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  •  also what Marxists call "lumpen" elements. (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    Basically a lot of people who are parasites and low-level predators in one form or another: grifters and hangers-on and takers-advantage-of and just plain takers.

    That's also where the "groping" problem and the more serious sexual assaults came from:  fucked-up guys with bad attitudes.

    As for infiltrators, just say "syncretic Maoists" and you're on the right track.

    Some of this shit has decades of history behind it, some goes back about half a century that we can figure out, and it may go further & deeper than that.  Some friends of mine are trying to trace out the ultimate roots of it.  

    We have to be really really clear about this: for ANY kind of movement to succeed, it has to exercise control over who can and who cannot join.  It has to insist on standards for membership, obligations of membership, and some kind of code of behavior.  Otherwise it will be swamped with undesirables of many kinds, and ultimately sink.  

    For example, no violence, no exceptions.  Someone does a violent act, they're outski and no coming back.  Basic minimal stuff like this.  For example no active substance abuse problems.  Someone has a substance problem, they have to get 90 days of clean/sober before they can join, and if they have a relapse, they're outski until they clean up again.  We are not a social services catch-all agency for everyone with a story to tell; or rather, we can be that or we can be a political and economic movement, but we can't be both.  

    OTOH we have a majorly nasty gang problem here so if, for example, some gang thug shows up to harvest women, and the protesters escort him the hell outta' there, he may very well come back with friends with weapons, and we end up with stabbings & shootings on our hands.  To prevent that we need to be on friendly terms with OPD, which also means we have to be willing to comply with requests & orders that many folks will have a knee-jerk reaction against, and so on, etc. etc.

    Why I think New York has their shit together and we don't:

    They have snow.  

    Think about that.

    BTW, native New Yorker here.

    We got the future back.

    by G2geek on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 09:07:47 AM PST

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