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Against the Institution: A Warning for ‘Occupy Wall Street’

While I fully endorse the efforts and actions of the Occupy Wall Street protests, now emerging internationally, there are concerns which need to be addressed and kept in mind as the movement moves forward.

The process through which a potentially powerful movement may be co-opted and controlled is slight and subtle. If Occupy Wall Street hopes to strive for the 99%, it must not submit to the 1%, in any capacity.

The Occupy movement must prevent what happened to the Tea Party movement to happen to it. Whatever ideological stance you may have, the Tea Party movement started as a grass roots movement, largely a result of anti-Federal Reserve protests. They were quickly co-opted with philanthropic money and political party endorsements.

For the Occupy Movement to build up and become a true force for change, it must avoid and reject the organizational and financial ‘contributions’ of institutions: be they political parties, non-profits, or philanthropic foundations. The efforts are subtle, but effective: they seek to organize, professionalize, and institutionalize a movement, push forward the issues they desire, which render the movement useless for true liberation, as these are among the very institutions the movement should be geared against.

This is not simply about “Wall Street,” this is about POWER. Those who have power, and those who don’t. When those who have power offer a hand in your struggle, their other hand holds a dagger. Remain grassroots, remain decentralized, remain outside and away from party politics, remain away from financial dependence. Freedom is not merely in the aim, it’s in the action.

The true struggle is not left versus right, democrat versus republican, liberal versus conservative, or libertarian versus socialist. The true struggle is that of people against the institution: the State, the banks, the central banking system, the corporation, the international financial institutions, the military, the political parties, the mainstream media, philanthropic foundations, think tanks, university, education, psychiatry, the legal system, the church, et. al.

The transfer of power from one institution to another does not solve the crisis of our ‘institutional society,’ whereby a few have come to dominate so much, to concentrate so much power at the expense of everyone else having so little. True liberation will result only from opposition to ‘the institution’ as an entity. Placating power from one institution to another renders resistance ineffective. The power structures must be discredited, and power must be distributed to the people, through voluntary associations, communal groupings, and people-powered (and people-funded!) initiatives.

In order to survive as a movement, money will become a necessity. Do not turn to the non-profits and philanthropic foundations for support. The philanthropies, which fund and created the non-profits and NGOs, were themselves created to engage in ‘social engineering’: to ‘manufacture consent’ among the governed, and create consensus among the governors. The philanthropies (particularly those of Carnegie, Ford, and Rockefeller) fund social movements and protest organizations so as to steer them into directions which are safe for the elites. The philanthropies are themselves run by the elite, founded by bankers and industrialists striving to preserve their place at the top of the social structure in the midst of potentially revolutionary upheaval. As the president of the Ford Foundation once said, “Everything the foundation does is to make the world safe for capitalism.”

Money from philanthropies will organize the movement into a more professionalized entity, will direct its efforts around the promotion of legalistic reform, making slight changes to the system’s symptoms, promoting particular legislation, rallying around very specific issues removed from their global historical context. The effect is to turn anti-system revolutionaries into legalistic reformers. With such funding, movement organizers are drawn into the world of NGOs, international conferences, international institutions, aid agencies, and mainstream political participation. The leaders of the movement become professionalized and successful, both in prestige and finances. Thus, their own personal position becomes dependent upon promoting reform, not revolution; on maintaining the system (with minor changes to the aesthetic), not moving against it. The movement itself, then, would be institutionalized.

For the finances to grow without the threat of institutional dominance, the money must come from the people. A truly populist cause could be funded by the people. Keep the people in charge.

If we truly want freedom and liberation, we must begin to act free and liberated. If we want the ‘true liberation,’ we must understand the true system of power that confines, oppresses, segregates, exploits, impoverishes, and controls us. It is not a matter of the state or the banks or the corporations. It is a matter of the institution, itself. The structures of power must be struggled against so that we may come to liberate humanity from all that confines it, and experience what our true ‘human nature’ is.

