From the very first “Days of Rage” war cries last September, Buck Sexton embedded himself in the Occupy Wall Street protests. Day after day, night after night, Sexton—TheBlaze.com’s national security editor—employed his CIA counterintelligence training as he observed, interviewed, filmed, and debated disenchanted throngs from Washington Square to Zuccotti Park.
In the pages of his resulting book, Occupy: American Spring, Sexton reveals what he learned:
“Most Americans were led to believe that the Occupy movement was spontaneous, nonpartisan, and primarily the result of public anger at Wall Street banks and economic inequality. As someone who has been with Occupiers at every major event in New York City and has spent countless hours among them, I can tell you this: All of those claims are completely false.”
A taut, sage analysis that reads with verve, humor, and the pace of an explosive thriller—each chapter opens with Sexton’s vivid, boots-on-the-ground accounts—Occupy: American Spring offers readers a front-row seat on the truth about OWS: “The anti-Wall Street rhetoric is a smokescreen—a very effective one—for a much bigger and more radical slew of political objectives that elevate the state over the individual.” Namely, says Sexton, “a Trojan Horse political movement” of the left wing and progressives designed to dismantle capitalism and advance President Obama’s socialist agenda.
(Check out Sexton’s recent dispatch on the civil war breaking out within Occupy Wall Street.)
But in the midst of Sexton’s uncompromising investigations, what’s most refreshing about Occupy: American Spring—and adds instant credibility to his well-seasoned arguments—is how evenhandedly and civilly he treats the Occupiers, readily acknowledging their legitimate gripes:
“This is not to say that the financial sector hasn’t let Main Street down, or that Americans shouldn’t be upset about Wall Street corruption. There is genuine and justifiable anger over the role that Wall Street and the U.S. government played in the financial collapse. We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of that story. But that’s not what the OWS movement is really all about—at least not when the ubiquitous livestream cameras are turned off and the media has gone home to sleep.”
Covering subjects such as the inner workings of the OWS “mobocracy,” the protestors’ universal push for entitlements, its violent factions, how smart marketing and viral propaganda spreads the OWS message in real time—all backed up by footnoted references and historical precedent—Sexton doesn’t leave the story hanging with nothing but the problems exposed. He also explores ways the rest of us can stand up and be counted and battle back.
So if you’ve been looking for insight into this now-worldwide movement and feel besieged not only by media coverage glorifying OWS but also by those in your everyday spheres who’ve grown sympathetic to the Occupiers, Sexton’s informative book is a pitcher of cool water in the desert. Occupy: American Spring will inform and enlighten you—and offer point after reasoned, authoritative point regarding why the movement doesn’t pass muster and must be confronted head on.
Once armed with the facts and the arguments, you can start to use them. Let Sexton’s words catalyze your courage and thrust you toward engagement with OWS sympathizers so that hopefully they, too, soon will stop buying what the media’s been feeding them for the last year.
Take a look at Sexton’s commentary on the OWS May Day Manual, exclusively from GBTV:
Here’s Sexton and the Real News panel discussing the future of Occupy Wall Street.