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Occupy Wall Street: The View from Davos

| January 23, 2012

The World Economic Forum Weighs In A British acquaintance has sent me a link to one of the background documents to be used when world leaders gather for the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland January25-29. The document is called Global Risks 2012 (http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GlobalRisks_Report_2012.pdf) The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non-profit corporation that brings […]

Is Occupy Wall Street Just a “Color” Revolution?

| December 13, 2011

(This is the second of two posts exploring the OWS commitment to nonviolence) The main advantage of nonviolent resistance is its effectiveness in reaching large numbers of potential supporters. History shows that civil disobedience, by itself, is relatively ineffective in producing genuine political change. The nonviolent “color” revolutions in Eastern Europe and Egypt have been […]

Is the OWS Movement Working Class?

| November 17, 2011

There is heated debate across the political spectrum whether OWS represents a genuine working class movement. The issue is vitally important, both to social change activists and the political elite. It will determine whether OWS succeeds in engaging the 80% of the population who spend their entire lives living paycheck to paycheck, as Barbara Ehrenreich […]

The Impact of OWS on Foreign Policy

| November 7, 2011

The American political landscape is undergoing rapid change. A book I published seven weeks ago on political change (Revolutionary Change: An Expatriate View) is already out of date, and I’m hard at work on a second edition. No one dared hope that the simple anti-greed message of five hundred demonstrators camped out in a Wall […]

OWS: the Quandary for Long Time Activists

| November 5, 2011

*** I encounter many long time activists in a quandary how to relate to #OccupyWallStreet. A vibrant, growing mass movement involving thousands of activists is always far more interesting and exciting than the ongoing drudgery (fundraising, event organizing, education and outreach, etc) of keeping existing grassroots organizations going. There is a strong temptation to abandon […]

Documenting the Collapse of Capitalism

| October 30, 2011

Book Review (Part 1 of 2 parts) The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality by Richard Heinberg (New Society Publishers Aug 2011) The basic premise of The End of Growth is that the world economy has flat-lined. Not only is it contracting, rather than expanding as many politicians claim, but there are […]

General Strike: Where OWS Needs to Go

| October 28, 2011

*** (This is the final of three blogs assessing the achievements of #OccupyWallStreet) As I mention in my two prior blogs, the OWS movement will leave a legacy of accomplishments — mainly related to consciousness raising and movement building – even if the actual occupations shut down tomorrow. There is still lots of furious debate […]

The #OccupyWallStreet Report Card – Part II

| October 26, 2011

This post continues a self-assessment of #OccupyWallStreet’s major movement building accomplishments (see previous blog). 1. Defining what we’re about without resorting to policy demands or settling for short term legislative fixes – A+ In my view the most impressive accomplishment of the #OccupyWallStreet and Occupy Together movement is the speed with which we have found […]

Occupy New Plymouth – Day 5

| October 18, 2011

#OccupyWallStreet, also known as Occupy Together, has now come to New Zealand following the October 15th International Day of Action. Occupy New Plymouth – like Occupy Auckland, Occupy Wellington, Occupy Christchurch, Occupy Dunedin and Occupy Invarcargill – is now in its fifth day. It has moved from the courthouse to Huatoki Plaza. It’s no exaggeration […]