Though billed as a “leaderless” movement, there are many other powers at play behind the scenes of the Occupy Movement. Among those vying for control of the movement are those with communist philosophy, and from much of what I’ve seen, few involved in the movement would be opposed to it.
From the very first footsteps on Zucotti Park, protesters have proudly displayed banners and signs emblazoned with Communist imagery and slogans. Those that denied that it was a movement rooted in Communism were either lying, or too stupid to realize what they were taking part in.
Others were more than happy (video link) to share their agenda as to why they support the movement. All foolishness aside, there is a very real threat to the American way of life deeply embedded within the core foundation of Occupy Wall Street.
A quick glance at any Occupy protest is all it takes to see the seeds of communism. In fact, it’s in Occupy’s main slogan, “We Are the 99%.” The belief is that they, the 99%, must rise up to defeat those with the wealth, or the 1%. Aside from the 1% being a paper-thin enemy (see Who Are the 1%), the notion is one of class warfare.
The class warfare struggle is outlined in the first chapter of Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Marx described a revolution by the proletariat against the rich, bourgeois ruling class.
Even Occupy Wall Street co-founder Kalle Lasn speaks about capitalism in a New Yorker profile piece:
Lasn…speaks of “a dark age coming for humanity” and of “killing capitalism”…
Even the imagery of Occupy Wall Street became intertwined with that of communist movements. Recently, even the chants themselves have turned purely anti-capitalist. The “anti-capitalista” chant now makes it way into every major Occupy action, even those protesting women’s rights and most recently, marches for the Trayvon Martin killing.
Communist Party USA
Soon after the Occupiers planted themselves in NYC, they gained a not-so-surprising ally: the Communist Party USA. On October 11, 2011, the CPUSA facilitated a conference call in which they outlined their involvement with Occupy Wall Street.
On October 13, 2011, the CPUSA posted on their website, “An epic battle is underway for the direction of our country. The Occupy movement is not alone.”
Shortly thereafter, on October 15, CPUSA marched with Occupy Chicago. When the CPUSA announced their allegiance with Occupy, the reaction was not that of disappointment, or even indifference. It was met with cheers:
It should be noted that at the same time, another group with socialist roots endorsed Occupy Wall Street, as well: the American Nazi Party.
Control the Media…
Into its first few weeks, it was was apparent that Occupy Wall Street needed its own way of disseminating its own propaganda. Though information could be traded quickly over social media, much of it remained as unfocused as the protestors themselves. Subsequently, they took to both print and electronic media in the form of the Occupied Wall Street Journal. Its editor: Jed Brandt.
A lifelong radical and communist, most recently Brandt has been a member of the Kasama Project. Initially started as a website by Mike Ely, formerly of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Kasama is described on Wikipedia as “a United States-based network of people organized to support a communist project for the overthrow and transformation of all oppressive social conditions.”
In September 2009, a full two years before anyone marched on Wall Street, Brandt spoke at the Brecht Forum, where he stated:
“We have to help bring this government down. We have to help destroy this system, and that requires increasing the alienation that working class and oppressed people feel. The way change is going to happen in this country is by the destruction of what we call the United States of America…
…Los Angeles erupted [speaking of the Rodney King riots], and the people who were told they didn’t matter, they burned that city to the ground. And the next time that fight happens, I want it to be an organized fight that’s progressive, and not simply arson. I watched France burn this year, and goddammit, I’m with those people.”
This is the man that now has a large part in controlling the Occupy Wall Street media. After hearing him say this, anyone thinking that Occupy Wall Street wasn’t manufactured with an agenda would have to be naive.
Adopting the Imagery
It should stand to reason that OWS begin to adopt the imagery of the movement it truly represents. Like countless other socialist groups, the raised fist is seen on most Occupy logos.
For the upcoming May 1st Strike (or International Workers Day), the imagery is becoming more aligned with that of communism:
(Thanks to FoolishReporter at TheGraph)
So why is communism so bad? Occupy Wall Street makes it sound great, like everyone will be equal and live happily while all of their troubles are taken care of by the government.
The problem is, it’s never happened.
The ideology takes for granted that everyone produces evenly, while we all know this is not the case. Without the possibility of personal gain for one’s work, there is no incentive to produce. This is the reason we don’t see large streams of technological advances coming from socialist countries.
What is communism good at? Industrial killing is a good guess. Even as a philosophy, Marx recognized that those that the bourgeois and those that didn’t adhere to the concepts of communism must be removed.
In Russia, Lenin is responsible for millions of deaths under his regime (usually put at 8M+), and even those that argue in favor of Stalin put his death toll at 8.5 million people in the 1930s. (The higher end of his death toll can range up to 50 million or more.) Around 40 million deaths are attributed to Mao Ze-Dong, and even though the Khmer Rouge was responsible for 2 million deaths, it’s still regarded as a genocide. (source: Primary Megadeaths of the 20th Century)
Kim Il Sung is reported to have purged and encamped 1.6 million citizens.
Lest we forget that the Nazi party is abbreviated from “National Socialist German Workers’ Party”. More than 12 million humans put to death.
While Occupy hasn’t taken to idolizing the people responsible for these megadeaths, they are quick to sport the latest Che-wear. Ernesto “Che” Guevara killed hundreds of people, and is quoted, “If any person has a good word for the previous government that is good enough for me to have him shot.”
While his death count pales in comparison to those already listed, the man murdered people solely on the basis of political ideology.
Good source & links regarding Che Guevara.
All death and dying aside, proponents of communist society like to argue, “Well, it just hasn’t been done correctly.” If it’s such a great idea, how come no one has done it “right” yet? My guess is because communism is only as good as its best bread line or internment camp.
You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Vladimir Jaffe has been picking up his video camera to help spread the word about how much he favors capitalism over socialism. I also suggest watching the other videos on his channel.
Also, if you have the time to spare, I highly recommend National Geographic Explorer’s “Inside North Korea”. The full 46-minute video can be seen here (and may still be available on Netflix streaming, for those that favor the big screen):
Special thanks to nickarama.