The socialist smashing of the American political system

“Emphasizing the crowd means de-emphasizing individual humans in the design of society, and when you ask people not to be people, they revert to bad, mob-like behaviors.” ― Jaron Lanier, You are Not a Gadget

“Propaganda’s great power is precisely that it furnishes modern man with simple, global explanations, broad, dogmatic causes without which, engulfed by information, he cannot live. Man is doubly reassured by propaganda: first, because he sees in it an explanation which he can readily understand of the events as they occur; second, because he is promised certain solutions to problems which arise when his limited personal experience yields to objectivity. But propaganda also teaches him that these problems can be solved only if he participates in the actions proposed for their solution. This is how it makes the individual feel his worth. Overwhelmed by information, he regains his balance, thanks to propaganda. He had acquired a sense of his extreme helplessness in a world that had become too vast and too complex, and now he becomes aware of his own importance. Propaganda tells him that his adherence is essential, that his intervention is being relied upon, that his action is decisive, and that nothing can be solved without him. While information is necessary for self-awareness, propaganda is necessary to prevent self-awareness from turning into despair.” ~ Jacques Ellul - Propaganda

“Otpor’s founders realized that young people would participate in politics — if it made them feel heroic and cool, part of something big. It was postmodern revolution. “Our product is a lifestyle,” Marovic explained to me. “The movement isn’t about the issues. It’s about my identity. We’re trying to make politics sexy.” Traditional politicians saw their job as making speeches and their followers’ job as listening to them; Otpor chose to have collective leadership, and no speeches at all” ~ Tina RosenbergRevolution U

“The obsession with rule-making and process within the Occupy movement is now discussed as the defining feature of this new radicalism. One of the websites supporting the occupations declares that ‘the non-hierarchical decentralised structure, the inclusiveness and cooperation, are staples of the occupations’. Time and again, the occupiers boast that they are leaderless and non-hierarchical. Indeed, they have invented rules for achieving consensus without the need for political debate or an old-fashioned show of hands. Instead, agreement or dissent is expressed through silent gestures, such as waving your arms upwards to show consent or downwards to signal disagreement” ~ Frank Furedi – Occupy movement: all process and no principle

“It appears that CANVAS’s trainers, like their ‘nonviolent’ collaborators Peter Ackerman and Stephen Zunes, are acting as an integral part of the US government’s imperial propaganda machinery. Indeed taken together they represent a sophisticated ‘democratic’ approach to global domination, exported in close coordination with US foreign policy elites disguised under the persuasive ‘nonviolent’ propaganda offensive. 

This of course is not to say that nonviolent resistance should not have a central role in any revolutionary struggles for social change, only that the twisted imperial-friendly narrative of nonviolence promoted by such individuals should be treated with extreme caution by all activists who wish to avoid being oppressed by US backed dictatorships or their latest equally toxic manifestation, US managed ‘democracies.” ~ Michael Barker – CANVAS[ing] For The Nonviolent Propaganda Offensive: Propaganda In The Service Of Imperial Projects

“This movement [OWS] is winning. It’s winning by being broad and inclusive, by emphasizing what we have in common and bridging differences between the homeless, the poor, those in freefall, the fiscally thriving but outraged, between generations, races and nationalities and between longtime activists and never-demonstrated-before newcomers. It’s winning by keeping its eyes on the prize, which is economic justice and direct democracy, and by living out that direct democracy through assemblies and other means right now.” ~ Rebecca Solnit  Throwing Out the Master’s Tools and Building a Better House: Thoughts on the Importance of Nonviolence in the Occupy Revolution

“The only remedy available to working people is to smash the death grip of the modern-day capitalist class over society and its political system, and especially over its economic institutions.” ~ Brian Becker (ANSWER Coalition) – The case for the next revolution

“I live in Portland, OR. This morning, I saw a branch of Chase (about three miles from the downtown occupation) with a couple of smashed windows and a security guard standing in front. I was delighted. It was a symbolic attack on a symbolic target. It was done at night, with zero chance that anyone would get injured. It was a politically conscious acts of resistance that shatters the illusion of business-as-usual.” ~ Comment on Common Dreams

“Capitalism, a mode of production where the worker earns only subsistence while property owners retain the remainder of the productive output, can only create a society where the interests of the property owner will be reflected in the social institutions, and the interests of subjugated producers. Both venture communism and copyfarleft have, as their goal, the creation of a productive commons that producers can use to accumulate mutual wealth, and thus work towards realizing their historic role of creating a society free of economic classes.” ~ Dmytri Kleine The Telekommunist Manifesto,

Let there be no mistake. The Occupy Movement is dangerous. The protesters are the shock troops of elitists behind the scenes who are manipulating these (mostly) young people, because they are easily organized and manipulated. The nefarious purpose? To increase the power of the military-security state. Far Left groups have long been organized, frustrated, and seeking new (young) members, which these elitists are now exploiting for their own purposes (i.e. increasing their hold on power).

