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Nov.30.2011
Early this morning 1,400 police streamed out of their hiding places in City Hall and converging from the nearby streets, quickly encircled and forcibly removed the encampment and the protesters. The Mayor and LAPD had backed off from their earlier threats to evict the encampment as of 12:01 AM...
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Nov.28.2011
I was at Occupy LA (OLA) yesterday for seven and a half hours. I stayed until about 9:30 pm and had to leave, but up to that time I would estimate there were well over 2,000 people on site, with roughly 80% or more of the people being in their twenties. The police helicopters (“pigs can fly”)...
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Nov.23.2011
The latest developments in Egypt provide life and death lessons on the nature of politics and movements that seek to end oppression. Egypt’s February 2011 popular uprising, along with Tunisia’s immediately preceding uprising, were triggers for the Occupy movement. Developments in the Arab world are...
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Nov.21.2011
I am a member of the Steering Committee of the World Can’t Wait, an organization formed in 2005 in an effort to mobilize a mass movement of people to give voice and material expression to THE PEOPLE as a political force in their own right, independent of the two major parties and the electoral...
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Nov.20.2011
The UC Davis police’s use of pepper spray a few days ago upon quietly sitting students (including holding students' mouths open and shooting the spray down their throats, producing repeated vomiting) is one of the latest examples of many of police use of excessive and unnecessary force against non-...
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Nov.05.2011
I have described in many essays and in my new book the rift and struggle that exists now between those who uphold and celebrate private goods and the private interest versus those who defend and celebrate public goods and the public interest. It’s a very useful way of understanding what is...
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Oct.27.2011
The growth of the Occupation Movement (OM) that began with, and continues to be led by, Occupy Wall Street, represents both an extremely welcome development and a novel experiment in social change. I'd like to speak here to certain core questions that this movement and those watching it confront....
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Oct.26.2011
A bit of background first: When Occupy Wall Street (OWS) started five weeks ago, the police and media's reaction to the demonstration was hostile, with police using pepper spray directly in people's eyes at point blank range, punching out women, attacking a man for the crime of carrying a...
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Oct.21.2011
Ever ask yourself why there's an economic crisis? Why are people suffering and unable to afford necessities, many driven into the streets because they can no longer afford to live under the shelter of a home or apartment or single tiny room with dirt as their floor, people forced to hustle,...
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Oct.16.2011
Naomi Klein’s much heralded Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism argues that neoliberals are consciously provoking disasters in order to justify and impose draconian market-based “solutions” as a remedy for the problems that they created in the first place. To place her argument into a...
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Oct.12.2011
"The very fact that poor people, migrants, Muslims, drug dealers, and political protestors are all [considered] potential 'terrorists'—justifying surveillance over them all and the rousing of nativist sentiments against them—reveals a momentous and explicit shift in how public officials and opinion...
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Oct.09.2011
The text of my talk on October 9, 2011:             First, a few words about why I wrote this book [Globalization and the Demolition of Society]. The book’s subject is neoliberalism and why it’s a dire threat to the planet. Neoliberalism is a...
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Oct.06.2011
Today, October 6th, is the tenth anniversary of the U.S.'s invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. The richest country in the world making war on one of the poorest. An occupation of Washington, DC to end this and the other wars and policies of torture, Obama's "preventive" detention, and no due...
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Oct.05.2011
Reality shows are, of course, one of the more obvious and current expressions of this: people letting the whole world be voyeurs to their private comings and goings, in the name of personal fame and fattening the bottomline of TV network executives who find the miniscule costs of RealiTV shows too...
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Oct.02.2011
I attended the Occupy LA action on Saturday, October 1 at City Hall. What follows is a recent post of mine at Open Salon about the Occupy Wall Street actions and the related popular upsurges worldwide.   I've been to many demonstrations in my life, including some in the 1960s' era. This is...
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