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Canadian Occupy Leader Plans Overthrow of United States

The Occupy circus of crime and chaos has consumed the entire spectrum – from left to right – of the media’s attention non-stop since September. Reportedly, it all began with a call to Occupy Wall Street from Adbusters editor, Kalle Lasn. But why would a self-described “anti-consumerist” magazine based in Vancouver, British Columbia… Canada… even care about Wall Street, let alone attempt to declare war on the U.S. economy? Surely, in a country as large as Canada they could find plenty of real or imagined injustices to keep their band of activists busy launching protests on their own side of the border. It begs the questions of who is Kalle Lasn and why does he despise the United States?

“America, the great liberator, is in desperate need of being liberated from itself — from its own excesses and arrogance. And the world needs to be liberated from American values and culture, spreading across the planet as if by divine providence.”–Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn, in his book Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge — and Why We Must

“What makes you think you have the right to drive around with a ton of metal wrapped around you, the right to twist a tap and get hot water, the right to flick a switch and get your house warmed up?”-from the September/October 2003 issue of Adbusters magazine

If Mr. Lasn were to have his way, we would all be living a primitive lifestyle devoid of modern conveniences and eating nothing but veggies. No cars. No indoor plumbing. No McDonalds.  Although he preaches the simple life, he readily admits he, himself, does not adhere to these beliefs.

British news reports:

“…If you think this sounds like the rantings of a deluded Bolshevik, it’s worth noting a few things about Lasn and his cohorts at Adbusters, who have been producing the bi-monthly magazine from their Vancouver office since 1989. Lasn, an Estonia-born, former high-flyer in the advertising industry, now pushing 70, started Adbusters as an antidote to corporate greed, and what he saw as an aggressive pro-consumerist message that was being rammed down our throats.”–Buy Nothing Day:  Adbusters’ role in the global Occupy movement by Lena Corner, The Independent (11/20/2011) 

Apparently, there isn’t enough Canadian corporate greed to keep Lasn busy up north.

In my previous Occupy-related articles, Reaping What We Sow, The Puppeteers and The Tides Turn on the Occupy Movement, I exposed an effort to indoctrinate school children into the Occupy mentality through several stick figure, anti-consumer, anti-American films, beginning with Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff, shown in many public schools over the past four years – and most recently with The Story of Broke released earlier this month. Ms. Leonard’s leftist benefactor, the Tides Foundation & Tides Center, also funds Adbusters. And just like Annie Leonard, who was a former Greenpeace employee, Adbusters has a close working relationship with the like-minded  environmentalist organization founded by American draft-dodgers who, at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, fled to Vancouver.

Is it mere coincidence both recipients of Tides Foundation funding happened to have their fingerprints all over the Occupy movement? I think not.

One thing I find puzzling is why Adbusters would identify Wall Street as a target when a key donor to the publication, and reported friend of Mr. Lasn, Robert S. Halper, is a retired Wall Street trader and former Vice Chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange. A perplexing pair of extremely odd bedfellows to say the least. Apparently, the New York Times agreed as they did a focus piece on the irony last month.

“The whole thing is very surreal to me — the fact that I spent my whole career right across the street,” he said in an interview last week on a marble bench near the park. “It makes me a little anxious, to tell you the truth. It could go anywhere. I just pray that it ends peaceful.”

Mr. Halper said he first heard about the plan for protests in June when he visited Kalle Lasn, the editor in chief of Adbusters, a Canadian anticorporate magazine, in Vancouver. Over a steak dinner, the two longtime friends discussed Mr. Lasn’s project, a plan to fill Wall Street with protesters as a way to galvanize anger on the political left into a revolutionary movement resembling the Arab Spring.

“I rolled my eyes,” he said. “I was more interested in talking about health care.”–He Made It on Wall St. and Used It to Help Start the Protests by J. David Goodman, The New York Times (10/17/2011)

Even after learning of Lasn’s desire to spawn a revolution against everything he had spent his career building, rather than rebuke his threat against our Republic, Halper meekly went ahead and wrote another$20,000 check to Lasn. Perhaps that explains the dynamics of their relationship.

