Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The GOP Follies: CoIntelPro Redux


The latest news on the GOP's merry competition for a 2016 candidate is the revelation that, back in May, Bill Clinton had a long phone conversation with Donald Trump, during which he urged Trump to try for the Republican nomination.  The more intelligent Republicans are screeching over this, because they know -- and have been saying for awhile -- that Trump is absolute poison for the Republican Party, and this phonecall shows that Trump's campaign is a Democrat plot to get Hillary Clinton elected.

The real irony is that they're right.  Trump, and his ham-fisted appeal to the worst elements of the Republican voters -- the foaming right-wingers, to be precise -- have already alienated the majority of voters, and if he won the nomination he'd guarantee a victory for Hillary in 2016.  That would cripple the GOP for years to come, if not forever.  They know because they've seen this done before.

It's a trick the FBI invented, 'way back in the late '60s to use against the anti-war movement and then the women's movement, called CoIntelPro.  It didn't work against the peaceniks and hippies because the anti-war and counter-cultural movements were amorphous, with no central authority that could be brought down, whose collapse would destroy or at least cripple the whole movement.  The FBI did manage to destroy Students for a Democratic Society, which had originally been the center of the student movement for civil rights and against the Vietnam war, but that didn't stop the movements SDS had inspired.

CoIntelPro did work against the feminists because, back then, the center of the women's movement was the National Organization of Women.  Destroying NOW stalled the feminist movement for a good ten years.  The way the FBI worked it was to choose a real political lunatic named Andrea Dworkin, an obese and slobby lesbian who really did hate men, and hype her to NOW with a lot of covert and overt media coverage.  Her big message was that pornography encourages rape, and therefore must be censored out of existence.  There are always fringees, hangers-on, in every organization, and Dworkin really appealed to the wing-nuts in NOW.  Once NOW publicly agreed with her on the porno angle, this drove a wedge between the organization and all the defenders of free speech and the First Amendment.  When Dworkin, encouraged by carefully-primed flatterers, began making such off-the-wall statements as "Men must give up their precious erections", NOW lost all alliance with the Sexual Revolution movement.  Step by step, publicized idiocy by idiocy, Dworkin alienated all of NOW's previous supporters until there was nothing left and the organization died.  The feminist movement eventually recovered, but that's another story.

Donald Trump is to the Republican Party what Andrea Dworkin was to the National Organization of Women.  He appeals to the fringees -- the foaming reactionary right-wing nuts -- in the GOP, and he's covered intensely by the media (who may or may not be complicit in the game).  Now a good CoIntelPro campaign depends on the absolute ignorance of the spoiler him/herself -- Dworkin never could figure out why the media stopped listening to her after NOW dissolved -- and Trump sails on with his incredibly stupid statements, apparently not realizing that all this media attention is revealing his idiocy to the world.  His fool claims about Latinos has cost the GOP their vote.  His crude attacks on McCain have lost him the support of veterans.  His history of raiding and bankrupting various companies has made the more intelligent of the business community back far away from him, and his well-noted past statements about women's rights and environmental protection have lost him all hope of their supporters' votes.  Group by group, he's peeling the Republican Party like an onion, and -- provided the GOP is stupid enough to nominate him -- by election time there'll be nothing left but the reactionary right-wing nuts, and that's absolutely not enough to win any election.  Yes, even before being nominated, Trump is guaranteeing a Democrat victory.

So now we know, folks.  The fix is in, the professional political manipulators are in place, and Hillary will be the next Pres.  Brace yourself for a lot of disastrous laws, worsening economy, and concerted attacks on the Constitution.

What can we do about it?  Spread the word: "A plague on both their houses.  Vote Libertarian."  Of course the Libertarian Party won't win any offices above small local ones, but the point is to collect a bigger chunk of the vote.  The professionals who analyze elections will notice if enough voters become disgruntled enough with business as usual to abandon both major parties and vote for a minor one -- one that's all for cutting the size and cost and powers of government, which is anathema to the Big Two.  This will, at least, shake up the Rs & Ds and make them reconsider their positions.  At best, if the LP gets more than 10% of the vote, the media will take notice and just might jump ship to hitch their wagons to a rising star;  they just might start hyping the Libertarians and reporting on them truthfully at long last.  The presence of a viable third party just might make the Big Two clean up their act and start actually listening to the people for a change.


--Leslie <;)))><           


17 comments:

Aya Katz said...

Everybody should vote Libertarian, anyway, regardless of whether Trump is running or not. Unfortunately, I don't see everybody doing that, and ten percent of the vote will not change anything.

This idea that things will gradually get better if we keep doing what we have been doing to get the libertarian vote out is starting to sound a little stale after what seems like half a century.

