Sunday, October 9, 2011
Heavy Efforts Under Way to Promote "Fusing" TeaParties with #Occupations
Now there's an idea I bet nobody's thought of. (/s)
I was just watching the Livestream of Slavoj Zizek answering queries in Liberty Plaza in New York, and he was talking about watching the TeaParty unfold on teevee two years ago. He said he was struck by the fact that a conservative singer entertaining a TeaParty rally in Texas was saying the same things about corporate control of the political and electoral system as the Occupiers are. He urged Occupation activists to set aside their preconceptions about the TeaPartiers (well...) and listen to them carefully. There should be some way to combine forces...
The other day, there was an editorial and an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee expressing the same sentiment. The 'baggers and the Occupations were addressing the same concerns about corporate control of government, so they should combine forces.
Then I just saw a Think Progress report #OccupySacramento from Lee Fang, and he finds somebody in the crowd who's expressing the same sentiment.
I've talked to some of the folks on the ground about this pretty intense effort on the part of parts of the establishment to see the Occupations amalgamate with the Tea Parties, and to say the least, most are not amused.
Which is not to say that individuals who are disenchanted with the direction the phony-populist Tea Party movement has taken wouldn't be welcome at an Occupation. The notion of openness is taken very seriously, as is open discussion, and participatory democracy. There's no problem with a former TeaPartier speaking their mind or urging some course of action, but there can be a big problem if some of the corporate sponsors of the Tea Parties and/or their political and marketing consultants try to worm their way in to the Occupations.
I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it, that as long as the Occupations adhere to the principles of participatory democracy as practiced in the General Assembly process, it is impossible for any single individual or interest group to hijack the Occupations. So even if numerous former Tea Partiers were to join up with the Occupations, they couldn't take it over -- unless everyone, literally, were a Tea Partier.
Meanwhile, it's this special: The New York Times editorial board endorses #OccupyWallStreet. Wonders never cease.
(And watch out, People. This is almost as serious as getting your picture on the cover of Rolling Stone!)
Note: Geezers Rule!
UPDATE: Jesse La Greca was on This Week today, and there was a good deal of intro video from the Sacramento Occupation. The panel of course was finding common ground between the Occupations and the Tea Partiers. I believe what we have here is a media "meme." I wonder how that happened.
Then there was the Chris Hayes gabfest with Naomi Klein, Van Jones, Maria Hinajosa, and various others.
If you listen to the talkie-talkin, you'll realize what they're trying to do. They are trying to find some way to split off a portion of the Occupier Movement with some financial inducement, whether it is foreclosure relief or student loan relief or something that will force the movement to dissipate and eventually disband.
I'm sure this is the kind of talk that's going around through all the halls of power: "What do we have to do to kill this thing?"
Same as it ever was.
[Picked up both videos over at Digby's Place. Go give her some love. She's apparently feeling out of sorts... For those who don't know, I was "unbanned" at some point, but since I've been hammering the notion of what's really going on with the Occupations, as opposed to what the media says about them, it is taken as some sort of a threat by the Powers That Be yonder. Bizarre.]