Adbusters Worries: Is the Professional Left Corrupting Occupy?
Kalle Lasn and the crew at Adbusters are very worried about the future of
Occupy. They are now encouraging their fans and followers to defend it not
from the police or conservative media outlets but from the encroaching professional
First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout. then
they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids. and now
they're threatening to neutralize our insurgency with an insidious campaign
of donor money and co-optation. This counter-strategy worked to kill off the
Tea Party's outrage and turn it into a puppet of the Republican Party. Will
the same happen with Occupy Wall Street? Will our insurgency turn into the
Democrats' Tea Party pet?
The Tea Party's goal was always to change the way government operated, and
they were pretty successful in the 2010 elections, sweeping the House and
state houses around the country. But apparently participating in democratic
elections is for suckers.
Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left, the
same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of
revolution for decades? Will you allow MoveOn, The Nation and Ben &
Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a
"99% Spring" reelection campaign for President Obama?
We are now in a battle for the soul of Occupy. a fight to the finish between
the impotent old left and the new vibrant, horizontal left who launched
Occupy Wall Street from the bottom-up and who dreams of real democracy and
Lasn and his magazine want Occupy to stand for something besides
participation in the current system, which they see as hopelessly corrupt.
But what they want to replace it with--"real democracy"--is just another way to
describe mob rule. That's what Adbusters is about and that's what Occupy
was really about as well. It would be nice if the mainstream media would
make that goal as clear to readers and viewers as Adbusters does.