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. AP/Stephanie Keith. On Oct. 1, the two-week anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street protest, 700 protesters and one New York Times reporter were arrested in the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge. Many other protesters marched over the pedestrian pathway and were not arrested. “Those who took over the Brooklyn-bound roadway, and impeded vehicle traffic, were arrested,” said Paul Browne, chief spokesperson for the NYPD. 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. 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. A Master Class in Occupation - Chris Hedges' Columns.
A Master Class in Occupation Posted on Oct 31, 2011 By Chris Hedges NEW YORK CITY—Jon Friesen, 27, tall and lanky with a long, dirty-blond ponytail, a purple scarf and an old green fleece, is sitting on concrete at the edge of Zuccotti Park leading a coordination meeting, a gathering that takes place every morning with representatives of each of Occupy Wall Street’s roughly 40 working groups.
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, “...the movement is born out of a sense of frustration (explicit or implicit by turn) with the tendency of the contemporary world to fragment communities, to make education into a purely instrumental exercise, to accord everything a measurable price. 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? Slovenian-born philosopher Slavoj Zizek, whose critical examination of both capitalism and socialism has made him an internationally recognised intellectual, speaks to Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman about the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system. 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? Then you’ve got your grim reaper protesters (“Death to corporate greed”) and your lady-in-a-monster-costume activists (“I am here because of the Monsters on Wall St”). It’s a mixed bag out 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. 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.
The empowered protesters, confidences boosted for postponing the cleanup, rallied behind the cry, "The people will never be defeated," as they headed toward the stock exchange. Clashes ensued as police tried to keep protesters from marching down Wall Street. 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 By Chris Hedges. 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. '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. 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. Until recently, it was possible to see the square from some offices in Goldman’s headquarters. 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.
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.
I was initally repelled by the analysis especially from leftists, and I have to say especially (though not entirely) from leftist men, which sounded like a lot of armchair quarterbacking about how to "win" the "occupation. " This contrasted pretty dramatically with what I found interesting and inspiring about the occupations on wall street and beyond. Occupy-beweging groeit als een inktvlek. De Nederlandse Publieke Omroep maakt gebruik van cookies. We maken een onderscheid tussen functionele cookies en cookies voor het beheer van webstatistieken, advertenties en social media. 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.