Monday, October 10, 2011

Wall Street Protesters: Fabian Strategy?

Written on October 10, 2011 by Ann-Marie Murrell

Fabian strategy is an approach to military operations where one side avoids large, pitched battles in favor of smaller, harassing actions in order to break the enemy’s will to keep fighting and wear them down through attrition. Generally, this type of strategy is adopted by smaller, weaker powers when combating a larger foe. In order for it to be successful, time must be on the side of user and they must be able to avoid large-scale actions. Also, Fabian strategy requires a strong degree of will from both politicians and soldiers, as frequent retreats and a lack of major victories can prove demoralizing.”

For the past few weeks we’ve all watched countless videos of protesters being interviewed from New York to Los Angeles. Most feature people who seem completely clueless—not even sure why they’re there other than ‘hating Wall Street’.

Of course, when interviewers ask the protesters what precisely they are protesting, the answer is usually something like “We’re tired of the banks and rich people!” or “because I’m a Socialist (or Communist) or, as is usually the case, blank stares and/or giggles.

We’ve all laughed at these people, joked and shared photos of them on Facebook. But are these Stalinesque ‘useful idiots’ actually dangerous?

When you look at the people behind the movement, I’d say yes, perhaps. And the one thing I keep hearing from all of them is, like a Fabian strategy, they are in this for the long haul.

Communist and former Obama administration official Van Jones is said to have started the protests with his “Save the American Dream” movement—coinciding with the Occupy Wall Street protests, created and funded by George Soro via

“It was very easy when [the] Tea Party first started, to dismiss them, to laugh at them and say ‘this is just nothing, it’s some kind of joke, it’s a fad, it’s going to go away,’” Jones told reporters after a Save the American Dream rally in Washington, D.C.

“Everybody should hold onto their seats,” Jones said. “October is going to be the turning point when it comes to the progressive fight back. You can see it coming.”

Jones is likening these movements with the Arab Spring protests that happened throughout the Middle East and claims there will be many more similar movements ‘flowering’ throughout the United States.

(In case you don’t remember, Arab Spring was when the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda took over half the Middle East and when CBS news reporter Laura Logan was brutally gang-raped during Egypt’s celebrations…but I digress.)

“You are going to see an American Fall, an American Autumn, just like we saw the Arab Spring,” Jones continued. “You can see it right now with these young people on Wall Street. Hold onto your hats, we’re going to have an October offensive to take back the American dream and to rescue America’s middle class.”

Interestingly, no one involved in these movements seem to be attributing any of the economic failures on the president. None of them seem to be protesting the Obama administration—just America and “rich people” in general. And speaking of, almost every progressive politician has offered praise and encouragement for the protests, from Nancy Pelosi to the president himself (both of whom are very rich, but who’s counting…)

Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Rep. John Larson (D-Conn) said, “We have to make sure that as Tunisia, as Egypt, as frankly the whole world starts to look at how free people think and feel, that [they] understand that it’s an evolving process. It just doesn’t happen overnight.”

Just so you won’t have to, I went to Van Jones’ website and found out their upcoming plans. Just like Roman Quintus Fabius Maximus Verrucosus, they are NOT giving up on this battle anytime soon.

On November 17 they are planning a “National Day of Action” in which they plan to “punish” the congressional Supercommittee. (What does that mean? Should we perhaps contact Homeland Security, because this certainly sounds like a THREAT to me):

On that day, we will hold members of Congress accountable — we will punish those who oppose job-creating legislation, and we will praise and support those who push hard for real solutions. We need jobs, not cuts. We need economic growth, funded by making the wealthiest pay their fair share.

They are also planning on recruiting and supporting their own candidates for the 2012 elections—“building power from the ballot box, from the bottom up”.

That’s why we’re recruiting and supporting at least 2,012 American Dream candidates to run in 2012 — in all 50 states from school Board on up to Congress. New Organizing Institute’s Candidate Project, led by Carlos Odio – a rising American Dream leader, and Progressive Majority and are taking the lead on this.

Finally, they are calling on one million Americans to “step up as American Dream leaders” and are planning to infiltrate “churches and synagogues, union halls and living rooms.”

In just the last three months, hundreds of thousands of people have taken action online, and tens of thousands of people have met at local American Dream meetings in every congressional district in the nation. And we’ve barely begun. We’ll hold house meetings and teach-ins on economic policy, we’ll work with entrepreneurs to test out new shareable ways of working together. And we’ll spark scholars, creatives, videographers, graphic designers to engage their communities and produce and create what a movement needs.

So there ya go. To me, it sounds like their plans for an “American Fall” are more like plans for the “Fall of America”.

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