Articles Occupy Movement

  • Exiting the Vampire Castle

    In this pointed polemic, Mark Fisher accuses “neo-anarchists” and those in the “Vampire Castle” for toxic navel-gazing on the Left.

  • “Obedience is the problem”: Don’t let legal wrangling distract from Occupy’s

    Those of us who consider ourselves part of that which is variously named Occupy Together or Occupy Everywhere ought to refuse this shift to a discussion about legal minutia. To engage in such debates is to implicitly accept that municipal bylaws, or indeed constitutional rights, are the sole or the main arbiter’s of a political movement’s justification.

  • Crisis in the encampments

    If the movement decided to soften its approach and support President Obama, the President might be able to bring the still out-of-control financial sector under greater control, reverse some of the tax cuts given the rich and corporations over the past few years, and reduce the amount of funding the rich can put into the U.S. federal election process. In Canada, local groups could work hand-in-hand with existing, seasoned radical groups that have experience and financial resources.

  • Debating our tactics in Oakland

    In the aftermath of the Oakland general strike on November 2, a debate over tactics has emerged among supporters of the Occupy struggle. The discussion centers on the late-night attempt by a relatively small group of self-described anarchists to occupy a building that formerly housed the Traveler’s Aid Society, a homeless advocacy organization closed by city budget cuts.

  • Organized Labour and the Occupations Movement

    As the small encampment in lower Manhattan has swelled and spread to cities across the country, the rallying cry of the “99%” has at least momentarily introduced the mainstream discourse to a conception of class, which is usually missing from the political theater showcased on corporate news outlets.

  • CD Conversation on the Occupy Movement

    CD Collective members started a conversation about the potential of the Occupy Movement beginning with this question posed by Saul Landau. What’s your view? Join the conversation.

  • The Ballerina and the Bull

    For those of us who have long been labouring to expose the inherent perils and injustices of the neoliberal regime, Occupy Wall Street is undoubtedly the most exciting political development in North America in decades.

    But it would be a mistake to read it as a revolutionary moment.

  • No More Bubble Gum

    The Occupy the World movement is still looking for its magic glasses (program, demands, strategy, and so on) and its anger remains on Gandhian low heat. But, as Carpenter foresaw, force enough Americans out of their homes and/or careers (or at least torment tens of millions with the possibility) and something new and huge will begin to slouch towards Goldman Sachs. And unlike the Tea Party, so far it has no puppet strings.