Many saw this argument as being one based on the old battleground of class warfare - particularly as many of the organizers were shown to have strong ties and garner substantial support from Marxist and socialist organizations. Organizations like the Communist Party USA, Revolutionary Communist Party, Socialist Party USA, 9/11 Truth Org, International Bolshevik Tendency, Communist Party of the People's Republic of China, International Socialist Organization, Marxist Student Union, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, International ANSWER, Party of Socialism and Liberation, and the World Workers Party have all worked to support the OWS movement, provide members to join the OWS protesters, and in some cases, provided funding. Anti-American and white supremacist organizations / individuals are also involved. Some of these include the American Nazi Party, David Duke, Hugo Chavez, the original Black Panther Party, the government of North Korea, Louis Farrakhan / Nation of Islam, CAIR, Hezbollah, Anonymous, White Revolution, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard / Government of Iran.
Virtually every major national union is also supportive of the effort of the OWS movement as are politically active individuals like George Soros who is leveraging virtually his entire portfolio of political activist groups to support the effort. These groups are paying demonstrators and protesters in order to promote the movement as being far larger than the hard left fringe it represents. Leading hard left progressives within the Democrat Party and the Democrat Progressive Caucus are also extremely supporting - ranging from President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, to senior members in Congress, and present / former members of the Administration like Van Jones, Anita Dunn, and Elizabeth Warren are also strong advocates of the movement and its message.
Two of the 'leaders' of the 'Occupy' concept, one the Frenchman Stephane Frederic Hessel, and the other Kelle Lasn, both share extreme hard left views. Lasn, the founder of 'Adbusters', is becoming increasingly outspoken as he attempts to shift the direction of the Occupy movement from the failed 'occupation' message towards one that is far closer to the socialist revolution he is now advocating.
This approach started in early December as Lasn found a welcoming environment on NPR's All Things Considered when he was interviewed by NPR Robert Siegel. In this interview, Lasn described how America was rope for a socialist revolution - bringing up comparisons to the movement / violence of 1968 - and the hope for a 'full fledged, full spectrum movement that operates on all levels'.
More recently, the blog Weasel Zippers highlights a MSN Money article that flew under the radar screen on the 22nd of December where the battle plan for 2012 was being defined. The term battle plan is also far more accurate than just a rhetorical device.
Think Occupy Wall Street disappeared in winter’s cold? Wrong: The 99% just declared a new aggressive, covert special-ops war strategy to take back our democracy in 2012.
No more peaceful tent encampments in parks. No more Mahatma Gandhi nice-guy stuff. Not enough. Escalation time. Wall Street, the superrich and their Washington lobbyists are tone deaf, blinded by greed, trapped in their post-2008 business-as-usual bubble.
Warning; OWS tells us America’s going to be shocked by not one but hundreds of wake-up calls in 2012.
How? In a recent Washington Post column, OWS leaders say they are accelerating their battle strategy in 2012. In what amounts to a new declaration of war that promises to electrify the 2012 elections, OWS will be using new asymmetrical warfare strategies, write two of the men who have been the driving force behind the movement since early this year: Kalle Lasn, the editor-in-chief of Adbusters magazine, and senior editor Micah White.
Listen to some of the specific guerrilla tactics they warn will be used in their 2012 “American Spring” assault: A “marked escalation of surprise, playful, precision disruptions, rush-hour flash mobs, bank occupations, ‘occupy squads’ and edgy theatrics.”
These are the directions being communicated by Kelle Lasn. Here is Lasn's background from David Horowitz's excellent source, Discover the Network. Lasn is about as hard left as one gets - someone who embraces both Alinsky and Marx and is willing to use all of his power and platform to invoke both to establish those intellectually bankrupt ideologies.
The less that the old or new flavor of the OWS movement grab the attention and support of Middle America, the more violent and disruptive the movement will become. Lasn and others see this as a revolution and one that they see no challenges with the use of violence to achieve their means. They are also growing in frustration that the efforts by Obama, his Administration, and Congress to deliver their political 'solutions' are failing - particularly after their excitement that this would be case in the glow of the Obama / Progressive electoral wins of 2008.
The revolution they are advocating, like almost all previous revolutions save one, do nothing to solve the problems they claim to be solving - and in all but that one example, made things far worse, far more violent, far costlier in lives than of they were not undertaken - or those bankrupt ideals were provided with power. These groups all say they stand in favor of the 'American Dream', yet they embrace ideals that stand against all of the values of the 'American Dream'.
This coalition of Marxists, socialists, and anarchists represent the modern day Jacobin - and are fundamentally no different in their thinking than William Ayers, Bernadine Dorhn, and the other 'intellectual revolutionaries', many from the great halls of American academia, who spent hours determining how to exterminate the 25 million unrepentant US capitalists they believed would exist after their "revolution".