Protest Like an Egyptian: An Occupation of Wall Street. On Oct. 1, Occupy Wall Street protesters marched onto the Brooklyn Bridge.
The protesters, along with several of the country's largest worker's unions, are planning an even larger march on Oct. 5. Felix Salmon misses the point on #Occupy and the global elite. Felix Salmon is a respected and interesting Reuters blogger, and in a recent post entitled American Plutocracy he makes some good points which are exactly in line with what I write about in Treasure Islands.
I hope he won’t mind my pasting quite a lot of his blog: Michael Lewis puts his finger on something important:“Ordinary Greeks seldom harass their rich, for the simple reason that they have no idea where to find them. To a member of the Greek Lower 99 a Greek Upper One is as good as invisible.He pays no taxes, lives no place and bears no relationship to his fellow citizens. As the public expects nothing of him, he always meets, and sometimes even exceeds, their expectations. Adbusters: MicahWhite Revolution in America. David Graeber. “The funny thing is,” my Egyptian friend told me, “you’ve been doing this so long, you kind of forget that you can win.
All these years, we’ve been organizing marches, rallies … And if only 45 people show up, you’re depressed. If you get 300, you’re happy. Then one day, you get 500,000. And you’re incredulous: on some level, you’d given up thinking that could even happen.” Mubarak’s Egypt was one of the most repressive societies on Earth – the entire apparatus of state was effectively organized around ensuring that what ended up happening could never happen. Death by Advertising.
"Let me tell you the story of a man killed by advertising.
" So begins Émile Zola's satirical Death by Advertising, a short fiction story published in 1866 that describes the swift decline of Pierre Landry, a naïve believer in all claims of advertisers. What is remarkable about this story is not just that Zola had developed a compelling – and widely read – critique of advertising a hundred and forty years ago, but that within his imagined world we glimpse the beginnings of the mental environment movement. Pierre Landry is a caricature whose purpose is to show both the absurdity and the dangerous consequences of incessant advertising. He was brought up reading and admiring newspaper and billboard advertising and taught to believe the claims made by advertisers without question. Pierre's purpose in life is to take full advantage of the proclaimed "Golden Age" of industrial progress.
A Master Class in Occupation - Chris Hedges' Columns. A Master Class in Occupation Posted on Oct 31, 2011 By Chris Hedges.
Aaron Peeters: The movement that needs no name. Keith Kahn-Harris recently wrote about the genesis of a movement that is currently underway and represents no less than a “...spectre ...haunting the early 21st century world”.
Kahn-Harris observes that this movement possesses the ability to radically transform the world as we know it, and yet he notes, it does not yet recognize itself as a movement. The 'Movement' and the Twilight of Neo-Liberalism: I agree with many of the basic propostions put forward in Naming the Movement, most notably the fact that we are seeing increased discontent in the OECD (read 'Western') countries with a world where social relations and civic institutions are entirely subordinate to profit and economic returns, Slavoj Zizek: 'Now the field is open' - Talk to Al Jazeera. From the Middle East to the streets of London and cities across the US there is a discontent with the status quo.
Whether it is with the iron grip of entrenched governments or the widening economic divide between the rich and those struggling to get by. But where are those so hungry for change heading? How profound is their long-term vision to transform society? Naomi Klein: The Most Important Thing in the World. Why Occupy Wall Street? We’ve Got The Lowdown. Photo: (Gusto NYC, Mr.
GIF, Spleen Latifa) By now, you’ve no doubt heard a lot of Occupy Wall Street buzz. Maybe you’ve even gotten word that an Occupy Together protest is coming to a downtown near you. With poster board in one hand and a Sharpie in the other, you’re ready to get your march on and support the movement’s mission, which is … erm … well … what exactly? We have the lowdown. But first, let us address an important piece of information. So we know what these guys like for lunch but why are they there? Stiglitz: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the1% (may2011) It’s no use pretending that what has obviously happened has not in fact happened.
