… Manufacturing Dissent:
At the same time, “manufactured dissent” is intent upon promoting political and social divisions (e.g. within and between political parties and social movements). In turn, it encourages the creation of factions within each and every organization.
With regard to the anti-globalization movement, this process of division and fragmentation dates back to the early days of the World Social Forum. (See Michel Chossudovsky, Manufacturing Dissent: The Anti-globalization Movement is Funded by the Corporate Elites, Global Research, September 20, 2010).
Most of the progressive organizations of the post-World War II period, including the European “Left” have, in the course of the last thirty years, been transformed and remoulded. The “Free Market” system (Neoliberalism) is the consensus of the “Left”. This applies, among others, to the Socialist Party in France, the Labour Party in Britain, the Social Democrats in Germany, not to mention the Green Party in France and Germany.
In the US, bi-partisanship is not the result of the interplay of Congressional party politics. A handful of powerful corporate lobby groups control both the Republicans and the Democrats. The “bi-partisan consensus” is established by the elites who operate behind the scenes. It is enforced by the main corporate lobby groups, which exert a stranglehold over both major political parties.
In turn, the leaders of the AFL-CIO have also been co-opted by the corporate establishment against the grassroots of the US labor movement.
The leaders of organized labor attend the annual meetings of the Davos World Economic Forum (WEF). They collaborate with the Business Roundtable. But at the same time, the grassroots of the US labor movement has sought to to carry out organizational changes which contribute to democratizing the leadership of individual trade unions.
The elites will promote a ritual of dissent with a high media profile, with the support of network TV, the corporate news as well as the internet.
The economic elites – which control major foundations – also oversee the funding of numerous civil society organizations, which historically have been involved in the protest movement against the established economic and social order. The programs of many NGOs (including those involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement) rely heavily on funding from private foundations including the Ford, Rockefeller, MacArthur, Tides foundations, among others.
Historically, the anti-globalization movement which emerged in the 1990s has opposed Wall Street and the Texas oil giants controlled by Rockefeller, et al. Yet the foundations and charities of Rockefeller, Ford et al have, over the years, generously funded progressive anti-capitalist networks as well as environmentalists (opposed to Big Oil) with a view to ultimately overseeing and shaping their various activities.
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… The Role of CANVAS-OTPOR in the Occupy Wall Street Movement:
CANVAS-OPTOR is currently involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement (#OWS).
Several key organizations currently involved in The Occupy Wall Street (#OWS) movement played a significant role in The Arab Spring. Of significance, Anonymous, the social media hacktivist group, was involved in waging cyber-attacks on Egyptian government websites at the height of “The Arab Spring”.(http://anonops.blogspot.com, see also http://anonnews.org/)
In May 2011, “Anonymous” waged cyberattacks on Iran and last August, it waged similar cyber-attacks directed against the Syrian Ministry Defense. These cyber-attacks were waged in support of the Syrian “opposition” in exile, which is largely integrated by Islamists. (See Syrian Ministry Of Defense Website Hacked By ‘Anonymous’, Huffington Post, August 8, 2011).
The actions of “Anonymous” in Syria and Iran are consistent with the framework of the “Colored Revolutions”. They seek to demonize the political regime and create political instability. (For analysis on Syria’s Opposition, see Michel Chossudovsky, SYRIA: Who is Behind The Protest Movement? Fabricating a Pretext for a US-NATO “Humanitarian Intervention” Global Research, May 3, 2011)
Both CANVAS and Anonymous are now actively involved in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
The precise role of CANVAS in the Occupy Wall Street Movement remains to be assessed.
Ivan Marovic, a leader of CANVAS recently addressed the Occupy Wall Street protest movement in New York City. Listen carefully to his speech. (Bear in mind that his organization CANVAS is supported by NED).
Watch this video: Ivan Marovic’s address to Occupy Wall Street in New York City, 2.16. minutes.
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- between 1974 and 1998 I participated in several groups wanting change the society and all the rest etc. Yes, when the change seemed a bit more revolutionary, I always observed persons being obviously out of elite’s spheres. In my times they didn’t take over directly, but influenced the leader who was a person out of normal people, having a special idea. Then, a bit later our groups were quickly defamed as religious sects or psycho-sects. Yes, this play seems be an old strategy to stop people wanting changes.
- Facit: a totally transparent democracy seems the only way, secrets are the food for dictatorships and any feudalism. Yes, in democracy decision making is often long, laborious and painful, as it is a necessary learning process.
- Abolition of any hierarchy is an absolute necessity, to force us to be responsible ourselves. Thus, we must stop waiting for advices coming from someone who seems more clever than we feel ourselves. Begging always for advice, help, solutions instead of thinking ourselves is the beginning of hierarchy.
- And yes, even if this OWS could be promoted by elites, we have to take it over and WE are giving the direction.
Centre for Applied Non Violent Actions and Strategies CANVAS on en.wikipedia;
Otpor on en.wikipedia;
National Endowment for Democracy NED on en.wikipedia;