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.
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