Adbusters, Soros $$$ and The Confused Kids of #OWS

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al-Reuters finally admits what many of us have been reporting for weeks:

The Hungarian-American was an early supporter of the 2008 election campaign of Barack Obama, who will seek a second term as president in the November, 2012, election. He has long backed liberal causes – the Open Society Institute, the foreign policy think tank Council on Foreign Relations and Human Rights Watch.

According to disclosure documents from 2007-2009, Soros’ Open Society gave grants of $3.5 million to the Tides Center, a San Francisco-based group that acts almost like a clearing house for other donors, directing their contributions to liberal non-profit groups. Among others the Tides Center has partnered with are the Ford Foundation and the Gates Foundation.

Disclosure documents also show Tides, which declined comment, gave Adbusters grants of $185,000 from 2001-2010, including nearly $26,000 between 2007-2009.

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Adbusters, whose magazine has a circulation of 120,000 and which is known for its spoofs of popular advertisements, came up with the Occupy Wall Street idea after Arab Spring protests toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, said Kalle Lasn, 69, Adbusters co-founder.

“It came out of these brainstorming sessions we have at Adbusters,” Lasn told Reuters, adding they began promoting it online on July 13. “We were inspired by what happened in Tunisia and Egypt and we had this feeling that America was ripe for a Tahrir moment.”

“We felt there was a real rage building up in America, and we thought that we would like to create a spark which would give expression for this rage.”

Teresa of Koch’s Tour decided to find out more about Kalle Lasn, the man behind Adbusters:

Adbusters was founded by a European-born gentleman by the name of Kalle Lasn, who currently lives in Canada.  Mr. Lasn has never lived in the United States.  He HATES capitalism in all of its forms, and he especially hates American consumerism.  In his book, “Culture Jam“, he audaciously claims that he wants to “wreck the world”.

I guess Mr. Lasn – despite his stated contempt for consumerism, capitalism, and filthy dirty profit – realized that the kids on Wall Street are getting all of the glory (not to mention all of the donations), so he decided to set the record straight.  I mean, there IS money to be made from all of this, after all….

So on October 7th, Mr. Lasn sat down with a reporter at The Tyee - an “independent daily online magazine reaching every corner of British Columbia and beyond” – and gave them a self-serving interview wherein he disclosed just how grass-roots this whole campout in the park – or as I like to call it, ”Airhead Autumn”- really is.

It turns out that this really DID start long before September 17th:

…it all falls under a hashtag that began far from the pepper spray and mass arrests, in the offices of Vancouver’s own Adbusters magazine, as #OccupyWallStreet…..

Mr. Lasn and his cohorts have been attempting to stir the pot for over 20 years as it turns out, so he is positively GIDDY with the success of his latest campaign:

…..as the movement overspills Wall Street, he describes it as the most successful in the 22 years he and his magazine have been advocating “culture jamming,” which originally sought to subvert consumerism.

Adbusters came up with a poster design, which was designed to divert peoples’ attention away from the true meaning behind the protest:

And like all good Politburos, the elite planned on sitting up in their safe little offices, letting all of the work (and any eventual blame) be carried out by the gullible, the naive, and the expendable:

….we always thought of ourselves as the catalyzers, the people who set that meme, as we like to call it, in motion. And right from the start we decided that we’re not going to play a part on the street, that if our meme flies, if people love it, then we’re happy to come up with posters, and we did send them all kinds of handbills…..

It was rather nice of them to provide the kids with supplies, don’t you think?

These people have always been behind the scenes, directing the show, and those kids need to understand that this protest isn’t about THEIR demands; it’s about fulfilling Mr. Lasn’s desire to be relevant:

….I feel like this is the first time in the 20-plus year history of Adbusters that we really have a chance to pull something off….

It doesn’t sound like he is going to give up on this particular protest, because this time he and his friends are convinced that they are >>this close<< to finally seeing their dreams of revolution come to fruition.

Who’s “their”. Read on. It’s basically a collection of nasty old anarchists and commies who are egging the clueless kids on.

Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom notices another distinguishing characteristic of Adbusters:

Shockingly, Adbusters has a history of (thinly-veiled) anti-Semitism — and today’s protests against “Wall Street” and “bankers” is merely an extension of its earlier protests against the controlling cabal of “neocons.”

Adbusters sees filthy, sneaky Jews everywhere — and everywhere this stealthy cabal of neocons, bankers, and Zionists, is controlling the world, robbing The People, and hoarding The Wealth.

