The Occupy Together Movement- Collective Actions and the Need for Individual Thought

This post follows on from the previous Revolution Business post. A viewing of the 27-minute Journeyman Films documentary featured in the post will provide background context for the following. It also provides a lucid, coherent overview of the subject, which should facilitate the open-minded approach required by the following information. I say this knowing that this what I have to say will be neither  popular nor well received. I write not to undermine the positivity of the people involved, but to help the cause. Forewarned is, as they say, forearmed.

By now most even casually media-aware folk (in the West) have heard about the Occupy Wall St. action and replicated actions throughout Europe and America now being called the Occupy Together Movement. Those connected to alternative media will have been aware of the actions for a little longer than those who rely on mainstream communication channels. I’ve been aware of its development from the pre-action promotion by Adbusters and have been watching it since, and wasn’t surprised by the initial mainstream media blackout.

On the surface of it, it looks great, ‘little’ people of all types kicking back, just like ‘the common man’ has been doing in Tunisia, Egypt, Greece, etc throughout the year in a variety of ‘colour revolutions’. As I’ve spent the last five years developing and implementing ways of encouraging people to reclaim their power and take a more proactive role in changing the world for the better, I should be jumping for joy and getting involved in an ‘Occupy’ action in my own locale. But I’m not. I’m not because I’m not sure about the ‘Occupy Together Movement’.

There are several reasons why I’m not sure. Having studied manipulative media strategies, the initial news media response to the action in Washington made me think. The first days of the action were abuzz with the fact that there was a ‘news blackout’. The fact that no mainstream news agencies were reporting a major protest in the capital confirmed for many that ‘they’ were threatened by it and were seeking to suppress its development. But I wondered. Are 21st century US media controllers that naive to not know that the Internet and social media would be used, just as it is in almost every instance of unrest these days, and savvy enough to know that a blackout would be read as confirmation of the importance of the protest?

The fact that when the ‘blackout’ was lifted, Keith Olberman read out the movement’s statement had me wondering some more. Again, a 21st century US TV network giving over six minutes, between fifteen and twenty thousand dollars worth of airtime to comprehensively list the grievances of the masses and invite all Americans to join them in opposing the system.

Now given the millions of dollars that go from ‘Wall St’ to both the Democrat and Republican parties, and the connections between ‘Wall St’, Congress and the media, it stretches my credulity beyond breaking point to hear the media mouthpiece of the machine invite everyone down to stop it.

So I started digging and found several others doubting and/or criticising the movement. To my mind some of the points they raise were valid, others not so. Actually, some of the outlets themselves have sociopolitical perspectives that are quite different to my own. The article I’ve chosen to include below mentions COINTELPRO.

The FBI has a history of infiltrating antiwar and civil rights movements. In the 60s and 70s  the FBI Counter Intelligence Program (COunter INTELligence PROgram) attacked Native American and African-American rights groups and successfully infiltrated, subverted and destabilised various antiwar groups. The program was so successful that all political groups at that time were considered to have been infiltrated, if not wholly set up in the first place by the FBI.

Occupy Wall Street is COINTELPRO (Phony Opposition)

October 10, 2011

IMPORTANT:   Controlled opposition scam alert….The “OCCUPY AMERICA MOVEMENT”.

It’s everywhere!  Just like Arab Spring for North America!  and it’s sooooooo grass roots and spontaneous!

[Editor’s Note: The “tell” is the  publicity this is getting from the TV Networks who spin it as the Democratic Party equivalent of the Tea Party.]

by Richard Evans
(henrymakow.com) 

COINTELPRO was the FBI acronym for ‘Counter Intelligence Program’. COINTELPRO not only infiltrated domestic antiwar and civil rights protest groups, it also created them.  By 1968, the largest leading ‘counterculture’ groups were entirely FBI/CIA controlled.

In fact the leading ‘Anti-Establishment’ figures of the late 60’s early 70’s were outed years later as having been double agents for the CIA.

LSD promoter Harvard Dr. Timothy Leary;  feminist icon and co-founder editor of MS Magazine, Gloria Steinem — who persists today as an icon of feminism.

COINTELPRO SDS LOGO c.1969

COINTELPRO never went away, it got privatized.

ORGANIZED BY A SERBIAN OUTFIT

OCCUPY WALL STREET and the OCCUPY TOGETHER MOVEMENT is the work of SERBIAN contract revolution organizers the CENTER FOR APPLIED NONVIOLENT ACTION AND STRATEGIES [C.A.N.V.A.S]  in Belgrade and it’s field operative organizer company, “OPTOR!”