If one studies mice in a maze, no matter for how long or what the maze is built of, looks like, feels like, you cannot deduce the nature of the mouse separate from that of the maze. Break down the maze and you may observe the true nature of the mouse. We have been living, always, within a maze. The walls are constructed as institutions which direct, steer, manipulate, define and segregate us from one another.

First we must tear down the barriers that bind us from ourselves, and then we may truly understand what it is to be human and free.

Andrew Gavin Marshall

Project Manager, The People’s Book Project


  1. Borris says:

    They are going to cripple the occupy movement like they crippled the Tea Party. Infact, they will turn the occupy movment into a left wing version of the Tea Party.

    • That’s exactly what I am hoping doesn’t happen. It is surely a possibility, unless everyone is made aware of it. Cheers!

      • Jonah Turner says:

        Through verbal policing and speaking openly this will never happen again! This is the message. Work together. Rate people as you do ebay purchases and be specific if someone wrongs you or anyone. It is our duty to protect and serve. If unable, we must speak!

      • chris says:


        Hopefully, this gets to the Occupy crowd. The Left is mightily pushing to co-opt this movement so they can counter-balance the Tea Party. The movement needs to see all institutions as methods to control them.

    • Leila says:

      Look at the surnames involved in government, financial, and corporate structures, only then will you get an idea of who the infiltrators are. They are quite subtle but need to be taken seriously and watched closely. The minute it starts to look like they are straying from the original idea then it’s time to silence that voice. The upper class have been observing such movements and charting their intentions since the sixties. They know most of the moves. They can tell you what it takes to make a person homeless and how to separate them from the heard. They can even through political contacts separate people from their families. They use all kinds of dirty tricks to break down a movement. You might even hear about a persons personal life, told with half truths and a persons political life. For instance some might be indirectly related to someone doing jail time or who has done jail time. Stay the course and ignore rumors. Get this done people, you can do it!!!!

      • stevor says:

        Divide and conquer is an old tactic and they seem to be implementing it in many ways: rich/poor, one race/other race, young/old, etc.

    • Hi;
      I really enjoyed your video and listening to your comments on TV about the Wall street protest movement. You have gone beyond just the talking stage and evolved a well-thought out approach to dealing with power and corporations. This is what Ralph Nader talked about before you were born, but back then we did not have the U-tube and advanced internet technology as we do today. We will not have change in Washington or Ottowa until the power is restored to the people; regardless who is president or Prime Minister.

      May i suggest that you break your rather length 13.30 minute video into two or three segments, each one focusing on a central theme. Reason: people have very short concentration spans.

      I invite you to view my web-site:

      where you can find similar themes from an independent research and retired professor.

      With your type of Plutonian philosophy and marketing strategy, i believe that your generation has a good chance today, being morally pure, clean and idealistic, to bring about change and reform to all of our institutions.
      Thank you!
      Walter Sorochan
      Emeritus professor: San Diego State University

