Bizarro Smear Campaign: Candidate Gregg Weiss Accused of Scientology, Anarchy in West Palm Beach Commission Race (PHOTO)

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From: "Anita Mitchell"
Date: February 22, 2013, 12:33:01 AM EST
To: "anita mitchell"
Subject: Social Ecology WPB Commission Candidate's Degree. Please read on.

We need to keep Shanon Materio on the City Commission. Please vote March 12th and ask your friends to join you. The information below speaks for itself. We don't need this kind of philosophy governing our City. Thanks for taking the time to read the information. Please share this with your friends so that our voters are informed. Be sure to make your voice count on March 12th and cast your vote for Shanon!!! Thanks so much. Anita

In addition to the information below I have just learned that Mr. Weiss is a "Scientology Minister." A picture is a thousand words. Please continue to read the information below this picture.

Here is Gregg Weiss in a "Scientology Volunteer Minister" T-shirt.
Gregg Weiss claims to have received a degree in Social Ecology from University of California-Irvine. Having never heard of Social Ecology, we researched and this is some of what we found. Most, if not all of it, is rather disturbing.

So you're a budding anarchist who wants a college degree, a violent "Earth Liberation Front" extremist craving the legitimacy that a Master's degree would bring, or maybe just a good old-fashioned socialist with horizons that need broadening. Where can you turn? The Institute for Social Ecology (ISE), self-described as "both an educational and an
activist organization," is waiting for you.

What They Say

  • We must free ourselves of 'internalized capitalism': the belief that capitalism is 'natural,' inevitable, unstoppable.

  • We offer our perspectives as social anarchists in hopes of radicalizing the content of this conversation.

  • I (Murray Bookchin) broke with the Communists, because of their Popular Front line - I was on the extreme Left.

  • Rethinking Nonviolence: Arguing for the Legitimacy of Armed Struggle

  • It is crucial that the debate continue to push beyond the limits of what can be documented scientifically.

Click here: Institute for Social Ecology Background, Funding, and Controversies

Murray Bookchin (January 14, 1921 - July 30, 2006) was an American libertarian socialist author, orator, and philosopher. A pioneer in the ecology movement, Bookchin was the founder of the social ecology movement within anarchist, libertarian socialist, and ecological thought. He was the author of two dozen books on politics, philosophy, history, and urban affairs as well as ecology. In the late 1990s he became disenchanted with the strategy of political anarchism and founded his own libertarian socialist ideology called Communalism.

Bookchin was an anti-capitalist and vocal advocate of the decentralisation of society along ecological and democratic lines. His writings on libertarian municipalism, a theory of face-to-face, assembly democracy, had an influence on the Green movement and anti-capitalist direct action groups such as Reclaim the Streets.

In the essay "What is Social Ecology?" Bookchin summarizes the meaning of social ecology as follows:

Social ecology is based on the conviction that nearly all of our present ecological problems originate in deep-seated social problems. It follows, from this view, that these ecological problems cannot be understood, let alone solved, without a careful understanding of our existing society and the irrationalities that dominate it.

To make this point more concrete: economic, ethnic, cultural, and gender conflicts, among many others, lie at the core of the most serious ecological dislocations we face today--apart, to be sure, from those that are produced by natural catastrophes.

Libertarian municipalism

Starting in the 1970s, Bookchin argued that the arena for libertarian social change should be the municipal level. In a 2001 interview he summarized his views this way: "The overriding problem is to change the structure of society so that people gain power. The best arena to do that is the municipality -- the city, town, and village -- where we have an opportunity to create a face-to-face democracy." In 1980 Bookchin used the term "libertarian municipalism", to describe a system in which libertarian institutions of directly democratic assemblies would oppose and replace the state with a confederation of free municipalities. Libertarian municipalism intends to create a situation in which the two powers--the municipal confederations and the nation-state--cannot coexist. Its supporters--Communalists--believe it to be the means to achieve a rational society, and its structure becomes the organization of society.

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frankd4 topcommenter

voo-doo, stoicism, reformation under henry viii, lutheranism, scientology and on and on and on are ALL goofy to some and comforting to others - so what ?

a persons ability to govern may or may not have anything to do with their particular faith

what you have here is a cost-effective way of getting public attention during a campaign for a position with relatively small and temporary implications since a WPB commissioner can be a block-of-wood and not really matter much


NASA should have sent Anita into space instead of Edgar - and left her there.  Materio should publicly apologize for Mitchell's e-mail or resign.  Preferably, the latter.


