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The Occupy movement has changed the national conversation in America, and challenged the rightward tilt of the political landscape with its clear message that wealth inequality is incompatible with democracy, says Ruth Rosen As snowstorms and freezing rain announce the arrival of winter, it’s hard to remember that the Occupy Wall Street movement emerged just a few months ago, in September. Enraged by the government bailout of Wall Street, but not of those who had lost their jobs and homes, angry at the rise of university tuition, frightened by the precarious decline of the middle class, several generations---not only the young--- began a movement that quickly spread from Zuccotti park in New York across the nation. “We are the 99%,” they chanted, until it became the slogan of the movement.
It was hardly a surprise when Time magazine announced in mid-December that "The Protester" was its 2011 Person of the Year. After all, outbursts of discontent had made headlines during each of the preceding months. Nor did stories of dramatic protest end when Time made its choice, for just as reports of the magazine's decision began to circulate, so did news of angry residents in the South China village of Wukan evicting the Communist Party's representatives from their community and stories of rallies in Moscow by Russians fed up with Putinism.
As 2011 draws to a close, the Post’s photo department takes a look back at the year in photos. Below, the best photos of the Occupy movement from the past year. WARNING: Some photographs depict scenes of violence.
By Anna Codrea-Rado In the cattle-market chatter about Occupy Wall Street, a whisper can be heard: that of the intellectuals. But far from throwing themselves into the fray, they’re tentatively poking at it with a long stick. While assorted commentators – ranging from musicians and actors, to writers and activists – are weighing in, intellectuals, at least the heavyweights, have been making only murmurs. Granted, Noam Chomsky has spoken at length about the historical context of the movement and the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has drawn parallels between OWS and his reading of psychoanalysis.
Tres meses después de su irrupción en la vida pública, el 15-M salta por primera vez a las viñetas del cómic con Revolution Complex y Yes we camp! , dos obras que recogen las críticas y reivindicaciones asociadas a este movimiento social. El primer libro en ver la luz ha sido Revolution Complex (Norma) , una antología de historietas en la que 22 jóvenes artistas muestran su descontento con la crisis, el paro, la corrupción, la precariedad, la burbuja inmobiliaria, los políticos, los banqueros o las agencias de calificación. El sistema desaparecerá porque es incapaz de hacer frente a los colapsos a los que nos enfrentamos Estas reivindicaciones estallaron el pasado 15 de mayo, cuando una simple manifestación se transformó en una acampada multitudinaria en la madrileña Puerta del Sol, dando lugar a un encuentro intergeneracional que puso en jaque a las estructuras políticas españolas.
David Harvey's 1990 book "The Condition of Postmodernity" has by now likely reached the status of a classic. Little of it is dated for a book now 22 years old, and it remains to be seen whether the current crisis will sound the tocsin for postmodernism as the dominant cultural form of expression of developed capitalism. With that in mind, it is a book much worth reading.
The Occupy London protest outside St Paul’s Cathedral. Yes, says Anna Minton, though this protest illustrates the City’s lack of public space; while Tom Ironside says demonstrations shouldn’t prevent others from going about their business The right to protest is at the heart of any democratic society. The difficulties faced by the Occupy movement reveal that this right cannot be exercised in public places in the City of London, which is the target of the protest.
The takeover of parks, plazas and other public spaces by the "Occupy Wall Street" movement is a good thing, said a panel of landscape architects on the future of cities Tuesday at the American Society of Landscape Architects convention meeting in San Diego. "I am so thrilled that we have reclaimed these places as places of protest and how important they are," said Maurice Cox, former mayor of Charlottesville, Va., who now teaches urban design at the University of Virginia. "These places are meant to be where you could petition your government and be heard.