Occupy leaders plan spring Occupation... and more

Supposedly, we are told, Occupy is a leaderless movement. So then, why is Lasn being referred to as the “godfather of Occupy Wall Street” and why is he calling on his foot soldiers camping out in protest to pack it in until spring? Could it be an effort to save face because most of the protesters have already voluntarily gone home and slow-to-act city officials, weary of the stench… disgraced by the crime wave accompanying these refugees from reality camps… and hounded by public outrage have finally sent in their police forces – in full riot gear – to clear out the squatters?

It seems to me, Kalle Lasn is claiming ownership of the Occupy movement and has much more on his agenda than just reviving the hippie counterculture and spawning silly protests as an annoyance to law-abiding citizens and local governments. It’s time to wake up and read the handwriting on the wall:

“We use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum so that we may emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble next Spring.”

He said he expects the Occupy movement to re-emerge with more focus next spring and predicted it would rise to a third political party in the United States.

“Basically, we will try to get the money out of our political systems and start creating a new model of democracy,” he said.

“Permit me to be grandiose for a moment, but I can feel it – I can feel this movement is the beginning of a deep transformation of capitalism. It’s a game changer.”–Adbusters, the Occupy Wall Street innovator, says movement should wind down and start up in spring: suggests Dec. 17 as good day to scale back movement by Helen Kennedy, New York Daily News (11/15/2011)

The New York Daily News got the headline wrong. It should have read:  Canadian Occupy Leader Plans Overthrow of United States 

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The Tides Turn on the Occupy Movement

A funny thing happened on the way to releasing The Story of Broke, a film designed to indoctrinate and attract youth to the Occupy mentality and shown in many schools, it… the Occupy movement… became a hot potato.

Since writing Reaping What We Sow and The Puppeteers exposing Annie Leonard’s series of leftist propaganda films, the crime wave associated with the Occupy movement has turned off mainstream Americans. After a barrage of reports exposing Occupy encampment sex attacks, pedophilia, public masturbation, hate, riots, vandalism, theft, drug use, violent crimes and murder, the only thing most Americans would like to see “occupied” by these miscreant deadbeats are jail cells. And finally, traditional news media outlets are reporting on the Occupy mayhem:

An association with the Occupy movement has now become a liability. So Green Communist, pied piper Annie Leonard and her like-minded backers at the Tides Foundation couldn’t afford to risk any unpleasant backlash. Never mind the fact over the past couple of years her Story of Stuff series of films have been brainwashing youngsters into a bitter, anti-American belief system while urging them to take to the streets… exploiting their ignorance.

Mob "throws" politician from office... inciting violence?

When the preview for The Story of Broke appeared, it actually showed an angry mob protesting on Wall Street, complete with signs saying “Occupy” and “We are the 99%”. Scenes of little stick figure protesters thrusting clenched fists into the air, throwing a boot at a politician’s face and physically throwing him out of office suggest a support for physical violence against elected officials. A logical person might even draw the conclusion they were inciting riots.

But when the film was actually released last week, after it became evident the tide of public opinion was strengthening against the Occupy movement and it’s violence, these scenes were scrubbed from the film and replaced with a suggestion to just vote them out of office. Interesting.

Ms. Leonard’s newest film, The Story of Broke, is premised on the false belief we really aren’t. According to Leonard, our government has plenty of money but is spending most of it on the military and corporate welfare for greedy companies bent on poisoning our environment and the people, too. She claims if the U.S. Government stopped funding the military, subsidizing big agriculture and giving “hundreds of billions to prop up the dinosaur economy” there would be plenty of money to pay for all the goodies the me-generation wants.

Obviously, she ignores our $15 trillion national debt.