So don’t you believe it when ABC says “Everybody and nobody are in charge….”  or the Guardian hints, “rumors persist the group “Anonymous” is behind the Occupy Together Movement”.

The cover story is that back in 1998 some college students at the University of Belgrade that were unhappy with totalitarian regime of Slobodan Milošević decided it would be fun to topple the Serbian government.  The smartest guy in the room, Ivan Marovic, allegedly dreamed up a grass roots strategy and they went to work organizing protests as OTPOR! which means RESISTANCE! in English.

The group was helped by the fact that the US and NATO started bombing the heck out of Serbia in 1999 accelerated the fall of Slobodan Milošević (below left) by 2000.  Western media hailed Marovic and OTPOR! as new age geniuses, but it came out later that Ivan Marovic’s stragegy and program came from a Boston think tank’s subversion manual, ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ by a Harvard Professor named Gene Sharp.

Hundreds of copies of the Boston manual were provided in the Serbian language by the Albert Einstein Institution – “a non-profit organization that specializes in the study of the methods of non-violent resistance in conflicts”.

A documentary on Professor Sharp’s global influence on the revolutions export, “How to Start a Revolution” was released in September 2011. It won awards at the Boston Film Festival and London’s Raindance Film Festival on October 2nd 2011.

Basking in media hype that OTPOR! had toppled the big bad Serbian regime, Ivan Marovic and his band of merry pranksters founded the CENTER FOR APPLIED NONVIOLENT ACTION AND STRATEGIES [C.A.N.V.A.S] .  It occupies an office building in downtown Belgrade, which plans revolutions and trains organizers in subversive strategy and tactics for money.  . The Belgrade office is nicknamed ‘Revolution University’.  http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/16/revolution_u?page=full

PEELING THE ONION

Well, hold the bus. That’s the story currently on the Internet, but it omits the same operation in the color and flower revolutions dating back to Czechoslovakia 1989. The VELVET Revolution.
Radio Prague history online:http://archiv.radio.cz/history/history15.html

Word on the street in Prague was that there was KGB involvement getting it started, and we know there was CIA support and Western funding as well.  That may be a meaningful case in itself, and the history of these ‘people’s revolutions’ mustn’t be allowed to fall through the cracks of mainstream media.  OTPOR’s being portrayed as the genesis of ‘people power’ but it was the baby on the block in 1998.    The news today is scripted for an audience born after 1987, evidently.

C.A.N.V.A.S.  even markets a computer game that teaches all ages how to start your own revolution called  “People Power”.  Marovic said candidly in a documentary interview that the game was funded by one of the original backers of Otpor!  A previous version of the game was called ‘A Force More Powerful’.

Marovic said he can personally train only 150 subversives a year, the game reaches tens of thousand at a price of ten dollars a download.   I’ve reviewed the game and attest it’s a highly detailed simulation of how these export revolutions are organized, complete with ‘establishment’ reactions.

The so-called ‘spontaneous’  ‘Twitter’ Revolutions in the Middle East in February.  Who do you think is organizing the unemployed, uneducated, angry Middle East youth who are the brown shirts of these revolutions?  The Carnegie Foundation says the most wonderful things about them.

They all have the same fist logo. —

http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/resources/articles_papers_reports/0087.html/:pf_printable

Let’s be honest. C.A.N.V.A.S. is a for-profit business, not a non-profit NGO. “Ivan Marovic” is a CIA contractor: a front man like ‘Wikileaks’ Julian Assange.

OCCUPY WALL STREET

(left, the phoney feminist fist)

What’s all this got to do with OCCUPY WALL STREET and the the OCCUPY TOGETHER ‘grass roots’ movement in America?
Take a minute to watch this.  You’ll figure out.

Ivan Marovic of ‘Otpor!’ addresses Occupy Wall Street     NYC Sept. 22, 2011

<a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=LkM3BBtc7N0">http://youtube.com/watch?v=LkM3BBtc7N0</a>

Need more?
The Revolution Business –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpXbA6yZY-8


NOT ALL PROTESTS ARE FAKE

COINTELPRO fake protests partner with MEDIA to distract from real protests.  I believe the Greek protest is genuine.  OCCUPY WALL STREET was timed to drown out the Greeks.

I think this because the Greeks had a specific demand  last month in direct response to their government’s sellout to the IMF.    The Greek protest was saying ‘Don’t vote to accept this debt, traitors!’The “Occupy Wall Street” type protest is  NON SPECIFIC.

CONINTELPRO handled  protests don’t make demands – they make ‘statements’.  Like, “STOP WAR! LEGALIZE POT! “Give us back our future!”   and “Stop pollution!”