  2. Robyn Webb says:

    Very sage advice, indeed. By way of example, I would offer Riki Wilchens, founder of the formerly radical transgender rights group, Transsexual Menace. Back in the mid 90’s, Riki decided that it was time the trans community had a lobbyist in DC. She pulled up stakes and set up shop in the nation’s capital. Before too long, she realized she needed a whole lotta cash. Though there had been some positive progress in the trans rights cause, it wasn’t fast enough. At the time, the GLB cause was pretty much separate and distinct from the trans cause. Apples and oranges, as it should be. Until Riki accepted a grant from the high powered gay lobby group, HRC (laughingly known as the human rights campaign, now commonly known as “Gay, Inc.”). The result was a disaster for the trans movement. It’s due to this error in judgement that we now have the universal acronym “GLBT.” Since then, time and again, the gay lobby, in the form of the Gill Foundation funded HRC, Gay Lesbian Task Force and the Equality Federation, have used the trans rights issue as a bargaining chip in the achievement of exclusively G/L political goals. Time and again, over the course of 15 years, the trans community has been thrown under the bus in backroom deals with the likes of Barney Frank and other pro gay legislators with a decided distaste for trans people, while insisting that what they’re doing is for our own good. Finally, during last year’s legislative session in Maryland, EQ MD, sponsored by the National Gay Lesbian Task Force, introduced what they called a “trans rights” bill, the language of which did more to inhibit the civil rights of trans people than it did to help the struggling, most marginalized community in the US. A few brave souls in Maryland stood up to the G/L machine and managed to kill the bill and repossess our voice from Gay, Inc. This struggle to retain control over our own struggle continues daily, as grant money becomes available from various sources for trans causes. The voracious appetite of Gay, Inc for cash is relentless, and they sieze every opportunity to co-opt the trans cause with an eye toward these funding sources. Activism is big business in DC, with highly placed functionaries from these groups taking home six digit salaries. In their view, the trans cause represents money in the bank to finance their stylishly appointed Georgetown flats and their appletini habit. They continue to try to sell the idea of incrementalism to the trans community, knowing full well that if full equality became a reality tomorrow, they might have to go and find a real job. Stringing the trans cause out in favor of gay specific legislation ensures that once they’ve reached the holy grail of same sex marriage, they’ll have something to fall back on. All at the expense of a community that sees an unemployment rate estimated at 80%, the largest percentage of homeless of any group in America, and is being killed and abused in the streets by the cops and pretty much everyone else in acts of hate motivated violence that go unpunished. Riki is not to blame for this. She went in with the expectation that all this would be a good thing. She was wrong. Don’t make the same mistake..

    • Excellent observations and examples! Thank you. And yes, all decent, human-driven, benevolent and radical or even revolutionary movements can be steered (through the mechanism of money and institutionalization) into areas ‘safe’ for the system, where the entire objective is in regards to promoting particular legislation. Essentially, it becomes about treating symptoms of the system, not changing the system, itself. The symptoms from our institutional system include hate, discrimination, segregation. To truly challenge these concepts, one cannot propose a piece of legislation, but must reorganize society and remove the false and inhuman foundations upon which hatred, segregation, and discrimination are built. Incrementalism in regards to “reform” will achieve no radical objective, no great change. Cheers!

  3. Christopher Cruz says:

    They need to present an economic alternative to globalization and free trade

  4. earthling3 says:

    Totally agree with Andrew. This is what has happened to the environmental movement. I’ve watched it happen over the last 25 years from the inside and the outside. The system of institutionalization and professionalization is insidious and it will keep social change from occurring in any domain unless ‘the people’ become savvy to the temptations the system offers to seduce people with status and money. I hope this warning gets a lot of exposure.

    • Thank you, and I agree. I have also studied the environmental movement, and where once it was a potential threat and challenge to the system, it is now so systemic that its very leadership (those that sit on the boards of the major environmental organizations) are quite often bankers and corporate executives. This was largely done through the mechanism of philanthropic foundation funding, particularly with the money flowing from Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie foundations into steering the environmental movement so that today it seems, their “cause” has become to promote the commodification of the entire atmosphere (carbon trading), and other economic schemes which will simply benefit the elite.

  5. As the financial system spirals out of control, organized communities centered around leaders who are free thinkers and socially responsible must engage in new methods of fair transactions, the basis of our a just Life Transaction ‘Like-for-Like’. Hence, the root of the miasme of our times is interest on and in the transaction, unjust taxes, and a political system that merely serves as a smoke screen for the banking elite to carry out their whimsical hoarding of real wealth using the illusory practice of usurious finance.

    A trusted and sincere man I know made it profoundly clear, “a whole city cannot make a man. But a man of illumination can make a whole city.”

    The world is changing! This is a sign that we are changing and there is a need for us to equip ourselves with the necessary tools, to prepare for the impending collapse of capitalism, and the support of those communities we find ourselves living in. The medium of exchange is useless and corrupt, just as the people who issue this currency are corrupt to the core! Abandon their currency! Stop transacting with usurious wealth! Start transacting with goods which have intrinsic value equivalent to the value of the goods you seek! Trade amongst yourselves! appoint a leader who is independent of you and has a clear and trustworthy transaction with you. Form a new civil society that can support yourselves without relying on empty institutions! Take back your personal rule!

