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Don’t Stop Now
REBECCA SOLNIT
Last Tuesday, I awoke in lower Manhattan to the whirring of helicopters overhead, a war-zone sound that persisted all day and then started up again that Thursday morning, the two-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and a big day of demonstrations in New York City. It ...
Obama’s Pepper Spraying Cops
DAVE LINDORFF
The growing number of video clips and photos showing police in Darth Vader-like riot gear assaulting peaceful demonstrators with everything from tear gas and mace to truncheons, point-blank shots with beanbags and rubber bullets, and of course the ubiquitous fist and club...
Are Drum Circles Protected Under the Constitution?
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
From Manhattan, to Nashville, to St Louis, to Portland, Oregon, to Oakland, California, the police this week moved in to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protesters from the various downtown plazas or squares where they’d established their peaceable focos. ...
Retaking the Offensive in the Battle of the Story
STEVE STALLONE
For the Occupy movement, as in battlefield of the narrative, whose story is being told, whose perspective is the dominant frame, who are perceived to be the heroes and villains, the criminals and victims, is crucial. Remember when the stock market crashed in late 2...
Sidewalk Utopianism
BERNARD MARSZALEK
I have seen references in the news coverage of Occupy Wall Street to the “Culture of Greed,” which strikes me as a meaningless term. Think of what comes to mind with its opposite – the Culture of Generosity. This grammatical construction, of course, is not unique, o...
Transcontinental Occupation
RON JACOBS
Like most other social justice activists I know, I have been following (and taking part in) the Occupy Wall Street movement.  The encampment in Burlington, VT was in City Hall Park in Burlington’s downtown district for over two weeks.  After a tragic suicide in th...
In Praise of Failure
DAVID Ker THOMSON
Is the Occupy Movement unsuccessful, as a friend of mine has recently written on CounterPunch? What’s been going on with the Occupy movement? Some of the bravest and best participant/writers have been talking about a war.  And it is a war, but an...
Call It a Revolution
MISSY BEATTIE
Snarling riot cops evicted protestors and raided Zuccotti Park Tuesday morning, two months after Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was launched in lower Manhattan.  Spin-off groups across the country were shut down as well. Just minutes after I wrote the above paragraph, m...
The Coming War on the Occupy Movement
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As I begin to write this, Occupy Oakland circulates in a by-now familiar pattern: forced from the camp at the break of day, the occupiers reconvened as they have done before on the steps of the Public Library. Later, they will attempt to close a repeating circuit that str...
OWS Survives the Eviction
DAVID KELLEY
6:15 pm, November 15 Zucotti Park, New York City  As I approached Zuccotti Park in the drizzle I could see that others were as tense as I was.   I had no idea if I would even be able to get there after the 1:00 am police evictions of the ...
Overcoming Contradictions
KATHY KELLY and HAKIM
Adelaide, Australia. At Tabor House Technical College, 21 young people sit in a semicircle looking curiously at Hakim and me. We’ve been invited to speak with them about the practice of justice.  Hakim, who has lived among Afghans for the past nine yea...
Waiting For Eviction
KATY SAVAGE
The first draft of these ideas, written in a notebook while living at Nashville’s Legislative Plaza with Occupy Nashville, was impounded by Tennessee State Troopers in the early hours of Friday, October 28th. We didn’t know when the ...
Police State Tactics
DAVE LINDORFF
The ugly hand of the federal government is becoming increasingly suspected behind what appears to be a nationwide attempt to repress and evict the Occupation Movement. Across the country in recent days, ultimatums have been issues to groups occupying Portland, OR, ...
Love Those Occupiers?
MICHAEL NEUMANN
Donald Trump thinks Occupy Wall Street is ‘kind of cool’.   Obama likes it; the governor of the Bank of Canada likes it; the Fat Cats who like it are legion.  The mainstream media love it.  They make a big deal of it despite the fact that the Occupiers amo...
The Book Dumpers
KATHLEEN PEINE
5,000 books at Occupy Wall Street were unceremoniously placed in a dumpster (now the NYPD claim it was simply a “sanitation truck”) during the inevitable nighttime raid. I say inevitable due to the moral decay of those in power in NYC.  These books were al...
Mayor Mike’s Evictions
CHARLES M. YOUNG
Manhattan–After watching the Packers beat the Vikings on Monday Night Football, I had insomnia, so it was kind of an accident that I checked my email at 2 a.m. and discovered the police were clearing Zuccotti Park. Everyone had been expecting an eviction since it al...
