Dave Mann posted this as a comment on my profile of Mark Eden.
Dave sums up how radical activism works by drawing young people into their networks through so called “respectable” groups like Greenpeace.
I have firsthand experience of the fact that there is an interlinking of membership, techniques and broad objectives between a huge range of activist groups in New Zealand.
If a person is, for example, an anti-GE activist, then they will almost inevitably at some time exchange intelligence, techniques and ideas with other groups like the Zapatistas, ‘peace’ groups or animal ‘rights’ organisations – most of which view our society as the enemy which must be attacked and overthrown.
This is how these people operate. Being an ‘activist’ doesn’t necessarily mean that you are exclusively committed to any particular cause per se. What it means is that you are angry and pissed off at the society you live in and want to change it to reflect your views about how it should be. The activist cell that you operate in is simply the means by which you feed your own sense of righteousness and get your metaphoric (and sometimes actual) rocks off.
If you read Scoop, Indymedia and any number of other radical sites, it should be glaringly apparent that tomorrow’s bombers, saboteurs and Tuhoe guerillas start off as today’s Greenpeace leaflet distributors outside your local New World.
I am shocked that Howard Broad’s bumbling politically correct plodders were entrusted with the task of checking up on these people instead of the SIS, under whose pervue this scene more properly belongs.