OCCUPY TOGETHER in the US and Canada are directed by C.A.N.V.AS., the same directors behind the Tunisian and Egyptian and ‘Arab Spring’ revolutions.  They may look the same but the objectives are quite different.  The objective in America and Canada is NOT to topple ‘regimes’.  C.A.N.V.AS. is backed by Council on Foreign Relations foundations like Carnegie Group and the Albert Einstein Institute and myriad other funnels of Illuminati funding.

– this is yet another orchestrated international  ‘controlled opposition’ mouse trap.  the ‘Tea Party’ is the controlled opposition trap for the convervative, this is the controlled opposition trap for the naive lefties.

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The above article shows that there’s potentially more to this ‘protest’ than meets the eye.  In fact, given the FBI’s track record in dealing with grassroots political groups, if the Occupy Movement wasn’t set up/infiltrated/co-opted it would be the exception to the rule.

Let’s say though, that it is the exception. So what? Large groups of politically dissatisfied people gather in cities across America to demand, as someone said, that the criminals in power stop acting like criminals. ‘We the people demand that, blah blah blah. If you don’t, we’ll…we’ll…camp in the park…and…and…march down the street!’

By all this I don’t mean to say that I don’t think there are good things that are coming out of this. People of all kinds have become more aware and shown that ‘we the people’ can get together and do something. The gathering in itself is so valuable in this age of fragmented society and cultural individualisation. What I’m trying to point out is the potential for this to be, if not a case of, liable to manipulation and misdirection.

With that in mind I urge you to do your own research and make up your own mind based on that (and pass this on to others). As I say in the appendix of Psyclone:

Whatever you see on television, hear on the radio, or read in the newspapers has been, at the very least, allowed. More often than not though, it has been meticulously designed using principles of behavioural psychology and linguistics toward very specific aims. Put another way, if  your channels of information are confined to those listed above, then your awareness, your reality, is being manipulated and compromised.

What that statement doesn’t take into account is the fact that ‘they’ actually use every channel and every trick in the book to achieve their ends, including the Internet and social media.

The people running the show have been doing so for a long time. It would be naive to think that this ‘movement’ has them on the hop. For instance, in January 2006 Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), a subsidiary of Halliburton was awarded a $385 million contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention centres in the U.S. These are to provide “temporary detention and processing capabilities” in preparation for “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” in the event of other emergencies, such as “a natural disaster”.

The implications of this and other, seemingly at first, disconnected developments should not be underestimated. The article Red Alert: FEMA Camps, Martial Law and Indefinite Detention Without Trial covers aspects such as martial law training among the U.S. police force and army, the designation of dissenters as ‘enemy combatants’, the establishment of a civilian inmate labour program under development by the Department of the Army, and the alarming historical parallels of Nazi Germany.

A once seemingly disconnected development could be the early August reports of mass troop movements within the US. (Used as a search term, the last portion of that sentence will produce a long list of reports.) Iread about those and about the calls for global mass protests and wonder if people are playing right into their hands.

The following post will provide information that everyone can use to safeguard themselves and others around them from manipulation by infiltrators trained in propaganda, neurolinguistics and other disciplines that can be used to manipulate unsuspecting groups and individuals.

With careful thought and well considered action we can, individually and collectively, change things for the better. We have to ‘box clever’ though. There are people who get paid big salaries to develop and implement covert ways to manipulate revolutions. It’s big business. Look around the world and you can see how good they are at it.

Think about it.

Links for further research

Occupy Wall Street and “The American Autumn”: Is It a “Colored Revolution”?

Colored Revolutions: A New Form of Regime Change, Made in the USA

Mere Protest is for Wimps; Revolutionaries Are Into Taking Power — How Occupy Wall Street Can Create a General Strike to Dump Obama

#Occupy Wall Street: Change will not come until we Understand and Rewrite the Entire Balance of Power in America

‘Occupy Wall Street’ Tax Proposal Is Backed By Wall Street Itself

The Revolution Business

This is the first of a series of posts which will examine the Occupy (Wall St, etc) Movement phenomenon from a slightly different angle.

 

<a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=lpXbA6yZY-8&amp;feature">http://youtube.com/watch?v=lpXbA6yZY-8&amp;feature</a>

Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But is Not

Why Iceland Should Be in the News, But Is Not

By Deena Stryker

15 August 2011

An Italian radio program’s story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world. Americans may remember that at the start of the 2008 financial crisis, Iceland literally went bankrupt.  The reasons were mentioned only in passing, and since then, this little-known member of the European Union fell back into oblivion.

