Protestors stand during social justice demonstration..
(photo credit: Reuters)
There’s a long, dishonorable history of pro forma non-political associations
that in fact were set up or propped up to serve political goals. Yet their
propensities, purposes and patronage are cunningly masked in order to make their
deployment more effective.
The upshot is that extremist programs are
actually promoted within what are presented to public view as moderate
frameworks. This wins greater support and adherence than would otherwise be the
case. Even activists within these outfits are often bamboozled.
matter how clever the camouflage, there’ll invariably remain telltale clues to
what really lies beneath. Intelligent citizens and newsconsumers need seek out
such hints and beware.
When a protest over high rents evolves into an
all-encompassing clamor for “social justice,” odds are that it calculatingly
conceals something so extensive, so ill-defined and hence so unattainable that
non-satisfaction is a priori guaranteed. Nothing can possibly please
these protest-orchestrators. All goodwill gestures will predictably fall
short of their catch-all demands.
So when you see supposed hard-luck
protesters, who pitiably cannot pay the rent, gesticulate mockingly as the prime
minister makes them an offer – dismissing it before he finishes speaking, before
hearing him out, before anyone has studied his numbers, read the spreadsheets,
or done elementary arithmetic – you should understand that there’s no desire to
gain anything specific, but to provoke and intensify discord.
insistence (subsequently dropped) on televised negotiations to better the
nebulous lot of everybody (increased tax burdens for everybody notwithstanding)
tells us the instigators’ aim isn’t to redress specific grievances, but to rake
in propaganda capital. They aspire to look good rather than juggle figures
(which is, alas, boring and not photogenic, but without which nothing can be
Mega-doses of skepticism are mandated when
equal-opportunity humanitarians fulminate against anathema settlers or observant
Jews. Rightist tongue-in-cheek solidarity and facetious pseudo-support
don’t diminish left-wing demagoguery, nor do occasional disingenuous makenice
overtures by the protesters toward their political bugbears, especially beyond
the Green Line.
When the supposed champions of everyman march down city
streets with red flags, this should instantly switch on every red light in our
craniums – even if our consistently tendentious, left-dominated media choose not
Anyone who still doubts that the red flags are key, must pay
attention to the pre-prepared placards, well-rehearsed anti-government mantras
and those mass-produced Bibi masks donned by demonstrators shouting anti-Bibi
slurs. There’s no mistaking the dishonorable hallmarks of anarchist agitation at
the behest of far-out left-wing goals.
For those unsure of how this
works, here’s a short glossary of helpful terminology:
• Front organization –
used as a shill by others, by significant behind-the-scenes paymasters who
prefer to obscure the front’s provenance to facilitate its exploitation as a
tool for recruitment. This tactic, a communist favorite, spawned fronts like the
World Federation of Democratic Youth, the International Union of Students, the
World Federation of Trade Unions, the Women’s International Democratic
Federation and the World Peace Council, to name but a few.
typically proliferated where Marxist Parties struggled to grab clout. They
rendered radical dogma more palatable to non-Marxists and helped mobilize them
to carry out tasks for purposes they couldn’t readily evaluate.
affinity group is an activist assemblage that appears non-hierarchical and
decentralized, based on common philosophies and concerns – like animal rights,
the environment, anti-war and anti-globalization. These coteries
constitute ideal targets for manipulation by fronts.
• The mass movement
– a front organization variant, promoted as the vox populi to denote broad
public backing. Historically this oftentimes involved organizations that were
not originally communistcontrolled but that later became so. Most members are
blissfully unaware of ties that bind them to other associations and never
suspect anything subversive or nefarious. The object is to lend the impression
of an authentic grassroots upsurge.
• Astroturf – Borrowing its name from
a synthetic grass brand, this is a political technique to simulate grassroots
gusto and imply a spontaneous groundswell of opinion as distinct from politics
overseen by traditional power structures. In reality, however, the agenda and
strategy are directed by hidden financiers and stage-managers. Individuals
seemingly voicing heartfelt indignation are indispensable to the spectacle –
sometimes also known as “rent-acrowd.”
• The useful idiot – an old
communist term of disputable origin but still eminently relevant. Useful idiots
play vital roles in the above-listed fronts. In USSR parlance, the useful idiot
was a credulous, wellmeaning dupe who, while not a communist, was converted to
creeds that conveniently enabled communists. Inevitably, too much
misguided naïveté and a desire to be a force for good led gullible, sincere saps
to unwittingly support malignant causes.
There are several idiot
• The fellow traveler – a person who identifies with the clichés
of an organization or assists its activities without maintaining formal
membership in it. Originally Bolsheviks applied the moniker to writers
and artists sympathetic to the Revolution’s goals but not card-carrying
communists. Fellow travelers flaunted unmistakable inclinations, partook in
communist- sponsored events, contributed to communist crusades, published
pro-communist commentaries or wrote for communist journals and fought alongside
• Salon communist – a.k.a., the chattering classes,
coffee shop revolutionaries and latte liberals. These diverse classifications
focus on leftists who enjoy a degree of affluence, benefitted from educational
opportunities and cultivated fondness for the finer things in life. Americans
know them as limousine liberals, the British as champagne socialists, and
Australians as chardonnay socialists, while the Italians talk of radical chic
and the French of caviar gauche. The Petit Larousse dictionary defines
“left caviar” as “progressivism combined with a taste for society life and its
• Anarchist – In truth, this loose category defies
precise definition because of its bewildering array of types and beliefs.
Suffice it to say that many anarchists evince very pronounced left-wing
orientations, squawk about social justice and, despite claims to the contrary,
hardly oppose aggression – even terror – and propaganda.
latter-day offshoots are bizarre hodgepodges of counterculture fanatics,
squatter cheerleaders, anti-globalization, anti-global-warming and, of course,
anti-Zionist zealots. Modern anarchists, partial to presumably decentralized
technologies like the Internet, fomented riots against World Trade Organization,
Group of Eight, and World Economic Forum conferences.
aforementioned catalogue of political disguises unequivocally features in the
current Tel Aviv “social insurrection” hullabaloo. When a protest about rents
deteriorates into a demonstration to bring down the government, loud warning
bells need be sounded and in a hurry.
The government’s identity should be
immaterial to genuine protesters. Obviously Binyamin Netanyahu didn’t
singlehandedly create all of Israel’s socioeconomic woes. Demands can be
addressed to him, but ad hominem invective tips us off to another underlying and
It shouldn’t take uncommon acuity to discern sly
(though expectedly denied) ploys by astroturfing front organizations and
assorted useful idiots to overturn the results of a democratic election by
nondemocratic means – even if packaged as grassroots discontent.
covert campaign to countermand the voters’ wishes should outrage anyone who
still sincerely cherishes values represented by the ballot box. Trendy
cynicism mustn’t override the basics, which include respect for the people’s
This is the first of two parts.