Monday, April 23, 2012

The 99% Spring: Forewarned is Forearmed

Forewarned is Forearmed

It is Spring in America, and, et al, claim to have trained 100,000 people from 9-15 April 2012 for non-violent direct action.  Their advertised national action days are as follows:
April 24 Wells Fargo Shareholder meeting, San Francisco
April 25 1T Day: Breaking the Link between Higher Education and the Banks on the day student loan debt passes $1 Trillion
April 25 GE Shareholder Meeting, Detroit
May 1 May Day (support Occupy and Immigrant rights groups) [this is International Workers' Day, which is a celebration of the international labor movement and left-wing movements; this day will most likely be enormous throughout western nations to advance the cause of global socialism]
May 3 Verizon shareholder meeting
May 5 Connect the Dots
May 9 Bank of American Shareholder meeting, North Carolina
May 24 Sallie Mae Shareholder meeting, Delaware
June 1 Walmart Shareholder meeting, Arkansas
Notice how they are targeting shareholder meetings.  They are taking a page from Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."  (By the way, the Midwest Academy which is the current day repository for teaching Alinsky tactics is a participating organization, along with a Who's Who of socialist organizations.)
"We know that we are predominantly a middle-class society living in a corporate economy, an economy that tends to form conglomerates so that in order to know where the power lies, you have to find out who owns whom. For some years past it's been like trying to find the pea in the shell game” but now there are strobe lights flashing for further confusion. The one thing certain is that masses of middle-class Americans are ready to move toward major confrontations with corporate America. 
 "College students have argued that their administrations should give student committees the proxies in their stock portfolios for use in the struggle for peace and against pollution, inflation, racially discriminatory policies, and other evils.... 
"The proxy idea first came up as a way to gain entrance to the annual stockholders' meeting for harassment and publicity, and again accident and necessity played a part....
"Soon I was intoxicated by the possibilities. You could begin to play the whole Wall Street Board up and down. You could go to, say, Corporation Z, point out your proxy holding there, mention that there were certain grievances you had against them for some of their bad policy operations, but that you were willing to forget about them (for the time being) if they would use their stock to put pressure on Corporation Q for the sake of influencing Corporation X. The same muscle could be applied to Corporation Q itself. You could make your deals up and down. Always operating in your favor was the self-interest of the corporations and the fact that they hate each other. This is what I would call corporate jujitsu....
"Proxies represented a key to participation by the middle class. But the question was how to organize it. These people, the vast majority of Americans, who feel helpless in the huge corporate economy, who don't know which way to turn, have begun to turn away from America, to abdicate as citizens. They rationalize their action by saying that, after all, the experts and the government will take care of it all. They are like the Have-Nots who, when unorganized and powerless, simply resign themselves to a sad scene. Proxies can be the mechanism by which these people can organize, and once they are organized they will re-enter the life of politics. Once organized around proxies they will have a reason to examine, to become educated about, the various corporation policies and practices both domestic and foreign because now they can do something about them.
"There will even be "fringe benefits." Trips to stockholders' meetings will bring drama and adventure into otherwise colorless and sedentary suburban lives. Proxy organizations will help bridge the generation gap, as parents and children join in the battle against the Pentagon and the corporations." (from Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals")

Disclaimer: These opinions are solely my own, and do not reflect the opinions or official positions of any United States Government agency, organization or department.

1 comment:

  1. These Leftist Action days are important for us to follow.