  6. samildaniel says:

    This represent the need of a martial law to control all the mass!!!

  7. olivia says:

    The Canadian Action Party is good…..

  8. chattleexpress says:

    The co-opting of the Occupy Wall Street grass roots movement by the entities against which the movement is directed is a valuable warning to heed. ONE clearly articulated goal of the movement would make the action much less vulnerable to infliltration by such unwanted entities. It is the cumbersome vague goals of the movement that has me most concerned. Make no mistake this is the most important movement of this generation. Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve bank are the head of the snake of the global financial bankster cartel, without whom the money printing and bailout programs behind the scenes would instantly collapse the largest insolvent Wall Street banks. Get involved and lets try to restore power to the people away from the financial, corporate, banking, and military elite that are systematically enslaving the masses in generational debt through fraud and extortion.

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  11. edwardmd says:

    The best way to control the opposition is to LEAD the opposition. Stalin

    • keep it simple says:

      Thanks, a good reminder and is some of the “best” advice For occupy wall street. If I capitalize the words Occupy Wall Street, that in itself starts institutionalizing it. I hope is stays flexible and stays a process.

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  14. Morocco Bama says:

    Andrew, this an excellent analysis and sound advice. This has been my observation, as well, and as we speak, I have no doubt operatives are cuurently on the ground to make this movement look ridiculous first, and then if that doesn’t work, and it gains momentum, to co-opt it and institutionalize it exactly as you say. I am passing a link to this around to all the blogs I frequent. We must be aware of the chess game, and how it is played, in order to avoid becoming unwitting pawns.

    I have been talking about it here:

  15. Morocco Bama says:

    Case In Point.

    This is classic Disinformation and Misdirection. It is sprinkled with truth, but for the wrong ends, and he’s pushing the Gold agenda. Yeah pal, that’s it, let’s go back to the Gold standard and as a result, a mere 5-10 million more can be murdered in the Congo for the Plutocratic Mine Owners.

    • I think his heart is in the right place, and he says some very reasonable and good things, but there are a number of disagreements I have in terms of ‘solutions.’ I wouldn’t call is disinformation, but rather, hope that he and others who agree with him could – through solidarity and sharing of information, ideas, and communication – come to see new and different solutions.

      • Morocco Bama says:

        Perhaps not purposeful disinformation and misdirection, but it’s disinformation and misdirection, nonetheless. He has a message, but it’s not a coherent and accurate message. I can’t speak for his heart, He appears sincere, certainly, but a significant portion of this is faux Libertarian clap trap.

        Yes, wages are stagnant and prices are going up. We agree, and I feel it, too.

        Yes, it does appear that all the U.S. exports these days is Militarism, whether it be physical or psychical.

        Fractional Banking….I’m with him, I don’t like it, and I think it’s the real ponzi scheme, as opposed to IOU Piggy Bank that has become Social Security.

        Federal Reserve….I agree with him, it’s a scam and a further consolidation of power, but I disagree with him that the U.S. died in 1913 when it was formed. That’s nonsense, and it opens the door to a Reformationist platform to save Free Market Capitalism….and note that he mentions that and also mentions American Exceptionalism when he reiterates the words of Ronald Reagan by stating “America” is the last free place on Earth, and therefore it must be protected and taken back.

        Elect Ron Paul? Huh? As if Ron Paul could ever be elected, and as if electing someone via a fraudulent System is somehow going to change the course of events. This is naive, at best. At this point, there is no electing our way out of this.

        I agree with him about the bailouts and the effects of QE…to a point, but there’s much more at play for wage stagnation and REAL inflation, not the Government calculated version, than just that. Speculation also has a lot to do with it. All that concentrated, and concentrating, wealth sitting idle seeks ever higher and higher returns, so it’s speculating in everything under the son, including our own deaths (see Dead Peasant Insurance Schemes). As a result, commodities are quickly becoming unaffordable, and the Plebes are being taxed, once again, through the back door.

