Occupy Wall Street: The Agent Provocateur’s Guide by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Dec. 8, 2011

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You’ve heard of Wikileaks? Well, this document comes from an old Richard Nixon playbook called “Trickileaks.” I received it by a route that I cannot reveal, and indeed I cannot attest fully to its veracity. But it sure sounds like it might be genuine, don’t you think? On the other hand, it is awfully conversational in a way, which does make one doubt its provenance. Maybe it’s just an agent provocateur from the Left making up something about agents provocateurs from the Right. But be that as it may ….

To: Our Provoking Agents (cannot use the customary French term for you, now can we.)
From: The Defenders of all that is good and true, and Exceptional, about the U.S. of A., and its truly exceptional occupiers of the Top Drawer.

As unorganized as it is right now, this “Occupy Wall Street” thing does present a real threat to us, for two reasons. We can read the data on us rich getting richer (which we deserve, down to the very last penny, of course, just because we are so much better than everyone else) just as well as those who aren’t getting rich (and are actually getting poorer, which is why we are getting richer, but that’s another story). And the last thing we want is to become un-rich. Second, as unorganized as they are now, who knows what might happen if they ever do get organized. So, better to go after them now than later.

So why do we want you folks? First, because the last thing we want to do is take them on on the merits of the case that they claim to be raising. To argue with them that the policies that we just love, that have made us rich and have given our political, economic, and media lackeys so much power, are really good for everyone is something that is becoming less and less good at holding water. Second, because if somehow or other they, or some significant chunk of them, do manage to get organized and get into the political arena, say by becoming the Democratic Party’s Tea Party, or worse yet, take part in a split of the Democratic Party producing a party that would really fight us, then we might very well have a real battle on our hands. That’s something we don’t want.

So what do we want you to do? Three things. First, most if not all of the OWS groups seem to have played into our hands by adopting a “consensus rule” for doing anything. In effect that means that just one person can stop an action. Like if a street-wise Democratic politician (and there are some) wants to get involved, at the street level, and begin organizing something that could become political, he/she needs to be turned away. So that’s one task. Make sure that anything that would really be against our real interests really gets stopped, in its tracks.

Second is to make it very difficult for any of the OWS groups to come up with any kind of “manifesto” for a real political program of change. Washington, DC OWS, led by someone named Kevin Zeese, actually did this (1). And certain other total Lefties, like Robert Reich and Michael Moore, are coming up with their versions. Very dangerous. We’ve got to do everything we can to divert and distract, to make the “movement,” or whatever you want to call it, focus on the side issues of “free speech” and “free assembly,” as if they are rights guaranteed by the Constitution. Well they aren’t. The First Amendment only talks about “Congress shall make no law . . .” But as long as they are fighting on these issues of process, they are not fighting on issues of substance, like what Zeese wrote about. So let’s make sure that they stay there, on the process side of the street.

Third, just as we had our propaganda channel (oops, we mean our Fox”News”Channel) screaming for the Tea Party 24/7 so do we have the propaganda channel out in force screaming against OWS, 24/7. Hey, you know, protest is fine, just as long as it’s our kind of protest. So, we’ve got to give them some raw meat, the more of it the better. So go to it, guys and gals. Defecate in the street. Work to keep the camp-sites messy. Bring in some druggies if you can find them (making sure to give them their drugs for their trouble) and if you can’t, just make the stuff up. Have sex and enjoy it, loudly. Pass around rumors about rape. So what if none are ever reported to the police. Just as long as you-know-who on our side can yell ”rape,” that’s all we need. If you can stir up violence, especially anti-police violence, without being too obvious about it, the more the better (although our police are starting to do a pretty good job of that themselves in certain locations). In some locations OWS does have their own security details. If you can get on them and mess them up, go to it. Start fights, again without being too obvious about it. Even though there are plenty of employed people participating on a rotating basis, advertise yourselves as unemployed. That just gives more ammunition to our men Newt and Sean. And then, just use your imagination.

Winter is coming. If they have any level of organization and if they or some faction of them starts to get politically organized, they will make it through the winter and come out in the spring in a position to really influence the 2012 elections, nationally, regionally, and locally, by focusing on what we just don‘t want them to focus on: how we got where we are, what we will do to stay here, what this country really needs to use taxpayer money for, and why it really needs a lot more of it, not a lot less of it, if anyone but us is going to make out OK. We have got to keep them for now focusing as much as we can on the “free speech” stuff and the “no, we aren’t dirty druggies” stuff and by all means, the “rule by consensus” stuff. Then we will have them just where they want them. So just go to it.

Author’s Note: Of course I wrote this as part speculation, part satire. Now, in a widely circulated piece, the GOTP phrase-maker/cover-up-our-real-intent evil genius Frank Luntz has actually prepared a guide for right-wing attackers of the Occupy Wall Street movement. He delivered it at a recent meeting of The Republican Governors Association in Florida. Likely for at least some the reasons outlined above, he actually said: “I’m so scared of this anti-Wall Street effort. I’m frightened to death,” said Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist and one of the nation’s foremost experts on crafting the perfect political message. “They’re having an impact on what the American people think of capitalism.” In his message (http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/republicans-being-taught-talk-occupy-wall-street-133707949.html) he in no way talked about sending in agents provocateurs. But he did talk very much about distorting language to make it play into GOTP hands.

1. “The 99% Deficit Proposal Published: Occupy Washington DC Shows How to Create Jobs, Reduce the Wealth Divide and Control Spending,” by Kevin Zeese, http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29751.htm.

Steven Jonas, MD, MPH is a Professor of Preventive Medicine at Stony Brook University (NY) and author/co-author/editor of 30 books. In addition to being a columnist for Truthout/BuzzFlash (http://www.truth-out.org/, http://www.buzzflash.com), Dr. Jonas is also Managing Editor and a Contributing Author for TPJmagazine; a Featured Writer for Dandelion Salad; a Senior Columnist for The Greanville POST; a Contributor to Op-Ed News.com; a Contributor to TheHarderStuff newsletter; and a Contributor to The Planetary Movement.

Previously published Dec. 6, 2011 on The Greanville Post.

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