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 left:

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 another world.

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.


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