Of course, we’ve heard such things before in history. But what’s new is that the mainstream Democrat Party — which is no longer the party of JFK or Scoop Jackson, or even Walter Mondale, but is rather the product of a New Left, led by Marxists, racial demagogues, and “progressives” — have openly embraced and defended this movement.

Discover the Networks Adbusters profile, here:

  • Anti-capitalist collective that derides American consumerism
  • Said in 2011: “Now may be the ripest moment we’ll ever have to power-shift global capitalism onto a new sustainable path.”
  • Condemns Israel for allegedly expropriating Palestinian land and instituting a discriminatory system of laws reminiscent of South Africa’s apartheid regime
  • Warns that pollution created by human industrial activity will lead to “catastrophic climate change”

Can some of the followers of this  movement be reasoned with?

Benjamin Domenech of The Transom thinks so and says the Right is missing an opportunity in dealing with the #OWS folks.

  Let me explain. It’s not that I think they’re some latent conservative movement. But at their core, I think they are animated by disgust with many of the same things that drove Tea Partiers to the streets. They are responding to their circumstances the only way they know how, thanks to a flawed mindset ingrained in them by teachers and leaders. Unfortunately, the Right is reacting not by advancing winning arguments to them, but by ridiculing them, conceding them to the radical Left.

Many of us on the right have decided most of these indoctrinated people are unreachable, and the strategy is to reach news consumers in the mushy-middle, the very folks who are susceptible to buying the media’s sympathetic #OWS  media narrative. The counter-narrative we are pushing is that the #OWS crowd are clueless drones, agitators, hippies, hardcore commies, etc., which is of course true for many – perhaps most of them. The leaders of the movement are certainly a radical and nefarious lot.

But Domeneche believes many of the folks showing up at these protests can be reached:

The inherent belief among most Americans is that you direct your destiny. Essentially, this boils down to the idea that with hard work and time and energy you can reach out and seize the future you want for yourself.

This contrasts strongly with the attitude of most of Europe and Asia, where destiny is not subject to individual pursuit. Instead, you live instead within a world outside your control, where you navigate between social and economic barriers within your time.

This creates a point of view where life is about navigating within a world outside of your control. You are powerless as the sailor is over the waves of the sea. Thus, the only response to bad situations is an appeal to the enshrined other, the powerbrokers and larger forces, for rescue, protection, and fair treatment.

In New York City and elsewhere, the Occupy gatherings are an expression of this. They are an inchoate appeal by the distressed, the unemployed, and the frustrated for help from higher powers. They are disgusted with what they perceive as the unfairness of life. They are disgusted by bailouts and corporate cronyism and a government that is not solving the problems they face in life. This is not an inherently leftist movement. It is a cry for help from an uninformed, frustrated America.

Yes, a portion of them are old guard hippies bent on drum circles and jazz hand assemblies, aimed at bending the naive and the uninformed to the vile lie of socialism. They laud the idols of free crap and deviance. They play Lefty to the Grasshopper. But the response of the right is not to advance an alternate argument or convince the Grasshopper that he would be better off with a paycheck instead of an unemployment check; instead, our response is ridicule and anger.

Fairness is not an idea at war with liberty and free enterprise – in fact, it is at its core. The case for equality of opportunity is one that can win hearts and minds. As Calvin Coolidge said, “Democracy is not a tearing down; it is a building up. It is not denial of the divine right of kings; it asserts the divine right of all men.” The meritocracy of earned success is not something these protesters should find unacceptable.

I applaud those conservatives who are willing to brave the #Occupy hordes to make this case.

But, when a movement is marked by such stunning ignorance, radicalism and moonbattery, (see RWN for The Top 10 Moments From The Occupy  Wall Street Protests, So Far), there has to be a place for ridicule, too.

MORE:

Everything you need to know about #OWS can be gleaned by looking at who their biggest supporters are.

Besides various Hollyweirdos like Roseanne Barr, there’s Michael Moore, the White House, and high ranking politicians like Nancy Pelosi, and…

Shocker: Multimillionaire Capitalist Al Gore Throws His Weight Behind Occupier Protests…

Bill Clinton Backs Wall Street Occupiers: They’re Creating “A Good Positive Debate”…

McRINO Says He Sympathizes With Wall Street Occupiers…

If these folks really think they’re “raging against the machine” with such well heeled support, they clearly are delusional tools.

