Batten down the hatches! Defend the ramparts! Fly the flag!
hey then call for a “fight to the finish” to defend the “soul of Occupy” that they claim is menaced by a “THEY” that is out to get us like some boogie man that acts like a virus and can’t be resisted.. Will “Black Block”militants become their enforcers?
Who is the THEY? Nefarious bankers on Wall Street? The CIA and Blackwater type mercenaries? Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers?
No, their new enemy is pictured not an external threat representing the status but an internal one they have no use for..
Read on: “First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout… then they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids… “ And now? They are planning to destroy all that that we built.
Suddenly the brutal police raids on Occupy and the initial media indifference are conflated with alleged operatives of the Obama campaign on a stealth mission of co-optation.
There’s no real evidence cited, but that’s not the point of this appeal to fear and unity Political paranoia is always driven by what COULD happen, not, necessarily, what is happening,
The political theory behind all this is that Occupy is not just the vanguard of the revolution but the revolution itself, and is in danger of being stifled by reformers who fear its imminent success in toppling capitalism. How realistic is that?
This worst case scenario is projected as a coordinated and calculated strategy by groups they put down in terms reminiscent of the way the Chinese cultural revolution demonized and stigmatized millions of people as counter revolutionaries that tore the Chinese Revolution apart using strident ideology to silence a “class enemy.”
Were there class enemies? Sure, there always are, but thousands of innocent people were accused and abused by ultra leftists on a mission from Mao.
Today’s self-appointed and unelected commissars of new consciousness say they see a new set of counter-revolutionaries out to snuff Occupy.
“Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left, the same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of revolution for decades? Will you allow MoveOn, The Nation and Ben & Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a “99% Spring” reelection campaign for President Obama?
Is this really what is happening or is it more like a conspiratorial fabrication? Is this type of insulting language really appropriate for a movement that claims to be democratic and inclusive?
MoveOn and Van Jones have denied they are trying to control the movement, refuse to speak in its name, and couldn't steal its thunder if they wanted to. The Nation is just one magazine of many that has been sympathetic to Occupy, but also support a the more structured but very democratic resistance in Wisconsin that Ad Busters ignores.
Ben & Jerry are individuals, former business partners, who want to help by raising money for Occupy after consulting with many activists on how they could be helpful. They seem sincere to me.
Why is all this so threatening? Why the fearful and purist denunciation? Can't they respect people who unlike Occupy’s core activist don’t make decisions at General Assemblies.?
Occupy has in the past sought coalitions with labor unions and black community groups that often have more traditional leadership structures. They haven’t tried to dictate politically correct processes that allies and supporters must accept. Why this intolerance now?
By the way, I have been pouring my heart out in books, blogs and films and opinion pieces on about the failures of the Obama Administration in combating the financial crimes that enabled the depression we are coping with. My latest exposes O&B’s campaign’s pandering on terrorism and threatening Iran.
Move On would not help me promote my work, neither has the Nation, really, or, for that matter, Ben & Jerry, whose work I admired more before they sold their company to a mainstream corporation (although they have been engaged in admirable campaigns challenging military spending for years.)
That doesn’t make them all sell-outs. Even if in the eyes of some, they are the “enemy” because they aren’t “horizontal” enough, or anti-capitalist enough, or anarchistic enough and may act more like reformers than Ad Buster-approved revolutionaries.
On Friday, NYU hosted a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Port Huron Statement, the founding document of SDS that sparked activism in the 1960’s. Former SDS leader Tom Hayden was on hand to tell some stories about that era.