Occupy a job somewhere
An unruly mob
All of these phrases were posted on my Facebook wall in the last two days. I was also accused of preaching, being out of touch or too kindhearted. Several people posted images of troops in Afghanistan or elsewhere with the tag “Too Busy Too Occupy Wall Street” (Never mind they are occupying somewhere)
All of this disturbed me, not only because I believe in the Occupy movement, have protested in Glenwood Springs, but more because it shows how easily Propaganda works.
Too often in America we think of propaganda as the tool of the Nazis, the Soviets or other communist and fascists’ regimes. Apparently we never think of how often it is used here. Sometimes intensely by using Donald Duck, Superman and Captain America in WWII, the Famed posters of how a lone traveler was riding with Hitler, the ugly images of “Japs” in posters or in the leading syndicated newspaper strip “Terry and the Pirates”
Later it was easily adapted to television during the Cold War with the westerns showing Manifest Destiny, or the spy’s saving the worlds in “Man From Uncle”, “Mission Impossible”, and “I Spy” even the original “Star Trek” carried these themes.
Now propaganda is being used to try and lessen the impact of the Occupy movement, whether it is the myth marines are too busy, never mind the number of veterans in so many Occupy protests. Or the easily dismissed straw-man that Occupy protesters want to soak the rich with taxes because they are jealous or they are unwilling to get a job, or just want their debts taken away.
Another part of the propaganda is that the authorities have to use force because force is being used against them, or just because the occupiers are on city property.
If you believe the propaganda then sure that’s what this is about, and most of the protesters are college students, and are trying to provoke police. However if you look deeper, you’ll see very direct targets of banks using fees, variable interest rates on short term or student loans. Targets are companies who have done heavy investment outside the United States and thus outside the laws binding employers in the U.S.
Propaganda works because it attaches itself to basic core beliefs, in the United States a core belief, recognized and admitted or not, is that the poor don’t work hard enough, because the premise has always been that if you work hard enough there is no way you can’t succeed. This idea is now being used directly against Occupy by the major media outlets and the entrenched corrupt government representatives. Anyone beholding to major contributors and advertisers.
Not every message Occupy has is right, not every behavior correct but the overall message is more than some dirty students, or unemployed being angry at the rich. Look deeper, look at who is telling you the news, pay attention to the information. Remember those in power say what they believe will keep them in power and always wrap it in patriotic colors.