The future of the world is apparently going to be altered by ultra-lefty protests next Wednesday, November 2 … at least, that’s what their website says. An organization called “The World Can’t Wait” expects millions of people to leave school and work to “drive out the Bush regime.”
Why? First, there’s the usual: they’re not shy about drawing historic parallels between the Bush presidency and, oh, Nazi Germany:
Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their sights. …
Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy, where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule….
Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance.
People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so. The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the balance. …
The point is this: history is full of examples … of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they ever imagined. (link)
(Has the Bush-as-Hitler meme lost its power yet? What will far-left activists do when it does? They don’t have Satan to fall back on …)
Wait! Did we forget to mention Katrina? Racism? Death Camps?
Bush’s actions before, during and since Hurricane Katrina are reason enough to mount such a movement. Katrina exposed both the deep structure and history of racism in this country, AND the systematic efforts of the Bush regime to attack the Black masses and to further strip Black people as a whole of their rights. But Bush himself is not just more of the same. Katrina is part of his bigger agenda to Aradically remake society very quickly, in a fascist way, and for generations to come.
We should be sober about this. The logic of this agenda leads ultimately to the death camps. (link)
(Sober and well-reasoned!)
The bombast comes from the top: One of the primary organizers, Sunsara Taylor, said at an organizer’s conference: “We owe it to the billions who live on this planet and who will inhabit it … history is pivoting on what we do in these moments. … We have to take history into our hands. … (using a basketball analogy) the whole future of humanity is riding on whether we win this game or not.” (link to audio; first excerpt about 50% through, the second about 75%)
The last time we were so worried about the future of humanity, the Borg were involved.
Reinforcing the point, flyers for the protest make it clear that the alternative to participating is … unpleasant:
There may be some problems pitching all this to the middle 95% of the electorate, since the plan involves tossing out the political process that has served this country for 216 years:
by the way, there won’t be a “President Cheney” either — this movement is going to send Bush, Cheney and the rest of those fascists packing, and they can take their whole damn program with them. (link)
But, after the “regime change,” there will be so much to look forward to!
After that, there are people in “World Can’t Wait” who are working for everything from impeachment to communist revolution. (link)
Oops! World Can’t Wait is linked to the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA, a self-proclaimed Marxist-Leninist-Maoist party which conveniently seeks to provide “vanguard leadership” to the revolution. Any guess as to who they hope gets to run the country? (Anyone remember the October revolution?)
While there does not seem to be a road map for what happens after next Wednesday’s protests (per their FAQ), organizers apparently do have plans to make their supporters poorer and unemployed. One commenter on Daily Kos posted that “all I’ve heard from them on Air America is to send money and take the day off on Nov 2.”
All this seems very … dissenting …. for a country in which there is “no dissent,” according to the WCW radio spots,
In San Francisco, organizers want to parade down Market Street in the middle of a weekday. That may avoid some of the problems from last summer’s nighttime G-8 protest, which devolved into “trashing neighborhoods” and “getting drunk,” according to one participant. Of course, parading down a major thoroughfare and inconveniencing tens of thousands of people may create awareness and resentment — just not towards the Bush administration.
In LA, there will be a 5pm rally at the Federal Building in Westwood. (link)
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