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To the Precinct Station: How theory met practice ...and drove it absolutely crazy | Thomas Frank | The Baffler
"The reason Occupy and the Tea Party were such uncanny replicas of one another is because they both drew on the lazy, reflexive libertarianism that suffuses our idea of protest these days, all the way from Disney Channel teens longing to be themselves to punk rock teens vandalizing a Starbucks. From Chris Hedges to Paul Ryan, every dissenter imagines that they are rising up against “the state.” It’s in the cultural DNA of our times, it seems; our rock ‘n’ roll rebels, our Hollywood heroes, even our FBI agents. They all hate the state—protesters in Zuccotti Park as well as the Zegna-wearing traders those protesters think they’re frightening. But here’s the rub: only the Right manages to profit from it."
occupy  2011  history  critique  politics  leftism  ideology  academic  theory 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Revealed: How the FBI Coordinated the Crackdown on Occupy | Common Dreams
"New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent"
occupy  law  protests  legal  oppression 
december 2012 by tsuomela
Dissent Magazine - Online Features - Occupy Wall Street, Flash Movements, and American Politics -
"If Occupy was mainly a vivid and significant flash movement that had a real effect on public debate, that’s important now and later. This experience signals new forms of political and social expression. Initiatives from outside the centers of political power can rapidly shift the terms of political debate and act. In what it reveals as well as what it accomplished, Occupy matters more for contemporary politics than most thought it would in September 2011.

occupy  politics  protest  future  from delicious
august 2012 by tsuomela
How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests | Politics News | Rolling Stone
"People want out of this fiendish system, rigged to inexorably circumvent every hope we have for a more balanced world. They want major changes. I think I understand now that this is what the Occupy movement is all about. It's about dropping out, if only for a moment, and trying something new, the same way that the civil rights movement of the 1960s strived to create a "beloved community" free of racial segregation. Eventually the Occupy movement will need to be specific about how it wants to change the world. But for right now, it just needs to grow. And if it wants to sleep on the streets for a while and not structure itself into a traditional campaign of grassroots organizing, it should. It doesn't need to tell the world what it wants. It is succeeding, for now, just by being something different."
occupy  protest  utopia  economics  america  wall-street  2011  activism  politics  culture  protests  from instapaper
november 2011 by tsuomela

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