A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post asking what had become of the Occupy Movement. It’s diminished, to be sure, but it remains a live force in American society and politics, especially in particular local contexts. This weekend I read a brief post at ThinkProgress on Occupy Our Homes, an outgrowth of the Occupy movement that has [...]
When the NYPD cleared Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protestors back in November, the Occupy movement seemed to have reached a high point. New restrictions were placed on the number of people who could gather in the park and what they could keep there, making the spot much less ideal for an “occupation.” Media coverage of [...]
FrumForum’s Eli Lehrer thinks that because corporations can’t be neatly categorized as generally conservative or liberal, more corporate speech is a good thing: "Contrary to the claims of both the Campus Left and the Pat Buchanan/Black Helicopters Right, corporations as a whole can’t fairly be called liberal or conservative. All of them, quite properly, want to make [...]
The week's best links that we didn't get to: 1. Should the Occupy movement rally around the ideas of John Rawls? 2. An excellent economic way to understand recent restrictions on abortion: it's all about the supply side. In related news, David Frum thinks abortion will eventually cease to be a hot-button political issue. 3. [...]
Occupations generally aren’t popular among the folks being occupied, and in general it seems better to avoid occupying someplace when you can. So why did the protestors choose this negatively charged word to name themselves?
The week's best links that we didn't get to: 1. Would J.R.R. Tolkien have occupied Wall Street? 2. OWS is holding a Family Sleep Over tonight. 3. Photos of the return of Gilad Shalit 4. Yglesias on the especially nasty long-term effects of student loans 5. Kevin Drum thinks sending a few US troops to fight Ugandan rebels isn't such a [...]
Monday marked the one-month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street: for over four weeks, a fluctuating but solid number of protestors have camped out in Zuccotti Square to voice their political frustrations, concerns, and demands. It has been, in my opinion, a remarkable and beautiful movement. It’s the first time in a long time that Americans have ceased to be [...]
“CORPORATIONS are people…when Texas EXECUTES ONE!" Incoherent, wide-ranging, and provocative, this slogan painted in red at “Occupy Wall Street” pretty much says it all. To analyze this sign, one would find it paradoxical.
[The English Civil War era] is a fascinating period, but one of the things I was most surprised to learn is that many women felt more important or empowered when the king ruled than during the brief life of the anti-royalist English Republic. ...This isn’t just a historical anomaly, either. As Melanie Butler reports at Alternet, media reports of Occupy Wall Street portray the occupiers disproportionately as men, while both men and women (of various genders and sexualities, I should add) are involved.
The week's best links that we didn't get to: 1. The Occupy movement has arrived in Lansing and Grand Rapids. 2. Eli Lehrer at FrumForum is skeptical that Occupy Wall Street is the Tea Party of the Left. Revolution By the Book, however, fears that the Occupy movement will face the same fate as the Tea [...]