Before I continue, I must say there is one point I do agree with and that’s government subsidies. The government has no Constitutional authority in using tax dollars to prop up any business. Let them sink or swim in the free market economy on their own merit. Consumers should decide, not the government. But that’s where I’m back in disagreement with Ms. Leonard because actually, it turns out, she isn’t against government subsidies if they are used to prop up the kind of industries which meet with her approval:  education, health care and the green economy. Hypocritical, to say the least.

The fantasy of a so-called green economy is a boondoggle. Solar panels and wind turbines, for instance, are poor investments because the amount of time it takes to gain enough savings to justify their cost is far longer than the product’s expected life. In The Story of Broke Leonard wants the federal government to play Santa Clause and pay for residential solar panels.

The United States already spends more on education than any other country except for Switzerland. Yet, our students rank mediocre in global comparisons. PISA international rankings of 15-year old students are embarrassingly dismal for the United States. In mathematics, South Korea and Finland and ranked top honors, while our students placed 25th – behind Luxembourg and Hungary. We fared somewhat better in science, at 17th, behind Hungary, Belgium and Iceland while Finland, Japan and South Korea topped the category. US students ranked 14th in reading, as South Korea, Finland and Canada rated top of the class. Clearly, more money is not the answer as it does not equate to better educated students.

According to Leonard, “taxes are how we invest in great schools, healthy environment, clean energy and good jobs,” and so, she’s happy to pay her “fair share”. After all, she believes in income redistribution.

In The Story of Broke, the message is:  people need to force the government to fund schools, college education, health care and the “green” economy… solar, wind and recycling industries – and the Occupy movement is key in accomplishing the goal.

The leftists are biting at the bit to push our country over the edge into the abyss of Communism. Those orchestrating riots and chaos across the country ought to be arrested and charged with sedition. The Occupiers, most of whom cannot voice a coherent sentence explaining any goals or objectives for their protests, are little more than useful idiots. Although you won’t hear the “C” word in any of The Story of… films, Leonard’s foolhardy utopian transformation of our country is, without a doubt, a form of Communism.

“For us in Russia, communism is a dead dog, while, for many people in the West, it is still a living lion.”–Alekksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008) Russian historian and 1970 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

The Puppeteers

The Story of Stuff and Annie Leonard’s other films are cartoonish, stick figure propaganda tools full of disinformation used to indoctrinate youth into the Occupy mentality. Leonard, a former Greenpeace employee, promotes Green Communism, but clearly has some influential benefactors and like-minded puppeteers lurking in the shadows.

Have your kids been propagandized into the Occupy mentality by this series shown in some schools?

Let’s connect the dots… shall we?

The Story of Stuff was backed by the Tides Foundation, a far-left organization advocating social justice (equality  at the expense of liberty), economic justice (wealth redistribution) and reproductive justice (contraceptives and abortions for all). It’s founder, Drummond Pike, is also a director of billionaire George Soros’ partisan Democracy Alliance (funding ACORN, Sierra Club, etc…). Interesting to note, former Tides Foundation directors included:  Wade Rathke, who was also the founder and Chief Organizer of the notoriously corrupt ACORN and Dan Carol, the co-founder of the Apollo Alliance, a project of the Tides Center. Here, the spider’s web becomes even more interesting as an intricate part of the effort to push the so-called Green Jobs agenda, the Apollo Alliance was a prominent member of former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s Task Force on Global Warming.

Apollo Alliance director and resigned White House Green Czar, Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones, was a founding member of Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM), which was a self-proclaimed Communist Marxist-Leninist group of radicals, formerly active in the San Francisco Bay area. He was also involved in the formation and operation of an educator movement called PENCIL (Progressive Educator’s Network Creating International Liberation).

STORM’s manifesto beliefs & goals included the following:  involvement in community organizing, social justice, commitment to revolutionary Marxist principles, radical youth and student organizing in high schools and colleges. The group is anti-police, viewing them as “state repression”. They are self-described supporters of communist politics desiring to build revolutionary power by exploiting any crisis to create an uprising and gain power. STORM is racist against whites. They seek to defeat US “imperialism”, and to develop young revolutionaries. This stuff should be a huge red flag to every parent and patriotic American because it’s exactly what’s happening right before our eyes.

