Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Expect More "Direct Action" from Occupy Wall Street This Coming Year

One of my readers sent me a link to this article of December 22, 2011, from MSN Money about the future tactics of the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The key point:
Listen to some of the specific guerrilla tactics they warn will be used in their 2012 "American Spring" assault: A "marked escalation of surprise, playful, precision disruptions, rush-hour flash mobs, bank occupations, 'occupy squads' and edgy theatrics." And in a New Yorker magazine interview shortly after New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "military-style operation," Lasn warned: "this means escalation, pushing us one step closer to a revolution."
The article doesn't just stop on reporting the OWS tactics, but actually lends support. For instance, the author writes:
But to truly understand how this class war is predicting what lies ahead, know that class war is not just between the superrich and the 99%. It is more a generational war between America's youth and a wealthy, entrenched establishment. The young helped elect the president and expected "change we can believe in." Unfortunately things got worse, and they're mad as hell.

Investors, especially, had better watch out: This pent-up energy in America's youth is building to a critical mass (as happened in Europe and the Arab world, and now in China and Russia), and it will explode across the economic and political landscape in 2012.

In the final analysis, however, you sense that in spite of their accelerating rage against the establishment, America's youth, our next great generation, also had a sudden epiphany and learned a crucial lesson. Oh yes. Because their enemies didn't just give them a great gift, but also inadvertently trained them in using a more aggressive special-ops, guerrilla, quick-strike strategy. Listen and you'll see what they learned in one night raid against them:

"Why can't the American power elite engage with the nation's young?

"Instead, they stayed aloof, ignored us and wished us away," then "attacked us in Zuccotti Park in the dead of the night.

"Bloomberg's raid was carried out with military precision. The surprise attack began at 1 a.m. with a media blackout. The encampment was surrounded by riot police, credentialed mainstream journalists who tried to enter were pushed back or arrested, and the airspace was closed to news helicopters. What happened next was a blur of tear gas; a bulldozer; confiscation or destruction of everything in the park, including 5,000 books; upward of 150 arrests; and the deployment of a Long Range Acoustic Device, the infamous 'sound cannon' best known for its military use in Iraq. . . .

"This kind of military mindset and violent response to nonviolent protesters makes no sense. It did not work in the Middle East, and it's not going to work in America either. This is the bottom line . . . you cannot attack your young and get away with it."

Repeat that "bottom line . . . you cannot attack your young and get away with it." And yet, that's exactly what Wall Street, America's superrich, their lobbyists and all their bought politicians are doing: "attacking our young." Attacking our next generation. Attacking America's future.

Our leaders are ideologically blind to the need to invest and invest big in jobs before this accelerating rage reaches a critical mass and ignites, triggering another American Revolution and the Second Great Depression.
OWS has so far proven itself to be nothing but rubes--and incredibly ignorant and unmotivated ones at that--for the liberal wing of the Democratic party. But perhaps they are waking up to the fact that Obama and the Democrats are the party of, by and for billionaires and their entrenched interests; ergo, the Democrats (including Obama) may not be able to rely on the youth vote this time around. In any event, it should make this coming year a little more interesting...if the OWS protestors can just follow through on their grand dreams.

What they don't understand is that the clash, when it comes, will not a simple clash between rich and poor. It will be the businesses of all sizes trying to provide valuable and useful products and services against those companies that make their money via bailouts, preferential laws and regulations, billion-dollar government loans,  subsidies and other forms of government protection, and otherwise feed at the public trough. It will be between the hard-working professional or blue-collar worker versus those whose incomes rely on tax revenues. And, unfortunately, it will be between those who rely on government pension systems and those who are paying taxes to support those systems. We are living in interesting times.

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