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Over the last three weeks, as the world has watched the spectacle of the Zuccotti Park protesters in lower Manhattan, some have been inspired and, in many cases, repulsed at the protesters occupying the park. Since the protests have now garnered the backing from the professional protesters from the AFL-CIO‘s 56 unions and the SEIU, as well as implicit and explicit support from the Obama Administration and Democrats, there is more relevance to examining not just what the protesters are protesting but what they are promoting.
Meet “the Collaborators” [aka Baklava [sic] Boy and his friend]. It was a chance encounter (the taking of this picture and the subsequent conversation) on Day One of #OccupyWallSt that gave some insight into the minds of the Neo-Communists protesting across the country.
Since most observers know that the #OccupyWallSt protesters are protesting capitalism and free-markets (generally), as well as banks and “corporatism” (specifically), other than a general destruction of America’s economic system, there has been a lot of questions as to what protesters’ end goals are.
As the #OccupyWallSt protests have been designed and populated by a hybrid of hard-core Marxists, from the leftist unions, to socialists and actual Communists, there have the stated goals ranging from the seizure of workplaces, schools and the “de-privatization of everything,” to the AFL-CIO’s more “moderate” goal of a worldwide tax on financial transactions. Then, there is also the unofficial proposed list of demands that has drawn a good deal of ridicule.
Despite all of this, however, it was ‘The Collaborators” who gave insight as to how the Neo-Coms plan to reorganize society—and that is through the system they call “collaboratism.”
What is Collaboratism?
Collaboratism is, according to Baklava [sic] Boy, the dividing of society into smaller groups and making decisions unanimously.
If you’re laughing right now, you’re not alone. However, you should know, the #OccupyWallSt protesters have apparently already begun rolling out their “collaboratism” system in their protests—and we’re already see its failure.
Via a variety of videos on the internet, as well as blog posts, there have been numerous references to “People’s Assemblies” and “General Assemblies.”
We call for the organization of people’s assemblies in every city, every public square, every township.
For those outside of the protests, this has caused some confusion as to what these “assemblies” are. In sum, this is democratic collectivism taken to its ultimate form—the body politic without authority.
Here is “Collaboratism” (ala a “general assembly” in Atlanta) in action (via Drudge). While Civil Rights icon John Lewis is the subject of this video, watch the full video because this is the vision of the #OccupyWallSt protesters would impose upon the rest of society.
Note the frustration and anger of the collectivist organizer near the end when he realizes that Collaboratism isn’t turning out exactly as he thought it might. Note also the “Teamster Thug” who is Lewis’ escort and clearly not happy with the outcome of the assembly.
Tread carefully, Democrats and union bosses, for this is the movement you are promoting and giving legitimacy. You may embrace the call for toppling the capitalist system. Just know, however, you are part of that system and when it crumbles, so too will you.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
Cross-posted on LaborUnionReport.com