- The Partisan and the Political
- The October 15 protests didn’t start from Occupy Wall Street
- Hypenated Republic on Occupy Oakland, all week long.
- Overcoming shame as part of OWS
- Wall Street Journal Blacks Out Occupy Wall Street
- Around Latin America
- Opponents of California’s Dream Act begin collecting petitions in favor of a referendum to overturn it.
- Students Occupy Chilean Senate building.
- Why We Protest
- Ex-WaMu Banker Somehow Manages To Call Ocupados ‘Entitled’
In her 1966 book Purity and Danger, anthropologist Mary Douglas famously explains dirt as “matter out of place.” Dirt does not index an objective category of pathogens or pollutants she suggests, but rather the designation of “dirt” indexes a contravention to a social order, and by extension, its boundaries. That which transgresses boundaries of a given order is dirt or dirty, thereby reaffirming the validity, naturalness, and purity of that which remains within. Perhaps needless to say, the occupiers are matter out of place…
As the occupation began, OWS requested port-a-potties and dumpsters from the city. These requests were denied, arguably to hasten a situation in which the city could label the occupation a public health hazard. And yet, with neither on-site bathrooms nor adequate waste facilities, the Sanitation Working Group and the citizens of Occupy Wall Street have kept Liberty Park remarkably clean. Not only is the ground free of trash, but there is a recycling system in place as well. The kitchen, which feeds up to 2,000 people per day, not only maintains astonishing cleanliness in service and disposal, but filters used dish-water through a plant and stone gray water filtration system, using the cleaned water to nourish the park’s flowers.
With these practices of as-clean-as-possible living already in place, the OWS response to Bloomberg and Brookfield’s cleaning order set out to prove that “dirt” or sanitation was not in fact the issue, but rather that the occupation’s contravention of social norms–matter out of place–was at stake.
- A Brief Report on Occupy Sacramento
- David Graeber: On Playing By The Rules – The Strange Success Of #OccupyWallStreet
- When DH Was in Vogue; or, THATCamp Theory
- Occupy Design.
- Sexy Halloween.
- Occupy L.A. protesters and those at demonstrations like it are finding out what homeless people in the U.S. have long known: Sometimes it’s difficult to relieve yourself without committing a crime.
- Occupy Dame Street (Ireland)
- Evolution of Apple Ads 1975-2002
- Melbourne Occupiers demand compensation for police violence
- Why taxi medallions cost $1 million
- Homeless protesters lend survival skills, leadership to Occupy Movement
- Goldman Sachs pulls out of event and takes back $5000 after it learns one of honorees would be Occupy Wall Street.
In “Failures of Imagination,” a review of Granta’s Ten Years After 9/11 issue, Daisy notes:
In the years immediately following the attacks, the notion that Americans were having trouble processing the attacks had strong currency in the media. A ‘failure of imagination’ was often cited. In the classrooms where I stood, there was no such failure. From the earliest moments of al Qaeda’s immensely successful operation, anyone with a knowledge of the histories of empires in general and an awareness of the geopolitical goals of the United States government in particular could comprehend the motivations behind the attacks and could guess what would come next from our president. The immediate suspicion toward all persons of Muslim background, regardless of their actual beliefs, practices or citizenship was expected because it was already on its way.
Via Gerry Canavan:
- 147 Companies Control 40 Percent Of Global Transnational Corporate Wealth.
- Climate Change and the End of Australia.
- Lenin’s Tomb challenges Occupy Wall Street on the subjects of consensus and demands.
- “Nearly 400 acres of land set aside to house veterans and thousands of veterans who need a place to call home” has been leased out to business instead since the 1970s.
- “Junot Diaz To Create The Dominican Superman.”
- Occupy the Hood in Boston.
- The Dogs of Occupy Wall Street. And awwccupywalltreet
- A Joyful & Malicious History Of ‘Schadenfreude’
- Why the Tea Party Hates Occupy Wall Street
- Whiteness and the 99%.
- Is Race Reflected by Your Outfit?
- The New York Times Asks “Where Did Global Warming Go?” While Ignoring Its Own Failed Coverage
- Birgeneau Gets Served
“This story about Occupy L.A. protestors defending a woman from foreclosure and Mike Konczal’s post about the general intersection between Occupy and the anti-foreclosure movement” gave Peter Frase “big time nerd chills.”