As one European country after another fails or risks failing, imperiling the Euro, with repercussions for the entire world, the last thing the powers that be want is for Iceland to become an example. Here’s why:

Five years of a pure neo-liberal regime had made Iceland, (population 320 thousand, no army), one of the richest countries in the world. In 2003 all the country’s banks were privatized, and in an effort to attract foreign investors, they offered on-line banking whose minimal costs allowed them to offer relatively high rates of return. The accounts, called IceSave, attracted many English and Dutch small investors.  But as investments grew, so did the banks’ foreign debt.  In 2003 Iceland’s debt was equal to 200 times its GNP, but in 2007, it was 900 percent.  The 2008 world financial crisis was the coup de grace. The three main Icelandic banks, Landbanki, Kapthing and Glitnir, went belly up and were nationalized, while the Kroner lost 85% of its value with respect to the Euro.  At the end of the year Iceland declared bankruptcy.

Contrary to what could be expected, the crisis resulted in Icelanders recovering their sovereign rights, through a process of direct participatory democracy that eventually led to a new Constitution.  But only after much pain.

Geir Haarde, the Prime Minister of a Social Democratic coalition government, negotiated a two million one hundred thousand dollar loan, to which the Nordic countries added another two and a half million. But the foreign financial community pressured Iceland to impose drastic measures.  The FMI and the European Union wanted to take over its debt, claiming this was the only way for the country to pay back Holland and Great Britain, who had promised to reimburse their citizens.

Protests and riots continued, eventually forcing the government to resign. Elections were brought forward to April 2009, resulting in a left-wing coalition which condemned the neoliberal economic system, but immediately gave in to its demands that Iceland pay off a total of three and a half million Euros.  This required each Icelandic citizen to pay 100 Euros a month (or about $130) for fifteen years, at 5.5% interest, to pay off a debt incurred by private parties vis a vis other private parties. It was the straw that broke the reindeer’s back.

What happened next was extraordinary. The belief that citizens had to pay for the mistakes of a financial monopoly, that an entire nation must be taxed to pay off private debts was shattered, transforming the relationship between citizens and their political institutions and eventually driving Iceland’s leaders to the side of their constituents. The Head of State, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, refused to ratify the law that would have made Iceland’s citizens responsible for its bankers’ debts, and accepted calls for a referendum.

Of course the international community only increased the pressure on Iceland. Great Britain and Holland threatened dire reprisals that would isolate the country.  As Icelanders went to vote, foreign bankers threatened to block any aid from the IMF.  The British government threatened to freeze Icelander savings and checking accounts. As Grimsson said: “We were told that if we refused the international community’s conditions, we would become the Cuba of the North.  But if we had accepted, we would have become the Haiti of the North.” (How many times have I written that when Cubans see the dire state of their neighbor, Haiti, they count themselves lucky.)

In the March 2010 referendum, 93% voted against repayment of the debt.  The IMF immediately froze its loan.  But the revolution (though not televised in the United States), would not be intimidated. With the support of a furious citizenry, the government launched civil and penal investigations into those responsible for the financial crisis.  Interpol put out an international arrest warrant for the ex-president of Kaupthing, Sigurdur Einarsson, as the other bankers implicated in the crash fled the country.

But Icelanders didn’t stop there: they decided to draft a new constitution that would free the country from the exaggerated power of international finance and virtual money.  (The one in use had been written when Iceland gained its independence from Denmark, in 1918, the only difference with the Danish constitution being that the word ‘president’ replaced the word ‘king’.)

To write the new constitution, the people of Iceland elected twenty-five citizens from among 522 adults not belonging to any political party but recommended by at least thirty citizens. This document was not the work of a handful of politicians, but was written on the internet. The constituent’s meetings are streamed on-line, and citizens can send their comments and suggestions, witnessing the document as it takes shape. The constitution that eventually emerges from this participatory democratic process will be submitted to parliament for approval after the next elections.

Some readers will remember that Iceland’s ninth century agrarian collapse was featured in Jared Diamond’s book by the same name. Today, that country is recovering from its financial collapse in ways just the opposite of those generally considered unavoidable, as confirmed yesterday by the new head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde to Fareed Zakaria. The people of Greece have been told that the privatization of their public sector is the only solution.  And those of Italy, Spain and Portugal are facing the same threat.

They should look to Iceland. Refusing to bow to foreign interests, that small country stated loud and clear that the people are sovereign.

That’s why it is not in the news anymore.

Stryker is an American writer that has lived in six different countries, is fluent in four languages and a published writer in three. She looks at the big picture from a systems and spiritual point of view.

This article was originally published by the Daily Kos

Revolution

The Great Turning

You’ve asked me to tell you of the Great Turning, of how we saved the world from disaster. The answer is both simple and complex:

We turned.

