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    the executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contractor's employees, is the effect on an establishment politician of the fact that we have now entered Stage Six of Bill Moyer's Movement Action Plan.

    The powerholders launch a hardline conflict management strategy to defend their policies, which included the following: • Promote new rhetoric and myths and re-emphasize the threat of outside demons, such as terrorism and Communism, to try to rally an increasingly skeptical public.
    • Increase their counter-movement strategy to gather intelligence; discredit the movement; cause internal disruption, control, and steer the movement; preempt it by claiming to do the movement's program (e.g., "Star Wars will end nuclear weapons"); and try to co-opt the movement under mainstream political control (e.g., co-sponsor grossly watered down Congressional bills).
    • Engage in the dynamics of conflict with the movement by switching strategies, stance, and policies as needed, for example, from invading Nicaragua with U.S. troops, to supporting the proxy contras and waging low-intensity warfare against Nicaragua.
    • Publicly appear to be engaged in a meaningful "negotiation process", while actually carrying out operative policies and doctrines without giving up any important advantages. Powerholders keep pronouncing that their policies are correct and winning. Finally, splits begin happening within the power structure, as over time pressure from the new social and political consensus force increasing portions of the mainstream political, economic and social elites to switch their position, even openly oppose the policies of the central powerholders in order to protect their own self-interests. The issue is now hotly contested within Congress, the Administration, and all other political levels.
    My bold.

    In effect this means that our social movement to improve workers' lives at the expense of the capitalists is winning. Moyer recognizes eight stages to victory, and we are in stage six.

    We cannot win a war crime - Dancewater, July 27, 2008

    by unclejohn on Tue Jan 28, 2014 at 01:30:16 PM PST

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