        What I don’t like is that his message is one of the American Myth and American Exceptionalism, and that’s what has kept this Kleptocracy alive all these years….the proverbial rags to riches carrot that America is the Land of Opportunity, without considering at who’s expense prosperity came.

  16. Well, I agree with everything you said there. My general view of “patriots” and the nationalist resurgence in the United States is that you have a lot of people wanting to “go back” to a myth of “what was”, but never truly… was.

  17. protestfolk says:

    There’s a public video of a public domain protest folk song about the role of U.S. power elite foundations in attempting to exercise a special political influence over the agenda of left social movements and left alternative media groups, “George Philanthropist,” that was recently posted at the following protestfolk channel link:

  18. Greetings Andrew: We-the-people (the debtors) are financially enslaved to our creditors (the global banking cartel) for generation after generation because we have been lied to and deceived about modern money creation. For quite some time I have been researching the “design flaw of usury” – which is commonly referred to as “interest” and how it is the killer machine within our orthodox, economic system of debt-money. I have posted an abundance of articles at my blog – The UsuryFree Eye Opener. You can do a search and you will find it.

    I just posted your article – Against the Institution: A Warning for ‘Occupy Wall Street’ – there this evening for my readers to read – with a bit of info about your mission for The People’s Book Project. I wish you success with your ventures and I admire your courage and tenacity to pursue The People’s Book Project with all of the energy that you have.

    May I suggest that you focus one section of the book on the problems directly and or indirectly associated with “usury” or “interest” (war, violence, poverty, scarcity and lack) and on the solutions as offered by the usuryfree community currency movement – which offers peace, prosperity, abundance and usuryfree living for everyone on this planet.

    Enjoy this day!
    Tom J. Kennedy aka “Tommy UsuryFree Kennedy”

    • Hey, thanks very much! And yes, I am dedicating a significant amount of the book to the study and critique of banking, central banking, and the general currency-debt system we have. So, it’s spread throughout the entire book. Cheers!

    • Morocco Bama says:

      Yes, Usury is a destructive component of the System, but it’s not the only thing in play here. We are also dealing with a Cultural Mythos that must be eradicated, namely Dominionism. The Plutocrats have anchored this Cultural Mythos in religion for greater permeability, resonance and for purposes of perpetuity, but it is not necessarily a religious concept, even though it’s presented as one.

      Here’s a link to an article concerning Dominionism. I know, it’s an odd sounding link, and I haven’t looked around the site, so I don’t know what else is there, but I don’t care, because it’s the content of the article that matters, and I was thoroughly impressed with the analysis. Here’s a taste:

      Dominion Theology is a generic term for a set of biblical beliefs, with the common dogmatic teaching that society must be controlled by biblical law, as they believe the Bible demands, and not by secular laws or mores. We are using this specific term to separate a particular movement associated with the concept that Christ will not return to earth until the environment is almost completely destroyed and must actively participate in that destruction. This concept is associated with a secular movement called “Wise Use”, promoted by the work of Ron Arnold, an advocate of the right to own property and use the planet’s resources for the benefit of mankind; the most important benefit being corporate profit. The darkest aspect of the Dominionist agenda is that they not only ignore environmental degradation, but actively promote it, and strongly condemn the environmental movement as being an impediment to the plan of God. Considering that there are groups which believe the actual destruction of the environment is a prerequisite for the return of Jesus, this group of beliefs is particularly dangerous. Predictions of the rapid decline of the environment is shocking and troubling to society as a whole, yet, to certain radical elements in fundamentalist Christianity, it is joyous news…..

