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The Occupy Movement – Visualizing Change

Occupy Wall Street is, on one important level, a movement of signs. I mean this quite literally. Handmade signs with witty epigrams, pithy epithets, and heartfelt emotions took root in Zuccotti Park and blossomed on the web. The signs are not simply the old-fashioned placards of protests past. Rather, the signs proliferated in large measure specifically…Read more The Occupy Movement – Visualizing Change Posted on 21 December 2011 | 1:52 pm

The Morality of Debt

On July 13 of 2011, David Graeber published an essay in the Canadian journal Adbusters called  “Awaiting The Magical Spark,” an essay asking what it would take to set off a revolution in the West similar to those in the Middle East. It was the same day Adbusters put out its now infamous call for…Read more The Morality of Debt Posted on 25 November 2011 | 11:10 am

The Robin Hood Tax?

Occupy Wall Street has been looking for issues to coalesce around. Now the Canadian group Adbusters—the group that issued the initial call that began the protests—has proposed that Occupy Wall Street adopt a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions as its first issue. Here is their call to action. The Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) is…Read more The Robin Hood Tax? Posted on 21 October 2011 | 11:33 am

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Revolution”?

Cornell West was one of the first celebrity academics to arrive at Occupy Wall Street last week. Because amplified sound is prohibited in Zuccotti Park—the protesters have never applied for a protest permit—the speaker’s words are repeated by the audience to make them audible for larger groups. Thus West’s refrain issued repeatedly in the dark…Read more Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Revolution”? Posted on 5 October 2011 | 3:58 pm