Thursday, March 22, 2012

On Treyvon Martin, Manufacturing Outrage, and Chaos

"The first step in community organization is community disorganization.  The disruption of the present organization is the first step toward community organization.  Present arrangements must be disorganized if they are to be displaced by new patterns that provide the opportunities and means for citizen participation (*).  All change means disorganization of the old and organization of the new."

Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, Page 116

*Keep in mind, for Alinsky 'Citizen Participation' is a euphemism for ginning up an angry mob.

If you haven't heard about the Treyvon Martin story this past week, you're living under a rock; something about this story stinks. 

The main thing that bugs me about this story is the speed with which it's taken off.  Over the past week, I've seen it go from obscure websites, to Think Progress and the Huffington Post, then to ABC News.  Each time the story has moved forward, it's gotten posted on more Facebook pages.  Considering everything we know about Media Matters, something doesn't add up.  I can't shake the feeling that we're at the beginning of another Tawana Brawley Yankel Rosenbaum episode.

So, what's going on and why would anyone advance something like this?!?

In Rules for Radicals, Saul Alinsky said: "Before men can act on an issue it must become polarized" (78). I've believed, for some time now, that some VERY powerful forces are deliberately sowing anger and chaos in America.  If you're looking to polarize the nation to sow anger and chaos, this story is perfect.  Consider:
  • Is the story racially charged?!?  Check
  • Does the story demonize gun owners?!?  Check
  • Is the story friendly to straw man arguments?!?  Check
  • Does the story lend itself to an easy villain?!? Check
  • Is the Villain tailor made for an angry mob?!?   Good Grief, Check
Saul Alinsky's eleventh rule teaches: "Pick the Target, Freeze It, Personalize It  and Polarize It."  George Zimmerman is the perfect demon for this sort of campaign.  Based on media reports, George Zimmerman does not seem to be a good guy.  He's easy to demonize.  This is key, because if you're looking create an escalating series of demons to gin-up anger and chaos, then the first demon has to be someone or something indefensible.  Remember, long before Barack Obama demonized Jews and Catholics, Michael Bloomberg demonized smokers.

It's an old saying, but a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth gets its boots on. That's why I don't trust stories that appear out of nowhere on the internet.  A year ago, you had this phony Arab Spring take off out of nowhere on the internet, we now know that was a lie.  A month ago, you had the #PhonyKony internet video, we also know that was a lie.  This Trayvon Martin story stinks worse than those other two, and I cannot shake the feeling that it's sophistocated twenty-first century cyber-astroturf.    I've tried to start viral campaigns on the internet, and it's hard; it's a lot easier if you have powerful people helping you behind the scenes.

So, what does this all mean?!?  It's impossible to know at this point, but if the following events happened, it wouldn't surprise me:
  1. Several months from now, we learn this is a massive Overton Window.
  2. We start seeing gun owners demonized as racist
  3. George Zimmerman ends up being the first person dragged into the streets and killed by Occupy Wall St.
Again, caution is in order, because we don't know the full facts.  But something about this case stinks.

It stinks BADLY.


    1. Your Oh so right, the flames are being fanned and it scares me. I saw bus loads of angry people loading up in Atlanta heading for Florida. I saw the angry parents on T V with the usual suspects standing right behind them. Caution is in order but I don't think were going to get it.

    2. what I want to know is why the DOJ has taken this case on....shouldn't it be handled by the local jurisdiction. Had this been reversed and a blck man had killed a Hispanic(which Zimmerman is, despite the name) would the DOJ be involved. I think this is just another ploy just like they tried with Fast and Furious to take away our 2nd Amendment rights. They have to create a situation, to handle the situation. I see them stirring the pot, racially motivated to eventually to declare martial law. A RACE WAR is what they are trying to create.

    3. Don't be fooled.
      This is a bad shoot. There is no conflict, there was no robbery, there was no assault, no battery until Zimmerman stalks an unarmed kid. Martin did what any normal person would have done, beat the snot out of a punk who was provoking a fight.
      Zimmerman should be charged with second degree murder. Although this is damn close to premeditated.
      This is fuel for the race riots that Sharpton, Eric Holder and Obama want.