A group of Saul Alinsky-style radicals whose organizational tactics date back to the 1960s comprises a major part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, best-selling author Aaron Klein told Newsmax TV.
Klein, who recently wrote “Red Army: The Radical Network That Must Be Defeated To Save America,” said the protesters more than likely will turn violent.
“What you see are professional agitators,” he said. “These radicals spell out their goal, and that is the downfall of the U.S. capitalist system and some sort of rebuilding of the economy in a more socialist-style enterprise.”
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Alinsky, a notorious activist from Chicago who died in 1972, inspired scores of followers — including President Barack Obama — who continue to pull off public demonstrations.
“It’s very difficult to believe that, somehow, this Occupy Wall Street movement began out of nowhere and happens to be implementing the exact, Saul Alinsky-style ‘Rules for Radicals’ ideology,” Klein told Newsmax. “If you look at the 1960s radicals, a lot of them are back.”
When asked whether Obama’s push for higher taxes on the rich could have sparked the protests, Klein answered the president’s class-oriented rhetoric definitely agitated the situation.
“I don’t think that it helps, and when you have Obama almost giving a wink-wink to the Occupy Wall Street movement, and then Nancy Pelosi saying that this is spontaneous, and it’s a beautiful thing, you do have to take a closer look at the connections,” he said.
The connections not only raise questions, but so do the protests’ targets, he said.
“Why are the occupiers taking their frustrations out on Wall Street as opposed to Congress or the White House?” Newsmax asked Klein.
“That’s the big question,” Klein answered. “Why are they not picketing the White House? The massive government spending — why are they not protesting that? That does, indeed, need to be asked.”
Klein said he’s witnessed the protest sites and talked with participants who dislike Obama and the Democratic Party. He also said he saw on the Occupy Wall Street Web site protesters receiving training on resisting arrest, confrontation, and intimidation.
“This is very divisive,” he said. “[Former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm] Emanuel said, ‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’ It could be that this Occupy Wall Street movement will bring some sort of chaos. I wouldn’t be surprised if, in the future, this kind of turns a little bit violent.”
When the protests began in September in New York, they widely were viewed as the liberal answer to the conservative tea-party movement. Since then, comparisons between the two grassroots groups have filled editorials pages across the country.
Klein told Newsmax such comparisons no longer need to be made.
“We are going to see the tea party far outlast this kind of radical agitation of Occupy Wall Street, which will probably come to an escalation and then fizzle out,” he said.
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