The Party for Socialism and Liberation outlines four (4) demands of “the occupation”:

“Put the assets and profits of the banks under the people’s control to:

Fund a massive jobs program! Jobs for all with union wages, rights and benefits. Full rights for all workers regardless of citizenship or legal status.

Provide free education for all—cancel student debt! Fund free, quality education for everyone from Pre-K through college,

End all foreclosures and evictions! Abolish interest payments to the banks—access to affordable housing for all.”

Source: PSL – Seize the Banks!

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The quotes below are taken from four articles that were sent to me today (11/14/2011) via links contained in the email newsletter (Liberation News) of PSL Web (Party for Socialism and Liberation).

“The only remedy available to working people is to smash the death grip of the modern-day capitalist class over society and its political system, and especially over its economic institutions.” ~ Brian Becker (ANSWER Coalition)

Source: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/09-08-03-the-case-next-revolution.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=major&utm_campaign=Liberation%20Newsletter

“The repressive institutions of the state—the courts, the police, the military and the prisons—exist primarily to protect not society as a whole, but a society’s ruling class; in short, the 1%.” ~ A participant in the Oct. 1 Occupy Wall Street march on the Brooklyn Bridge quoted in Liberation News

Source: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/are-police-part-99-percent-ows.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=major&utm_campaign=Liberation%20Newsletter

“Simply abolishing the Fed without simultaneously destroying the entire capitalist system would accomplish little.” ~ Liberation News

Source: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/end-the-fed-misleading-slogan.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=major&utm_campaign=Liberation%20Newsletter

“Those who propose mere reforms to the capitalist system can only alter the degree of suffering felt by the 99% temporarily, until the next, worse crisis comes along. We believe that production should be dictated not by a tiny, parasitic group of billionaires. We should work and produce things to meet the needs of society, not for the private profits of Wall Street—that’s socialism.” ~ Liberation News

Source: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/deeper-than-greed.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=major&utm_campaign=Liberation%20Newsletter

“On what basis can we build unity and with whom?…For this movement to move forward, we must be clear: There is no room for right-wing ideologies in the struggle against Wall Street. Those views reinforce the status quo and serves the interests of Wall Street.” ~ Liberation News

Source: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/news/ron-paul-tea-party-not-our.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=minor&utm_campaign=Liberation%20Newsletter

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Two video interviews containing rare, straightforward admissions, which are made by three (3) Occupy spokesmen, concerning the true, radical, and revolutionary nature of the Occupy Movement:

Video – Portland Among Cities Grappling With How to Handle ‘Occupy’ Protesters

Video – Occupy Movement & American Awakening-News Analysis-11-11-2011

Official Occupy Portland Notes – Meeting With Police – 11/08/2011

OWS Marxist – OWS – Occupy Oakland: Lumpenproletariat Mobs Incited to Revolt Against the Capitalist Ruling-Class

OWS: Philosophy and Strategy – Occupy Wall Street’s Strategy and Philosophy – Occupation and Decommodification

Video – Arab Spring: Western ploy to loot, control Eurasia : F. William Engdahl

Video – The Revolution Business

Text - CANVAS Core Curriculum – A Guide to Effective Nonviolent Struggle (Student’s Book)

Video – From Tahrir Square to Occupy Wall Street

Michael Barker exposes (in depth) these fake USG/NGO “democracy” movements: MICHAEL JAMES BARKER’S WEBLOG

Weapons of Mass Democracy?

