- Mass arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge: is this what civil disobedience looks like?
- Police arrest more than 700 on Brooklyn Bridge
- ‘Occupy Wall Street’: Drawing the Battle Lines
- Five Things That #OccupyWallStreet Has Done Right
- “I was an #OccupyWallStreet skeptic. Why I’m not anymore”
- The revolution is not being televised.
- On #occupywallstreet and tactics.
- Understanding the Theory Behind Occupy Wall Street’s Approach
- Three Concrete Demands to Hold Wall Street Accountable
- Occupy Wall Street FAQ
- A church of dissent.
- Occupy Wall Street Protesters Blocking Off Brooklyn Bridge
- Cameras are Weapons for #OccupyWallStreet
- The Many Successes of Occupy Wall Street
- The Occupy Wall Street Journal.
- ‘Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests’
- Is this #OccupyWallStreet’s Pop Culture Moment In 4…3…2…1…
- Feral Dissent
- United Steelworkers has joined Occupy Wall Street.
- The Big Picture on global protests.
Kamila Shamsie was surprised to see that American novelists could not effectively capture the foreign, and especially Middle Eastern, perspective of their characters:
“Why is it that in America, the fiction writers are not interested in foreign history when it exists in these United States?” Shamsie said, asking why foreign history that has a direct impact on Americans does not appear in fiction. “Please explain why you are in our stories, but we are not in yours.”
“He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?‘” she recalled. “He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin.”
He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had “easy access,” said Lauren. She said the officer explained that “you’re exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting.”
Sherry Ortner on neoliberalism:
Whatever happened to “Late Capitalism”? It became neo-liberalism” – Marshall Sahlins (2002: 59)
I begin with Marshall Sahlins’s little koan because I remember being somewhat mystified myself by the shift in terminology around the year 2000, from “late capitalism” to “neoliberalism.” Writing this brief review essay has given me the opportunity to think about this, and to suggest an answer.The reason the GOP keeps sticking up for the wealthy.
Griots is the first anthology dedicated to sword and soul. Sword and Soul is a genre of speculative fiction that combines African traditions, history and culture with adventure, heroic fiction and sorcery – thinkConan the Barbarian set in Ancient Ghana or the Empire of Mali. The volume is edited by Charles R. Saunders, author of Imaro, widely considered to be the creator of the genre, and author Milton Davis.
- Why the Arab Spring was the best and worst thing to happen to Al Jazeera.
- Sahelblog on Malian democracy.
- Censorship — or something else?
- The tomatoes of wrath.
- Lo fi architecture.
- Q&A with Ahmed Agiza: A survivor of the Mubarak regime’s war on terror
- David Simon at UNC (video). via.
- The postal service would be fine, if hostile politicians weren’t messing with it.
- What twitter is for.
- The Problem is Privatization, and it Can be Reversed
- Our debt problem
- An Open Letter to Wil Wheaton on #OccupyWallStreet
- The Iroquois Longhouse
- Friedrich Hayek Joins Ayn Rand as a Hypocritical User of Medicare
- On the wrong side of the Arab Spring
- “Chris Christie worked to remove securities fraud from a consumer fraud act on behalf of Bernie Madoff.”
- Darwinian Tax Reform
- Ian Scoones on land reform in Zimbabwe: Voices from the Field
- Krugman on defeatism.
- Slavery footprint.
There’s a vast and growing apparatus of intimidation designed to deter and control citizen protests. The most that’s allowed is to assemble with the permission of state authorities and remain roped off in sequestered, out-of-the-way areas: the Orwellian-named free speech zones. Anything that is even remotely disruptive or threatening is going to be met with aggressive force: pepper spray, mass arrests by highly militarized urban police forces, and aggressive prosecutions. Recall the wild excesses of force in connection with the 2008 RNC Convention in Minneapolis (I reported on those firsthand); the overzealous prosecutions of civil disobedience activists like Aaron Swartz, environmentalist Tim DeChristopher, and Dan Choi; the war being waged on whistleblowers for the crime of exposing high-level wrongdoing; or the treatment of these Wall Street protesters.
Financial elites and their political servants are well aware that exploding wealth inequality, pervasive economic anxiety, and increasing hostility toward institutions of authority (and corresponding realization that voting fixes very little of this) are likely to bring London-style unrest — and worse — to American soil; it was just two weeks ago that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the unemployment crisis could trigger “riots.” Even the complacent American citizenry — well-trained in learned impotence and acquiescence to (even reverence for) those most responsible for their plight — is going to reach a tipping point of unrest. There are numerous weapons of surveillance and coercion that have been developed over the last decade in anticipation of that unrest: most of it justified in the name of Terrorism, but all of it featuring decidedly dual-use domestic capability (illustrating what I mean is this chartshowing how extensively the Patriot Act has been used in non-Terrorist cases, and how rarely it has been used for Terrorism).
In sum, there is a sprawling apparatus of federal and local militarized police forces and private corporate security designed to send this message: if you participate in protests or other forms of dissent outside of harmless approved channels, you’re going to be harmed in numerous ways. As Yves Smith put it this week: “I’m beginning to wonder whether the right to assemble is effectively dead in the US”
Angus Johnston’s been writing about the UC this week:
- Prosecutions of Berkeley Activists Roll On
- What’s Wrong with the Berkeley College Republicans’ “Affirmative Action Bake Sale”?
- On the Irvine 11, Free Speech, and Campus Protest in the University of California
- Day One Protests at Berkeley Kick Off the New Year
On “affirmative action bake sale”:
- “Every time we complained, the guards reminded us of comparable conditions at Guantanamo Bay, experienced by Iranians”
- Witnessing the Censored Exhibit: “A Child’s View from Gaza”
- Viral Morality: A Few Remarks on Contagion
- The dead begin to speak up in India
- Pumpkin beer. via
- ACLU statement on the Al-Aulaqi killing.
- The law on the use of lethal force by executive order is specific. This assassination broke it.
- Killing is the New ‘Justice’: The Murky Morality of Target Killings
- Cruel America.
- Princeton goes open access.
- ‘What sort of man reads Playboy?’ ads, 1960s Note that in each picture, a woman has occupied the place of the voyeur…
- On the suspicion of unions
- Is it a Crime? The Transgressive Politics of Hacking in Anonymous
- Tim Burke: Two Puzzle Pieces
- Slavery by Another Name? (Or is it by the same name?)
- The Fetishism of Debt
- Corey Robin on the Deep Roots of Conservative Radicalism.
- Edmund Burke and American Conservatism
- Who won the war in Iraq?
- A concert of the middle east.
- On indigenous Australians and the law
- Scott Hamilton on the Tongan town of Liahona
- World’s Earliest Christian Engraving Shows Surprising Pagan Elements
- To Sit on a Throne of Teeth, Graced With a Crown of Teeth
- The ultimate oral history of Wet Hot American Summer.
- The Managerial Unconscious
- Predators and robots.
- On JP Morgan’s “gift” to the NYPD.
- Dylan’s paintings.
- Terminator, industrialization, and labor.
- Atrocity Porn, the Resource Curse and Badvocacy in ‘Unwatchable’
- I Saw That Show Where People Travel Back in Time to a Spielberg Movie from the 1980s.