Occupy Whatever vs the Tea Party

It’s been nagging at me how useless and nihilistic this whole Occupy Whatever “movement” (more like a fit) has been about, and then it occurred to me.  None of it follows Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals.  The strength of the Tea Party has been to understand and apply these rules.  The Occupy Whatever people are doing the opposite.  Go down the list:

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

The Tea Party scared the Democrats.  The media did a full on press against them (with all the racist shit) because they knew that getting righties out and marching was dangerous.

No one cares about the Occupy Whatever people.  The worst that they can do is property damage.  They certainly aren’t going to vote any differently.

2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.

Both sides seem to have this one.

3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

This one the Tea Party wins again.  The Democrats were not used to being on the other side of a march.  The Occupy Doofuses are still doing the same shit that they’ve been doing for 40 years, and none of it is a surprise.

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

The Tea Party wins this one again.  The rules are being used to crush the Occupy Doofuses.  Permits, barriers, code, whatever.  The Tea Party, on the other hand, is highlighting the double standard by doing the same things and forcing the media to talk about how bad it is.  The worst sin to a liberal is hypocrisy, and they are exposing it in droves.

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

The Occupy Goons are way too serious.  Deathly serious.  Janine Garafalo serious.  (Can you believe that she was once considered a comedienne?)   Haughty, self-absorbed serious.  Lecture you at the drop of a hat serious.  There’s really no ridicule of corporations at all in the protests.

The Tea Party rallies are full of people in tricorner hats and Uncle Sam outfits.

6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

Too early to tell on this one, but it looks like both sides have it.

7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”

The Tea Party put this to good use.  The rallies are well spread out and only a day at a time.  The rest of time is spent organizing and getting candidates nominated and elected.  The Occupy Whatever goon’s plan is one step, and goes on indefinitely.  They are guaranteeing that their people burn out before they stop.

8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

The Tea Party quickly transitioned from rallies to town halls to nominations to taking over the Republican machinery.  The Occupy whatever people have no plan for any different tactics or actions, because they simply have no plan.

9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

The media helped the Tea Party with this, talking about how they are going to all go nuts and shooty any minute.  The Occupy Whatever people are not threatening to anything but your sense of smell.  There’s no threat to Wall Street whatsoever.

10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”

The Tea Party has done this, with the transition into the Republican machinery.  The Occupy Whatever people aren’t moving any reactions at all on Wall Street.  Wall Street frankly doesn’t give a shit about them.

11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”

The Tea Party has done this with the racism bullshit.  The pushback has made it so that no one who was on the fence any longer believes that racism has anything to do with it.  Hell, it’s poisoned the well so badly that not even the Niggerhead slur against Perry got any traction.

On the other hand, the Occupy Whatever people are the negative, and I don’t think they can push hard enough to break through to the other side.

12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

The Tea Party has a constructive alternative.  End Obamacare, cut spending, cut taxes, smaller government.

The Occupy Whatever people have no alternative, because they have no demands.  In fact, they refuse to make any demands.  All they have is whining and hate.

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.  In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…

Targets.  The Tea Party had them.  The Stimulus first.  Frozen, personalized (Pelosi), polarized.  Then, Obamacare.  Frozen (repeal), personalized (OBAMAcare), and polarized.

The Occupy Whatever people refuse to even pick a target.  They won’t pick a target, none of it is personalized, nothing is frozen.  It’s a completely impotent, narcissistic, empty, petulant movement.

It is doomed to fail.

Update: Numbers 4, 5, 6 and 8 in action after the fold:


  1. They have demands, at least a rough estimate, but to articulate them as a list of agreed upon demands is to organize. To organize means they have to have leaders. To have leaders means that suddenly some of them have more power than the rest of them. Because John Lewis is not better than anyone. Remember that! (insert jazz hands)

    These people have no idea what democracy is and what it’s for, now they are playing at Animal Farm.

    Janine Garafalo stopped being funny decades ago, straight up.

  2. Brian Dunbar says:

    No one cares about the Occupy Whatever people. The worst that they can do is property damage. They certainly aren’t going to vote any differently.

    To quote from The Big Lebowski

    Donny: Are these the Nazis, Walter?
    Walter: No, Donny, these men are nihilists, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

  3. Phelps says:

    Fucking dipshit with a nine toed woman.