When being bashed by the cops doesn't stop Occupy, then the system will move on to more subtle tactics. Flooding the movement with co-opters,
infiltrators, provocateurs, and paid shills, is what that will amount to.
The goal isn't necessarily to discredit the movement. Bad PR can still be overcome. The goal will be something far more insidious.
The government knows that with informal organisations like Occupy, relationships between people have to be primarily trust based. So the goal of
infiltrators is going to be to try and destroy that needed trust. Cause infighting, turn people against each other...maybe even send in some
undercover cops to spring a couple of particularly timely, juicy arrests if they can come up with suitably messy charges, etc. Creating a general
atmosphere within the movement of fear, distrust, and paranoia will be the goal.
If Occupy want to overcome that, they are going to need to know who they can trust, and who they can't. They are also going to have to watch their
own tendency to engage in gossip, if they have one, and the general craving for drama that everyone has these days, Occupy or otherwise.
Watch your back, Kali...and tell the others to do likewise. If Occupy truly comes back this year, they will be moving into
, as Eric Raymond once referred to it; and that is the phase when the
opposition customarily takes the gloves off
. Things could get seriously
edit on 13-4-2012 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)