      Right-wing activist and timber industry consultant, Ron Arnold, the current leader of the corporate-sponsored, anti-environmentalist movement, has been credited with coining the term “Wise Use”. The phrase was actually originated by Gifford Pinchot, the man appointed head of the U.S. Forest Service by Theodore Roosevelt, a century ago. Pinchot used the term in a book he wrote titled “A Primer of Forestry” in 1903. Railroad companies were exerting intense pressure on the Roosevelt administration to use Forest Service lands. Pinchot used this concept in an effort to strike a balance between preserving the nation’s forests and the interests of corporations.
      Ron Arnold is employing the same concept to enhance the bank accounts of corporate stockholders at the expense of the entire world’s environment. It is the same strategy, but with a much broader and damaging agenda. Gifford Pinchot used the “Wise Use” concept in response to the views of naturalist John Muir, who strongly advocated that public lands remain pristine. Roosevelt considered the ongoing expansion of the population into the Western territories as the agenda of what he called the “land grabbers.” Pinchot was trying to change this view, thus allowing the Western territories to prosper, while preserving many forests and other natural environments for future generations. Arnold cares little for preserving anything, save his image as corporate darling.
      Although Ron Arnold did not invent the term Wise Use, he has coined other terms such as “ecoterrorist” and “rural cleansing”, a great difference, when compared to the way it was initially used by Gifford Pinchot. He has, through a series of writings and public appearances, created a combative style of demonizing the environmental movement that is dangerous and alarming. Arnold is executive vice president of the appropriately titled “Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise”, a think tank, which claims it monitors and acts against “threats to free markets, property rights, and limited government”, and, falsely claims to be “an educational foundation for individual liberty.” It is, in truth, a center for anti-environmental activism. Arnold espouses the concept that the environmental movement has a radical political agenda with a goal to “hamper property rights”, and “dislodge the market system with public ownership of all resources and production.” He believes that the only solutions to the world’s environmental problems will be found by the leaders in technology, industry, and trade. He actively promotes the convoluted and corporate-prompted belief that “Our limitless imaginations can break through natural limits to make earthly goods and carrying capacity virtually infinite.”
      Lobbying by the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, and associated interests, has led directly to timber industry exploitation of public forests, the development of resorts in our national parks, and the opening up of the highly destructive use of off-road vehicles in our National Park system. In a series of articles, he wrote: “Citizen activist groups, allied to the forest industry, are vital to our future survival. They can speak for us in the public interest where we ourselves cannot. They are not limited by liability, contract law or ethical codes. Industry must come to support citizen activist groups, providing funds, materials, transportation, and most of all, hard facts.”

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  21. Eva Bodine says:

    I understand what you’re asking for. But we will never allow complete anarchy. We will not leave our country vulnerable, without leadership, without a strong government. – Eva Bodine, NYC

    • Well, perhaps one of my major issues in regards to the American resistance is that everything is viewed as “American.” I do not propose a ‘national’ resistance, but global. So the idea is that no nation should usurp the authority which is rightly that of the people who live within. And the supposed “vulnerability” you mention is derived from the nation-state system, is derived from that desired “leadership” which claims to protect but which oppresses you and others and gives others reason to hate, reason to react, reason to seek vengeance. If you want a system when you and others around the world continue to be oppressed and controlled, by all means, maintain and support a “strong government.” But if you want freedom, do not seek a “strong government,” for that way lies madness.

      • Jonathan says:

        Hi Andrew,

        Long admired your work. Great stuff.

        The only other dimension I would add to the mix would be a psychological awareness of the nature of the “institution” and its reasons for its emergence. In other words, the psychopathological impetus that underlies ALL of these hierarchical, centralised and anti-human dynamics that we now found ourselves having to live under. When we see that it is not about belief or ideology, philosophy or even corporatism per se, but the imposition of a core and ancient pathological mindset and it’s singular version of reality by a minority then it all seems to makes sense. It is only then that we can see why we never seem to learn from the tragedies of the past.

        Until the awareness of the dyanmics you talk about in this article explicitly includes an education regarding the immensely harmful psychological footprint of the psychopath and it’s related sub-categories there will never be change of the kind we would like to see. That change will continually be infected by such a psychological “pathogen” within institutions and societies as a whole due directly to the ignorance of these matters. Freedom then remains a pipe dream in clusters of awareness that always fade away in the wake of “reconstruction” instituted by those same pathological forces that thrive on the local, national and global cycles of spectacular collapse and controlled renewal. “Resistance” then just becomes a temporary band-aid while psychopathological mindset germinates once more thorugh our own denials and ignorance.

