The 99 percent movement sprang up organically. Sure, the conservatives will try to pin the blame on their hallucinated "Evil Soros conspiracy," but we are nevertheless talking about genuine grass-roots stuff here.
The 53% response
? Not so much. From the Washington Post
"We are the 53 percent” was originally the brainchild of Erick Erickson, founder of RedState.org, who worked together with Josh Trevino, communications director for the right-leaning Texas Public Policy Foundation, and conservative filmmaker Mike Wilson to develop the concept, according to Trevino.
Ah. So who are these guys? Balloon Juice
has their number:
And so, because the message of the #OWS crowd has an organic message that resonates, one that surpasses the fraudulent tea party nonsense of the Koch brothers funded Tea Party, the money boys strike back. And who else to lead the pushback than two folks who owe their entire existence to the wingnut wurlitzer. Red State is a fully funded operation of Eagle Publishing, the owner of Human events and Regnery Publishing. The members of the money party are scared, so they’ve sent out their astroturf specialists to meet it head on.
Regnery's entire business model is a scam
In a suit filed in United States District Court in Washington yesterday, the authors Jerome R. Corsi, Bill Gertz, Lt. Col. Robert (Buzz) Patterson, Joel Mowbray and Richard Miniter state that Eagle Publishing, which owns Regnery, “orchestrates and participates in a fraudulent, deceptively concealed and self-dealing scheme to divert book sales away from retail outlets and to wholly owned subsidiary organizations within the Eagle conglomerate.”
Regnery is not really a conservative publishing house: It's a libertarian
publisher. For example, they distribute out the works of Mark Skousen, the even kookier, ultra-libertarian nephew of Cleon Skousen, the man who inspired Glenn Beck.
Josh Trevino, referenced above, identifies himself as a staunch libertarian
. He has an interesting response to the libertarianism of Markos Moulitsas here
Ericson, who co-created the 53% meme, is also part of the libertarian conspriacy
. (Also see here
As for filmmaker Mike Wilson, creator of Michael Moore Hates America
: The following comes from his Wikipedia bio...
Wilson is a libertarian and an atheist and a writer for Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood.
We must emphasize that the people behind the 53 percent meme are not just Republicans
, they are strict libertarians
. Drawing this distinction is important because it helps us to expose those libertarians who are still making attempts to infiltrate the OWS movement.
Cannonfire reader prowlerzee reports from the trenches:
...while there I heard one obvious plant arguing that "after this there is no excuse not to be a Libertarian." I turned and gave them a tongue-lashing, including facts, and they fell back on the standby, "prove it."
The OWS-ers had better understand that the libertarian conspiracy is funding the "53%" astroturf. You cannot let libertarians infiltrate; they are the enemy.
They do not have anything to contribute: Libertarian deregulation is 100% responsible for the economic crisis, and thus libertarians can do nothing to resolve the problem.
Libertarians hate both democracy and the middle class; they envision a dystopia of Total Corporate Feudalism. Libertarianism is the true road to serfdom. I speak literally: Slavery is a worse problem today than it was before the American civil war, and the states where slavery is worst are those, like Dubai, where libertarian notions of "freedom" have sway.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: Occupy Wall Street must define itself as an anti-Libertarian movement
, using those words. Libertarianism caused the problem. Libertarianism is not the solution.By the way
-- you should read some of the responses on the 53% site
. A lot of these messages come from poor shmoes so fueled by Rushbo ideology that they cannot bring themselves to confess that they are not in the 53% and never will be. They are like dogs, who, when kicked, say: "I musta done a bad thing, Master, so please kick me again." They are like slaves in the antebellum south who have become so brainwashed that they would rather fight for their owners than live free.