Understanding Provokatsiya: Alt-Right in Cahoots with Alt-Left ‘Resistors’

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As originally published and in collaboration with Louise Neu

Horseshoe Theory In Action on Twitter

*This piece was written in collaboration with several brilliant minds, including: @chiefcovfefe@grzabjj@jamesfourm, and @karolcummins. Some contributors wish to remain anonymous.

The horseshoe theory asserts that the far left and the far right, rather than being at opposite and opposing ends of a linear political continuum, in fact closely resemble one another, much like the ends of a horseshoe. The theory is attributed to French writer Jean-Pierre Faye.

source: source: https://soapboxie.com/us-politics/horseshoe-theory-political-left-and-right

What is Fake Opposition? It involves one power base either creating an opposing power base organization or movement, or infiltrating an existing opposing movement or organization. The obvious purpose of this tactic is to “control the opposition”; in other words, the controlling or infiltrating party will eventually rise to sow disinformation, dissent, confusion, and disruption. The purpose is to co-opt or take over that movement by discrediting other members, with the ultimate goal of weakening and destroying the opposing power base’s movement or organization.

This means that controlled actors on the far ends of each side of the horseshoe are actually closer to each other in their extreme ideologies — even if diametrically polar opposites — than they are to those of moderate ideologies either Right or Left of Center. This explains it best:

Controlled opposition helps to enact Russian active measures (RAM) which are Russian influence operations engaged by both the far right and the far left to influence our electionThe radical far right co-opted the more moderate Conservatives and the far left Progressives (Sanders) and Independents via Jill Stein co-opted the more moderate Liberals to divide the Democrats . It’s coordinated by actors on both ends of the political spectrum (horseshoe) who are working together to conquer the Moderate Conservatives and Liberals.

An example of a “far right” actor working in this intentionally divisive fashion in social media, is the pro-Trump Twitter account @AmyMek, which was quoted in the New York Times, retweeted by Michael Flynn, and appears to not be a real person.

A perfect example of an “alt-lefter” turned “alt-righter” is Cassandra Fairbanks. Fairbanks once supported Anonymous, Jeremy HammondBlack Lives Matter (a peaceful movement which was targetted for influence by RAM), and during the 2016 primaries, she was a vocal supporter of Bernie Sanders (while working for Russian propaganda organization Sputnik, no less). She loudly switched her support to Donald Trump, attended the Deploraballpushed conspiracy theories about the death of Seth Rich, and is now working for pro-Trump “news” website, Big League Politics. The horseshoe is now a circle and the circle is complete.

November 4th, 2017

Coordination between the alt-left and the alt-right on social media can be found in the events surrounding November 4, 2017. “Antifa” and “MAGA” were promoting demonstrations in major cities using the hashtags #november4 and #nov4itbegins, depending on which “Team” you’re on. Antifa, the Democratic Socialists of America, and the Industrial Workers of the World on the far left pushed for action on November 4th, and the far-right press whipped their base into a fury, claiming ‘Antifa supersoldiers’ were planning mass violence.

Thirty seconds of Googling reveals that the #nov4itbegins started with a group called “Refuse Fascism”, which used to be called “The World Can’t Wait”, and before that they were known as the Revolutionary Communist Party, lead by a guy named “Chairman” Bob Avakian. Bob Avakian has been at it for years, and even his fellow communists think he’s really shady.

But, “Chairman” Bob serves a purpose, and that’s to give far-right outlets like The Federalist a tailor made Foreign-Sounding Bad Guy!

So it’s clear that “Both Sides” are spoiling for a fight, both the “Extreme Left” and “Extreme Right.” Bonus points if you can drag George Soros into it somehow!

So, basically, we have a couple of astroturf groups that want to have a fight on November 4th. Big deal, who cares, right?

Let’s let the (hopefully) now-Registered Russian Agents at Sputnik explainNovember 4 just so happens to be Russian Unity Day. (Do you think combination of these factors is just a coincidence?)

Thankfully, people seem to have caught on. As Christopher Lehmann, a 56-year-old Trump supporter who made the trip from Belmar, New Jersey to counter the event said, “I thought there would be more of them. I thought there would be more of us too.

Russian active measures only work if people buy into them. In the case of #November4 and #nov4itbegins, which were heavily pushed on social media, by “Both Sides,” that didn’t happen.

Russian Media Manipulation Primer

Let’s get into my first (quick) article on how Russia manipulates the world at large to do their bidding. Let’s start with the HOW in simple bullet points:

  • The Russian Government OWNS and EXERTS control over the media content coming from their media. Anyone not toeing that line is removed (and often killed)
  • As we’ve seen from the US and other sovereign national elections, they use alternative forms of media (social media, blogs, conspiracy theories, etc)
  • They buy up OR invest heavily in media-centric properties (Facebook, Twitter, GAB, etc), then use the platform for their propaganda machines. They get insights into how the API’s work and can tailor their bots to work overtime to pump out fake news.
  • They use proxies to enact their plans. Wikileaks, Edward Snowden and a number of other methods, they paint them as heroes while only managing to further their own agenda. Ask the question, who benefited MOST from the Snowden leaks? Who benefited most from the various Wikileaks leaks? Most of all note who has NOT had many if ANY leaks sent about them? Russia and it’s allies. There’s plenty of documentation to support this. I’ll write a supplemental article to cover this below.
  • They intimidate and/or blackmail (Kompromat) people in power or people in key positions. These can be low level players as well or regular people as well they see a use for.
  • They play all sides against each other. Stoke violence from one side vs the other. Notice how the political rhetoric has ratcheted up in full knowledge of some of these Russian actions against us?

Covering a few of the basics here, this is by no means an exhaustive list, that will come later. Merely an intro to some of the many things I will cover for as long as it’s relevant (possibly a LONG TIME). Buckle up. Russia(and Putin especially)has had MUCH to do with many of the horrible events over the last 2 decades (and beyond).

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Let’s not forget Putin hates bad memes about himself, but he likes the good ones that make him look like a thug/killer. This one especially as it represents Putin’s actual past that he would prefer to forget ;). Let’s remember he hates memes that paint him in a bad light (as in ones painting him into his well known held prejudices). I’ll be covering some of these in a future segment. But here’s one last one since he “loves” these.PutinHoldingdildo Excelsior!

In case you’re interested in a deeper dive via twitter this tweet (pinned on my profile) covers a huge amount of info much of which will also be elaborated on in future articles on this site.

 

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