The upper 1 percent of Americans are now taking in nearly a quarter of the nation’s income every year. In terms of wealth rather than income, the top 1 percent control 40 percent. Their lot in life has improved considerably. Twenty-five years ago, the corresponding figures were 12 percent and 33 percent. One response might be to celebrate the ingenuity and drive that brought good fortune to these people, and to contend that a rising tide lifts all boats. Joseph Stiglitz talks Occupy Wall Street [NBC 10-03-2011] Chris Hedges & Amy Goodman. Bloomberg Says He Seeks Balance Between Right to Protest and 'Right to Be Silent' Marine veteran rant against NYPD brutality - times square. Marine vs. 30 Cops (Marine Wins)
'Occupy Wall Street' CNN interview with Michael Moore DBickford 360-773-1318. Citizen Radio Watches Occupy Wall Street Grow. Occupy Wall Street Really 'Becoming A Force' On Monday, Kanye West and Russell Simmons stopped by to show support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
But they weren't the first hip-hop celebs to lend their time to the cause. Last week, Talib Kweli also made a surprise appearance, which included a performance of his new song "Distractions. " Can't get to New York City? Occupy Wall Street: A Guided Tour. NEW YORK — Although the unseasonably warm weather has been favorable to Occupy Wall Street protesters who have set up shop in Zuccotti Park, the logistics and potential problems of living in a public space are not lost on the occupiers.
Early concerns about basic needs and safety for the demonstrators quickly spawned a democratic system to provide resources for those on the ground who need them. NYPD Dangerously Uses Horses to Control Crowd at Occupy Wall Street in Times Square (Video) Salman Rushdie: Excellent, thought provoki... OWS 'We Will Not be Co-opted' TheAlyonaShow. #OCCUPYWALLSTREET WINS! Bloomberg backs down, protestors stay in park. Mashable: *Occupy Wall Street Protesters and Police Clash. Occupy Wall Street, the social media-spawned movement that has gone viral across the U.S., turned violent Friday morning after the New York City mayor's office announced cleanup of Zuccotti Park would begin at 7 a.m.
Protesters have held their ground in lower Manhattan since Sept. 17, and though this morning's arrests are not the first, many across the web say the movement is heating up. Word of the cleanup came Thursday afternoon, when Zuccotti Park owner Brookfield Properties stated they would spend Friday cleaning the location, which had become unsanitary. Following protester outrage that the cleanup would ultimately lead to eviction, Brookfield agreed to delay the park's cleanup until a mutual agreement could be reached. Nation Waiting For Protesters To Clearly Articulate Demands Before Ignoring Them.
NEW YORK—As the Occupy Wall Street protest expands and grows into a nationwide movement, Americans are eagerly awaiting a list of demands from the group so they can then systematically disregard them and continue going about their business, polls showed this week. "The protesters need to unify around a shared agenda with precise policy goals so I can begin paying no attention to them whatsoever," said Tulsa, OK poll respondent Kaye Petrachonis, echoing the thoughts of millions across the country. "If they don’t have a clear power structure organized around specific demands first, then I'll never be able to completely tune them out due to a political conflict of interest or an inability to comprehend complex, detailed economic concepts.
These people really need to get their act together. " A Movement Too Big to Fail - Chris Hedges' Columns. A Movement Too Big to Fail Posted on Oct 16, 2011. Occupy Wall Street NYPD runs over a protester with motorcycle. Occupy Wall Street to a global intifada? On Wednesday, October 5, I joined thousands of others and marched down lower Manhattan to 'occupy Wall Street'. Seeing thousands of people marching peacefully together under the banner of occupying struck me in profound and contradictory ways.
The marches and occupation were orderly and disciplined. There was neither a mob mentality, nor a sense of anarchy, nor any violence. No one crushed anyone else, in fact people apologised if they so much as tread over each other's toes. No one smashed windows of the countless Starbucks coffee shops, coporation buildings or banks on the route. 'Occupy': A catalyst for change? - Inside Story. Students storm Goldman Sachs building in Milan. M. Hardt A. Negri The Fight for 'Real Democracy ' at the Heart of Occupy Wall Street. Demonstrations under the banner of Occupy Wall Street resonate with so many people not only because they give voice to a widespread sense of economic injustice but also, and perhaps more important, because they express political grievances and aspirations.
As protests have spread from Lower Manhattan to cities and towns across the country, they have made clear that indignation against corporate greed and economic inequality is real and deep. But at least equally important is the protest against the lack -- or failure -- of political representation. It is not so much a question of whether this or that politician, or this or that party, is ineffective or corrupt (although that, too, is true) but whether the representational political system more generally is inadequate. This protest movement could, and perhaps must, transform into a genuine, democratic constituent process. The Fight for 'Real Democracy' at the Heart of Occupy Wall Street. Demonstrations under the banner of Occupy Wall Street resonate with so many people not only because they give voice to a widespread sense of economic injustice but also, and perhaps more important, because they express political grievances and aspirations.