In my last entry, Reaping What We Sow, I exposed the communist mind-set Leonard’s Story of… films cultivate. But where did these radical ideas portrayed in The Story of… films and mimicked by those Occupiers, at least those who can actually voice a reason for their involvement, originate? Here’s a blast from the past that ought to knock your socks off:

Capitalism cannot reform itself; it is doomed to self-destruction. No universal selfishness can bring social good to all.

Communism–the effort to give all men what they need and to ask of each the best they can contribute–this is the only way of human life. It is a difficult and hard end to reach–it has and will make mistakes, but today it marches triumphantly on in education and science, in home and food, with increased freedom of thought and deliverance from dogma. In the end Communism will triumph. I want to help to bring that day.

The path of the American Communist Party is clear:  It will provide the United States with a real Third Party and thus restore democracy to this land. It will call for:

  1. Public ownership of natural resources and of all capital
  2. Public control of transportation and communications.
  3. Abolition of poverty and limitation of personal income.
  4. No exploitation of labor.
  5. Social medicine, with hospitalization and care of the old.
  6. Free education for all.
  7. Training for jobs and jobs for all.
  8. Discipline for growth and reform.
  9. Freedom under law.
  10. No dogmatic religion.

These are not crimes. They are practiced all over the world. No nation can call itself free which does not allow its citizens to work for these ends.”–Request to Join the Party by William Edward Burghardt DuBois, 1868-1963, NAACP founder, joined the Communist Party in 1961 at 93 years old, subject of FBI investigation; letter published in Communism in America:  a history in documents by Alfred Fried

It’s chilling to read DuBois’ vision for the Communist Party.  What we are reading in today’s headlines, hearing many of our young people parrot and are witnessing in the transformation of our great nation by the hand of the powerful in Washington DC was laid out in in DuBois’ blueprint fifty years ago. It is a realization which is far beyond disturbing.

Just as crimson and scarlet are shades of red; Socialism and Marxism are shades of Communism. To argue whether a person adheres to the dogma of Lenin, Marx, Stalin, Trotsky – or anyone else – is splitting hairs. All preached the gospel of Communism. The common thread of all stripes of Communism is the singular goal of destroying the United States, as we know it. Communism seeks to annihilate our free market economy, prosperity, independence and the rights of the individual… especially property ownership, liberty, religious and personal freedoms.

The proof is best stated in their own words:

“I am for socialism, disarmament, and, ultimately, for abolishing the state itself… I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal.–Roger Nash Baldwin (1884-1981) founder and executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

“National Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.” –Martin Bormann (1900-1945) prominent Nazi official

“Even now we feel that Stalin was devoted to Communism, he was a Marxist, this cannot and should not be denied.” –Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev (1894-1971) Soviet Premier 1958-1964

“The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.” –Karl Marx

“Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy.” –Mao Tse-Tung

“Democracy is the road to socialism.” –Karl Marx

“The goal of socialism is communism.” –Vladimir Lenin

Is this the future we want for ourselves, our children… and grandchildren? Are Americans willing to allow their children to become deluded into believing living in a Communist country could, in any way, be desirable? Is your local school showing children Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff film series?

Are “We the People” willing to lose God’s blessing of Liberty on this great nation by completely turning our backs on Him? A god-less nation… isn’t that the true goal of Communism?

Will we be the generation who stands by watching as the last golden rays of Liberty fades in the twilight of our great Republic?

