Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
It seems you have little knowledge of the labour and socialists movements history.

Progressive international movements have been running similar campaigns since the XIXth century, including:

  • Publishing and freely distributing copies of material about practical civil disobedience and revolution
  • Cash funding
  • Practical support in the form of books, t-shirts, stickers, and so on. (Which might seem trivial, but these items turn out to be game changers.)
  • And, some times, even formal and informal military consultancy and training

Ever heard of the International Workingmen's Association?, the Second International?... (the list is quite long)

"People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them." - Jean Monnet
by Melanchthon on Tue Feb 22nd, 2011 at 06:35:29 PM EST
Way to miss the point. (And my knowledge of historical movements happens to be fine - but thanks for asking.)

I'm not saying that international organisation has never existed, or that it was never effective.

I'm saying that Sharp's organisation dresses up in progressive clothes in order to fool progressives that it has a progressive agenda - when in reality it's another an agent of expedient realpolitik for the US, and the people Sharp is associated with would literally do anything to kill genuine independent progressive movements. Just as they've been doing for the past fifty years in the Middle East, South America, and in the West.

If you can find evidence that Sharp, Einstein Inc Inst etc have been sponsoring and supporting (e.g.) anti-globalisation efforts, climate change protest, or promoters of economic democracy with the same funded enthusiasm that made them the patron saints of revolutionary Egyptians everywhere, you might have a case.

But that's really not very likely, is it?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Feb 22nd, 2011 at 07:07:44 PM EST
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Great link, Melancthon. Stirred the pot of long-disused memory.
I'm struck once again by the incredibly rich array of ideas it represented.
"At its founding, the International Workingmen's Association was an alliance of people from diverse groups, including French Mutualists, Blanquists, English Owenites, Italian republicans, such American proponents of individualist anarchism as Stephen Pearl Andrews and William B. Greene, followers of Mazzini, and other socialists of various persuasions. Over its short life it grew into a major movement, with local federations in many countries developing strong bases of working class activism. Karl Marx was a constant, and leading, figure from the start--he was elected to every succeeding General Council of the association."

I wonder if it's the influence of homogenized thought that major media tend to represent that makes the current array of thought-paths seem pallid by comparison.

Capitalism searches out the darkest corners of human potential, and mainlines them.

by geezer in Paris (risico at wanadoo(flypoop)fr) on Wed Feb 23rd, 2011 at 01:37:06 AM EST
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