The sad fact is that all traditional modes of dissent, whether they’re protest marches or boycotts or sit-ins, must ultimately fail because they are generally powerless to prevent their own inception. What does that mean?
The Occupy Wall Street movement isn’t just some lefty rejoinder to the tea party, even though the two political phenomena have been subject to comparison over the last two months, but at least one prominent tea partyer joins a host of scholars and analysts in suggesting that OWS is about far more than ... (more)
If you are wondering why outraged young people around the globe are chanting such similar slogans and using such similar tactics, it is because they have seen more clearly than their elders through the neoliberal shell game.
Social movements come with their own unique aesthetics, often drawing raw material from past protest traditions and performances, as well as from the font of plenty that is popular culture, and repurposing it in inventive new ways for the cause at hand. The movement that began with Occupy Wall Street has brought a bounty … (more)