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In another wacky example of randomness, all of this bears a remarkable similarity to the chaos planned by pioneering SEIU agitator Stephen Lerner. Long before Occupy Wall Street was a twinkle in Katrina vanden Heuvel’s eye, Lerner came up with a subversive plan that he said would “disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate.” The frequent Obama White House visitor said, “There are actually extraordinary things that we could do right now that would start to destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement.” Among those things was Lerner’s call for revolutionary attacks on the nation’s banks.
While President Obama hasn’t explicitly endorsed the call for a general strike, on Monday he again used the poisonous us-versus-them rhetoric of class warfare to titillate his trade unionist supporters. “Republicans in Congress would rather put fewer of you to work rebuilding America than ask millionaires and billionaires to live without massive new tax cuts,” he told a meeting of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO.
Obama has repeatedly heaped praised on his allies in the Occupy movement. He recently told Rolling Stone:
I think that Occupy Wall Street was just one vivid expression of a broader anxiety that has been around in the United States for at least a decade or more. People have a sense the game is rigged, so just a few people can do well, and everybody else is left to scramble to get by.
Obama’s comments came after an unidentified African-American man recently called for blood at a rally in Washington, D.C. outside the Department of Justice.
“I feel a certain type of way about marches and rallies and I question the effectiveness of it,” said the Occupy supporter as he stood near a large photo of former Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu Jamal. The imprisoned neo-communist folk hero brutally murdered Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner in 1981 to make some kind of political statement.
“I do a lot of political work in Washington, D.C. and as you all know this type of work is dangerous work to be doing,” the man continued. “I would just ask – If I ever got locked-up, incarcerated – please don’t march for me. Please don’t do no rallies for me. I want y’all to start killing motherfuckers,” the man said to laughter from the crowd. “You see, it’s funny, but that’s the only thing our government will listen to.”
That must be what the in-your-face Obama reelection campaign meant when it adopted the Progressive Era dog-whistle-of-a-word “Forward” as its new slogan yesterday.
As Victor Morton notes in the Washington Times, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, “[t]he slogan ‘Forward!’ reflected the conviction of European Marxists and radicals that their movements reflected the march of history, which would move forward past capitalism and into socialism and communism.”
Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who, like Obama, nationalized entire industries, was the editor of a socialist newspaper called Avanti! which in Italian happens to mean “Forward!”
It must just be another incredible coincidence.
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