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Archives by Tag 'Occupy Wall Street'
Occupy Wall Street and the Significance of Political Slogans
MICHAEL D. YATES
Radical political movements always employ slogans that encapsulate in a few powerful words the aspirations of those fighting for a new world. The French revolutionaries fought under the banner, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” words that still resonate with radicals. ...
Zadie Smith, Jay-Z, Russell Simmons & Occupy Wall Street
RAVI KATARI
A recent interview with rapper and millionaire Jay-Z in T Magazin...
Occupy, Year One
CHIP GIBBONS
I’d like to start with a confession. When I first descended upon the Bowling Green statue in Lower Manhattan on the morning of Saturday September 17, 2011 to discover a handful of people doing yoga, I was not impressed. While my spirits were raised when a larger, but st...
Occupy, Year 2 Begins
VIJAY PRASHAD
Smiles. A mid-September sunny day in New York City draws those with the day off to go to the parks and laze along the avenues, walking by the workers on call, cleaning up after tourists, holding together a city that always seems held together by the sweat ...
Wherefore Art Thou Occupy?
ELLIOT SPERBER
As its anniversary is celebrated, we will no doubt be reminded that no matter what else it achieved, or failed to, Occupy Wall Street managed to introduce if not a new sensitivity to inequality to the world, it at least introduced a new phrase into popular political parla...
Playing Kravis’s Tune
JOHN HALLE
Last Tuesday, the New York Philharmonic celebrated the Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music by performing works by this year’s recipient, the distinguished French composer, Henri Duttileux. According to the ...
Occupy’s Back and NYPD’s Cracked
CHARLES M. YOUNG
I got home at 10:00 pm on the nose, and the first thing I did was take off my shoes after 14 hours of May Day marching with 30-40,000 other conscientious objectors to capitalism. My feet hurt, okay? My second priority was turning on the local news, which happened to be Fo...
Talking With Chomsky
LAURA FLANDERS
A CounterPunch Exclusive Noam Chomsky has not just been watching the Occupy movement. A veteran of the civil rights, anti-war, and anti-intervention movements of the 1960s through the 1980s, he’s given lecture...
Who is Occupying Whom?
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
From the very outset I was an enthusiastic supporter of Occupy Wall Street. To me it represented the reawakening of the political left after four decades of uninterrupted slumber.  Maybe the radicalization of America had finally begun.  Americans might soon opt for jobs...
The Myth of the Rational Market
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One of the great economic myths is that markets are rational. Not a day passes without this myth being disproved scores of times, but the myth persists. For example, on March 14 Bank of America/Merrill Lynch reported that “yesterday US markets started the day off...
A Bustle in Hedges’ Row
RANDALL AMSTER
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone on the American Left who has not either benefited from or been influenced by the writings of Chris Hedges. His is a singular and potent voice of progressive journalism, combining the best virtues of diligent reporting and unabashed...
Wall Street’s Secret Spy Center, Run for the 1% by NYPD
PAM MARTENS
On September 25, 2011, just eight days after the Occupy Wall Street protests began in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, the much acclaimed CBS News program, 60 Minutes, aired a fawning look at the thousands of surveillance cameras affixed to buildings and lampposts throug...
After Wisconsin
MICHAEL YATES
The most important thing that has taken place since Wisconsin is another uprising, the phenomenal Occupy Wall Street (OWS). It began in Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 and spread rapidly to more than 2,600 towns and cities around the world. With OWS, the ang...
Demands for the 99%
ROBERT ROTH
In a helpful review and constructive critique of the current status of the Occupy movement, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh makes several good suggestions.  And I’ve seen some other comments more recently that seem worth sharing with you, in case you haven’t seen them.  Hossei...
Revolution as Assisted Suicide
ROB URIE
Last Fall New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently fearing the early demise of New York’s number one tourist attraction and occasional pain-in-the-ass Occupy Wall Street, set up a series of meetings called “court dates” where we could come together to discu...
Occupy Wall Street at the Crossroads
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
Power concedes nothing without a demand — Frederick Douglass Occupy Wall Street (OWS), giving vent to the pent up anger of the 99%, has inspired the people in the United States and other parts of the world to expose capitalis...
Life and Death at Exit 34
MISSY BEATTIE
Sister Laura and her partner Erma had to have two pets euthanized within a two-week period. Road trip. Geographical cure tour. And I’m the designated driver. I can’t remember when we left and had to locate the date on the computer’s screen to se...
Occupy Gets Booked
RON JACOBS
Occupy!...
Prism Break
RANDALL AMSTER
Social movements, when broadly construed and successfully applied, serve as something akin to elaborate filters. By holding a mirror up to society, a movement causes us to reconsider basic assumptions and structural processes...
What If Occupiers Armed Themselves?
BRIAN J. FOLEY
You’ve probably noticed that our government and corporate-owned media treat the Occupy Movement differently from the Tea Party. Think back to how some Tea Partiers brought guns to their protests, where some protesters even suggested killing President Obama. ...
OWS Meets Trinity Episcopal Church
LAURA FLANDERS
Occupy Wall Street attempted to set up a new camp on a dusty strip of church-owned land in lower Manhattan, Saturday. Occupy 2.0 failed (at least 50 protestors were arrested) but the effort did succeed in stirring up a storm about property, power and the church just in ti...
Raging Against the Machine
DAVID MICHAEL GREEN
If it feels to you a bit reminiscent of 1968 these days, that’s because it is. And that’s a good thing. It’s starting to look like 2011 was the year of Basta!, when people finally woke up and found the voice with which to say Enough!  To say that it c...
Snatched For Photographing Michael Bloomberg’s Cops
STANLEY ROGOUSKI
My arrest, or, more accurately, my assault was personal. I was taking photographs of the police arresting Occupy Wall Street demonstrators at the December 12 Winter Garden flash mob, which had been organized in solidarity with the port shutdowns on the west coast, ...
It’s Not Only About Justice
ANDREW LEVINE
Egalitarian justice (or fairness) has been Topic A for political philosophers since even before 1971, when John Rawls published his monumental ...
The American Crisis at 235
RICH BERGEN
This December 19th marks the 235thanniversary of Thomas Paine’s...