If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao . . .

Chairman Mao of China Inc.

Mark your calendars, this is gonna be one of the rare occasions when I disagree with Bob Somerby:

We’ll discuss the coverage of this movement all next week. But the best thing this movement has done is this: It has redefined our political math.

Over the past dozen years, our standard political math has all turned on 50/50. We’re a 50/50, tribal nation—half red and half blue.

The Occupy Wall Street movement has pushed an important new math—99/1, not 50/50. “We are the 99 percent,” they keep saying. Through that accurate reckoning, many people, across all tribal lines, are being told, completely correctly, that they are part of this movement too—that they’re getting ripped off by the one percent, just like everyone else is.

We think it’s smart to stress this instruction, in both the history and the math. As soon as specific proposals are made, tribal walls will start rising again. The plutocrats will use long-established scripts to peel one tribe from the other.

This movement should keep giving people that history. People don’t know how we got to this place. Very few people have taken the time to tell them in a simple clear manner.

Krugman’s history is clear—and important. So is that new American math. We need more of that history, aimed at all tribal groupings, in a movement which heavily buys that new math.

I agree with the 99% vs. 1% concept, and “We are the 99%” makes a catchy slogan. But if you are gonna use it effectively you can’t be like Chevy Chase and make it sound like “We are the 99% (and you’re not!)”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 99% of the population is about 305,000,000 people. That number includes Tea Partiers, religious fundamentalists, rednecks, hillbillies, meat eaters, NASCAR fans, NRA members, Paultards, polygamists, pro-lifers, and Palin supporters.

You’re not going to win their hearts and minds saying “Just march and do what we say, STFU and keep your opinions to yourself!” You need to put down YOUR tribal scripts if you expect them to put down theirs.

If the purpose of OWS is to educate people then they need to articulate that. I would have no problem supporting that purpose. But it would mean having a goal and stuff. Right now OWS is all “No goals, no demands, no leaders, no purpose.”

If you don’t define yourself your enemies will do it for you. I haven’t been to any Occupywhatever events, but then again neither has 99% of the country. I don’t watch any network news so virtually everything I know about OWS comes from online sources. Some of those sources are pro-OWS, and some of them are anti-OWS.

Due to the lack of any official coherent message, OWS is being defined by the individuals who are receiving the most attention – the idiots, freaks and nutballs.

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14 Responses to If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao . . .

  1. Mimi says:

    The misdirection using the Organize “This” (a picture of a middle finger) is working very well. While the media is taking pictures and video of some of our most unfortunate citizens who wandered into areas containing studiously un-messaged demonstrations, emails and other materials obtained by Republicans in Congress concerning Solyndra are being dribbled out.

    Kicking off the Friday night news dump ABC News has Obama Fundraiser Pushed Solyndra Deal From Inside

    “An elite Obama fundraiser hired to help oversee the administration’s energy loan program pushed and prodded career Department of Energy officials to move faster in approving a loan guarantee for Solyndra, even as his wife’s law firm was representing the California solar company, according to internal emails made public late Friday.” And this lovely bit about what a great guy Steve Spinner is “Many of the emails were written just days after Spinner accepted a three-page ethics agreement in which he pledged he would “not participate in any discussion regarding any application involving [his wife’s law firm] Wilson [Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati].”

    Then there is a piece from the WP

    “Energy Department officials were warned that their plan to help a failing solar company by restructuring its $535 million federal loan could violate the law and should be cleared with the Justice Department, according to newly obtained e-mails from within the Obama administration. The e-mails show that Energy Department officials moved ahead anyway with a new deal that would repay company investors before taxpayers if the company defaulted. The e-mails, which were reviewed by The Washington Post, show for the first time concerns within the administration about the legality of the Energy Department’s extraordinary efforts to help Solyndra, the California solar company that went bankrupt Aug. 31.”

    Who is Steve Spinner? He is a super bundler for Obama and he is currently still super bundling for 2012. Per the CAP site “Steve Spinner is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress focusing on Energy Policy. Based in Silicon Valley, he is an advisor to numerous clean-tech and Internet companies. In September 2010, Mr. Spinner concluded his appointment as the loan programs advisor in the Office of the Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy focused on implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” Jonathan Silver, former hedgefunder , director of the DOE loan program quit and Friday was his last day. “CNN has confirmed that Silver will serve as a fellow at Third Way, a centrist think tank in Washington that focuses on the economy, energy, national security and domestic policy.”

    Forgive me for being a cynic. After a professional life digging into scams, hustles, frauds, liars, thieves, and plain old cons I am not going to be diverted and the Republicans aren’t either. Can you imagine what the TARP and bank bailout emails look like if anyone ever bothers to subpoena them? Just like this Solyndra crap I would imagine. And it isn’t even sophisticated fraud but simply run of the mill stuff in terms of plan and execution.

  2. lurker says:

    Not sure if someone posted the second video in this link. On one of the other post Monster from the Id wanted the countdown video.


    Unless the audio is fake.

  3. lurker says:

    I’m sorry, it may not be Monster from the Id who asked for it. But, someone needed video proof.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    ZoNation’s latest video ! It’s over 11 minutes but it goes fast 😀

  5. yttik says:

    Seattle had a lovely protest yesterday, an anti war march that joined up with the Occupy protesters at the park. It was respectful and escorted by the police. I say it was lovely because only in America do we support such a group of misfits marching down the middle of our streets during rush hour and the whole community is dedicated to giving them the space to gather and honoring their right to express themselves.

    Anyway, it was kind of interesting, there were some anti Occupy protesters there, too, and they actually had some pretty good discussions back and forth.

    The unions and the re-elect Obama people are definitely trying to co-opt the Occupy group. We’ll see what happens, some people weren’t too happy about that.

    • timothy2010 says:

      I plan on attending the Occupy Pittsburgh event scheduled for next Saturday. Want to try and keep an open mind or at least check my bias. The handful of people I know who plan on attending that I questioned didn’t know who van jones, george soros or ayers are. No concept of being manipulated by statements such as wall street is bad. Hearts are in the right place but seem unaware that they are being used. When I say I agree with reform but cite numerous other abuses of taxpayer dollars I get the you are spewing FOX ideology and I am dismissed as being a victim of propoganda. The irony. Since 2009 i have only watched Greta, Baier and Meghyn. No hannity or o’rielly

  6. timothy2010 says:

    i have another peeve with one of the Occupy Wall Street posters who was lamenting her 150k in debt to get a Master’s degree– to incur that much debt she was attending a private university. Huh? If she could get into Columbia/NYU she could get into CUNY and would probably have rec’d a scholarship. She wanted the cache of having attended an elite university but now doesn’t want to pay?

    • DeniseVB says:

      These kids whining about being jobless with a huge loan debt need to be reminded that Steve Jobs only attended college for one semester 😀

  7. timothy2010 says:

    One of the most obscene things that I have ver witnessed if that the University of Pittsburgh and its myriad offshoots under the unbrella of UPMC pay zero tax. Multibillion dollar enterprise paying zip. Claim not for profit but they do not treat for free. Major university with one of the top endowments who make money pay zero in taxes. Put together the most pathetic give back programs in the history of give back programs. They pay no tax but give tuition to city of Pittsburgh residents. What a fucking joke they are the largest empoyer in Pittsburgh and they are going to pay no tax?

    not not for profit as they have a monopoly on healthcare. Greedy pigs that deserve a real protest. It’s all right there.

  8. crawdad says:

    Does this mean I can’t wear my Che Guevara shirt anymore?

    • yttik says:

      Only if you’re wearing it because you think he was one of the greatest grunge guitar players ever.

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