Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless by Chris Hedges

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Feb. 13, 2012

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There is a recipe for breaking popular movements. I watched it play out over five years in the war in El Salvador. I now see these familiar patterns in the assault against the Occupy movement. It goes like this. Physically eradicate the insurgents’ logistical base of operations to disrupt communication and organization. Dry up financial and material support. Create rival organizations—the group Stand for Oakland seems to be one of these attempts—to discredit and purge the rebel leadership. Infiltrate the movement to foster internal divisions and rivalries, a tactic carried out consciously, or perhaps unconsciously, by an anonymous West Coast group known as OLAASM—Occupy Los Angeles Anti Social Media.

Provoke the movement—or front groups acting in the name of the movement—to carry out actions such as vandalism and physical confrontations with the police that alienate the wider populace from the insurgency. Invent atrocities and repugnant acts supposedly carried out by the movement and plant these stories in the media. Finally, offer up a political alternative. In the war in El Salvador it was Jose Napoleon Duarte. For the Occupy movement it is someone like Van Jones. And use this “reformist” to co-opt the language of the movement and promise to promote the movement’s core aims through the electoral process.


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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


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12 thoughts on “Occupy Draws Strength From the Powerless by Chris Hedges

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  12. Chris , right on my friend . flashback –first century Imperial Rome . the Apostle Paul talked about the ”weakness of God is stronger than the strength of men ”. A paradox that the merely political man cannot perceive .

    If human beings were to follow that template en mass , whole Empires would crumble thru non cooperation and resistance. Humility always wins , and the meek inherit the earth without the violating their conscience. FACT.

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