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The Occupy Wall Street movement “is really just a re-branding of long-standing far left movements across the board that formed in the 1960s and 1970s and learned to reinvent themselves,” Darby said. “When you talk about the 99 percent versus the one percent, you’re talking about the proletariat versus the bourgeoisie and so forth.”
“You can expect a lot of violence on May 1, a lot of property destruction. The unions are part of it as well. They’re going to claim that it wasn’t them, it was this other faction who showed up at the march. The unions in general like SEIU are going to claim that it’s these rogue factions like they did at the 2008 Republican national convention. But you have to remember that [anti-capitalism activist] Lisa Fithian, for one example, is not only someone paid by the SEIU but she is one of their organizers.”
Fithian also led training sessions leading up the GOP convention four years ago. Some of the radicals she trained “later went on to make bombs against Republicans and law-enforcement officials in Minnesota,” Darby said.
Van Jones, who is still “very much a communist,” now sees himself as someone who is organizing a counterweight to the Tea Party movement, Darby explained. Jones, who has been very active in promoting the “99% Spring” and the May Day demonstrations, represents a particular camp within the far left “that is somewhere in-between the black nationalist camp and the more socialist and traditionally liberal camp.”
“What you’ll see is [Jones] speaking and then some of the people that he speaks to will no doubt do insane things and violate laws,” Darby said. “And then whenever they hit a cop in the face with a brick they’ll come back and say it was the police who instigated it or deserved it or somehow an FBI informant encouraged them to do it.”
Although activist groups claim 100,000 people will participate in the “99% Spring,” it is difficult to know how many people will actually be part of the festivities. Leftists have a special talent for exaggerating popular support for their causes. Groups like MoveOn consider anyone who subscribes to their regular emails to be a member.
Posters and literature promoting progressive events frequently contain long lists of groups that have endorsed the event. The bigger the list, the greater support the event or cause appears to have. The problem is that the groups, whether they’re West Side Vegan Grannies for Nuclear Disarmament or Differently Abled Transgendered Pet Owners’ Collective for a Living Wage, often have overlapping membership lists. This political recycling program can make an event supported by a paltry few activists appear to have the backing of thousands and thousands of supporters.
Activists have already disrupted the shareholder meetings of large corporations such as GE and Wells Fargo. More invasions by radical mobs are planned. Activists plan to shut down Verizon’s shareholder meeting on May 3 and Bank of America’s shareholder meeting on May 9. The shareholder meetings of Sallie Mae on May 24 and of Walmart on June 1 are also targeted.
Occupiers also plan to violently disrupt the G8/NATO summit in Chicago on May 19.
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