OWS censorship


Far from the Occupy Wall Street being  a “leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions”, they are fast becoming – have become – exactly what they claim to be protesting about.

Their homepage states:

This #ows movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.

And yet real people trying to create real change are routinely deleted and blacklisted on the homepage forums.

By whom? The 1% of the OWS?

This first came to my attention when I popped over to blizznetwork and found this unlinked quote by an OWS moderator.

“Stop posting RonPaul comments, you will be blocked from this site. OWS does not endorse political candidates, especially RonPaul
Some people don’t understand why we are censoring posts. This is not a free speech issue, if you don’t agree with our agenda you shouldn’t be writing on our website.
We want free education, free health care, and unemployment benefits for everyone by taxing the 1% and most importantly we want to end capitalism!!
RonPaul talks about ending the Federal Reserve. This has nothing to do with Occupy Wall Street as this is a Government Agency that helps increase employment by lowering interest rates. Occupy Wall Street wants a bigger government that can provide for the people, we don’t want to decrease the size of the government! That doesn’t make any sense.
RonPaul also wants to stop the wars, which again has nothing to do with the OWS goals. While everyone has their own opinion about the wars, we need to trust Obama who during his Peace Prize speech explained that some wars are necessary to achieve true peace in the world.
We agree to freedom of speech when promoting our agenda in public places but not from RonPaul supporters on our website. At the next meeting I will try to get a consensus to block RonPaul supporters from our meetings and protests. Hopefully we can create a black list of these right wing extremists and make sure they don’t get in our way.
Stop posting RonPaul comments, you will be blocked from this site. – OWSmoderator”

Alarming as that rant is, it would be great to reblog, except whoever runs blizznetwork didn’t provide a link.

However, after copying part of the comment and googling it, this page came up top of the list.

The link is “http://occupywallst.org/forum/stop-posting-ronpaul-comments-you-will-be-blocked-/”

The problem is nothing exists on that page anymore.

More here from the google search.

And more now-blank pages.

Yes, OWS is blocking and censoring the free speech of the very people it claims to be fighting for.

Ignorance is Strength War is Peace Freedom is Slavery

OWS talks about democracy, but practices the worst kind of censorship and control.

What ever sympathy I had for the movement was quickly destroyed once I came online and found that virtually all debate is deleted and censored, and anybody that doesn’t follow DNC ‘talking points’ is belittled, and what’s most crazy is they embrace MSM bigger than MSM.

MSM at least allows dissent on their comment boards, on OWS anybody that doesn’t follow MSM OWS propaganda is black-listed. Just go visit the so called ‘chat’, if try to talk about anything substantial you’ll be black-listed and bumped off in a second.

The link for that comment is here (at time of posting): http://occupywallst.org/forum/orwell-1984-has-a-new-face-ows-2011/

It will likely be deleted soon, off down the memory hole.

A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records, such as from a web site or other archive, particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.[1][2] The concept was first popularized by George Orwell‘s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.

In Nineteen Eighty-Four the memory hole is a small chute leading to a large incinerator used for censorship[3]:

In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. To the right of the speakwrite, a small pneumatic tube for written messages, to the left, a larger one for newspapers; and in the side wall, within easy reach of Winston’s arm, a large oblong slit protected by a wire grating. This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.[4]

In the novel, the memory hole is a slot into which government officials deposit politically inconvenient documents and records to be destroyed. Nineteen Eighty-Four’s protagonist Winston Smith, who works in the Ministry of Truth, is routinely assigned the task of revising old newspaper articles in order to serve the propaganda interests of the government.

For example, if the government had pledged that the chocolateration would not fall below the current 30 grams per week, but in fact the ration is reduced to 20 grams per week, the historical record (for example, an article from a back issue of the Times newspaper) is revised to contain an announcement that a reduction to 20 grams might soon prove necessary, or that the ration, then 15 grams, would soon be increased to that number. The original copies of the historical record are deposited into the memory hole.

A document placed in the memory hole is supposedly transported to an incinerator from which “not even the ash remains”. However, as with almost all claims made by the Party in this novel, the truth is left ambiguous and the reader is not told whether the documents are truly destroyed. For example, a picture which Winston throws into one early in the novel is produced later during his torture session, if only to be thrown back in an instant later.

Nasty shit, folks, and the OWS hierarchy is trying it on.

UPDATE

Just in case…

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Shit’s going down the memory hole left, right, and centre over at their forum… which is, er, controlled by the 99%?

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  1. Lenin, you’ll recall, imposed Twenty-one Conditions—the Conditions of Admission to the Communist International—for all socialist parties, which included:

    1 All propaganda and agitation must bear a really communist character and correspond to the programme and decisions of the Communist International. […]
    2 Every organisation that wishes to affiliate to the Communist International must regularly and methodically remove reformists and centrists [i.e., those who believed in gradual democratic changes, the splitters] from every responsible post in the labour movement […] and replace them with tested communists […]
    12 The parties belonging to the Communist International must be built on the basis of the principle of democratic centralism. […]
    16 All decisions of the Congresses of the Communist International and decisions of its Executive Committee are binding on all parties belonging to the Communist International. […]

    The “Democratic centralism” of the twelfth condition, as determined by The Sixth Party Congress of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party (the Bolsheviks) in 1917, meant (inter alia):
    “That there be strict Party discipline and the subordination of the minority to the majority;
    That all decisions of higher bodies be absolutely binding on lower bodies and on all Party members”.

    In other words, Lenin, made decisions which were accepted by his committee, which were then accepted by his senior executive, which were then accepted by the party; thereafter, all other parties around the world had to accept those decisions as majority decisions. (Likewise, once our beloved leader persuades the treasurer who persuades the inner Cabinet which persuades Cabinet which persuades the Ministers who persuade the party, the democratic decision is then binding as “the majority decision”.)

    We are, I submit, seeing in the OWS movement a similar “subordination of the minority to the majority”.

    • Yes.

    • The Wizard of WOZ
    • November 23rd, 2011

    “Subordination of the minority to the majority”

    Does this mean we need more riot cops? Just a thought…

    • Winston Smith
    • November 24th, 2011

    I’ve always loved that phrase “Democratic Centralism…”

    • Lynne
    • January 20th, 2012

    I easily found the link at the Occupy Wall Street sight (as I disregarded the ones from other tabloid jounalism like The Blaze and abovetopsecret), and thus it obviously has not gone down to some memory hole. It appears that in all your googling and opinion forming you must have missed it right up there in the URL (that’s the menu bar at the top of your browser that tells you where you are on the internet) where it indicates that you are in a FORUM (a part of a website where any moron with an opinion and two fingers can express themselves). Even missing those things in your research, it’s still kind of hard to miss the part at the top of the page that says “This content is user submitted and not an official statement”. Other than that…. well, I guess there is not other than that. Your article is completely useless, eh?

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