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Khamenei and his henchmen are not in favor of Marxism as a replacement for capitalism. Their goal is a worldwide revolution based on Islamic principles. “Today the Islamic Republic’s claims concerning the futility of Marxism have been proven,” Khamenei said, “and its claims regarding capitalism are being proven, so religious scholars and the clergy should present the logical and deep-rooted truths of Islam to the increasing number of enthusiasts throughout the world by using firm rational principles which are appropriate for the needs of the modern audience. ”
But the common thread uniting the Iranian leaders and the far Left today is “revolution” against their common enemy, capitalism.
When Occupy Wall Street protesters were asked by reporters what they were doing there, some said they wanted to topple capitalism. Early on, according to a New York Magazine poll, 37% of the protesters who said they were in it for the long haul agreed with the statement that “capitalism can’t be saved; it’s inherently immoral.”
While the number of protesters has grown considerably since then and their messages represent “a bouillabaisse of views,” as ABC News described them, the organizing and funding muscle lining up behind the protests is decidedly anti-capitalist. They include the Democratic Socialists of America, ACORN, the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the New Party and the Working Families Party.
Indeed, a former executive with SEIU, Stephen Lerner, had called last spring for a mass escalation of protests, strikes and civil disobedience to create crisis and revolution in America. Just the kind of destabilization of American capitalism that Khamenei had in mind.
“We have to think much more creatively,” said Lerner. “The key thing… What does the other side fear the most – they fear disruption. We hope to inspire a much bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power in the country.” A few months later Occupy Wall Street miraculously appeared, and unions like SEIU came forward to publicly endorse the supposedly spontaneous movement.
Former Obama “Green Jobs Czar” Van Jones, a self-proclaimed communist and senior fellow at the far Left Center for American Progress (which also supports Occupy Wall Street), inspired the Occupy Wall Street crowd with words that Khamenei can relate to. Van Jones proclaimed last Friday to its mass General Assembly: “People are asking what we’re here to get. They don’t understand we’re not here to get anything. We’re here to give everything to the people from whom you stole everything!”
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, a frequent visitor to the Obama White House, also visited Occupy Wall Street last week and expressed his union’s solidarity. “We are going to support them in any way we can,” he promised. In a conference call with reporters he said the AFL-CIO has been pushing a similar agenda as that of the protesters.
Trumka’s agenda, like Khamenei’s, is the downfall of capitalism. He previewed his agenda last year when he said “…we need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations which have distorted our economy and hijacked our government. That’s a long-term job, but one we should start now.”
Occupy Wall Street and groups associated with the movement have gone global, planning protests around the world on October 15th. The goal, according to a message posted on Occupy Wall Street’s website, is to help bring about “one revolution in each single city of the world.”
The Iranian regime has its own goal of spreading revolution around the world and views capitalism’s demise as a necessary step to achieve that goal. It is more than happy to latch on to Occupy Wall Street to help achieve that objective.
Khamenei, Barack Obama and his base on the far Left – locked arm in arm in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and its global offshoots. How fitting.
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