        Social catastrophe has been repeated again and again through the long rise and fall of the Empire mindset. Why is there always the same tinder to light and so easily? Because we never see the true root cause of the “disease” or have a coherent understanding of the nature of extreme negativity or “evil.” i.e. those without conscience and for whom emotion and empathy are an anathema. So, it needs to go even deeper than highlighting corporatism and power, the banks and globalists. We must go right to the core of the psychopathological reality that they inhabit and which allows them to shape so conclusively our own inner and outer worlds.

        I strongly recommend you read (if you haven’t already) Political Ponerology: A Science on The Nature of Evil adjusted for Political Purposes. by Andrew M. Lobaczewski. It is an extraordinary work though requires a couple of readings to grasp the full implications of what is being revealed but essential for any aspiring lover of truth and freedom, most particularly in the field of political science, activism and psychology.

        All the best,


      • Morocco Bama says:

        Exactly, Andrew. What many fail to realize is that Corporate Power Groups and Commodity Regimes, the various factions that form the Global Plutocracy, are not beholden to any Nation/State, but rather, the concept of Nation/State is utilized by that very group to prevent global solidarity, and thus mitigate any threat to their wealth, status and power.

        There are so many examples of this if people first, change their perspective, and second LOOK. Here’s just one example. Perhaps you’ve seen it read it, but I will deposit it for all to see. There is no allegiance to Nation/State for the Plutocrats. It’s their tool….to keep all of us pitted against one another. Sure, it may not always have been that way, historically speaking, but it’s that way now, and now is what is relevant.

        Now, as China prepares to showcase its economic advances during the upcoming Olympics in Beijing, Shenzhen is once again serving as a laboratory, a testing ground for the next phase of this vast social experiment. Over the past two years, some 200,000 surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the city. Many are in public spaces, disguised as lampposts. The closed-circuit TV cameras will soon be connected to a single, nationwide network, an all-seeing system that will be capable of tracking and identifying anyone who comes within its range — a project driven in part by U.S. technology and investment. Over the next three years, Chinese security executives predict they will install as many as 2 million CCTVs in Shenzhen, which would make it the most watched city in the world. (Security-crazy London boasts only half a million surveillance cameras.)

        The security cameras are just one part of a much broader high-tech surveillance and censorship program known in China as “Golden Shield.” The end goal is to use the latest people-tracking technology — thoughtfully supplied by American giants like IBM, Honeywell and General Electric — to create an airtight consumer cocoon: a place where Visa cards, Adidas sneakers, China Mobile cellphones, McDonald’s Happy Meals, Tsingtao beer and UPS delivery (to name just a few of the official sponsors of the Beijing Olympics) can be enjoyed under the unblinking eye of the state, without the threat of democracy breaking out. With political unrest on the rise across China, the government hopes to use the surveillance shield to identify and counteract dissent before it explodes into a mass movement like the one that grabbed the world’s attention at Tiananmen Square.

        Remember how we’ve always been told that free markets and free people go hand in hand? That was a lie. It turns out that the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state, fortressed with American “homeland security” technologies, pumped up with “war on terror” rhetoric. And the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.

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  25. Ingo says:

    Thank you very much for this excellent article, Andrew!

    A lot of people that can see the bad things happening in the world get angry and start putting people and groups in some kind of drawer with a name on it. And then many of them start insulting these people and groups. Their minds are often busy with inventing ways to destroy their now found targets. Often, the main goal of their actions becomes the destruction of these “enemies”. A lot of them stop thinking about all other solutions than destroying their enemies. Rage often becomes the inhibitor of creative thinking about radical (root) solutions. So often it seems to be exactly this rage that blinds the people on the topic of the most powerful monopoly that exists and that we are used to from childhood on. The state.

