them camped out in lower Manhattan these days. Just wait until the nights turn cold really cold. They will go home to mommy and daddy.
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@OccupyWallStreet: Finally, Demands
Chants, Rants, Illogical reasoning, Bad recitations
Bob Parks
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
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For almost three weeks, we got chants, incoherent rants, illogical reasoning, and bad recitations. At last, someone participating in Occupy Wall Street has articulated what he thinks the protesters really want….
Demand one: Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending “Freetrade” by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hr.
Sorry, demand.
Demand two: Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to wall st. investors.
Demand three: Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.
Demand four: Free college education.
Demand five: Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand.
Demand six: One trillion dollars in infrastructure (Water, Sewer, Rail, Roads and Bridges and Electrical Grid) spending now.
Demand seven: One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America’s nuclear power plants.
Demand eight: Racial and gender equal rights amendment.
Demand nine: Open borders migration. anyone can travel anywhere to work and live.
Demand ten: Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system.
Demand eleven: Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the “Books.” World Bank Loans to all Nations, Bank to Bank Debt and all Bonds and Margin Call Debt in the stock market including all Derivatives or Credit Default Swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the “Books.” And I don’t mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period.
Demand twelve: Outlaw all credit reporting agencies.
Demand thirteen: Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union.
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy.
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