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If the Plutocrats started to panic over #OccupyWallStreet, how would they counteract to put it down?

A) The opposite of a media blackout. Cover the story so much and so often that lazy indulged middle Americans start saying, "I'm so sick of hearing about this Occupy Wall Street thing".

B) Use police brutality to thin out the protesters into a smaller more committed group while taking cover under the rhetoric that you were just enforcing the laws on the books.

C) Tell your lapdogs, the politicians, to get their ass on TV and tell the American people that they really understand their pain.

D) Create a diversion, and while you're at it, why reinvent the wheel? Aren't diversions what God created Iran for?  (cue far-fetched story of assassination attempt since "assasination" starts with "A" and they were too lazy to go through their list and get more creative, like they did with the Iraq WMDs)

E) If all else fails, infiltrate #Occupations, create division, encourage or even cause rioting and then use the rationale of civil unrest and lawlessness to restrict citizen's rights while expanding the power of the powerful.

To overcome this enemy, and make no mistake about it, the Plutocrats and the Oligarchs are your enemy, you have to think like them, but DO NOT stoop to their level. Rise above their level of consciousness and from that perspective, what to do next will be clear.


Originally posted to Eric Allen Bell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 02:24 AM PDT.

Also republished by Occupy Wall Street.

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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 02:24:50 AM PDT

  •  Plutocrats don't panic (1+ / 0-)
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    That's not how they are wired.
    Fume, maybe.
    Speed up their pace, maybe.

    Rudyard Kipling's poem, "If"

    If you can keep your head when all about you
     Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    . . . . .

    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
     And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!
    •  I'll buy that sort of... (0+ / 0-)

      But let us not dehumanize the enemy.  Plutocrats are people and people panic.  

      Some panic easily while others have to be pushed to the extreme.  But everyone is capable of panic.

      Peace ;)


      by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 09:25:22 AM PDT

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  •  okay... (0+ / 0-), two quick thoughts:

    --#ows has done a fantastic job of hitting people over the head with sticks...but what doesn't seem to yet be emerging is the carrot.

    we have to deliver victories to those who support us before this movement will be taken as a potential ally in the halls of power.

    that means this movement needs to latch on to some deserving candidates - or run its own - AND GET THEM ELECTED.

    at that point we can go back to politicians and say:

    "we may not have the money of crossroads gps...but we have the votes, and we can and will win elections for those who support us...and we can and will target those who oppose us...and if you don't want us targeting you next, you better get with the program. "

    hunter thompson ran for sheriff of aspen and encountered some of the same issues back in 1970, here's his account of how that went down.

    --you forgot an "f" in your option list: co-opt the movement by enlisting/buying its leaders into the "establishment".

    this is a bigger problem for the tea party, as there is a lot more money available for the purpose, but it could easily happen to #ows as well.

    "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

    by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 03:27:33 PM PDT

    •  Revolution in Consciousness (1+ / 0-)
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      by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 04:03:36 PM PDT

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      •  ultimately... (0+ / 0-)

        ...consciousness-raising can only get you so far: then you need direct action to make changes.

        see this guy right here?

        he could not be more raised up in his consciousness, and now we have to provide a method to turn that potential emergy into energy.

        but moving on: there are two groups who do require a bit of consciuosness-raising.

        as you correctly note, many of us do have our own issues to resolve - but if you want to turn around the country, create jobs, close guantanamo, yadda yadda yadda, you have to change the consciuosness of legislative bodies, and to do that it's highly likely that we will have to drag individual reluctant legislators, kicking and screaming, to that better place.

        other are already in that better place, and we need to let those folks know that we have their back.

        patrick kennedy is a good example: here was a guy who went the extra mile for lbgt rights, even though he knew he was way vulnerable in pa...and even though we tried, we failed to get him over the finish line, and he lost re-election.

        feingold is another example; grayson, still another.

        believe it or not, the house is in play in '12, the senate even more so, and if we were the reason that a series of members stayed in office - and we took out one or two others - not only does #ows suddenly become a force that drives legislators, in a big way, it also forces the tea party agenda into retreat.

