Reactionaries, racists, right wingers of various stripes, and anti-semites, a motley crew to be sure, have all tried in one way or another to infiltrate and influence the Occupy movement. These attempts have been met with resistance by all legitimate Occupiers. The bugs haven't gotten far. In some instances, they have been physically removed from the scene. In other, shunned or ignored.
The biggest problem comes from the ones who are most cleverly disguised. One of these is the so called Zeitgeist Movement. This seemingly inncocuous operation, with a strange name and a star trek like demeanor has joined with numerous Occupy groups in supposed support of the Cause. For example, just the other day as I reported the Kansas City Occupy (OKC) group helped promote a day of meditation, yoga, spirituality, numerology and the like. I never got it myself and made a little fun of it here. I printed the promotional poster on line taken directly from the OKC website (it has since been removed). If you looked at the bottom you found the line, "Special thanks to the Zeitgeist movement for providing the PA and to the Occupy Movement..."
More than a month ago I ran into some Zeitgeisters posting anti-semitic crap on the OKC facebook page. Some was disguised,some was wide open. I exposed them. The more blatant stuff has disappeared or been removed. Still, some of them linger about offering ideas and suggestions from time to time.
I have no idea how close the relationship between OKC and the Zeitgeisters may be. My guess is not too close at all. I would suppose they are just a bunch of hanger ons, but hanger ons with a purpose and with a nefarious agenda. That agenda is not the agenda of OKC or any other Occupy group and those groups should not be tarred because of them.
So I am here to out them...again.
Now it is up to OKC and other Occupy groups to treat them the same way you have the other bugs who have climbed into your tents. Show em the door.
The following is taken from Links, International Journal of Socialist Renewal
Zeitgeist, far-right conspiracy theories and Occupy Wall Street
If I find someone who’s in the KKK who has a great perspective on global finance, I’m not going to dismiss them just because they’re a racist and a bigot, I’m going to read what it is. I don’t dismiss anybody because of their beliefs because I understand that beliefs are a product of cultural conditioning.
I don’t regard the Zeitgeist Movement as an activist movement. Rather, it seems to me a very passive movement that is misled by documents that have a very pleasant sound, but collapse on analysis. Among them is the idea that we should "stop supporting the system" and "not fight it", that is, seek to change and overcome it. That means we should withdraw into passivity. Nothing could be more welcome to those in power. My feeling is that however sincere the leaders and participants may be, the movement is seriously misguided. It is not leading towards change, but is undermining it by encouraging passivity and withdrawal from engagement, and offering a false sense that some real alternative is being proposed, except in terms so vague and divorced from reality as to be virtually meaningless.