FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail

Obama and Occupy Share an Umbrella?

“Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio.”

– Charles Foster Kane

Let’s say it’s 1997 and you get asked to help with an effort to destabilize the People’s Republic of China and perhaps — even if it takes a decade or two — embroil its leaders in another potential Tiananmen Square-style showdown in Hong Kong.

The first thing you might do is have the U.S. State Department call upon the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and National Democratic Institute (NDI) to conduct “a series of missions to Hong Kong to consider the development of Hong Kong’s election framework, the status of autonomy, rule of law and civil liberties, and the prospects for and challenges to democratization” between 1997 and 2011.

Other NED/NDI steps might include a “six-month young political leaders program focused on training a group of rising party and political group members in political communications skills” in 2005 and a “women’s political participation program” to “enhance women’s participation in policy-making, encourage increased participation in politics and ensure that women’s issues are taken into account in the policy-making process” in 2007.

Of course, you’ll also have to recruit and train “movement leaders” like Martin Lee, put proper funding into place, make certain media sources are primed to talk about things like “the will of the people” (even though only 42 percent of Hong Kong voters support that “will”).

I could go on (and Tony Cartalucci certainly does here in this must-read, must-share piece) but you probably get the idea. The trick is make it all look very spontaneous and bottom-up.

Occupy™
What you couldn’t have known back in 1997 was how words like “occupy” and “social media” would play a major role in streamlining and marketing your insidious agenda. No more relying solely upon compliant TV and print journalists [sic]. All you need now is a pithy hook and the iPhone addicts will do your work for you.

This is not say that none of the protestors are sincere or have valid reasons to hit the streets but here’s how the “left” media is explaining all this: “Protesters are united around one central issue: They want to be able to choose their top leader, the chief executive, without interference from China.”

Taken at face value, this motivation is hardly revolutionary so how can we additionally get global support from those who seek more than reforms? Easy… call it “Occupy Central” and you’ll have Twitter ablaze, Facebook pages gobbling up traffic, solidarity rallies in cities across the globe, and innumerable declarations of the inevitable Occupy rebirth.

Give the proceedings a color (yellow) and a symbol (umbrella) and Instagram will do the rest!

Democracy™
Fringe benefits, of course, are always welcome (and meticulously planned in advance). So, with the United States launching drones at an ever-growing number of “enemies” and its streets becoming militarized zones as dissent is crushed at every turn, how convenient is it for the Obama to have a chance to get on his democratic high horse?

On Sept. 29, 2014, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declared: “The United States supports universal suffrage in Hong Kong in accordance with the Basic Law and we support the aspirations of the Hong Kong people”AND “We believe that the basic legitimacy of the chief executive in Hong Kong will be greatly enhanced if the Basic Law’s ultimate aim of selection of the chief executive by universal suffrage is fulfilled” AND “We have consistently made our position known to Beijing, and will continue to do so.”

Earnest also criticized efforts by the Chinese government to stop demonstrators and others from reporting news about the protests. Indeed, we freedom-lovers can’t let those primitive commies get away with censorship and repression, can we?

After nearly two decades of scheming that would make Machiavelli swoon, China is squirming under the 24/7 spotlight while the United States is basking in the manufactured glow. As far as anyone can tell, the Home of the Brave™ stands firmly on the side of Occupy, free speech, and elections without outside interference.

Activism™
When facing such a machine, what can open-minded, globally-focused activists do? Yes, we must do our best to express solidarity with other movements, but it’s crucial we recognize there’s much more to activism than holding an umbrella:

*Learn some history. Learn how and why many such “uprisings” occur. A good place to start your self-education is William Blum’s Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II.

*Always aim a skeptical eye at anything you hear from the corporate media, which are as liberal or conservative as the industries that own them.

*Put in the hard daily work of creating authentic connections within your own community. The intersectionality, solidarity, and trust we build on a local level is the only chance we have to not become an unwitting pawn in the geo-politics of the 1%.

And while you’re at it, hold on to those umbrellas, because a hard rain is already falling…

Mickey Z. is the author of 12 books, most recently Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here.

More articles by:

Mickey Z. is the author of 12 books, most recently Occupy this Book: Mickey Z. on Activism. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on the Web here. Anyone wishing to support his activist efforts can do so by making a donation here. This piece first appeared at World Trust News.  

April 24, 2018
Jill Richardson
The Latest Attack on Food Stamps
Andrew Stewart
What Kind of Unionism is This?
Ellen Brown
Fox in the Hen House: Why Interest Rates Are Rising
April 23, 2018
Patrick Cockburn
In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical
Thomas Knapp
Just When You Thought “Russiagate” Couldn’t Get Any Sillier …
Gregory Barrett
The Moral Mask
Robert Hunziker
Chemical Madness!
David Swanson
Senator Tim Kaine’s Brief Run-In With the Law
Dave Lindorff
Starbucks Has a Racism Problem
Uri Avnery
The Great Day
Nyla Ali Khan
Girls Reduced to Being Repositories of Communal and Religious Identities in Kashmir
Ted Rall
Stop Letting Trump Distract You From Your Wants and Needs
Steve Klinger
The Cautionary Tale of Donald J. Trump
Kevin Zeese - Margaret Flowers
Conflict Over the Future of the Planet
Cesar Chelala
Gideon Levy: A Voice of Sanity from Israel
Weekend Edition
April 20, 2018
Friday - Sunday
Paul Street
Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not
Conn Hallinan
The Great Game Comes to Syria
Jeffrey St. Clair
Roaming Charges: Mother of War
Andrew Levine
“How Come?” Questions
Doug Noble
A Tale of Two Atrocities: Douma and Gaza
Kenneth Surin
The Blight of Ukania
Howard Lisnoff
How James Comey Became the Strange New Hero of the Liberals
William Blum
Anti-Empire Report: Unseen Persons
Lawrence Davidson
Missiles Over Damascus
Patrick Cockburn
The Plight of the Yazidi of Afrin
Pete Dolack
Fooled Again? Trump Trade Policy Elevates Corporate Power
Stan Cox
For Climate Mobilization, Look to 1960s Vietnam Before Turning to 1940s America
William Hawes
Global Weirding
Dan Glazebrook
World War is Still in the Cards
Nick Pemberton
In Defense of Cardi B: Beyond Bourgeois PC Culture
Ishmael Reed
Hollywood’s Last Days?
Peter Certo
There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Dean Baker
China’s “Currency Devaluation Game”
Ann Garrison
Why Don’t We All Vote to Commit International Crimes?
LEJ Rachell
The Baddest Black Power Artist You Never Heard Of
Lawrence Ware
All Hell Broke Out in Oklahoma
Franklin Lamb
Tehran’s Syria: Lebanon Colonization Project is Collapsing
Donny Swanson
Janus v. AFSCME: What’s It All About?
Will Podmore
Brexit and the Windrush Britons
Brian Saady
Boehner’s Marijuana Lobbying is Symptomatic of Special-Interest Problem
Julian Vigo
Google’s Delisting and Censorship of Information
Patrick Walker
Political Dynamite: Poor People’s Campaign and the Movement for a People’s Party
Fred Gardner
Medical Board to MDs: Emphasize Dangers of Marijuana
Rob Seimetz
We Must Stand In Solidarity With Eric Reid
Missy Comley Beattie
Remembering Barbara Bush
FacebookTwitterGoogle+RedditEmail