- “Palestinian POWs in 1948 were forced to loot homes to gather and prepare books for removal by the National Library”
- Thirteen Observations made by Lemony Snicket while watching Occupy Wall Street from a Discreet Distance
- Decolonize Occupy LA
- An Occupation Occupied. What’s Next?
- Marx Versus Capitalism Versus You
- “The almost paranoid repetition of “No Public” by KPMG…”
- 11 Books to Pre-order this Fall: New Arabic Writing (in Translation)
- “All writers are migrants of a kind.”
The idea was to make the American middle class dependent on assets rather than wages, via Frank Pasquale:
The latest “bipartisan” cockamamie scheme to re-inflate the housing market now apparently involves giving immigration visas to foreigners who buy houses valued at $500,000 a year. There is so much wrong with this idea that it’s hard to know where to start: the threat of absentee landlords, the booting out of people faced with foreclosure, the lack of concomitant work visas to accompany the immigration visas, etc. Joan McCarter at DailyKos has a good rundown.
There can be little question at this point that American public policy is dedicated almost entirely to benefiting wealthy people and corporate “people” over regular Americans. But examples like this one show that it’s not just corruption: there’s a strong bipartisan ideological component that is driving this insanity as well that is based on very flawed economic assumptions.
LA Review of Books on Occupations:
- MIKE DAVIS, “No More Bubble Gum”
- SESSHU FOSTER, “Occupy Los Angeles Saturday October 15”
- TODD GITLIN, “New York City, October 19: The Sense of a Movement”
- SARA MARCUS, “C-SPAN for Radicals”
- ED SKOOG, “Recessionary Measures in Support of Occupy Seattle”
- Want to Hold A Revolution? Don’t Do it In Freedom Plaza
- HRW report about the torture of medical doctors in Bahrain.
- “The election of Obama may stand as one of the single-most devastating events in our history for civil liberties”
- “Going out with Woody Allen was like being in a Woody Allen movie.”
- Ari Berman on “the Austerity Class” And Rortybomb: The Austerity Class and the Deficit
- Occupy Africa
- Occupy Wall Street: The Culture Wars of the “New Class”? A great essay from Andrew Hartman.
- The Dynamics of the Uprising in Syria
- Why is the problem of violence against children so much more acute in the US than anywhere else in the industrialised world?
- Poems in translation from Kashmir
The Edge of the American West is back!
As @davidlarssen put it, everyone needs German trombones:
- Right Wing Attack on Occupy Oakland.
- Occupy Oakland’s first day.
- Gen X Doesn’t Want to Hear It.
- How to use sound to improve your life.
- “The invisible hand of the free market will not hold Rupert Murdoch accountable”
- “What is NPR afraid I’ll do — insert a seditious comment into a synopsis of Madame Butterfly?”
The Mexican Mafia has much to teach us about crime and governance. via @fauxrealist:
The Mexican Mafia is a fairly small prison gang (perhaps 150-300 made members) and it has significant operational control only within prisons in Southern California yet the Mexican Mafia is extremely powerful. In fact, the MM taxes hundreds of often larger Southern California street gangs at rates of 10-30% of revenues. How can a prison gang tax street gangs? In Governance and Prison Gangs (also here), a new paper in the APSR, David Skarbek explains the structure, conduct and performance of the Mexican Mafia.
The key to the MM’s power is that most drug dealers will sooner or later, usually sooner, end up in prison. Thus, the MM can credibly threaten drug dealers outside of prison with punishment once they are inside prison. Moreover, prison is the only place where members of many different gangs congregate. Thus, by maintaining control of the prison bottleneck, the MM can tax hundreds of gangs.
- N+1 has an Occupy Wall Street Gazette
- Africa: the New Cradle of Hacking
- What ‘diversity of tactics’ really means for Occupy Wall Street
- The Sword and the Shield: Occupy Foreclosures
- The stories behind the iconic images of the Arab uprisings as told by those who filmed them.
- Billy Bragg Interviewed: “Bands Need To Get Political Again…”
- Lord’s Resistance Army Crisis Tracker. US should not repeat Ugandan failures against the LRA
- North American Books I Read as a Child in Castro’s Cuba