The Post-Modern Bull Connors
PHIL ROCKSTROH
For days now, we have endured demonstrably false propaganda that the fallen soldiers of U.S. wars sacrificed their lives for “our freedoms.” Yet, as that noxious nonsense still lingers in the air, militarized police have invaded OWS sites in numerous cities, i...
A Lesson for Labor From Occupy Wall Street
STEVE EARLY
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) has given our timorous, unimaginative, and  politically ambivalent unions a much-needed ideological dope slap. Some might describe this, more diplomatically, as a second injection of “outside-the-box” thinking and new organizational blood....
Street Messiahs
FARZANA VERSEY
“America I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing…I can’t stand my own mind.” – Allen Ginsberg Space is being occupied. What does that space stand for? What does its occupation convey? There are q...
Into Corporate Territory
RALPH NADER
The organizers of the spreading Occupy initiative are taking their awareness and moral indignation right to corporate territory—Wall Street, the corporate lobbies in Washington, D.C. and their likes around the nation. The denizens of corporate territory have taken notic...
Coalition of the Disenchanted
JEFF GOODWIN
The global capitalist crisis prompted protests and rebellions in different countries, poor and rich. In the US, budget cuts and attacks on the collective bargaining rights of state employees led to action earlier this year notably in Wisconsin, where hundreds of thousands...
Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine
PHYLLIS BENNIS
This is an extraordinary time. The astonishing Occupy Wall Street movement emerged as the heart of our 99%, claimed the little scrap of earth in Zuccotti Park on behalf of all of us, and created a live-in soapbox from which to challenge inequality — how the 1% controls ...
The Iron Heel and the Resistance
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Three years of President Obama, as of today. Count and weep. Just over a year from now Americans will be deciding whether to reelect Barack Obama or… probably Mitt Romney. In the latter case this is to assume that that Mitt, a Mormon and family man – both danger flare...
On Western Democracy
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Every day that passes adds to the fraudulent image of what is called Western democracy. Consider that the entire Western world is outraged that the Greek prime minister announced that he is going to permit the Greek people to decide their own fate instead of having...
Occupy This
DAVID Ker THOMSON
A land already possessed. –Malthus Brute Neighbors I’m on my gondola doing loops around two cars and a fallen bumper positioned with the litigious freeze-frame melodrama of après-acc...
The Stones Cry Out
DAN LaBOTZ
And some of the Pharisees among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out. —Luke 19:39-40 ...
Chicago 1968, Seattle 1999 and Now Occupy 2011
SHEPHERD BLISS
“…once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up… So hope for a great sea-change… Believe in miracles…” — Irish Nobel Prize laureate Seamus Heaney, from the poem “The Cure.”...
Let’s Bail Out Ourselves!
DOUG NOBLE
“It’s not that we don’t have demands… We speak them with our struggle. Our movement is made up of people fighting for jobs, for schools, for debt relief, equitable housing, and healthcare… We are  … democratic, fierce, and unwaveri...
Oakland’s Second General Strike
PETER COLE
On November 2nd workers, students, and others in Oakland, California will join in the first general strike our nation has seen this century.  Partially to protest recent police brutality, really this action dramatic expands the largest social movement this nation has see...
Keeping Democrats on the Hook
ALAN NASSER
“I think it’s dangerous, this class warfare” — Mitt Romney on OWS, Oct. 4, 2011 Occupy Wall Street (OWS) represents a nationwide movement-in-the-making that is independent of the two-Party duopoly. Both the mo...
The Siege of Wall Street
THOMAS H. NAYLOR
The most compelling take away image from a visit to Zuccotti Park, home of the burgeoning Occupy Wall Street movement, is the almost unbelievable amount of global energy emanating from such a tiny plot of real estate.  How is it possible for the ideas of so few people ca...
A Visit to Zuccotti Park
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
On Saturday October 22nd, my wife and I visited Occupy Wall Street to see history in the making—and to donate two of my relevant books to the OWS library. The entrance point on Broadway of Zuccotti Park, formerly called Liberty Plaza, stops one cold. You face a dozen or...
The Spirit of the Age
TARIQ ALI
“A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at,” wrote Oscar Wilde, “for it leaves out the one country at which humanity is always landing. And when humanity lands there, it looks out, and seeing a better country, sets sail. Progress is t...