Outside Independence Hall when the Constitutional Convention of 1787 ended, Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin,
“Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded,
“A republic, if you can keep it.”–recorded by Constitution signer James McHenry in his diary (1787)

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit  of the Lord is, there is liberty.”–II Corinthians 3:17 (New American Standard Bible)

“When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”–Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) US Founding Father

Reaping What We Sow

Seeds of a pro-Communist world view and an anti-Capitalist, anti-American bias have been sowed in public school classrooms for decades. The weeds of globalism, multiculturalism, and communitarianism have flourished unchecked, choking out an understanding of our nation’s founders, the founding documents, the fact we are a Republic – not a Democracy, and how liberty and freedom are based on the God-given rights of the individual.

During the 1960s, it was the rare mother of a fellow classmate who worked outside of the home. As the 20th century drew to a close, that pendulum swung in the opposite direction as the new issue of “latchkey children” spawned “after school programs”, which extended the influence of public schools on children’s lives – from school breakfast programs right up to suppertime. Parents quickly grew to rely on the public school to provide almost everything from preschool and child care to feeding their children, dispensing medications and helping them with their homework. Schools have assumed an ever larger role in students’ lives as they advise them on career choices and accompany students on visits to perspective colleges. They’re intricately involved in nearly every aspect of children’s lives far beyond serving as a role model or mentor to becoming confidants.

Reaping what we sow... or weeds?

It wasn’t that long ago when these were strictly the personal responsibility and duty of parents. Now, because parents have come to rely on so much assistance from public schools… the government… many have come to view them more in a partnership role, than as an institution whose purpose should be limited strictly to provide an education. It is this blurring of the line which has caused many parents to be lulled into a blind sense of trust of schools, as they are able to direct more of their attention to work, leisure or other interests – and less to their own children.

Progressive educators have taken full advantage of this opportunity.

The anti-establishment theology being spoon-fed to our children was spawned from the counterculture: the hippies, yippies, flower children, rebels, rioters and bra-burners of the 1960s… many of whom entered the field of education after putting away their bellbottoms and psychedelic tie-dyed shirts.

One means by which some are working to villainize American exceptionalism is by exposing students to a video entitled The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard. The engaging, cartoonish, short film is an outrageous, in-your-face, anti-capitalist, anti-consumer sermon that is staunchly biased and full of disinformation. Clearly, it advocates Socialism through fear mongering and hysterics. Employing propaganda, the film heaps guilt on children as a vehicle to indoctrinate them into believing what is being sold as a democratic economic system is “good” while American Capitalism and the free market economy is “evil”. This new democratic economic system is a wolf in sheep’s clothing: Communism.

Students are being conditioned to view Communism, or a “control economy” in a favorable light and preferable to our Constitutional Republic form of government and free market economy in some history or social studies textbooks. Why? Because in a “control economy” the government takes care of people’s needs.

The film maker and those who funded the project obviously hold a deep sense of contempt for the American way of life. They want to replace the ideals of working hard to advance oneself in their chosen career; individuality, ingenuity and invention; success; the concept of risk and reward… with collectivism, economic egalitarianism and an acceptance of poverty. The Story of Stuff brazenly promotes Green Communism.

One of the most disturbing and dangerous aspects is its demonization of the manufacturing sector – claiming companies are greedy, they deliberately poison the environment as well as their products, and those who work in factories are exposed to toxins that result in cancer, especially for women. The Story of Stuff openly denigrates Apple Computers, Radio Shack and WalMart through thinly disguised attacks on their businesses.

The Story of Stuff pushes the “economic justice” agenda, meaning they envision a day when there will no longer be corporations that own businesses, but all businesses will be owned by a one world government where the workers will all have an equal share in the decisions and profits. This is an unrealistic, foolhardy utopian notion cleverly designed to appeal to our youth… the audience of The Story of Stuff.

Some of the outrageous lies in this film include:

“50% of our tax dollars goes to the military” Official sources identify the total spending budget for the U.S. Government during fiscal year 2009 as $6,434 billion dollars. Of that, just 13.4% went to defense. (2009 is the year this film was released.)