See Also:

More sources of support, via Big Government: The Union and Foreign Influence Behind the Occupy Wall Street Crowd

MUST SEE:

Zombie Pictorial at PJ Tatler: More Anti-Semitism at Occupy Los Angeles

While there have been intense arguments in the media recently about hints of anti-Semitism which have erupted at New York’s Occupy Wall Street protest, very little attention has been paid to similar problems cropping up at other “Occupy” events around the country.

Below you will find some photographs and a video taken at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment which reveal how there is a growing encroachment of anti-Semitic “Jewish bankers” conspiracy theories becoming more and more evident at these events. Obviously not everyone at the “Occupy” protests is an anti-Semite, but the fact that these statements and views fit so neatly into the whole anti-banker milieu, and often go completely unchallenged by fellow protesters, should give everyone cause for concern about where this whole movement is heading.

 


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16 Responses to “Adbusters, Soros $$$ and The Confused Kids of #OWS”

  1. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX Says:

    Thanks for the linky-love!♥
    Thanks, also, for the great links to other articles – some good information out there!

    All you need to know about the “accuracy” of today’s reporting can be found in that Reuters link; the “reporters” who put that together didn’t even take the time to find out anything about Kalle Lasn – they keep reporting that “SHE” said this….

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  2. Teresa in Fort Worth, TX Says:

    Never mind – they caught that little gaffe and fixed it…. (facepalm)

    Hey, is that a Gibson guitar that hippie is carrying? :P

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  4. Nice Deb Says:

    Thanks, Teresa.
    Hey, is that a Gibson guitar that hippie is carrying?

    Surely not. Gibson is a destroyer of the rain forests, as we all know.

    Btw, if you’re not subscribing to The Transom, you should be. You can sign up for Ben Domenech’s emails at the Transom site I linked to.

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  5. Liberty At'Stake Says:

    Breaking down OWS’ astroturf roots …

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  6. Blackiswhite, Imperial Consigliere Says:

    But I DO ridicule these enthusiastic supporters of “Occupy My Banging Sippy Cup.” And I have no plans to stop, because some day, some of them are going to grow up…like maybe when they get their first tax bill. The rest? They may be too dense to reach.

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  8. Mr. Matamoros Says:

    More ridicule please!

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  10. Carlos Says:

    When they do “grow up”, Blackiswhite, then we get the likes of Bubba Clinton.

    I’m not real sure I’d get too excited about that because you know the “Airhead Autumn” kiddies are gonna vote in lockstep with that one.

    I’m waiting for the real cops to move in to move them out. I’m sure all these “peace-loving” flower children already have a supply of bottle bombs (a.k.a. – molotov cocktails), empty bottles, rocks and probably firearms at the ready, just in case they have to daintily exit their current digs.

    And yeah, they’re “just like a liberal answer to the TEA Party.” sarc/off

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  11. SB Smith Says:

    Just a comment from a loyal Ford/Lincoln customer : (Ford Foundation was started by Edsel and Henry Ford a LONG time ago and has done good things.)
    However, the Ford Foundation needs to UNpartner themselves from anything relating to Soros or any companies he’s got his fingers in.

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  12. ZZMike Says:

    One thing to keep in mind is that Soros is not the only player. Behind him is Maurice Strong of Canada. One of the quotes from stories about Soros and Strong is that Soros is the banker, but Strong is the strategist.

    Strong likes to keep a low profile, but he runs quite a lot of things. Do a web search.

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  13. Nice Deb Says:

    Strong has been on my radar for awhile. He’s a powerful, bad actor, to be sure. Here are a couple of posts I did in the past on him:
    The Club Of Rome:A Major Force Behind Global Warming Alarmism And its Push For A New World Order:

    http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/a-major-force-behind-global-warming-alarmism-and-its-push-for-a-new-world-order/

    The Nefarious Left-wing Cabal Behind Climate Research (UPDATED)

    http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/a-nefarious-funder-of-climate-research/

    I’m going to revisit that Club of Rome post.

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  14. Nice Deb Says:

    From The Club of Rome piece:

    Everything you never wanted to know about Socialist, one-worlder, and power-broker, Maurice Strong, here. (written in 1997):

    http://sovereignty.net/p/sd/strong.html

    Maurice Strong has demonstrated an uncanny ability to manipulate people, institutions, governments, and events to achieve the outcome he desires. Through his published writings and public presentations he has declared his desire to empower the U.N. as the global authority to manage a new era of global governance. He has positioned his NGO triumvirite, the IUCN, WWF, and the WRI, to varnish U.N. activity with the perception of “civil society” respectability.

    He also founded the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), which helped found the IPCC in 1988. The man’s tentacles are everywhere.

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