|THE STRUGGLE WITHIN OCCUPY WALL STREET|
Back whens the Occupy Movement was in full swing I penned a number of pieces citing the problems of being a broad based, relatively undefined, populist movement. One concern I had at the time concerned the inclusion (by hook or by crook) of reactionary, racist, anti-Semitic, even fascist elements in the ranks. I largely concentrated my analysis on Occupy Kansas City because I am in Kansas City, was somewhat involved with Occupy Kansas City, and have close relations with others who were a part of it all. However, I believed what I wrote applied generally to the Occupy Movement. I always offered critical support to the Occupy Movement, but I also, consistently did all I could to fight against the reactionary, racist, Jew hating voices which were sometimes raised within it. Amongst the pieces I wrote at the time were:
...to accuse the movement of being anti-Semitic is a joke. Those who do it have an agenda of their own. They are frightened by a growing movement that has the potential to become something scary to the powers that be, the reactionary forces in this country, maybe, who knows, one day to capital itself (it ain't there yet, but I hold out hope). Those who make these accusations masquerade as defenders of the Jewish people, they pretend to be concerned about bigotry. They could care less. They are trying to use Jews and the issue "anti-semitism" for their own ends. Jews mean no more to these people who cast stones at the Occupy Movement, then do blacks, latinos, other People of Color, or working men and women. It is, after all, their side of the political spectrum whom have persecuted these people over the years with the most consistency.
...they represent no one but themselves and the normal Jew haters and some of the Ron Paul supporters as well. Some are Nazis, some are conspiracy theorists, some are right wing libertarians, some are this that and the other thing.
I also pointed out to Berkowitz that I did not think the movement was anti-Semitic, that the Jew haters did not represent, "...the overwhelmingly mass of folks in the movement." I commented that the issue of anti-Semitism, "is being used by those who want to attack the movement for their own reasons.
I noted in the interview that whenever a mass movement is launched, all sorts of people with all sorts of political agendas will try to attach themselves to it. That was evidenced during the first Gulf War, at the WTO protests, and during the protests before the 2003 invasion of Iraq, that,
Jew hating Nazis, right wing populists, and some right wing libertarians will seize any opportunity to peddle their hate. This is especially dangerous in what amounts to a populist movement with all kinds of people participating and many who are simply naive. They can be fodder for the clever white supremacists, Nazis and bigots. That being said, they must be confronted head on by the movement.