Posts Tagged ‘OWS’

From Eurozine, by Charles Postel: En/PDF The Occupy movement resembles nineteenth-century American populism in its anger at the avarice of bankers and financiers and in its notions of majoritarian democracy. Where it differs from the old Populists is in its attitude to the state, writes Charles Postel. In the late nineteenth century, the telecommunications revolution […]



The Black Bloc and political blackmail. Is #Occupy entering a third phase?

Here are some reflections on antisemitism, populism and conpirationism in the Occupy movement: The Occupy Movement, Populist Anti-Elitism, and the Conspiracy Theorists by Spencer Sunshine in Shift. The Zeitgeist Movement and Occupy UK: An Anti-Globalisation Cult by Andrew Coates Occupy Wall Street and the perils of the big tent by Adam Holland  Against conspiracy theories: Why our activism must […]

Some helpful reading: Ross Wolfe: Capital in history, a lexicon Federico Campagna: Recurring Dreams – the red heart of fascism / I am not the 99% Facing the War: The position of the observer / Some thoughts on the occupations Adam Holland: Occupy Wall Street, antisemitism, and the perils of the big tent  

I hate Spiked and its politics, but I have to admit enjoying some of their skewering of the platitudes of the anti-capitalist movement. This article, by Tim Black, takes up the themes I have explored here, here and here. For nearly four years now, any anti-something-or-other demonstration worth its pseudo-revolutionary salt just wouldn’t be complete […]

#Occupy II


Further to this, here’s an extract from a brilliant analysis of Occupy London from History is Made at Night: There are some odd alternative economy models around in the occupations, notions of capitalism without finance capital (the ‘real economy’), of monetary reform, of a resource-based economy that is beyond capitalism and communism (this is the […]



Cross-posted from BobFromBrockley This is an age when political events are calibrated to Twitter, activists’ thoughts are punctuated with hashtags and the circulation of politics proceeds memetically. I have mainly been bemused by the wave of occupations emanating from Wall Street and franchised “globally” (i.e. to the other wealthy countries of the global North) on 15 […]