Potent News Update – Occupy Nova Scotia [video included]
October 20, 2011
My experience, on the ground, is that this is one of the most leaderfull “leaderless” movements I’ve ever seen. Also noteworthy, one of these guys just came from Tahrir Square and the other from Wall Street.
Activist Post‘s description of the video is spot-on:
Contributor Amir Alwani was back at Occupy Nova Scotia to document some of the speakers and protesters. He made some interesting discoveries. In the first segment, a protester voices his concern over the structure of the General Assembly within the overall movement. He illustrates the irony that people have taken to the streets as the 99% fed up with the rule by the 1%, yet many congregate in choir fashion around one speaker, often chanting the message of the “leader.” He is quick to point out that this does not invalidate the entire movement, but it is something we certainly should be mindful of as activists.In the second segment a man comments about a tent labeled “media centre” that, according to him, was behaving in a secretive way. Amir heads over to the tent and listens to two representatives, James Green and Miles Howe, speak about their mission. James has arrived from the Occupy Wall Street media team, and Miles has experience in “revolutionary squares,” including Tahrir Square in Egypt. This combination should cause some healthy skepticism of their views, as both locations have been focal points for political operatives.
In fact, they are creating a “media co-op” at Occupy Nova Scotia where citizen journalists are encouraged to submit their videos and printed material. However, there is a strange choice of language as they discuss how important it is that their group be the only one to disseminate the information to the world, stressing the need to “shape the message.” This is the exact top-down approach that corporate media uses. It seems oddly out of place to those who are protesting against the power that the few have over the many. Again, we urge activists to be mindful of giving away our power to any centralized source.
“Press TV: This thing about silencing John Lewis, if we have a member of the Congress there being silenced, then what does show in terms of what is going to happen to the protesters out on the streets? How would the one percent want to use any tactics to silence? What kind of tactics would they use to silence the Americans and the protesters out on the streets?
Tarpley: With what they are using. They are using a bunch of anarchists and this Adbusters comes from the Situationist International. Situationist International was cooked up by NATO and the CIA back in the 1950s and 60s to overthrow General [Charles] de Gaulle of France who was the target at that time.
This whole apparatus of the General Assembly, the facilitators, the consensus, the voting, the human microphone; the leaderless group is a brainwashing technique; the human microphone is a brainwashing technique.”
Oct. 18 http://blip.tv/play/AYLZjk0C.html
Oct. 16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oq-CYRKt5mU
Oct. 12 http://edition.presstv.ir/detail/204427.html
Oct. 10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMVEVmxMsEg
Oct. 7 http://tarpley.net/2011/10/07/occupy-wall-street-who-wants-to-hijack-the-movement/
Oct. 5 http://tarpley.net/2011/10/06/occupy-wall-street-needs-a-fighting-program-to-save-the-nation-not-endless-groupthink/
Sept. 20 http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=21110
UPDATE from June 6, 2013: I have to admit that after having met Miles Howe a couple times and having spoken to a couple people who’ve known him for years, I am now admittedly less suspicious of Miles Howe. That said, the other guy, James Green, definitely made a reputation for himself at this event and in the end, there seemed to be consensus among the community that James Green was definitely a shady character. For one thing, James had gone out of his way to tell mainstream media that if they wanted to interview members of the Occupy NS movement they had to come to the square to do it. He told this to mainstream media on behalf of everyone in the movement while consulting few, if any, people in the movement. At the beginning of this whole thing he referred to himself as the “media liaison” for the group and when I was present at a couple of the meetings that happened prior to the actual initial event, it was clear that James was trying to dominate and steer the debate into a discussion about administrative matters such as food, toilets, tents, blankets, etc. People swallowed this shit up as they disregarded the fact that nobody there seemed to prioritize coming to a consensus about why we were actually there and what our demands were. To call this movement synthetic is an understatement, in my opinion.