Economic Policy Journal
October 20, 2011
The emails of the “September17″ google group have been publicly leaked and posted with search capability. September 17 is, of course, the launch date of Operation Wall Street. The emails suggest that the private group is some kind of broad-based OWS inner circle planning group.
Some of the emails expose Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi and NBC’s Dylan Ratigan as providing the group with advice on how to deal with the media. A search of the emails for “Ron Paul” reveals some shocking disinformation and a clear attempt to keep Ron Paul ideas from gaining momentum within the movement.
Celliwig@gmail.com writes to the group on October 10:
The early analysis of the tea party I get with the Ronulans is entirely based on an idealized view of Ron Paul which has never been true in elections: the man has been consistently and constantly pandering to the religious right and southern racists, gets his endorsements from klansmen, etc.
On October 14, firstname.lastname@example.org responds to another member of the group:
And yet you appear to be trying to coopt OWS yourselves… If I have misrepresented your economic views, forgive me, but David you seem to have Ron Paul-style, right-wing libertarian views concerning a wing of the financial elite. Am I wrong about that? Are you, instead, in favor of unions? Are you in favor of more public jobs, of more control by working people over the economy? Please disabuse me of my fears about your platform if I am mistaken. Andy
Charles Lenchner on October 14 wrote (my emphasis):
if you want to officially distance yourself from any and all movements that have adherents on Zuccotti Park, you’ll get in trouble for missing one or the other. In addition to not being coopted by the two party oligarchy, let’s also pledge not to be coopted by the Workers World Party, International Socialist Organization, Ron Paul’s Love-o-lution, and let’s not forget the dastardly ‘Committee for a Worker’s Revolution.’ I for one, will not stand to be coopted by any of these forces, and their omission from this statement opens the door to further coopting.
Operation Wall Street is clearly a mixed bag of characters, with heavy left wing participation at an early stage. It is unclear how OWS will develop over time, but these emails suggest that far from being open, there are clearly Ron Paul-haters in the OWS crowd, who are not afraid to spread vicious claims about a man that has consistently stood for liberty for all.
Intel Hub Note: In any massive protest movement there will also be opinionated people but when you consider the fact that the actual ORGANIZERS of the OWS protests have attacked Ron Paul in the vicious manner described above, a clear picture emerges.