If the founding fathers had waited to change things by working within the Parliamentary system, how long till we had a bill of rights would it have taken? Now that we do have a bill of rights, how long till we take it upon ourselves to enforce it against a government that violates it? Does it really matter if it is Hillary or Jeb, Bernie or Donald?

Technomad said...

Cointelpro was also used to destroy, or at least seriously damage, the Ku Klux Klan. What's your take on that?

Paradoctor said...

Dworkin was a useful idiot for the FBI? I like this theory; have you corroboration? What of Mary Daly?

On the other hand, people don't need the FBI to be jerks.

Leslie Fish said...

Hi, Aya. Sure, there are plenty of other things we can do besides stumping for LP votes; that's just one tactic out of many. The LP got on the ballot in its first state 40 years ago; today they're on the ballot in all the states, and at the last election they harvested 5-8% of the vote. Don't forget that the Founding Fathers spent many decades building up to the Revolution; the preparations for that didn't happen overnight.

Hi, Nomad. Yes, it's a useful tactic, and -- given the nature of people who join the KKK -- 'tis not surprising that CoIntelPro worked well on them.

Hi, Nat. I was more than a wee bit involved in Women's Lib at the time, and saw the hyping going on. My particular commune managed to "turn" our FBI informant infiltrator, who confirmed what I'd guessed. Mary Daly I don't personally know about, so can't comment. Indeed, there are always jerks hanging around; "useful idiots" Stalin called them, and the only question is who uses them. I'd recommend that any political institution do its best to identify and neutralize the Useful Idiots in their ranks before such can be used. It's also necessary to have an ironclad system for identifying your real members, so as to prevent False Flag and co-optation attacks. I've seen those done, too. Y'know, I really should teach a class on this...

Ori Pomerantz said...

Teach a class or write an explanation. Preferably the second, so you won't have to be there.

If you want somebody to take the ideas and turn them into slides, I would be happy to do that - it is what I do on my day job.

Paradoctor said...

Leslie: sure, you could teach a class on this, or write a book, or better yet...
WRITE A SONG!

Technomad said...

Actually, I've thought Cointelpro would be a lot of fun to run on organized crime. And at worst, what happens? They start whacking each other? Oh, what a dreadful tragedy!

Leslie Fish said...

Hi, Nomad. Don't laugh; it's been done. Not all wars between street-gangs -- or drug-gangs -- are self-generated. For that matter, why do you think the Syrian civil war has gone on for so long? What nobody's mentioning is that, since the US & friends started the War on Terror, better than a quarter-million Jihadis have died -- and fewer than half of them killed by US & allied troops. The cheapest way to fight a war is to make your enemies fight -- and kill -- each other.

Technomad said...

When I used to hang around with fringe political types, it was accepted wisdom that the way to spot the FBI agent or mole in the room was to look around and see who it was that was talking about bombing things---or committing crimes to raise money for "the Cause."

Leslie Fish said...

Hi, Nomad. Yes, that's very true; provocateurs provoke. I'm seriously thinking about teaching a class, or maybe posting a FB page, on how reform organizations can identify and counter govt. provo tactics. The problem is that I'm A Toddler On The Information Highway, and have no idea how to set up a website, blog, or FB page. The ones I have (like this blog!) were set up for me by friends. If one of you guys out there can set up the page and tell me how to use it, I'll teach the class.

Ori Pomerantz said...

I think the best mechanism would be a Facebook page. Do you still have access to your Facebook account? How would you feel about a page called "Leslie Fish's Political Tips"?

Technomad said...

You've been beaten to it, Leslie. Claire Wolfe (of 101 Things To Do Till The Revolution fame) wrote a book about snitches and how to deal with them. It's at
http://rats-nosnitch.com/rats/#pro

Paradoctor said...

I think Hillary said to Trump, "Please troll the Republicans, then run as a third party," and Trump replied, "Sure, but you'll owe me."

Technomad said...

What's your take on the "Black Lives Matter" protestors running Bernie Sanders off the stage twice now? Some of my friends think those people are working for Hillary, because the Hill of Beans is afraid that he might derail her rightful coronation.

Ravan Asteris said...

Problem is, I think that CoIntelPro set up the Randroid wing to take over the LP about 20 years ago. Until the LP gets rid of the "I've got mine, fuck you" wing of the praty that's in control, they won't be a serious political force.

Brian Keavey said...

Actually, most "randroids" hate the LP. And the "purists" in the party have been none too thrilled with the way things have gone- they see the LP being ideologically weakened by too many compromises with little to show for them. In any case, the "older" LP was dominated by Rothbard-inspired "anarcho-capitalists" and they are no moderates, to say the least.

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