“40% of our waterways are undrinkable” This is a ridiculous attempt at a scare tactic. People don’t drink directly from waterways. Even hikers in the backcountry cannot drink directly from the most pristine source of natural water without risking natural bacterial contamination or infestation by parasites, so must rely on purification measures. Drinking from waterways has always posed a health risk due to fecal contamination. Most households drink well water or water from municipal sources that has been tested and deemed safe. Ms Leonard’s claim is pure hysteria.

These are just a couple of examples of the inaccuracies this film uses to propagandize children.

Unfortunately, The Story of Stuff has expanded into an ongoing series. More recent titles include The Story of Cap & Trade, The Story of Citizens United v. FEC and the soon to be released, The Story of Broke.

Communications Coordinator at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Lee Doren, has put together critique films of some of these titles, doing a commendable job of pointing out and correcting Annie Leonard’s disinformation.

I recommend viewing Lee Doren Critiques:

The Story of Stuff…  part 1 ; part 2 ; part 3 ; part 4 and Story of Cap & Trade

The Story of Citizens United v. FEC promotes the complete restoration of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, also known as the McCain-Feingold law. In it, Ms. Leonard identifies several corporations by using fat stick people with company logos emblazoned on their chests:  Exxon, Shell Oil, Toyota, BP, WalMart, Pfizer, Cigna, GE, Bank of America and Wall Street … criticizing their success because they are profitable and demonizing them for donating money to fund political advertisements. Never mind the fact these companies provide employment for millions of Americans, directly or indirectly. Not to mention the products, health, financial services and oil or gasoline necessary to heat homes and fuel the rest of our economy.

But, of course, as we learned from viewing her earlier attack, The Story of Stuff, she actually would much rather see American’s standard of living fall to that of a third world nation. If her misguided utopian view of society were to become a reality, we would see wealth redistribution, economic destruction, mass poverty, famine and an end to freedom and prosperity.

As Ms. Leonard states: “corporations can decide to spend unlimited dollars from their huge corporate coffers to influence an election, without consulting its shareholders”. She goes on to say Washington DC politicians are ready to promote a new Constitutional Amendment because “1st Amendment isn’t meant for ‘for profit corporations’”. This leaves no doubt there is some major political clout behind her quirky little stick people films.

How interesting and revealing it is that the planned Constitutional Amendment would only apply to “for profit” corporations but not non-profits or unions. Especially when considering most of the campaign advertising I saw or received in 2010 and during the 2011 Wisconsin recall election originated with unions or non-profit front groups for the Democrat Party.

Ms. Leonard claims to be all for “free speech”, but in reality, she and those who wrote and support the McCain-Feingold law, as well as this planned Constitutional Amendment do not. What they’re saying and doing are two different things because it is evident by their actions they only support “free speech” if it agrees with their own position… their own warped views and advancement of their Communist utopia.

If you watch this film closely, you’ll notice how the little stick people take to the streets in protest. Acting as a mob, they are depicted as physically throwing politicians out of office. Hmmm…

And the protest theme continues in her newest film, The Story of Broke, due to be released on November 8th. Clearly, the little stick people are now part of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The premise of this piece of propaganda is we really aren’t broke. The US Government has plenty of money. Instead of giving it to their fat cat cronies and crooked Wall Street bankers, “the people” need to force the government to spend it, instead, on creating a Green Economy… so we can all live happily ever after. Cue the Kumbaya music.

How curious a small budget, stick people film most adults have never heard of could have coincidentally sermonized the same themes over the past couple of years as are now unfolding before our eyes. It makes a person wonder if there may be a direct cause and effect?

Annie Leonard has every right to live her life in a hut denying herself modern conveniences, if she so chooses. But she has no right to impose or force her beliefs and choices on anyone else. That is a big part of the problem with teachers showing these propaganda films to their students. These films are not factually accurate and do not present a balanced view of any issues. They simply do not belong in public school classrooms – but are often shown on Earth Day and at other times, as well. As parents and taxpayers, we have a right and a responsibility to ensure children are educated and not propagandized.

OK… so, who is behind The Story of Stuff? Stay tuned…