An article called How The Corporations Defeat Political Movements offers many valuable insights about the tactics that can be used to keep certain types of people from becoming activated on key issues. Yet it also forgets to address some of the internal weak points in an activists movement as well, by turning the tables on these definitions, for a closer inspection of where activism can undermine itself as well.
The basic premise is that there are 4 types of ‘activists’ who can be managed by PR strategists for more desirable results:
Take for example the shrill clarion calls of the self-righteous and morally enlightened zealots who feel that their personal indignance is the only logical argument they ever need to present, in order to get a message across. We could deduce that these types of activists could also simply be considered ‘Opportunists’ who seek to differentiate themselves by posturing on higher ethical grounds.
The article points out that “Opportunists” are in it for themselves and can be pulled away for their own self-interest.” However it fails to safeguard an activist movement from such a tactic, by assuring that the Opportunist doesn’t undermine a movement by alienating others with their self-serving or egotistical approach to activism either. Perhaps by showing how Opportunists really only appeal to their own kind, and eventually need to be limited to ‘preaching to the choir’ in order to be isolated from a general public that might find their approach distasteful, if not entirely patronising or insulting. In effect, the Opportunist should not only be safeguarded from PR pros who could appeal to their self-preservign nature, but they should also be surrounded by other Opportunists, to be left to their own circular and insular logic – rather than damaging any public perceptions of an otherwise altruistic cause.
One of the the other tactics of “Corporations” (a term which the articles chooses to embody ‘the establishment’ with) is that of ‘isolating fanatic activist leaders’. Otherwise known as the Radical
Ironically, the idea of “isolating fanatic activist leaders” is something that many fanatic activist leaders can easily do without any extra help from these bogeymen that the article typifies as “Corporations”
Think of all the ‘chemtrail’ nut-jobs that have basically auto-discredited any serious discussion around what kinds of additives the FAA has allowed into jet fuels. Or what contrails are doing to the Earth’s ability to radiate heat (IR energy) back up into space at night – due to more clouds being artificially created through the added nucleation caused air travel.