Is Occupy’s ‘Purity’ Under Assault?

Hardliners in the Occupy movement have begun equating police infiltrators and otherenemieswith Occupy supporters who favor some practical electoral and legislative goals. There is alarmist talk about the need to protect Occupys revolutionary purity from these reformers, as Danny Schechter explains.

By Danny Schechter

Perhaps my problem is that I live in too many worlds at once, while many political eras live in me. That may be why I responded so negatively to a recent polemic wrapped up in a poetic communiqu from Adbusters, the culture jammers in Canada who do so much good work (and often so creatively) battling the consumption virus promoted by big corporations many of us have grown to despise.

I respect their magazine and marvel at the impact they have had in helping to stir Occupy Wall Street into existence. They clearly feel a sense of ownership in the movement and act not just as the midwife that promoted the Occupy idea, but as the guardians of their version of the movements essence, as if they own the copyright and have to defend it aggressively in the court of public opinion.

Adbusters’ graphic regarding alleged assault on the “soul” of the Occupy movement

Their latest communiqu, directed to jammers, occupiers and Springtime dreamers, is offered up almost like a new commandment from the mountaintop of political purity, warning one and all that a new enemy is in their midst that is threatening to neutralize our insurgency with an insidious campaign of donor money and co-optation.

Batten down the hatches! Defend the ramparts! Fly the flag!They then call for a fight to the finish to defend the soul of Occupy that they claim is menaced by a THEY that is out to get us like some boogie man that acts like a virus and cant be resisted. Will Black Bloc militants become their enforcers?

Who is the THEY? Nefarious bankers on Wall Street? The CIA and Blackwater-type mercenaries? Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers? No, their new enemy is not an external threatbut an internal one that the Adbusters haveno use for, alleged operatives of the Obama campaign urging Occupy activists to take part in the electoral process and to seek concrete legislative reforms.

But read on: First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout then they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids And now? They are planning to destroy all that that we built.

The brutal police raids on Occupy and the initial media indifference are conflated with these alleged Obama operatives on a stealth mission of co-optation. Theres no real evidence cited, but thats not the point of this appeal to fear. Political paranoia is always driven by what COULD happen, not necessarily what is happening,

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