        "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

        by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 04:24:50 PM PDT

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        •  Raising Consciousness... (0+ / 0-)

          ... dictates action.

          When a person is undergoing an inward revolution, their thoughts, words and deeds are, by their very nature, revolutionary.  

          What to "do" becomes more and more self-evident.

          Revolution is first and foremost an inside job.  Any other form of revolution, history has shown us by now, is just prisoners rioting for better prison conditions.

          by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 05:00:27 PM PDT

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          •  that's true enough... (0+ / 0-)

            ...but every truly revolutionary event that i can think of over the past 2000 years or so has involved some degree of dragging along the reluctant: the buddha had to do it, so did mohammad; the magna carta, the reformation, galileo/newton v the church, and the american and french revolutions, all the same.

            gandhi had to do it, too.

            you could say that voltaire and twain and kafka and a thousand others were all great consciousness-raisers, and you would be right, but in the end, someone had to go out and channel all that raised consciousness into be gandhi, as it order for things to get incrementally better in the face of a reluctant british administration.

            that's how it is throughout history: consciousness gets raised, but then you have to tangibly take some action to ameliorate some specific condition; i think a lot of folks right now see government corruption and income redistribution to the top as examples of condions that need to be fixed today, and if that's what you're trying to do, for the most part, that happens in a legislative environment.

            here's a good example of how all this can be put together: meet yetta kurland.

            she's out at the park right now as a representative of the national lawyer's guild, she's active in the stonewall democrats, and she's run for the nyc city council.

            if we can find folks like this, back 'em, and get them into office, and then support them when they're in there, then you're going to see the kind of consciuosness-raising you're looking for, not just by individuals, but on a "legislative body" level; that helps to reverse a bit of the damage we've experienced over the past four decades or so.

            "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

            by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 05:38:06 PM PDT

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            •  one more thought: (0+ / 0-)

              egypt is an example of how you can win the revolution and lose the war: at the moment it appears that the ndp is going to resurrect itself in the form of the military council, and it now appears a second revolution will be required; if there was some sort of legislative representation for parties like al ghad, or even the muslim brotherhood, this might not be so easy for the military.

              "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

              by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 05:47:12 PM PDT

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              •  Egypt - (1+ / 0-)
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                My Mohamed comment was in response to your prior post, but we both posted at the same time.

                Egypt on the one hand overthrew a greedy cruel billionaire dictator more or less nonviolently.  Amazing.

                Now we are hearing stories of how Coptic Christians are being treated like Jews in the early days leading up to Hitler's Holocaust.  

                Islamists, which is is a world referring not to all Muslims but to a very specific political and religious philosophy, are going to be quite a force to reckon with in terms of true and meaningful change in that region of the world.  

                An Islamist is deeply, deeply indoctrinated and imposes this onto others in the worst of ways.



                by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 05:54:14 PM PDT

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                •  copts have had a tough time... (0+ / 0-)

                  ...for much of the time that mubarak was president; that's because he was essentially ceding control of social mores to the muslim brotherhood over the decades as a way of preventing his own demise (read: he wanted to continue to control the money more than he wanted to control morality).

                  secular reformers (including muslims who support secular government) were having problems similar to what copts have experienced over those years; as an example, you're presumably familiar with ayman nour and his efforts to run for president and the imprisonment that followed.

                  "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

                  by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 06:13:48 PM PDT

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                  •  i should also add... (0+ / 0-)

                    ...that egyptian sufis (who are muslims) are having problems with attacks from more fundamentalist muslims affiliated with the brotherhood.

                    it's a guess, but probably 30% of the egyptian population support the brotherhood, and a subset of that group would be people i would actually describe as islamists (my definition of "islamist": someone who seeks an islamic government that supports a narrow interpretation of sharia law).

                    it's also worth noting that the brotherhood would be more supportive of hamas in gaza than the palestinian authority; egyptian governments under the ndp (and presumably the military council today) view hamas as a threat to "secular government" (again read: controlling the money), and contacts between the brotherhood and hamas in gaza were severely limited.