“The materials they [revolutionaries today] hand out are not the words of Che Guevara, but of Gene Sharp, the former Harvard scholar who has pioneered the study of strategic nonviolent action.” ~ Steven Zunes (CANVAS staff member)

Source: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/learn-as-you-go/weapons-of-mass-democracy

OTPOR/CANVAS – Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points

“It appears that CANVAS’s trainers, like their ‘nonviolent’ collaborators Peter Ackerman and Stephen Zunes, are acting as an integral part of the US government’s imperial propaganda machinery. Indeed taken together they represent a sophisticated ‘democratic’ approach to global domination, exported in close coordination with US foreign policy elites disguised under the persuasive ‘nonviolent’ propaganda offensive.

This of course is not to say that nonviolent resistance should not have a central role in any revolutionary struggles for social change, only that the twisted imperial-friendly narrative of nonviolence promoted by such individuals should be treated with extreme caution by all activists who wish to avoid being oppressed by US backed dictatorships or their latest equally toxic manifestation, US managed ‘democracies.” ~ Michael Barker

Source: http://www.countercurrents.org/barker260311.pdf

USIP/ICNC – OWS and the Radical Flank Effect: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5bcwtijco8&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Stephen Zunes and the Zionist Tinderbox: http://pulsemedia.org/2010/05/12/stephen-zunes-and-the-zionist-tinderbox/

The origins of OWS and the Arab Spring: http://www.aforcemorepowerful.org/films/pdfs/studyGuide-en.pdf

Civil resistance also generates popular, grassroots participation. It embodies the idea of “local ownership” of society. Bottom-up civic movements have driven a vast majority of the transitions from unjust rule over the past 35 years. Whether the goals are democracy, indigenous rights, social justice, or ending corruption, they can be achieved through cumulative, persistent “people power.”

As cases of civil resistance multiply, it is essential that NGOs, journalists, scholars, and policy makers understand how this form of struggle works, the strategies that make it effective, and the skills involved in its execution.

Source: http://www.nonviolent-conflict.org/index.php/learning-and-resources/educational-initiatives/fletcher-summer-institute

“The obsession with rule-making and process within the Occupy movement is now discussed as the defining feature of this new radicalism. One of the websites supporting the occupations declares that ‘the non-hierarchical decentralised structure, the inclusiveness and cooperation, are staples of the occupations’. Time and again, the occupiers boast that they are leaderless and non-hierarchical. Indeed, they have invented rules for achieving consensus without the need for political debate or an old-fashioned show of hands. Instead, agreement or dissent is expressed through silent gestures, such as waving your arms upwards to show consent or downwards to signal disagreement.” ~ Frank Furedi

Source: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/11556/

Frank Furedi – Occupy movement: all process and no principle – ESSAY: If the occupiers are so opposed to ‘the one per cent’, why do they keep ripping off its soul-destroying managerial style of politics?

“But Otpor’s founders realized that young people would participate in politics — if it made them feel heroic and cool, part of something big. It was postmodern revolution. “Our product is a lifestyle,” Marovic explained to me. “The movement isn’t about the issues. It’s about my identity. We’re trying to make politics sexy.” Traditional politicians saw their job as making speeches and their followers’ job as listening to them; Otpor chose to have collective leadership, and no speeches at all. And if the organization took inspiration from Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., it also took cues from Coca-Cola, with its simple, powerful message and strong brand. Otpor’s own logo was a stylized clenched fist — an ironic, mocking expropriation of the symbol of the Serb Partisans in World War II, and of communist movements everywhere.”

Source: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/16/revolution_u?page=full

CIVIL RESISTANCE AND THE DYNAMICS OF NONVIOLENT CONFLICT

“USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding, the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and Georgia State University”

Source: http://www.usip.org/education-training/domestic

USIP/ICNC Fall 2011 Course Description: http://www.usip.org/files/Adan/Civil%20Resistance%20Course%20Schedule.pdf

“Josef Korbel (born Josef Körbel; 20 September 1909 – 18 July 1977) was a Czechoslovakian diplomat and U.S. educator, who is now best known as the father of Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and the mentor of George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Though he served as a diplomat in the government of Czechoslovakia, Korbel’s Jewish heritage forced him to flee after the Nazi invasion in 1939. Prior to their flight, Körbel and his wife had converted from Judaism to Roman Catholicism.”