For hundreds of years we had turned away as life on earth grew more precarious. We turned away from the homeless men on the streets, the stench from the river, the children orphaned in Iraq, the mothers dying of AIDS in Africa.

We turned away because that is what we had been taught. To turn away, from the pain, from the hurt in another’s eyes, from the drunken father or the friend betrayed. Always we were told, in actions louder than words, to turn away, turn away. And so we became a lonely people caught up in a world moving too quickly, too mindlessly toward its own demise.

Until it seemed as if there was no safe place to turn. No place, inside or out, that did not remind us of fear or terror, despair and loss, anger and grief.

Yet on one of those days someone did turn.

Turned to face the pain. Turned to face the stranger. Turned to look at the smoldering world and the hatred seething in too many eyes. Turned to face himself, herself.

And then another turned. And another. And another. And as they wept, they took each other’s hands.

Until whole groups of people were turning. Young and old, gay and straight. People of all colors, all nations, all religions. Turning not only to the pain and hurt but to the beauty, gratitude and love. Turning to one another with forgiveness and a longing for peace in their hearts.

At first the turning made people dizzy, even silly. There were people standing to the side gawking, criticizing, trying to knock the turners down. But the people turning kept getting up, kept helping one another to their feet.

Their Laughter and kindness brought others into the turning circle until even the naysayers began to smile and sway.

As the people turned, they began to spin, reweaving the web of life, mending the shocking tears, knitting it back together with the colors of the earth, sewing on tiny mirrors so the beauty of each person, each creature, each plant, each life form might be seen and respected.

And as the people turned, as they spun like the earth through the universe, the web wrapped around them like a soft baby blanket, making it clear all were loved, nothing separate. As this love reached into every crack and crevice, the people began to wake and wonder, to breathe and give thanks, to work and celebrate together. And so the world was saved, but only as long as you, too, sweet one, remember to turn.

–written by Christine Fry (October 19, 2004)

found  at http://thrivalinternational.wordpress.com

Revolting Students!

I intended to start this log on the fifth of November, Guy Fawkes Day, for several reasons. Firstly, it’s possibly the most widely-known of sociopolitical dates in the British cultural calendar, a lonely pride of place in the relative desert of national sociopolitical consciousness. Secondly, it’s the first anniversary of the launch of Psyclone, released a year ago on that day for the reason just stated.

I may post it anyway. In light of recent and current events around the world, the questions and lessons it contains are worth going over often.

Meanwhile, it’s with great pleasure that I open with the subject of this first post, revolting students.

Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

As will always eventually happen, possibly through the principle of some well-known Law of Thermodynamics or other, the tightening of the thumbscrews…, sorry, lid has produced a buildup of pressure that’s led to a reaction. Actually, that’s a rather good analogy, given that until late last night police were still ‘kettling’ students who were protesting against the proposed government cuts in education funding.

For those of you who haven’t yet exercised their democratic right to protest and thus had a taste of being kettled, kettling is an increasingly used police tactic of herding hundreds of people, usually the democratically acting types, into confined spaces, penning them for hours, refusing to let anyone leave or have access to water and/or toilets, and periodically attacking the people at the edges.

On hearing the news, about the protest not the typical police heavy-handedness, my heart soared. Sat at the kitchen table I shook my fist once and gave a jubilant hiss, ‘Yes!’

You don’t know me yet, so can be excused for thinking that you’re reading the meandering rantings of an anarchist malcontent. You’d be partially right, but I’m going to try to stay on-topic and not meander too much.

Now there are all sorts of details to consider, each of which have already stimulated a variety of mental responses, but my instant overall feeling was one of joy, and relief.

For years the youth of this country have been slowly and steadily depoliticised. Whatever the reason and whatever the detail, I’m so glad and relieved that they’ve found their voice again.

It’s also a buzz to witness modern technology being used in a socially important and valuable way, with students present at the various events relaying information and images, including video, to news agencies via email from their phones, and chants like ‘you’re going on YouTube’ being heard in reaction to the police brutalising teenagers. Excellent!

See Laurie Penny’s report in yesterday’s Guardian, and her New Statesman article here

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I leave you with a quote from Chapter 10 of Psyclone:

Repressed for so many years, distracted with seductive and hypnotic media conditioning, students had rediscovered their political voice. It was their world too. Practical solutions were discussed at length in lively, emotional meetings where Marxist, Surrealist, Situationist, and Zapatista theory and history were brought out and aired. More than anyone, young people felt the disillusionment of the voting process. Government was so far away and concepts made too complex to consider except as an isolated curricular module. Now their investigations and actions put them in touch with sincere depths and creative, inspiring visions, which in turn resulted in some creative and inspiring action.