Tag Archives: Occupy Wall Street

For Immanuel Wallerstein (1930-2019)

It amazes me that people are surprised when underclasses rebel. The surprising thing is that they do not do it more often. The combination of the oppressiveness of poverty and racism and the lack of short-term, or even medium-term hope … Continue reading

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The Art of Occupy

The beginning spills through city veins Into the arteries And under powers poison clouds We move like the shadows Through the alley ways Through nightmares bought and sold as dreams Through barren factories Through boarded schools Through rotting fields Through … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (8)

But communism is not an idea; it is a process, and the only things capable of mobilizing fidelity to it are the concrete activities of which it is composed. If we want to locate the ways forward for the blocked … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (7)

Theorising social movements is a hazardous adventure; even more so when these movements reject “representation”, which can be taken to include “theoretical representation”.  Without anyone being able to speak “for” or “on behalf of” Occupy, for it lacks leaders or … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (6)

We have begun to recognize that for our movements to work and thrive, we need to be able to socialize our experiences of grief, illness, pain, death, things that now are often relegated to the margins or the outside of … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (5)

Peter Gelderloos (Counter Punch 14/10/2011) analyses the spanish 15M and the north american Occupy movements, drawing comparisons and contrasts.  At the heart of his reading is the contention that what is, or was, most radical in both was the creation … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (4)

… communism will be material or it will be nothing. It will be a set of immediate practices, immediate satisfactions, or nothing. If we find discipline and organization, it will come from what we do, not what we think. Research … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (2)

Text from a flier produced by US anarchist group Crimethinc (07/10/2011), for participants of the Occupy movement. Support and solidarity! We’re inspired by the occupations on Wall Street and elsewhere around the country. Finally, people are taking to the streets … Continue reading

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Occupy Wall Street: Sharing reflections on a fifth anniversary (1)

If Occupy Wall Street began with the occupation of Zuccotti Park in New York City on September 17th, 2011, it quickly spread to other cities in north america and beyond, making it the largest “anti-capitalist” protest movement on the continent … Continue reading

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The anarchist critique of democracy (5): CrimethInc.

The anarchist collective CrimethInc. initiated last month a critical analysis and discussion of “democracy”, promising a series of reflections.  The series gains in significance with events in france around the movement Nuit Debout.  What follows is the fifth essay, Occupy: … Continue reading

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