Cold Cash
CARL GINSBURG
Protesters at Zuccotti Park spent a very long weekend in an October snow, tarps and tents providing scant protection against some early flurries.  Zuccotti sits on the south edge of Tribeca, a tony, toasty neighborhood of the 1 percent, where loft and condo prices still...
This Time, Let’s Really Crash the Party
ANDREW LEVINE
The slow but inexorable dissolution of feudal society that began centuries ago in England and Western Europe made two historical transformations possible: the rise of capitalism, an economic system based on market relations and private ownership; and the entrance into the...
Is Capitalism Losing the Debate?
CARL FINAMORE
A remarkable shift in mass public opinion is occurring right before our eyes. It does not happen often. Normally, only when there is a severe breakdown in public confidence about the future. Now is such a time. Millions are demanding clear explanations for t...
Quo Vadis, OWS?
RALPH NADER
The question confronting the Occupy Wall Street encampments and their offshoots in scores of cities and towns around the country is quo vadis? Where is it going? This decentralized, leaderless civic initiative has attracted the persistent attention of the ...
A Gathering of the Tribes
LINH DINH
A protest sign in NYC, “FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I FEEL AT HOME...
Form in Front of Content
JOSHUA SPERBER
In mere weeks Occupy Wall Street has challenged prevailing perceptions of the U.S. left, the status quo, and the relationship between the two. Overcoming the police suppression and media blackout of its vulnerable beginnings, OWS has absorbed energy and tactics from the M...
Deadline in Bangor, Maine
LAWRENCE REICHARD
Coast to coast, from Oakland to Atlanta, cops are busting up Occupations.  The right is fighting back against what might be the most vibrant, vital, dynamic and fast-growing movement for social change this country has seen since at least the movement against the U.S. war...
The Politics of Envy
ROB URIE
One of the theories of the practice of psychology encountered in college is “egoism,” the argument that all people at all times act in their own self-interest. The theory is circular in that once the premise is accepted, any argument that runs counter to it is presume...
The Fight of Our Lives
MAX SCHWARZ
On October 25th James Miller, a professor at the New School for Social Research, weighed in on the Occupy movement in an Op-Ed in the New York Times.  In this piece, Miller warned against extremist, anti-democratic elements who threaten to undermine the nascent movement....
The Moral Movement
MISSY BEATTIE
Some years ago, my husband, youngest son, and I watched Ultimate Fighting—grappling—during which two contenders slammed and choked each other while writhing on a mat.  The contest ended when one of the opponents tap, tap, tapped the mat, in surrender. Barack O...
We Shall Not be Moved
PHIL ROCKSTROH
Until recent events proved otherwise, the hyper-commercialized surface of the corporate state gave the appearance of being too diffuse–too devoid of a center to pose a threat of totalitarian excess. Accordingly, as of late, due to the violent response to OWS protest...
American Crisis Politics
ERIC WALBERG
American voters now have a clear view of who they can vote for next year, with Barack Obama as the Democrats’ certain candidate and Mitt Romney as the Republicans’. Both candidates offer much the same prescriptions for the multiple crises facing their country ...
Making a Bigger Occu(pie)
CARLO FILICE
With the various Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, talk of economic and social fairness is in the air. Demonstrators are complaining about the vast inequalities in wealth and political influence between the rich 1 percent or so and the remaining 99 percent. Are th...
Desperate Students
Rev. JESSE L. JACKSON
The sign at the Occupy Wall Street demonstration revealed the struggles of America’s young: “A B.A., $30,000 in student debt and no job.” Young people are graduating from college into the worst jobs market since the 1930s while carrying record levels of student debt...
Occupy the System
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and JOSHUA FRANK
It’s not too cool to be ridiculed But you brought this upon yourself The world is tired of pacifiers We want the truth and nothing else And we are sick and tired of hearing your song Telling how you are gonna change right f...
The Closing of the American Mind
VIJAY PRASHAD
I. That Strange Brown Man, Gandhi. Gandhi is standing in the bustle of Occupy Boston. The wry smile, the flapping ears, and the walking stick in hand. A sign flags near his knees, “The world holds enough for everyone’s NEED, bu...
Curbing Oligopolies
MOSHE ADLER
The call to “occupy Wall Street” is a call to occupy corporations. But how do we actually do that?  Here are three ways. 1.  Occupying the Boardroom The first thing to recognize about our big corporations is that they have thousands an...