Backdrop: I’ve long been fascinated and dismayed (less fascinated, these last few years; more dismayed) about how ineffective activists are when opposing plutocratic agendas. And, it has occurred to me that the plutocrats probably view hapless activists with condescension, if not ridicule.

What is important, of course, is not whether a group of people are laughing at you, or not, but rather do they have any justification for their condescension, or not? Are activists setting themselves up for failure, or not? If so, is their incompetence readily discerned by the plutocratic class, or not? (If it is, that implies that the activists could learn to become strategically competent, comparitively easily.)

I believe the plutocratic class most certainly does have justification for their condescension wrt activists – they are whupping your asses, to put it bluntly – and hope that people will be sufficiently goaded by this ‘revelation’ to do whatever is necessary to not be strategic fools, no matter how well intentioned they may be. Good intentions and being a clever, resourceful political “guerrilla” are two different things. (“Guerrilla war” being my favored analogy for the struggle with the plutocratic class.)

On July 29, 2013, FDL carried a diary called Exposed: Stratfor’s 3-Step Plan To Conquer & Divide Activists which contained this quote:

Duchin and Mongoven were ruthless, and I think they were often amused by the naivete, egotism, antics and failures of activists they routinely fooled and defeated. Ultimately, this is war, and the best warriors will win.”

Whether their “amusement” rises to the level of audible laughter is also irrelevant. what is important is: are American activists ‘easy marks’, or not? Are they strategically foolish, or not?

See also:

UPDATED The plutocrats are laughing at you, Part 1: Why I won’t support rocunited.org

The plutocrats are laughing at you, Part 2: Anti-GMO Activists could be made COMPLETELY irrelevant by TPP (= Economic Treason), are oblivious to the possibility

The Plutocrats are Laughing at you #3 – Fear+Fact-based campaign against Alar worked, so anti-GMO’ers go Mr. Nice Guy and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory

Fatal(?) Defects in ExposeTheTpp.org (TPP = Economic Treason) – ‘The Plutocrats are Laughing at You’, #4

The Plutocrats are Laughing at You #5 – Black and Prison Activists Epically Fail to see the Elephant in the Room – the One on their Side!

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First, a couple of disclaimers:
1) I’m not taking time to research either how extensive or strategically/tactically intelligent activists who were looking to raise the minimum wage, via local ordinances, were. My apologies, ahead of time, should it be the case that they waged an intelligent fight, by simultaneously educating and organizing against ALEC, instead of stupidly focusing their energies exclusively on local battles (or, just as bad, if not worse, focusing their energies on a few corporations).
I live in NJ, nobody pays me write anything, and “you get what you pay for” :-) . I think it’s so overwhelmingly likely that my assumptions are correct, that I believe it’s still worthwhile to post this diary.
2) I’m not even going to editorialize. You can probably infer much of what I’d editorialize from “UPDATED The plutocrats are laughing at you, Part 1: Why I won’t support rocunited.org”

From Huffington Post:
Mary Fallin Signs Ban On Minimum Wage Increase

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) in a Feb. 22, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a bill Monday prohibiting cities across the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage and employee benefits, including vacation or sick leave days.
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Opponents of the measure view the move by Oklahoma Republicans as retaliation against an initiative underway in Oklahoma City, where organizers have been gathering signatures to raise the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10, in line with President Barack Obama’s federal minimum wage proposal.