                    "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

                    by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 07:18:14 PM PDT

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            •  Mohamed? Really? (1+ / 0-)
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              With all due respect I realize it's PC for us all to include Mohamed when we mention these alleged wise men from times past.  But this slave owner and warmonger was no revolutionary.  What he represents is merely heightened activity within an already established pattern.  He spread his religion by the sword, killing the nonbeliever or else imposing upon them a tax for not being Muslim.

              For the record, I am not Islamophobic:


              Rather, I am just stating some basic facts.

              But most importantly, when I speak of revolution that is inward, I would argue that many of those who are most famous - such as Che who killed families - are really just more of the same pattern.

              Even this Jesus, if he even existed at all, is alleged to have claimed he was the "only way" to God, whom he stated was a male deity.  Hardly anything revolutionary going on there.  No wonder the sick country in which I reside is so enamored with this super hero.  

              A true revolutionary really, REALLY, breaks from the norm.

              Doubtful that we can look to Capital Hill for that.


              by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 05:49:54 PM PDT

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              •  i chose mohammad... (0+ / 0-)

                ...and the buddha for the same reason: both, at a similar time in history, were responsible for spreading the idea that individual actions lead to individual moral outcomes.

                before that time religions seem to have believed that there was no individual self-determination or moral consequence for individual actions; that is a revolutionary change, and it's entirely justified to say so.

                btw, muslims are required by the religion to donate to charity, because non-muslims did not have this requirement they were often taxed in muslim communities when muslims weren't; that was true from at least damascus to andalucia.

                as for slaveowning: our own fouding fathers were slaveowners and revolutionaries and flawed persons, all at the same time...and if they were buddhists they would presumably still be trapped by the cycle of karma...but what do we learn from taoists?

                there is good and bad in all of us and in others, and we can accept that with some degree of equanimity, but we can also find that even those who are flawed in one aspect of their lives can create revolutions in another - and those revolutions themselves can be flawed, even as they can be brilliant and hopeful and make lives better for those who come under their influence.

                "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

                by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 06:05:35 PM PDT

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                •  Eastern Thought (1+ / 0-)
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                  Buddha was around 2,500 years ago, Mohammed about 1,400 or so.

                  The two barely have anything in common whatsoever.  

                  The idea that Mohammed had anything at all to say that was groundbreaking is simply not supported by the facts, when you look at the already advanced philosophies in Hinduism long, long, before the warmonger, slave owner who not only ordered the stoning of a person, but also founded the so-called "religion of peace".


                  by EricAllenBell on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 06:12:06 PM PDT

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                  •  i would encourage you... (0+ / 0-)

           look a bit deeper.

                    there is a consdiderable controversy as to how islam has been interpreted over the years (sound familiar, christians?), and there is a considerable amount of effort underway to reexamine how islam is interpreted today.

                    muhammad shahrur is a leading writer who has been pushing this issue hard over the past decade, and i'd encourage you to have a look at this to get an idea of where an islamic reformation might come from, and to look at it in light of the "arab spring".

                    (the foreward and introduction are long in themselves, but if you just knock those out you'll get a real sense of where the modern philsophical questions are headed.)

                    "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

                    by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 06:59:03 PM PDT

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                    •  one final note... (0+ / 0-)

                      ...on interpretation: if you really want to see how widely the interpretation of the qur'an and sharia law can impact islamic life, look at the enormous differences in "modernity" between an islamic country like indonesia and one like saudi arabia.

                      "...this election has never been about me. it's about you."--barack obama

                      by fake consultant on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 07:40:42 PM PDT

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