Steven Birn Speaks
There is a battle underway within the Occupy Wall Street crowd.
A so-called battle for the soul of OWS is being waged between the “old” left, which is apparently represented by Obama supporting leftists and the “new” left which is apparently supported by people more radical and left-wing than moveon.org. Adbusters appears to be at the forefront of this OWS rebellion, though there are others. The question arises who is now in control of OWS. You get the feeling like the more peaceful Obama supporters are losing out to the more violent radicals.
What is this rebellion exactly? One thing to keep in mind is that all the OWS leaders are inter-connected. Van Jones, Stephen Lerner, the moveon.org gang, Adbusters, they’re all connected. The man giving money to everyone is George Soros. At first glance this battle appears to be one between the leaders of OWS and the rank and file of OWS. But that isn’t the case, this is a battle being waged in the upper leadership of OWS. The rank and file, as with all leftist movements, are just pawns being played by their leadership. The question coming out of this OWS rebellion is which group within the leadership will come out victorious and in fuller control of the OWS movement and in their minds the battle is over which group of leaders will take over once the US government is toppled. (that is their stated goal, as absurd as it is)
As it gets warmer we’re going to see more OWS protests. We’ve already seen many of them get violent this year, which suggests that in the very least the more radical of the OWS crowd has support. The radicals want violence and have advocated for so-called black bloc violence. A black bloc is a large group of people dressed head to toe in black who engage in violence. The purpose is to prevent the police from identifying any individual. In New York OWS radicals engaged in black bloc tactics, targeting at least two businesses.
If we look at OWS from a purely political standpoint, if the violent radicals take over the movement it can’t be anything but bad for Obama. Riots caused by leftists he’s associated with would destroy his re-election chances. Flashback to 1968, riots and violence caused by leftists ensured that Richard Nixon won. The far left already has their guy in the White House, it’s understandable why certain factions in OWS don’t want violence. They want to rally support for Obama’s re-election. These people truly believe that OWS is the leftist version of the Tea Party. They believe their goals are only four more years of Obama away from being realized. Their sincerity shouldn’t be doubted.
The problem though is that the left has always harbored bigger radicals than moveon.org. It has always contained a violent, chaotic element, whether it’s the Black Panthers, Adbusters or Anonymous. The goals are all the same, they all want a fundamental transformation of America away from capitalism towards socialism. Once we get to socialism, the left will fight with itself for ultimate control with the winner deciding socialism, fascism or communism. OWS has jumped the gun, fighting with themselves before they actually have full control. Which means one of two things, either the leadership is full of power hungry fools or they truly believe revolution is right around the corner and/or here. If the latter is true, it ought to terrify you. What do they know, what are they planning?
Ultimately OWS’s leadership believes their movement has more nationwide support than it really does. The radicals want to create mass chaos right now so as to push the nation towards the national salvation of socialism. In chaos the better organized wins and they know they’re better organized thus it’s in their interest to create the chaos necessary to force change. What the Obama types are legitimately concerned about is a backlash from the public against Obama if chaos happens. They rightfully see that the public will blame an already fairly unpopular President and it will set their movement back. How OWS plays out this spring and summer is anyone’s guess. There will be violence though, the violent faction will see to it.
Steven Birn is an attorney and conservative political junkie and blogger. For more news and commentary visit Steven Birn Speaks.