When this movement first began, I tried to be open minded about their mission and also hoped that their goals and objectives would gain greater focus
with the passage of a little time. Now, we are 2 months into these illegal occupations (technically) and still nothing. No real concrete action,
suggestions, solutions or future plans. The only plans I see, are that of digging in for the winter and how to combat a lice outbreak in Portland
and how to protect woman from sexual predators lurking in the darkness and anonymity of Zuccotti Park.
The violence is escalating with the passing of everyday with California acting as the catalyst for other locations.
I cannot relate to anything mentioned by OWS beyond reforming the Fed. Even with the message of end the Fed, no one has marched on their offices and
they only drop anti Semitic comments about Bernanke with no substance beyond the slurs.
No marching on the congressional offices or even the Capital Building or the White House.
I am getting the message now that solutions are not part of the goal here. The only desired outcome is chaos and a complete upheaval of our nation by
a group of people who do NOT even remotely represent the core population of this nation. Not even close. We are simply seeing a means to an end and
they will sit as long as possible until the end is nigh.
We are witnessing a live stage show taken right out of Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals". The popular guide book for the progressive movement now
leading our nation and for those partaking in the OWS occupations.
The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual
resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only
whether they will work. To say that corrupt means corrupt the ends is to believe in the immaculate conception of ends and principles.
Alinsky- Rules for Radicals Page 24
Ethics and the notion of moral rectitude have been thrown out the window on the way to Alinsky's end as carried out by the Occupy movement. When push
comes to shove they will continue to take the "means" to a new level.
Ever wonder why none of these people want an open dialogue with any figure or official who has the power to make decisions beyond letting them camp
out for another night?? They haven't reached that point yet..
Perhaps Alinsky has the answer once again.
the organizer must be able to split himself into two parts -- one part in the arena of action where he polarizes the issue to 100 to nothing, and
helps to lead his forces into conflict, while the other part knows that when the time comes for negotiations that it really is only a 10 percent
Alinsky- Rules for radicals page 78
Pardon my sourcing, all I have is a dog eared and highlighted copy of his book that I bought used 21 years ago in the Uni Bookstore.
Notice how we are seeing a shift in the tactics used on the streets to bring the fight outside of the encampments. Even to a Burger King. Time is
wearing these people thin!!
"A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time...."
Hence the new
levels of excitement added to these campers lives on the street.
Alinsky Rule #7 Power tactics
"The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this
unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign."
I'll leave at this from page 117
The job then is getting the people to move, to act, to participate; in short, to develop and harness the necessary power to effectively conflict
with the prevailing patterns and change them. When those prominent in the status quo turn and label you an 'agitator' they are completely correct, for
that is, in one word, your function—to agitate to the point of conflict
Conflict Conflict Conflict.... The message clearly sent by Alinsky....Also the message clearly sent by OWS and company
edit on 8-11-2011 by
jibeho because: (no reason given)