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  •  Sowing Distrust (4.00)
    One probably does not need to look all the way back to the Black Panther movement to see government/right-wing interference with opposition groups.
    Among the standard tactics were the use of agents provocateurs to do things to discredit the movement, and the fanning of internal policy and personality conflicts with the hope of distracting activists into internecine battles.

    Sound familiar?

    •  the use of agents provocateurs (none)
      great point, one worth remembering

      ""Among the standard tactics were the use of agents provocateurs to do things to discredit the movement, and the fanning of internal policy and personality conflicts with the hope of distracting activists into internecine battles.""

    •  Exactly... (none)
      and this site has become full of trolls trying to distract us from the goal...
    •  too vague (none)
      reading that, it is not clear if I had someone from either 'side' in mind. In fact that is a general pattern of sabotage to be mindful of, and trying to guess who is playing what role is just supporting the tactic.  
      The response I advocate would be to avoid overreactions, or extreme reactions and avoid use of ad hominem arguments, and speak directly to issues of contention.
      This will not only help protect us from some interference, but will also rais the level of discourse and protect the process.

      Our diversity of opinions and experiences is a great strength that must not be turned against us. We have an unprecedented capacity to collect and filter information. We can no more afford to let intimidation or self-censorship make topics taboo, than we can to sloppily repeat inflammatory falsehoods.  

      We must keep bunking, debunking, and rebunking our analysis until it is right.

      "If I admit I'm paranoid, does that make my enemies imaginary?"

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