    The rage blinds the people to see that all their “enemies” wouldn’t survive when the state dies. So the only reasonable topic that could unite all the people that fume because of the huge problems they recognize is the abolishment of the state. There are a lot of people that are working on philosophical and practical solutions that could replace the state-dependent “solutions”. Some of the solutions are around the topics of voluntary associations, trust networks, local and multiple currencies. Some discuss philosophical issues, some social issues, some technical issues, some … . It would be very helpful if people would engage in groups that work on these issues in a free and voluntary manner. If they would transform their rage into hard work and thinking on these (often not that trivial) issues instead of insulting and destroying. All of their “enemies” would dissolve if people wouldn’t be dependent on them. We have to liberate ourselves or we won’t ever be free!

  26. Rick Nesti says:

    Excellent article. People, print it, refer to it constantly. This is the path to liberty.

  27. stevor says:

    Of course, the “movement” has bee coopted. It’s got the full backing of Soros. It all fits very well into his plan to institute a New World Order.

    These “protestors” are “practicing” for the eventual “riioting” that they will be promoted to. Though that rioting won’t actually start by them, the CIA “terrorists” will do some rabble-rousing to get nuts to begin rioting and other lemmings will follow. The purpose of that will be to be able to declare Martial Law. Maybe then, O’Bummer will be exposed (his birth certificate has gray text pasted on black text and a “smiley face” in the “A” of the signature at the bottom) and throw fuel on the fire. Then, the UN can declare the country to have no president, no congresss because they were all complicit in the fraud, and “save” us by instituting their New World Order.

  28. ChicagoVigilante says:

    It was co-opted from the start, don’t be so naive. The octopus has it’s tentacles everywhere. Atlas continues to shrug.

    • Denis Jean says:

      Indeed! For instance, I read that union organizers were part of the Occupy Wall St from the start as members of the New York General Assembly. And, in any case, the support given my numerous community and unions to the Occupy movement is, in my opinion, the equivalent of ‘organizing credentials’ which can be withdrawn at any moment when the movement does anything they don’t like. Caught in the web! It is possible that the later could survive such withdrawal, but I doubt it.
      Besides, one major weakness with the Occupy movement is that, although it is decentralized, it is in a way dependent of what is decided within the New York Occupy community, which is now a small fraction of all the movement.

      • ChicagoVigilante says:

        This is running like clockwork. One can see their “Great Work,” as it is described in the supposedly fraudulent “Protocols.” Now the revolutionaries have been released. What’s next is chaos.

        Out of chaos comes order is their mantra, as depicted in one their favorite occult symbols the phoenix rising from ashes.

        It reminds me of a passage of another supposed “Great Work.” “mens hearts will fail them as they bear witness to what comes on the earth in those days.”

        Atlas continues to shrug as these monsters continue to play god.

  29. keep it simple says:

    There are many fine common sense responses to your article.

    As far as I know this is the first time that a public uprising in America has an uninstitutionalized grass roots base. I was certainly open to the possibilities that it could happen, but didn’t think it would. I thought Americans were too self absorbed. I’m going to Occupy Wall Street SF on Friday and bring some friends with me. This movement, in its present form, is worth standing up for.

  30. Scott says:

    The thing is Anarchy is also an institution. All eyes on Egypt. Will the military keep staying in control?

  31. stevor says:

    This has been coopted just as the Tea Party was coopted, by the GOP, the Koch Brothers, and even Democrats (of course, after they put fake people in there to declare it was “racist”)

  32. Morocco Bama says:

    Steve Jobs was one of the 1%. A number of people who are taken aback by my questioning of the OWS “Movement”….to the point of being offended, are the very same people lauding and defending Steve Jobs as a visionary Genius, and placing him on a Saintly Pedestal in their Techno Houses of Worship.

    The Cognitive Dissonance doesn’t get any stronger than this. You can’t have your cake, and eat it, too.

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  45. collin237 says:

    This article is a ruse, to ensure that potential agents of change like the members of OWS refuse to seek the tools with which they could change anything. An institution is a set of people operating under a contract. Anyone who suggests it’s something more is just trying to sell you a belief in demons.

    Ponerology sounds like the ultimate revelation, but it’s just a rosy wrapper for its destructive concept, the “skirtoid”, which is nothing more than a refashioning of the old lie of the evil minority.

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