As protests have spread from Lower Manhattan to cities and towns across the country, they have made clear that indignation against corporate greed and economic inequality is real and deep. Goldman Sachs to Employees: Avoid Occupy Wall Street - US Business Blog. Goldman headquarters is at 200 West Street in New York City is just about 1,000 yards from the park where protesters have been encamped since Sept. 17. 10-14 A brief history of the 15th of October: where it comes from, what it means and the future of the global uprising. Social media and the Wall Street protests: #Occupytheweb.
The 'Last Place Aversion' Paradox. If ever Americans were up for a bit of class warfare, now would seem to be the time. The current financial downturn has led to a $700 billion tax-payer-financed bank bailout and an unemployment rate stuck stubbornly above nine percent. Onto this scene has stepped the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, which seeks to bring together a disparate group of protesters united in their belief that the current income distribution is unfair. Occupy Wall Street's Greatest Strength Is Neutering It - Conor Friedersdorf - Politics.
Attacking a symbol made the protest movement powerful, provoked a backlash, and made reform an unlikely outcome. Djripley On Occupy Wall Street. Having just returned from OccupyBoston on what may prove to be a decisive night, if rumors are correct.. I'm pleased to say that I am still seeing what I thought I was seeing and hearing from people actually at these burgeoning events. It's impressive, and important, and exciting almost beyond belief.I'm not even going to engage with the "but what do they waaaaaant" crowd, or the "they're so inarticulate" crowd, because so many folks have answered these concerns clearly enough.
But I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on why these occupations are important. Occupy-beweging groeit als een inktvlek. De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep maakt gebruik van cookies. Occupy Wall Street Protests Rock New York City. Mass Arrest Resembles Infamous, Costly Police Tactic, Critics Say. The call to occupy Wall Street resonates around the world. Proposal For A New Constitutional Amendment: A Separation of Corporation and State. #occupywallstreet vs Avaaz « halfiranian.com. 10-11 Žižek at Wall Street: “don’t fall in love with yourself” #occupywallstreet #ows. Bartlebyâs Occupation of Wall Street. Occupy Protests’ Seismic Effect. Global protests: Occupy the London Stock Exchange takes over the City. Instant succes. Wall Street Crash. The Fantastic Success of Occupy Wall Street. 'Occupy Wall Street' CNN interview with Michael Moore DBickford 360-773-1318. Micah Sifry: OWS is here to stay. Occupy Your Heart, Then Occupy Wall Street.
Hans Achterhuis: Ik kom in opstand, dus wij zijn. @RobWijnberg fantomeconomy too big to fail, democratie not important enoughto save. VK: Steeds meer Amerikanen steunen Occupy Wall Street. NRC: Democratie en kapitalisme gaan scheiden. Ontferm je over kind Occupy. TheEconomist: OWS~Leaderless, consensus-based participatory democracy and its discontents. Occupy weet het (nog) niet. Het Grote Media Debat. Globalizing Dissent, From Tahrir Square to Liberty Plaza. Occupy Wall Street and the deradicalized Rawls. Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed. People power versus the global economy - Inside Story. Winter is Coming for Occupy Wall Street…But Are They Ready? Occupy first. Demands come later. MEDIAS #OWS. The Audacity of Occupy Wall Street. Finding Freedom in Handcuffs - Chris Hedges' Columns.
George Monbiot: The 1% are the very best destroyers of wealth the world has ever seen. David Harvey: The Party of Wall Street Meets its Nemesis. Governing the Occupy Movement through Crime. The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy. Anne Applebaum: Occupy protests undermine democracy. Occupy has succeeded in reframing the debate where Labour has failed. Cenk predicts 2012 will 'be the year of the revolution' - The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. The Rush to Archive Occupy. Occupation 101: NYU to Offer Two ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Classes. Columbia Uni Offering Course In Occupy Wall Street, With Field Work. Occupy the Classroom: NYU to Offer Classes on Occupy Protests.
Why Now? What's Next? Naomi Klein and Yotam Marom in Conversation About Occupy Wall Street. A Eulogy for #Occupy. Game or be gamed: Douglas Rushkoff on prototyping democracy through play. Kalle Lasn – Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction Of Neoclassical Economics. "The Revolution Will Be Hashtagged": The Visual Culture of the Occupy Movement.
On Wall Street, a Protest Matures. NYT Biz Writer Checks Out Occupy Wall Street–Based on CEO's Worries. Waarom Occupy wél een succes was - Vonk. Don’t Shoot the Messenger - Nieuw W!J.