(of What's the Matter with Kansas?
and Pity the Billionaire
fame) reviews Occupy's burgeoning research program in "To the Precinct Station
"Dear god why, after only a few months of occupying Zuccotti Park, did Occupiers feel they needed to launch their own journal of academic theory? A journal that then proceeded to fill its pages with impenetrable essays seemingly written to demonstrate, one more time, the Arctic futility of theory-speak? Is this how you build a mass movement? By persistently choosing the opposite of plain speech?"
He also approvingly cites Slavoj Žižek's essay on the dangers and opportunities of the carnival here
posted by anotherpanacea
on Jan 9, 2013 -
What can be done to prevent another financial meltdown? While some cry for armed revolution, others are whispering for incremental changes that could have a substantial impact on how high finance works – or doesn't.
John Coates, a former Wall Street derivatives trader
and now a neuroscientist
at the University of Cambridge, has done novel research on how testosterone
skews the thinking – and thus the behavior – of traders, inspiring them to take on more risk
than benefits society. His research is now available in a book
Would programs that encourage more women to enter – and/or climb the ranks of – trading groups make finance more responsible?
(If this strikes you as biological determinism, there are other lines of inquiry that may be headed in the same direction: how managers exploit subordinates
in ways that shape overall behavior and could be modified via both incentives and regulation; how cheating happens
and the best ways to prevent it.)
posted by noway
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Noam Chomsky has released a new book -- Occupy
-- through Zuccotti Park Press
. In Occupy
, Chomsky discusses how a real democracy would work, how we can separate money from politics, and why everyday Americans are deciding to protest.
AlterNet recently posted an extensive interview
with Chomsky, who claims America and Europe are committing economic suicide. Chomsky's focus on the OWS movement comes at the same time as coverage on the alleged Cleveland bridge bombing conspirators' close association
with Occupy Cleveland.
posted by GnomeChompsky
on May 7, 2012 -
We Will Survive Capitalism!
flash mob with US Uncut [previously]
and the Brass Liberation Orchestra
Previous BLO flash mobs include Bad Hotel [previously], Operation Hey Mackey [previously], and "PAY UP!" (demanding Bank of America pay their taxes). Speaking of BofA, in San Francisco on Thursday activists turned every Bank of America ATM in the city into an Automated Truth Machine, using special non-adhesive stickers designed to look exactly like BoA’s ATM interface. But instead of checking and savings accounts, these new menus offered a list of everything BoA customers’ money is being used for, including investment in coal-fired power plants, foreclosure on Americans’ homes, bankrolling of climate change, and paying for fat executive bonuses. [more inside]
posted by finite
on Jan 15, 2012 -
Critics of the Occupy Wall Street movement have complained that the protestors have no clear goals, so WE DON'T MAKE DEMANDS
composed a list of 12 concrete, specific suggestions focusing on economic reform, stronger regulation, and closing loopholes.
posted by The Whelk
on Nov 30, 2011 -
In Time for outrage!
in French, ¡Indignaos!
in Spanish), a short pamphlet published at the end of 2010, 93-year old Stéphane Hessel
, a former French Resistance fighter and diplomat, called for young people to fight injustice. He struck a nerve, and his little book not only became a surprise best-seller (3.5 million copies worldwide, translated into 10 languages) but gave its name (Indignados
) to the Spanish protest movement
that started in May 2011 and later inspired other protests in many countries, including France, Greece, Israel, and the USA with Occupy Wall Street. Interview with Hessel about the Occupy movements
. First page
of the official translation. Unofficial translation
(of lesser quality). Bonus: Stéphane Hessel's mother, played by Jeanne Moreau in Truffaut's classic Jules and Jim
posted by elgilito
on Nov 23, 2011 -
, Michele Bachmann
, Robin Vos
, Karl Rove
, Joe Moore
, Ron Paul
, Scott Serota
, Newt Gingrich
, Rahm Emanuel
, Eric Cantor
, and, today, Barack Obama
posted by finite
on Nov 22, 2011 -
Maria Popova may be the best curator of Awesome on the Internet after the blue's own hivemind. Her site, Brain Pickings
, has been mentioned
a few times
, but no-one appears to have pointed out her Twitter feed
or her contributions to TBWA's tumblr, Curiosity Counts
. Some recent posts of note: a piece on digital parasitism and the business of culture
, Terry Prachett's self-documentary Choosing To Die
, her selection of the best children's and picture books of 2011
. Also, the best of Brain Pickings from last week
. When not doing all that, she's writing for several magazines, organising
the effort to restock
the Brookyn OWS library after its destruction by police, and curating physical objects, sent as gifts every quarter
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Nov 21, 2011 -
For weeks, Occupy Oakland
had been developing into a miniature city in Frank Ogawa Plaza—renamed Oscar Grant (previously
) Plaza by the occupiers—in front of City Hall:
Still, seven days into the protest and there is no longer any room for tents on the plaza’s large lawn. Tents are squeezed together so tightly that in many areas there is no room to move in between them, for me in my wheelchair or for someone who walks. There is more access to the community tents. There is a free school, an art station, a Sukkot tent, a medical tent, a children’s area, a people of color tent, and a quite remarkable food station, where huge batches of soups and beans are made, and tea, coffee, and healthy snacks seem to be abundant. The various projects the camp is working on include installing solar panels, and reclaiming parts of the park as a community garden.
—Sunaura Taylor writing in the excellent
Occupy! An OWS-Inspired Gazette from n+1 magazine (PDF, quote from page 21)
Early yesterday morning the occupation was forcibly evicted by Oakland police
. Last night, occupiers marched to reclaim the plaza and were again attacked by police
using tear gas, flash grenades, bean bag rounds, and possibly rubber bullets. [more inside]
posted by enn
on Oct 26, 2011 -