I enjoyed the article. Mary sounds like Joe McCarthy. Thanks for turning me on to a new area of study. I totallly agree with Social Ecology; I'll have to read Bookchin! I wish I could vote for Greg.


Weiss needs to explicitly deny being a Scientologist or having Scientology connections. the "I'm Jewish" doesn't cut it, because I personally know a Scientologist that identified as being jewish, and another with being Catholic. Even if you believe the "my clothes got wet" story, then we should know who he's chummy enough  with that would lend him that shirt. Scientology is a dangerous criminal cult, and we need to know where they have influence.


Not bizarre at all. When you understand how Scientology indoctrinates it's members to help the organization "clear the planet" in order to achieve the aims and goals of Scientology as a totalitarian organization, you would understand the concerns in that email and the information provided which gives perspective to what Greg Weiss is going after in his run for commission member. Scientologists are encouraged to gain placement all areas of government and rise to positions of power in order to make Scientology acceptable and it's practices put into use. 

Voters need to keep Shanon Materio ( who I never heard of until reading this article ) on commission just for these very facts.  You can read about the history of other politicians and Scientology here at this excellent article. Scientology, Politics, and Public Money by Professor Dave Touretzky
http : // www /~dst/Stop-Narconon/Baca/Scientology_and_Politics . html

(omit the spaces for direct link)


Hate to be an editor here; what with the biting and stinging that the fire ant is known for. But Sybil should be spelled Cybele. Also, maybe someone should forward Ms. Mitchell's missive to Clearwater HQ, so they could confirm or deny, or neither confirm or deny, Mr. Weiss's status as a Clear. Or Ms. Mitchell's impending classification as a Suppressive. Whichever.



I am an official card carrying member of the Socialist Party USA.

As a socialist, capable of free thinking, here's what I believe in.

1.  Affordable access to healthcare -- for all. This is a human right.

2. Strong unions and tax the living snot out of the rich. A vibrant middle class is crucial to the success of our nation -- and this bullshit of "I got mine, so fuck you", is myopic.

3. I believe in science over religion and fantasy, education over the bible, discussion over war, clean air/water over deregulations, and lower cost blow jobs.

In the end, concentrating the vast wealth of our very rich nation, in the hands of a few (about 14,000 families) is a recipe for disaster.

Your pally.


PS Thanks for the great writing, it's a real joy to read.

fire.ant topcommenter

@dc14522 Oh? A mere denial will satisfy you? Don't you know Scientologists hold themselves above normal standards of right and wrong, and will do or say anything to insinuate themselves into positions of power? How could you be so gullible? Nothing less than Weiss's withdrawal from the race will do!

fire.ant topcommenter

@JustCallMeMary Indeed, without Materio's watchful eye "those very facts"--and Weiss's telltale t-shirt--might have slipped by the public and into office. Let's check his underwear too, so we know he's not also a secret Mormon, taking marching orders from Salt Lake City.

fire.ant topcommenter

@LeonHiddell544CampAlways nice to hear from my favorite patsy.

But "Cybele"? Really?

"The Sibyl, with frenzied mouth uttering things not to be laughed at, unadorned and unperfumed, yet reaches to a thousand years with her voice by aid of the god."

-Heraclitus. (According to Wikipedia, anyway.)


@ChazStevensGenius It's all well to believe one would want socialism in Amerca but try living it.

Only 3 countries left under socialist government or constitution:  Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Republic of Cuba, and People's Republic of China . Compare that to the many other countries who once declared their system or Constitution as Socialist and eventually chucked the whole thing. 

 All that glitters is not gold. Just saying... 


@fire.ant @ChazStevensGenius It's funny you say that.

I'm up in DC working.  When I cabbed in from Reagan (DCA), crossing the Memorial Bridge (right behind the Lincoln memorial), there were a pair of little black helicopters emblazoned with NERT on the side scanning the inbound traffic.

I was looking around for Keifer Sutherland...


@fire.antYou would laugh your ASS off if you knew who pays my bills. Rest assured, I sell my talents, but not my soul,

Fucking crack the fuck up.

Unfortuately, I am not allowed to discuss any of the particulars.

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