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Korbel

Video – Civil Resistance and the Dynamics of Nonviolent Conflict – USIP/ICNC Course

Video - Dr. Kurt Schock – Radical Flank Effect (USIP/ICNC Webinar)

Article  - Michael Barker - People Power Leashed Kurt Schock on the Ousting of Dictators

CANVAS and the USIP/ICNC like to fill the heads of young radicals with the notion that South Africa was liberated by Gene Sharp/Otpor-style techniques of nonviolence. Some of us, however, are old enough to remember the angry, radical Marxist ANC practice of inciting angry mobs to throw a burning tire around the necks of “traitors’ to the ANC groupthink (so-called “necklacing”). We older folks know that it was violence and not nonviolence that “liberated” the black South Africans. Do the OWS mobs have something similar in mind for those of us who disagree with their angry, radical Marxist OWS groupthink?

CANVAS – “Nelson Mandela has celebrated the 20th anniversary of his release from prison with a special dinner, inviting ex-wife Winnie and one of his former jailers. The beginning of the Video shows a report during the Apartheid era including an interview with Mr Mandela, who became South Africa’s first black president, was freed on 11 February 1990 after 27 years in jail, served mostly on Robben Island.”

Source: http://canvasopedia.mediaworks.rs/index.php?Itemid=2&id=756&option=com_seyret&task=videodirectlink

“During Nelson Mandela’s trial, they found a document wherein he had said that some hideous punishment must be found for “traitors” (i.e. Blacks who actually support, work with and are friendly to Whites). In this document, Nelson Mandela suggested – cutting off their noses. Years later, his wife, Winnie Mandela, publicised the idea of “necklacing” the traitors. For non-South African readers: the “necklace” was a method of execution used by the ANC ‘liberation army guerillas” whereby black ‘sellouts to apartheid” were cruelly torched to death with petrol-filled tyre placed around their necks. Some 400 people were burnt alive by this ANC-horror execution.”

Source: http://southafrica-pig.blogspot.com/2008/05/execution-by-necklacing.html

Video – Winnie Mandela calls for revolution and violence

Audio - Occupy Wall Street/Occupy DC Marxist Ted Rall advocates violent revolution

Occupy Oakland – City of Oakland Cost Estimates:

* Preliminary City of Oakland costs spent on responding to Occupy Oakland events total is estimated at $2,402,400.

* Personnel — $1,088,500

* Oakland Police Department: $1.04 million

* Public Works Agency: $31,500

* Information Technology and KTOP: $17,000

* Other Costs — $1,313,900

* Oakland Police Department: $100,900

* Public Works Agency: $70,000

* Information Technology security upgrades: $100,000

* Early opening of Winter Shelter by one day: $3,000

* Mutual Aid for 11/14/11: $500,000

* VMA Security Contract for 30 days: $540,000

  • These are preliminary costs and are subject to change. The personnel costs are mainly for overtime costs and do not reflect regular staff time. An estimated $100,000 in regular staff time that would have been devoted to other activities was spent addressing Occupy Oakland events.

Source: http://www.mercurynews.com/occupy-oakland/ci_19331752

Video – Occupy Oakland Protesters Storm and Vandalize Bank

Video – Occupy Oakland general strike video Black bloc attacks Bank of America

Video – Occupy Oakland General Strike- Video of protests at Whole Foods

Video – ANC & UDF Justice – Part 2

Article – Occupy Wall Street – Lighting The Fuse To Begin A Bloodbath

11/14/2011 – ADBUSTERS TACTICAL BRIEFING #18 – Occupy the High Ground!

“STRATEGY #1: We summon our strength, grit our teeth and hang in there through winter … heroically we sleep in the snow … we impress the world with our determination and guts … and when the cops come, we put our bodies on the line and resist them nonviolently with everything we’ve got.

STRATEGY #2: We declare “victory” and throw a party … a festival … a potlatch … a jubilee … a grand gesture to celebrate, commemorate, rejoice in how far we’ve come, the comrades we’ve made, the glorious days ahead. Imagine, on a Saturday yet to be announced, perhaps our movement’s three month anniversary on December 17, in every #OCCUPY in the world, we reclaim the streets for a weekend of triumphant hilarity and joyous revelry.

We dance like we’ve never danced before and invite the world to join us.

Then we clean up, scale back and most of us go indoors while the die-hards hold the camps. We use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum so that we may emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble next Spring.

Whatever we do, let’s keep our revolutionary spirit alive … let’s never stop living without dead time.”

Source: http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/adbusters-tactical-briefing-18.html

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