Obama: The Pitchfork Operator-in-Chief – Tea Party Nation


Obama: The Pitchfork Operator-in-Chief – Tea Party Nation.

On March 27, 2010 President Obama met with the CEOs of the largest and most powerful financial institutions in the world. Politico reported the bank Chief Executives tried to explain to The Chief Executive the rationale behind their and their employees’ high salaries – salaries based upon the free market and the global competition for high quality employees. An agitated Obama brushed them off stating, “Be careful how you make those statements, gentlemen. The public isn’t buying that. My administration is the only thing between you and the pitchforks.”

Fast forward to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrations and how both President Obama and Democrats have embraced protesters. Oleg Atbashian, a former citizen of the former Soviet Union predicted these demonstration and calls the strategy used by OWS the “pitchfork formula”.

Is there a historical example of the “pitchfork formula” being used for political gain? My good friend Oleg Atbashian, author of “Shakedown Socialism” believes there is. Oleg published his seminal, and satirical, book on socialism in America in 2010, long before the OWS demonstrations. Oleg wrote, as an after thought, an Appendix titled, “Obama the Pitchfork Operator: Remake of a Soviet Classic”. What Oleg wrote is prophetic and predicts the very tactics being used today by leaders of OWS (students, workers, unions, socialists, communists, anarchists, etc). According to Oleg, “Obama’s ‘Newspeak’ not only redefines existing meanings, it also abolishes ranges of ‘Oldspeak‘ meanings such as property, markets, competition, capitalism, political opposition and the rule of law. The latter is perhaps the most important ingredient missing in his new ‘pitchfork’ formula, signaling that law is now being replace with mob rule.” 
So what is Obama’s “pitchfork formula” and the “Soviet Classic” that OWS is following?

According to Oleg during the 1030s in Eastern Siberia the former Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin faced a dilemma. The Soviet system of a worker’s government, motivated by a common good morality saw the mining and production of gold decline after the 1917 Communist Revolution. Why? Because Stalin nationalized the Siberian gold mines. According to Oleg, “After the Communists nationalized Siberian gold mines, the government’s incompetence and lack of incentives sent gold production into a decline. Many of the managers and engineers had fled abroad: the foreign-made mining equipment lay in ruins. But the country badly needed gold to finance industrialization and prepare for war with Western capitalism.” So what happened next?

Nikolai Bukharin, a former community organizer in charge of industrial development, came up with an idea to infuse capitalism and lease Siberian mines to British mining companies”, according to Oleg. Stalin approved the scheme. Here is how it worked: The British mining companies reopened the Siberian mines with English managers and engineers, brought in modern new equipment and staffed the mines with newly trained workers, union workers. Oleg states, “But as soon as things began to run smoothly, local unions organized strikes at all British-run mines, protesting exploitation and demanding a significant pay raise.” Once the union demands were met within weeks another strike ensued and workers demanded even higher wages. This continued until the cost of labor became so high that the mines were no longer profitable. The British managers went to Bukharin asking him to stop the strikes. His response was he had no power over the unions. Bukharin said this was not a capitalist country where governments oppressed their workers. Bukharin said the Soviet Union was “a workers’ state, ruled by the workers who were getting angry at capitalist exploitation, and the government had to obey their will,” writes Oleg. Finally, the British left Siberia, leaving behind the new equipment and newly trained union workers.

According to Oleg’s account, “According to witness accounts, members of the party’s central committee, including Stalin, laughed hysterically every time Bukharin retold the story of how the workers’ state fooled Western capitalism. But the joke was really on the workers. As soon as the British left, the mines were taken over by the state, the wages dropped to the national average, and the usual miser ensued.”

In 1917 Bukharin said, “We asked for freedom of the press, thought and civil liberties in the past because we [the Communists] were in the opposition and needed these liberties to conquer. Now that we have conquered, there is no longer any need for such civil liberties.”

This “pitchfork formula” is being used in New York and across American to extract concessions from the “capitalist exploiters” (a.k.a. Wall Street and banks). We know what finally happened to the Soviet Union. By the way, Bukharin fell into disfavor, was declared an enemy of the people and executed by Stalin. So much for the creator of the pitchfork formula.

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